Presenter Bios

Presenters are listed alphabetically. Click the tabs below to view their biographies.

Phil Anderson picture
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.

Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson has worked in the building industry for ten plus years as a Builder Project Manager. As a RESNET rater Ross started working for Residential Science Resources in 2009 as a Builder and Rater Trainer, specializing in the ENERGY STAR® (for homes) Program. Ross was one of the main Technical Advisers for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities Green Path Program which was adopted in 2011. Ross is the current President of the Minnesota Building Performance Ass. Ross recently became a partner at The Energy Network Rating new construction homes and Helping builders with their code testing issues.

Lessons Learned from New Energy Code Testing
February 22, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

David Bohac picture
Dave Bohac

Dave is the Director of Research with the Center for Energy and Environment. He has worked there since 1988 and has over 30 years experience in energy efficiency and indoor air quality in commercial and residential buildings. He has been the manager of a variety of applied research, energy audit, and program development projects. His research includes measurements of commercial building envelope and duct sealing, aerosol envelope sealing and ventilation improvements for multifamily units, and the efficiency of tankless water heaters and combination systems in houses. He has performed assessments of secondhand exposure smoke in cars, apartments, outdoor patios, and bars & restaurants. He was the manager of the CEE’s Indoor Air Quality group for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Residential Sound Insulation Program. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Princeton University, a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Condensing Boiler Optimization
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Aerosols - Seek and Seal Envelope Leaks
February 22, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Marilou Cheple picture
Marilou Cheple

Marilou Cheple, PhD, received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a Master's and PhD from the University of Minnesota where she focused on building science and moisture in residential buildings. As a graduate student Marilou taught classes in the Residential Building Science and Technology and later served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Bio-Products and Bio-Systems Engineering. From 2007 - 2014 Marilou was the Manager of the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program for the State of Minnesota. She most recently worked as Manager of Education and Development for Residential Science Resources and now is a private consultant.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 1 of 4)
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 2 of 4)
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 3 of 4)
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 4 of 4)
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Gord Cooke picture
Gord Cooke

Gord Cooke is a Partner with Construction Instruction Inc. Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner. Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high performance houses.

Career Highlights:

  • A regular contributor to many industry publications and writer of a monthly column on HVAC systems for Mechanical Business magazine
  • EEBA – Excellence in Building Legacy Award – 2013
  • EnerQuality Corp/Ontario Home Builders Association – Hall of Fame Inductee 2007
  • Member of over a dozen industry associations across North America
  • Chairman of Canadian Standard Association F280 Residential Heat-Loss/Heat-Gain Standard, which now recognizes proper sizing of mechanical systems in high-performance homes.

High Performance Mechanical Systems for Houses That Work—Full day
February 20, 2017 8:00–4:30 p.m.

Jim Cooper picture
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.

Jason Edens picture
Jason Edens

Jason Edens is the founder and Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making solar energy accessible to all income levels. Jason is a licensed building contractor, a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified Solar Installer and has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy. Jason currently lives in a solar powered home in northern Minnesota with his wife and a small pack of dogs.

The Form and Function of Solar Energy in Cold Climates
February 21, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

Tim Eian picture
Tim Eian

Tim Delhey Eian was born and raised in Germany. He is a master carpenter and an architectural engineer. Tim moved to Minneapolis in 2001. He is a certified Passive House consultant and designer. In 2008, Tim founded TE Studio and in 2010, he joint Stephan Tanner at Intep. Both companies pioneer high performance architecture in North America and are responsible for the continent's first certified Passive House, as well as firsts in Wisconsin and the Twin Cities among others.

Passive House: Commercial Projects
February 22, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

Passive House: Residential Retrofit (EnerPHit)
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Passive House: Residential New Construction - the "Nordeast Nest”
February 22, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Rebecca Ellis picture
Rebecca Ellis

Ms. Ellis is a nationally recognized leader in the building commissioning industry. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in 13 states, she is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds commissioning certifications from ASHRAE, the Building Commissioning Association, and the AABC Commissioning Group. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Minnesota, respectively. She has helped define mainstream commissioning services and has written a monthly column about commissioning for Engineered Systems magazine for more than 18 years.

