Day 2 – Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Affordability and High Performance

8:30–10:00
Building New Homes Above the Energy Code: Rewards, Rebates, and Incentives
Phil Anderson, Neighborhood Energy Connection
Aaron Riendeau, St. Croix Energy Solutions, Inc.
French River Room

This session will explore energy upgrades that builders can make to their homes to make them more energy efficient than a code built home. We will see whether energy improvements are driving consumers in their home purchase, what utility rebates are available to builders, and whether builder warranty calls have any correlation to energy improvements. Find out what utility rebates are available around the state for new construction and which ones can help subsidize the costs of these energy improvements. We’ll open up the discussion of how some of these energy improvements might be incentives for builders to lower warranty callbacks.

10:30–12:00
Building to Met ZERH with Multiple Layers of Foamboard: Lessons Learned
Brian Wimmer, Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity
French River Room

At Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, we have built three homes since we started to build to the ZERH (Zero Energy Ready Home) standard. What have we learned? What would we do differently? How easy/difficult is it? How will we continue to design and build more energy-efficient homes in the future? Is ZERH our best option? In this session, we’ll cover the details of how we’ve approached the ZERH. We strive to build more affordable homes. With ZERH standards, the affordability over the long haul is built in at the beginning for overall lower monthly cost of ownership.

1:00–2:30
Super Energy Efficient Homes Should Always Be the Goal: Case Study of An Affordable, Low Tech, High Performance Home in an Urban Environment
Kitrina Stratton, SunWindLight
French River Room

The case for energy efficiency: achieve real energy resource reduction while keeping it affordable, simple and a total “no brainer.”

Case study: Minneapolis SFD Near NetZero home LEED Platinum (expected).

This case study will include the following lessons learned. 1. Process of understanding: procedures used in design/build of an affordable, net zero home that is exceeding expections. 2. Knowing all strategies and thinking outside of the box. 3. Focus on the free sun, wind, and light while creatively reducing energy needs in tight spaces. 4. Simple elements that can be used in new/retrofitting/renovations; no brainer construction methods. 5. Show the homeowner’s retirement investment scheme (ROI beyond traditional 401K). 6. Dynamic/optimal living with super energy efficiency and experiencing the “living house” 7. Focus on how these types of houses need to be experienced to understand value.

3:00–4:30
When Sustainability and Affordability Meet—Lessons from A High-Performance Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Development
Jim Cooper, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity
French River Room

In 2012, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity embarked on a four-year project to develop an 18-home community of sustainable, high-performance affordable homes. Completed in 2016, River Falls Eco Village has gained national and international recognition, including a 2014 Home of the Year Award from Green Builder magazine. An ongoing monitoring program provides data on home performance and helps in evaluating the impact of design features. This session explores the process of creating Eco Village and lessons learned.

Aaron Riendeau

Aaron Riendeau founded St. Croix Energy Solutions (SCES) in 2007, bringing over 18 years of professional experience in the construction and building science industry. Aaron had early exposure to working in the construction industry, working high school summer jobs in construction and a lumberyard. After graduating from Amery High School in Wisconsin, Aaron went on to the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. Aaron spent years working on and managing the construction of new homes, remodeling projects, and large-scale industrial projects. Through the years, he became increasingly aware of how construction could improve exponentially with the help of home energy performance testing. His observations led Aaron to officially pursue two of his long-standing dreams: to operate his own company, and to make a real difference in the comfort, safety, durability and efficiency of people’s homes and businesses.

Building New Homes Above the Energy Code: Rewards, Rebates, and Incentives
February 22, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

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Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson has been working in the NEC Residential Energy Department since early 2015. He enjoys working with new home builders to build very efficient housing, while performing ENERGY STAR® and HERS ratings. He also inspects home performance work on existing homes. Phil enjoys working with contractors and homeowners and appreciates the challenge of making homes more healthy, efficient, and comfortable.

Prior to working for the NEC, he worked as an energy specialist in the Weatherization Assistance Program for over nine years. He is certified as a BPI Quality Control Inspector, BPI Building Analyst, RESNET certified rater and ENERGY STAR rater. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking, motorcycling and helping out at the family farm.

Building New Homes above the Energy Code: Rewards, Rebates, and Incentives
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

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Brian Wimmer

Brian Wimmer has been the Construction Manager for the Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity for over 12 years. He has continually pushed for higher energy-efficiency including building to Energy Star and Minnesota Greenbuild standards. This year he has signed the affiliate up to build all homes to meet the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program from the Department of Energy. In past years he has presented at the Duluth Energy Design Conference on affordable construction practices.

Building to meet ZERH w/Multiple Layers of Foamboard: Lessons Learned
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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Kitrina Stratton

Kitrina Stratton has 30 years of varied design experience in a wide range of industries. She holds a Masters Of Architecture is Sustainable Building Design Science and was the lead on the University of Nevada’s LEED project team. In addition, she is a Lead for NetZero home instructor and has taught “Youth Build.” Kitrina is currently a plans examiner for the City of Minneapolis.

Heating and Cooling a Minnesota home with a SkyTherm (roof pond) North
February 21, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Super Energy Efficiency Homes Should Always Be the Goal: Case Study of An Affordable, Low Tech, High Performance Home in an Urban Environment
February 22, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

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Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper, Associate Director for St Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant. As Project Manager at St Croix Valley Habitat he directed construction of River Falls Eco Village, an 18-home neighborhood of sustainable, high performance, affordable homes with HERS scores ranging from 10 to -5. In 2014 Eco Village received a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder Magazine. His involvement in home building spans more than 30 years and includes general contractor, builder, seminar developer and presenter, construction consultant and a writer/ photographer on homebuilding. Over 6,000 people attended his workshops “Building Your Own Log Home: Six Steps to Success”, sponsored by Log Home Living Magazine from 1998-2000. His book Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting and Building Your Own Log Home was designated top-selling book in the home planning category at Amazon.com in 1998. He once directed construction of the Country Home Magazine Show Home of the Year in the rotunda of Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Throughout his career he has emphasized sustainable, energy efficient construction. One of his consulting projects earned the first ENERGY STAR® for a solid log home. He is a member of the US Green Building Council and Passive House Alliance US.

Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Biology and completed coursework for a PhD in Ecology before becoming involved in construction. He has worked as a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and served as Director of Environmental Education for Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources.

When Sustainability and Affordability Meet—Lessons from A High-Performance Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Development
February 22, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.