The Whats & Whys of Effective Building Design (Commercial Buildings)—Full Day
February 20, 2017 8:00 a.m.‐4:30 p.m.

Erick Filby

Erick Filby, CSI CDT Territory Manager Marvin Windows and Doors- 19 years experience representing window and door suppliers and manufacturers, , Past President Construction Specification Institute (CSI)- Twin Ports Chapter, Certified Documents Technologist (CDT) through CSI, Active member of the Arrowhead Builders Association, Installation Masters Certified Installer, MP Energy Design Conference attendee and/or presenter since 2001.

Recommended Window Installation
February 22, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

Fundamentals of Door Installation
February 22, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Mike Florence

Mike Florence has dedicated almost 10 years of his professional life to the window and door industry, and joined DUXTON in 2015 as a Project Manager. He graduated from Red River College in Winnipeg, focusing on business and marketing. Over the years, Mike has specialized in the residential renovation and new construction markets in cold climates, and offers a practical, experienced approach to high performance windows and doors.

High Performance Glazing and the Building Envelope
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Charles Holt picture
Charles Holt

Charlie Holt has more than 10 years of experience providing commercial buildings solutions, having served as a customer advocate in the HVAC, building automation and controls, and energy efficiency and management arenas. Charlie’s overall work experience spans the spectrum, from planning, facility maintenance, technical analysis and procurement of projects for building owners, to education and advocacy for energy efficiency and high performance building solutions.

The Whats & Whys of Effective Building Design
February 20, 2017 7:00‐4:30 p.m.

Rodger Holland picture
Rodger Holland

Roger Holland is the co-owner of Holland & Hearth Inc., a manufacturer representative firm that manages the North Central region of the US for nine hearth products manufacturing plants located throughout the world. Rodger’s Hearth industry career spans 30 years. He has worked both in the field and in manufacturing facilities to bring quality hearth products to the market. He is an active member of the Hearth Products Association (HPBA) Government affairs committee and has served on the HPBA board of directors for 6 years including the Chairmanship in 2012. He is NFI Certified in Gas and pellet fuels and WHERF certified in wood burning.

Hearth Products 101 for Today's Builders
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Pat Huelman picture
Patrick Huelman

Pat Huelman is an Associate Extension Professor in Energy and Building Systems with the University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as Coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with University of Minnesota Extension. He is a lead faculty member for the Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a principal investigator for hygrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Currently, Pat is the Project Lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America teams.

Pat has been extremely active in professional education for the home building industry and is nationally recognized for his “systems approach” to improving overall home performance. Pat’s long-term focus has been on heat, air, and moisture movement in buildings and his primary expertise is in building systems and technologies that will provide energy efficiency, long-term durability, and healthy indoor air for homes. With more than 30 years in the field, Pat brings extensive experience and expertise in energy-efficient design and construction, innovative building systems, moisture management strategies, mechanical ventilation, and residential indoor air quality.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 1 of 4)
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 2 of 4)
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 3 of 4)
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 4 of 4)
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

High-Performance Mechanical Systems for High-Performance Enclosures
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Paul Kellner

Paul Kellner graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication prior to opening Heritage Window and Door in 1992. At Heritage, he supplies high performance products for challenging commercial and residential applications, including historic preservation, and brings a true passion for quality products and installations.

High Performance Glazing and the Building Envelope
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Matthew Kiemen picture
Matthew Kiemen

Matt joined Ryan Company in March 2013 and lives in Minneapolis. Matt is a 2008 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and where he was also President of his fraternity. He comes from a background in HVAC design and energy modeling for a consulting engineering firm where he worked on many different types of systems and buildings. He is an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to the Vikings.

Steam vs. Hot Water Boiler Systems: Pros vs. Cons
February 21, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Eric Klein

Eric Klein Installation and Service Instructor, Marvin Windows and Doors Warroad, MN 56763 Accredited Installation Masters Instructor and Certified Installation Masters Installer Residential, Light Commercial, and Commercial 30 plus years of service with Marvin Last 7 years in Tours and Training Department, MP Energy Design Conference presenter since 2009.

Recommended Window Installation
February 22, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

Fundamentals of Door Installation
February 22, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Jack Kluemkpe picture
Jack Kluempke

Jack Kluempke was the Solar Sales and Development Coordinator for Array Solar, a division of Elk River Winlectric, where he specialized in Photovoltaic (PV) System Design and product procurement. He is also a NABCEP Emeritus in PV Technical Sales, an MREA-Certified Site Assessor in both PV and Solar Thermal technology, and an MRES instructor. Jack brings 10+ years of construction and project management and sales experience to his current role at the Department of Commerce. He holds a degree in Finance from St. John’s University, a degree in Energy Technology from St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and is a graduate of the Solar PV Design and Technical Sales program at Saint Paul College. He is also an active member of ASES, MREA, MRES, and MnSEIA, serving on a number of committees to promote renewable energy and energy conservation. Jack lives in St. Cloud with his wife Kim and four children.

Incorporating Solar into Residential New Construction
February 21, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Jukka Kukkonen picture
Jukka Kukkonen

Jukka Kukkonen is the founder of PlugInConnect, a Minnesota based electric vehicle market and technology consulting firm. He has helped organizations to build successful strategies for the rapidly developing PEV market in the areas of apartment, condominium, workplace and DC fast charging. Jukka has given dozens of EV presentations and workshops since 2010. He has trained various stakeholders from architects and auto salespeople to utility company personnel and public utility commission staff. In 2012 he started the MN PEV Owners Circle that has grown to become one of the largest and most active regional plug-in vehicle owner groups in the nation. He also manages EV programs for Fresh Energy. In 2012, Jukka was honored with a Certificate of Recognition from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's office for his work with the EV market in Minnesota, and in 2013 he received the Sustainable St Paul Award.

More information about his work can be found by visiting: www.PlugInConnect.com , www.MultiHousingCharging.com and www.WorkplaceCharging.com

EV Charging Strategies
February 21, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Jukka Kukkonen picture
Christopher LaForge

Christopher is an IREC Certified Master Trainer and is a NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional Emeritus (ID# 041704-24). He has run Great Northern Solar for 30 years. Great Northern Solar has designed, specified, sold and deployed systems since 1988 for both the grid-connected and off-grid markets.

He has worked to develop documents regarding “Establishing Training in Solar Business Development and Sales” and “Best Practices for Designing a PV Lab” as a member of the IREC Subject Matter Expert Team.

He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation.

Christopher has developed training for contractors, administrators, project managers and the public. Clients have included the City of Minneapolis - Minnesota, Hennepin and St. Louis County in Minnesota, the Madison Area Technical College and several other colleges. He has trained many electrical contractors and solar instructors in the greater Midwest and beyond.

In September, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognized Great Northern Solar CEO Christopher LaForge as the 2016 IREC Certified Clean Energy Instructor/Master Trainer of the Year.

Renewable Energy Systems and the National Electrical Code (NEC)—2017 Update Part 1 of 2
February 21, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Renewable Energy Systems and the National Electrical Code (NEC)—2017 Update Part 2 of 2
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

The Internet of Things (IOT)—The Nexus of Technologies in the Home and Business
February 21, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Solar Electric and Eenergy Storage—Hartley Nature Center Project—A Case Study
February 21, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Jeanette LeZaks picture
Jeannette LeZaks

Jeannette believes that the solutions to our energy challenges necessitate a multi-faceted approach. Her experience reflects that belief, as she brings a comprehensive background in energy systems analysis. Her work at Seventhwave focuses on applied and technical research examining how people use energy, and hopes that this knowledge will serve to advance energy efficiency and sustainability. She serves as a volunteer member on the City of Madison's Sustainable Madison Commission.

Jeannette has a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a Master's degree focusing on Energy Analysis and Policy from the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at UW-Madison.

Under the Belly of the Beast: A Closer Look at Energy Use in Manufactured Homes
February 22, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Elden Lindamood

Elden grew up in Maryland, and is a graduate of North Dakota State University. He is a registered architect in the State of Minnesota. He has worked in the architectural field for 20 years, slaving away on residential, multi-family, and small commercial projects, while relentlessly beating the energy efficiency drum.

When not at work, Elden is an accomplished stained glass artist, a British car enthusiast, and a master of taking things apart.

Case Study: Wrenshall Residence—A Local Architect Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is.
February 22, 2017 8:308‐10:00 a.m.

Ed Lohrenz picture
Ed Lohrenz

Ed has worked in the many facets of the ground source heat pump (GSHP) industry for 35 years. Since 2006 he has worked as designer of larger scale commercial systems in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is the author of the Certified GeoExchange Designer course used by International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). He has developed GSHP systems that integrate thermal energy storage to reduce peak energy loads to and from the ground and take advantage of off peak electric rates. He has authored numerous presentations and papers for ASHRAE and IGSHPA. His focus is the optimization of GSHP systems that reduce construction cost, improve efficiency and ensure long term operational sustainability.

Keeping Ground Source Heat Pump Systems on the Table
February 21, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Dave Louis

Dave Louis has been an instructor for Lake States Environmental, Ltd. for 6 years. Mr. Louis had been in the residential and commercial contracting business for over 20 years. He has been the lead instructor for Lake States’ Lead-Safe Renovation program since 2012, and is also an instructor of our asbestos programs. Dave is known for providing valuable, practical insight into implementing specialized work practices in a way that is very economically sensible.

Lead Certification Course—Full Day
February 20, 2017 8:00 a.m.dash;4:30 p.m.

Practical Methods of conducting Lead-Safe Remodeling, Repair and Painting Activities
February 22, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

Jay Marshall picture
Jay Marshall

Mr. Marshall is principal and owner of ON2 Solutions, a lighting consultation and design company focused on education and providing comprehensive lighting solutions to challenging design concepts.

With 20+ years in the lighting industry, Mr. Marshall has developed an extensive network of relationships that has enabled him to interact across a broad range of the lighting industry including: LED component and fixture manufacturing, industry wide educational initiatives, and expert consultancy and professional lighting design.

Mr. Marshall is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America since 2001 and was instrumental in resurrecting the Yosemite Chapter in 2003 after its disbandment in 1995. From 2003-07, Jay served as President where it continues to be a self-sustaining chapter of the IESNA. In 2007, Mr. Marshall received his Lighting Certification from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, continues to sit on the Advisory Committee for PennWell’s Strategies in Light & LED Show.

The Whats & Whys of Effective Building Design (Commercial Buildings)—Full Day
February 20, 2017 8:00 a.m.‐4:30 p.m.

Daniel May picture
Daniel May

As the Multifamily Project Coordinator at CEE, Dan helps building owners and managers identify and implement energy saving opportunities within their buildings. He has nearly a decade of experience working in the energy efficiency field, and has been involved in a variety of programs at CEE, including the Sound Mitigation Program and Home Energy Squad, in addition to the Multifamily program. He has a B.S. in Residential Building Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is currently in the process of completing a B.A.S. in Construction Management.

Saving Energy in Existing Multifamily Buildings
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Bill McAnally picture
Bill McAnally

Bill McAnally has over 35 years in the construction industry. He was a building contractor for over 15 years specializing in new home and light commercial construction. During this time he focused on energy efficient and healthy building methods. He still remembers using Tyvek in the late ‘70’s, and was told how “that paper stuff” will never catch on.

Bill then became a carpentry instructor for Iowa Central Community College for 17 years and then became the Department Chair of Industrial Technology. During his tenure, the focus on energy efficient construction led to construction of 15 residence halls, numerous new homes as well as partnering with several area organizations building community projects.

Bill was named the top community college instructor in Iowa in 2001 by the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. He is the past president of the Iowa Industrial Technology Education Association and a board member of several groups involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Bill now operates Bill McAnally Consulting. In this capacity, he provides educational programs to those in the building trades, consults on various building projects, has assisted in grant writing projects, and appears monthly on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk Of Iowa,” where he answers consumers' questions about their homes.

Pre- and Post-Retrofit Assessments and Inspections
February 21, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.
February 22, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Paul Morin picture
Paul Morin

Paul Morin had 15 years carpentry experience framing new homes before becoming a weatherization auditor for SRC in 1991. Paul then worked for the Center for Energy and Environment for over 12 years diagnosing building shell, combustion spillage, ventilation, and moisture problems in single family and multifamily buildings. He has been working in Sales and Technical Support for The Energy Conservatory for 8 years and is on the Minnesota Building Performance Association Board of Directors.

So, Tell Me About Your Problem House
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Fernando Nacionales

Capt. Fernando Nacionales is the Deputy Base Civil Engineer and Energy Manager at the 133 Airlift Wing where he is responsible for planning and managing sustainment, repair and maintenance projects, and providing actionable recommendations to wing leadership in order to enhance the installation's sustainability posture. Prior to working full time at the 133rd, he was a reserve Navy Seabee and worked as a Principal Engineer at the Minnesota Department of Health where he oversaw plans and construction of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Michael Nordby picture
Michael Nordby

Michael Nordby is co-owner at Brownstone Distributing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Michael has over 25 years in the Fireplace and Hearth industry with residential and business properties. As a business owner, board member and industry consultant, he has a unique expertise in hearth products and the need for this product in today’s construction. Michael has served on multiple boards over the years including the NCHPBA Board of Directors, HPBA National Board of Directors and the HPBA Executive Committee. He continues to be an active member of the HPBA Government Affairs Committee. He also holds the NFI (National Fireplace Institute) certification in gas products for the hearth products industry. It is a core belief of Michael’s that the fireplaces of today enhance and save energy in homes and businesses.

Hearth Products 101 for Today's Builders
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Rebecca Olson picture
Rebecca Olson

Rebecca Olson joined the NEC in 2012 as the residential energy program manager. She oversees all aspects of the residential energy programs including the Home Energy Squad, NEC’s Energy Audit programs and our New Construction Energy Consulting programs. Before joining the NEC, she worked as an energy auditor for 3 years and was the director of a low-income weatherization program for 3 years. She is a certified BPI Building Analyst and a BPI Envelope Professional. She is also a trainer and test proctor for each of these certifications.

Rebecca has served as president and secretary of the Minnesota Building Performance Association and is the current chair of the Building Performance Institute’s Standards Technical Committee.

Condensing Boiler Optimization
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

John Paulson

John Paulson is the Project/Environmental/Regulatory Manager for the City of Hutchinson. During his 10 years with the City he has been managing a variety of programs including MS4 Stormwater, Wastewater Pretreatment, Wellhead Protection, Energy Conservation, Sustainability and helped to develop and remains involved in the City’s Facilities Committee. John works directly with the public, contractors, elected officials, other local governments, and regulatory agencies to implement a variety of programs and projects. He is actively involved in various professional organization boards that include MCSC, CERTS, MESERB, and MECA. John’s passion for the outdoors enables him to experience firsthand the impacts that our daily lives have on the environment.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Scott Pigg picture
Scott Pigg

Scott is a nationally recognized expert in residential energy research and energy efficiency program evaluation. Over the past 28 years, he has implemented field studies investigating various aspects of space heating, air conditioning, water heating and plug-load energy use, and has conducted numerous energy efficiency program impact evaluations. Scott has substantial knowledge of the residential market sector in Minnesota and Wisconsin, informed by his work on studies to assess savings potential in multifamily buildings and manufactured homes; determine the savings potential associated with quality installation and maintenance of furnaces and central air conditioners; determine causes of high household energy consumption, characterize energy use in manufactured homes, and understand residential plug-load consumption in Minnesota homes.

What You Need to Know about Residential Furnaces, Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps if You're NOT an HVAC Professional
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Under the Belly of the Beast: A Closer Look at Energy Use in Manufactured Homes
February 22, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Josh Quinnell picture
Josh Quinnell

Josh Quinnell is a Senior Research Engineer in the Innovation Exchange at the Center for Energy and Environment in Minneapolis, MN. Josh has 10 years of research experience in building sciences, solar energy, and transport phenomena. Josh has worked on projects with NREL, NASA, and the International Energy Agency. Currently Josh is working on building energy efficiency projects including commercial and institutional HVAC duct leakage, optimization of energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems, residential garage contaminant transport, small data center energy efficiency, and residential furnace efficiency retrofits. Prior to CEE Josh spent time at ZAE Bayern in Germany and at the University of Minnesota researching thermochemical energy storage cycles, Stirling engines, heat & mass transfer, and the net zero ICON Solar house. Josh obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Emerging Technologies for Cold Weather Residential Heating
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Drew Quirk picture
Drew Quirk

Drew Quirk is a Product Developer at Xcel Energy focusing on energy efficiency program design for large commercial and industrial customers. He has held several roles across Xcel Energy’s demand side management portfolio over the course of his eight year career. Most recently, Drew led Xcel Energy’s design and implementation effort for two new data access tools for building owners and local government sustainability staff. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data and Financing
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Paul Rauker picture
Paul Rauker

Paul joined as the Vice President/GM of the Systems & Controls business in September, 2013. Prior to joining Daikin Applied, Paul was the Environmental & Combustion Controls Director of Strategic Marketing for Honeywell. Paul was a key member in creating and driving a new connected home strategy within the Homes business. Paul also held various general management positions within Honeywell and 3M where he lead the turnaround of product lines via new focused strategy and accelerated new product development. Paul started his career in 1992 with Ernst & Young of Boston. Paul is a 1992 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a B.S. in Accounting.

The Whats & Whys of Effective Building Design
February 20, 2017 7:00‐4:30 p.m.

Dale Reckman picture
Dale Reckman

Currently the BlueGreen Alliances "Clean Economy Manufacturing Center" Dir, Technical Services. Prior to his current role he served as Dir, Field Services for GLWN (Global Wind Network), VP Commercial Products Group with Magna Machine, Manager - Engineering Operations non-fleet product for ALSTOM Power and Manager - Estimating/Engineering for AR Power Services. Dale has been published in FMA's "green manufacturer", AWS's "WELDING journal" and The Hobart Institute of Welding Technologies "The World of Welding". Dale has spoken on multiple continents on the topics of manufacturing supply chain, renewable energy and energy efficiency and currently resides in SW Ohio

Building Clean—Do You Know What Your're Putting in Your House? A Discussion on Energy-Efficient Products
February 21, 2017 7:00–8:15 a.m.

Michael Resch

Michael Resech received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Mike has over twelve years experience in commercial and residential envelope design, installation, testing, and forensic investigation.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 1 of 4)
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 2 of 4)
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 3 of 4)
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 4 of 4)
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

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.

Bob Rogalla

Bob Rogalla is the Training Manager for Lake States Environmental, Ltd., a role he has been in since 1993. Bob first became certified as an Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor in Wisconsin in 1988, and has been involved with training Asbestos professionals since 1990. In 1991, Bob became certified as a Lead Abatement Supervisor, and has been involved with training Lead-Based Paint professionals since. His background has provided a wealth of insight into practical methods of accomplishing the objectives of requirements. With this insight he truly merges his specialized experience with the practical reality of the projects the Asbestos and Lead rules apply to.

Lead Certification Course—Full Day
February 20, 2017 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Asbestos – Yes, It’s Still Around
February 21, 2017 7:00–8:15 a.m.

Virginia Rutter

As the Senior Research Analyst at Eutectics, Virginia works to broaden the company’s knowledge base. Since joining in October 2013, she has supported all aspects of our business from modeling the finances for Deal Books to driving the company’s expertise on Community Solar Gardens. Virginia comes to Eutectics with a strong background in public finance and environmental policy. While at Public Financial Management, she handled both public and private municipal bond sales for clients ranging from small school districts to state agencies, and she worked to develop PFM’s “green” practice with PACE financing. Virginia has also worked on environmental policy for several nonprofit organizations, cities, and state agencies, including lobbying with Minnesota Environmental Partnership and tracking air quality grants for the City of Los Angeles. She loves that Eutectics melds her expertise in finance and clean energy with practical implementation.

Her passion for environmental policy was developed early in her undergraduate studies, where she found a connection to ecology, conservation, and politics. Not only is this shown in her professional life, but also in her volunteer work. Virginia was involved with the Citizens League’s electricity project from 2010-2015, and she served on the board of Do It Green! Minnesota from 2013-2015.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus on energy policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis and Biology from Pomona College. When Virginia and her husband Perry aren’t chasing after their two young children – Adele and Calvin – Virginia can be found knitting, playing the piano, training for a 1/2 marathon, or in ballet class.

Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data & Financing
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Ed Scherrer

Edward Scherrer is the President and Chief Engineer of InSoFast LLC. Building has been a constant in his life. Ed started with custom home construction and continued on with Insulating Concrete Form (ICFs) construction, radiant heating systems for do-it-yourselfers, and finally with InSoFast panels. Ed is problem fixer and is continually looking for ways to improve how things are built. InSoFast panels were born from his experiences – both good and bad – in the ICF industry. Ed took the benefits: continuous insulation and built-in studs; but then he looked at what were the issues common to the industry: electrical installation, water leak migration through the wall, and poor installation in the field. He developed a product that was easy for DIYers but still answered all the issues that concerned the building science community. Ed wanted a foolproof-in-the-field product for finishing basements. Now with the new 2.5 EX panels, he has a a foolproof-in-the-field product for exterior insulation as well.

Continuous Insulation Strategies—Building the Perfect Wall in an Imperfect World.
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Ben Schoenbauer picture
Ben Schoenbauer

Ben Schoenbauer is a Senior Research Engineer and has been with CEE since 2008. At CEE, Ben conducts research on new and innovative technologies and ideas dealing with residential and commercial energy efficiency. This work includes identifying new opportunities, conducting research, identifying funding opportunities and disseminating the results. Ben’s areas of focus include water heater performance, service water heating, and residential HVAC systems. Ben has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Saint John’s University.

Condensing Boiler Optimization
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Emerging Technologies for Cold Weather Residential Heating
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Dean Seibert picture
Dean Seibert

Dean Seibert is the Director of Sales and Marketing and a partner at InSoFast, LLC. He has been an integral part of InSoFast, LLC since 2009. He brings a wealth of experience from the synthetic stucco industry (EIFS), the structural insulated panel industry (SIPS), and the Insulation Concrete Form industry (ICFS).

Dean was a past chairman of the Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA) and worked with the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to write the training manual for the ICF industry. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a strong practical knowledge of the building industry.

Continuous Insulation Strategies—Building the Perfect Wall in an Imperfect World.
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Patrick Shea

Patrick Shea is the Public Services Director for the City of St. Cloud and is responsible for the administration of the St. Cloud’s Public Utilities, Public Works, Engineering and Airport Departments. Position includes administrative, technical and supervisory work of professional staff with a commitment to continuous improvement and public service. Main focus includes oversight and management of operations and projects related to the Public Services Section. Daily activities include policy development, long-range planning, purchasing and budgeting, training and supervision.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Brandon Smith picture
Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith, LC is a field based factory senior sales representative for Acuity Brands lighting, in the Holophane Sales Channel, and a Lighting Certified (LC) professional with over 18 years of lighting exclusive experience. Brandon is the former sectional President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and has also held other leadership positions within that organization. Acuity Brands is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting fixtures, controls and systems for historically styled outdoor lighting, utility, roadway, industrial, and commercial markets.

The Whats & Whys of Effective Building Design (Commercial Buildings)—Full Day
February 20, 2017 8:00 a.m.‐4:30 p.m.

Peter Solac picture
Peter Solac

Peter Solac is the owner of Woodland Stoves and Fireplaces, a Minneapolis based company that handles a diverse range of hearth products. He started the business in 1977 with a keen interest in woodburning stoves. At that time the frequent interruptions in fossil fuel availability and a rapid rise in oil prices lead to a rebirth in the use of wood as a heating fuel.

Woodland Stoves and Fireplaces sells and installs wood, gas, and electric hearth products, but nearly half of their business is in woodburning products, a rarity in today's market. Those woodburning products include decorative and heating fireplaces, woodstoves and Finnish Masonry heaters.

Peter holds many licenses including a Minnesota Building Contractors license which he uses not to build houses, but to understand how hearth products fit into modern building construction and comply with todays building and energy codes.

Hearth Products 101 for Today's Builders
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

Kitrina Stratton picture
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.

Rachel Wagner picture
Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner is co-owner of Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth, MN. She has a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis and she is a licensed architect in Wisconsin and a certified Passive House designer. Since 1996, Rachel has specialized in resource-efficient, ecological design for cold climates. She tries to make things better without making things worse.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 1 of 4)
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 2 of 4)
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 3 of 4)
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge (Part 4 of 4)
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

The Ecologists' House: Case Study of a Zero Net Energy Home in Duluth
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Billy Weber

Weber is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, and a Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the integration of sustainability and architecture through applied research, exploring and developing tools to evaluate and compare the often- disparate aesthetic, economic, and environmental goals. He is the project manager of the Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiative a knowledge base to advance sustainability in affordable housing. Recent work includes the Green Rehabilitation of Elder Apartment Treatments: The GREAT Study with the National Center for Healthy Housing; and EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Pilot Project.

Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data and Financing
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Terry Webster

Terry Webster is the Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. In his 11 years with the State he has been the project manager for several public engagement efforts including 7 years of the 5,000 sq. ft. Energy Exhibit in the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair, the publication of the 67-page Home Energy Guide, and many community events with partners such as CERTs, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, and several utility companies. As the project manager for the Clean Energy Community Award program, he is responsible for coordinating the effort to recognize the work of Minnesota Communities who are implementing programs, policies, and technologies that encourage energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy generation. Prior to working in the Department of Commerce, he was a communications consultant and a residential building contractor.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Justing Wilson picture
Justin Wilson

Justin works with national and regional builders on new construction of residential and commercials buildings and forensic investigations on building sites all over North America to find solutions to problems in the building processes that affect energy, comfort, and durability. He also uses this insight to work with leading building product manufacturers on new product development, product refinements, installation and maintenance guidelines.

Thermal enclosure improvements, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, HVAC integration and design of homes are his primary industry interests. He also has a passion for affordable net-zero energy homes with advanced and durable thermal enclosures. As the Environment & Sustainability Manager with McStain Neighborhoods in Boulder, CO Justin was a key player in designing and developing several of the first production net-zero homes in the US. He knows about the good, the bad, and the ugly of production net zero building.

Justin’s Bachelor of Science Degree is in music. He is an accomplished Jazz and Classical musician who one time played Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra solo to a live audience at full tilt. Turns out, Justin’s love for music is only love; his passion lies in the building industry, which he discovered while swinging a hammer to make ends meet. Since then, he’s studied mechanical engineering and physics, and has since worked as an Engineer at a plastic component manufacturing facility.

These days, the Construction Instruction mobile app is Justin’s main part-time job and one of his proudest achievements. It thrills him to watch the user base keep growing and it is rewarding to know that people are gaining valuable and innovative industry knowledge through the app.

EEBA Houses That Work™ (Part 1 of 4)
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

EEBA Houses That Work™ (Part 2 of 4)
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

EEBA Houses That Work™ (Part 3 of 4)
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

EEBA Houses That Work™ (Part 4 of 4)
February 21, 2017 3:00‐4:00 p.m. 21, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Mike Wilson

Biography of Mike D. Wilson

  • Involved in the HVAC and Energy industry since 1981
  • Mike got involved in how building science/blower door technology could be applied with ventilation and other HVAC skills to improve the IAQ within homes.
  • Installing contractor of Ventilation/IAQ system for over ten years
  • Worked for Shelter Supply and currently for Dakota Supply Group in training, field site assistance, technical support and building/mechanical system design/diagnostics.

Mike is comfortable with talking about the “System Approach” which is how the components of the HVAC system, the structure of the house, and the homeowner interact together. Red Wing Energy Center Graduate and currently holds four BPI certificates.

Balanced Ventilation Strategies for Cold Climate Housing
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Slab on Grade Construction: Meeting the MN Energy Code Shell and HVAC Requirements
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Brian Wimmer picture
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.