2017 Colorado Chapter of the ICC Educational Institute March 6-10, 2017

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The Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council will be hosting the 32nd Annual Colorado Educational Institute the week of March 6, 2017, once again at the newly renovated Marriott Denver Tech Center. 

The Educational Institute will again offer 13 full-week course paths with instruction by some of the best instructors in the country.  Class offerings will include a number of new classes as well as updated versions of their most popular classes, all based on the 2015 International Codes and the 2014 National Electrical Code.  Registration costs will remain at $400 for the week or $90 a day, including lunch.

The Colorado Chapter is an Approved Preferred Provider for ICC Continuing Education.  Classes will also be eligible for continuing education Learning Units as required by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and designed to meet the continuing education requirements for Professional Development Units required by the State of Colorado Electrical Board (DORA).

Again, the Colorado Educational Institute will be held March 6-10, 2017, at the Marriott DTC, 4900 S Syracuse Street, Denver, CO.  Room rates at the Marriott will be $139/night.

https://coloradochaptericc.org/education/education-institute/

Robby Schwarz

Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

Field Fusion: Learning How to Sell the Benefits of High-Performance Homes

Get in the Game by Selling High Performance 

Field-Fusion-LogoDate: November 16, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 PM

Cost: None

Location: Tavern Tech Center (Upstairs) 
5336 DTC Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Please RSVP here

Event Logistics:

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

Presenter: Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC

Issue: New construction is on the rise again. However, the real estate market is still dominated by older homes as they represent over 85% of sales. Homebuilders, HERS® Raters, trade partners, suppliers, and manufacturers have a significant impact on the way new homes are designed, built, and sold.
 
Objective:  Converting prospective buyers to new construction is a team effort. Leveraging your knowledge of building science, energy efficiency, and consumer trends and behavior, is the most effective way to create opportunities. Get in the game by learning how to demonstrate and sell the benefits of high-performance homes, services, and products. You will increase your sales, improve your profitability, and differentiate your brand!

5:00 – 7:00 PM 

EnergyLogic’s Mixer and networking

Drinks & hors d’oeuvres provided!

Todd Gamboa

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Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC, has been in the building industry for over 30 years, managing private and public companies. As a homebuilder, he has been responsible for the creation of thousands of homes. As a building science consultant, public speaker, and host of “New Home Solutions Radio”, he educates homebuilders, contractors, architects, appraisers, and realtors all over the country about the value and benefits of buying new construction. Mr Gamboa has launched and managed several, energy efficiency and “market transformation” programs for utility providers; home builder and realtor associations; and  state and federal government agencies throughout the U.S. His fast-paced, fun, and informative sales training have been described as “Info-tainment” by attendees.

 

This Field Fusion event is generously supported by Tyvek.

 

Our Newest Reason to Brag and Your Best Reason to Attend!

Autumn LodgeWe’re stoked!  RaterFest! 2015 is now officially a RESNET® Regional Conference.

We couldn’t believe it, but when we applied for continuing education credits for our upcoming RaterFest! event, it took less than 24 hours to approval from our friends at RESNET. Thanks, RESNET. We’re proud to be called a RESNET Regional Conference. We won’t let you down!

What does this partnership mean for you?  It means that when you join us September 18-20 for the 7th Annual RaterFest!, you will also be earning 12 hours of RESNET Rater, QAD, & Trainer Professional Development.

The RaterFest! Experience:

  • RaterFest! 095 - Copy12 Hours of RESNET Rater, QAD, & Trainer Professional Development
  • 2 ½ Days in the Rocky Mountains
  • 10 Speakers
  • 5 Colorado craft brews
  • 6 Meals
  • 2 Night’s lodging
  • 4 Rater Olympics obstacles
  • 1 Amazing weekend to celebrate the home performance industry.

Learn more and register for RaterFest! 2015.

We’re easy to reach by phone at 888-917-5532, or by email.

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Greenbuild 2014: Reinvigorating A Zeal for Sustainability

New Orleans, Bourbon Street At Night, Skyline PhotographyThe city of New Orleans proved to be a perfect venue for this year’s annual Greenbuild Conference. Once crippled by storm surges from Hurricane Katrina, the city has come back with a vengeance, rejuvenated by a focus on durability and sustainability. Subsequent restorations and rebuilds have included techniques such as building raised structures on stilts, strategic parklands and integrated wetlands to manage stormwater. The realization that we as a country must build and landscape smarter echoes a sustainable movement that has already been spearheaded by this great city in a commitment to its own future vitality.

Inspired by the success of sustainability in action in New Orleans, Greenbuild was once again a rousing victory. On top of all of the more tangible benefits of Greenbuild – education and professional development opportunities alike – the personal connections are what really resonate with me. One of my favorite aspects of the conference is the ability to connect with many of my clients – those from the U.S. as well as abroad – and have them share all of their experiences with LEED for Homes.

Greenbuild 2014 copyDuring this year’s conference, I was able to engage with many organizations I work with from South America – from countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama. Most importantly, those who had already experienced LEED projects were able to share lessons learned after implementing the program in their country. This type of sharing proves vital for others who want to remove the stumbling blocks associated with local building practices when expanding LEED to new parts of the world.

In addition to the further expansion of LEED for Homes at the international level, anticipation and excitement around LEED for Homes: Version 4 is in full effect. Set to be the standard in June 2015, this new version will provide a multitude of changes that will strengthen and solidify LEED for Homes for years to come. Developments including a new online platform, EnergyStar Version 3 prerequisites, and removal of accountability forms will make the certification process much smoother and easier to follow. Stricter guidelines will give the certification even more credibility when espousing projects set to achieve the highest level in green building and sustainability.

Following Greenbuild, I find my zeal for sustainability both strengthened and reinvigorated, much like the city that served as the event’s backdrop. I made countless connections and was inspired by leaps in innovation and expertise. I have no doubt that the new and exciting developments unfolding in LEED for Homes will bring us closer to making sustainability more than just an idea, but a standard in building. And as I look ahead to next year’s conference in Washington, D.C., I am filled with anticipation to see industry colleagues again and share stories about our collective progress.

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Adam Jonash
LEED Programs Manager
EnergyLogic, Inc.

Partners of the Americas – An EnergyLogic Green Rater in Bolivia

I was recently invited to Bolivia as the keynote speaker for a green building conference at the Cochabamba Institute of Architects. While I was there, I also met with a number of universities, local governments, and environmental NGOs to talk about the potential for developing a residential green rating system for use in Bolivia. My trip was organized and paid for by an organization called Partners of the Americas, with in-kind support from EnergyLogic.

I flew into the La Paz airport, which sits at over 13,000 feet—let’s just say I was thankful for my Colorado roots! My host in La Paz was the president of the Bolivian Institute of Architects, who arranged some brief presentations for the architecture students at three private universities. Within 36 hours, I was back in the air to my main destination, Cochabamba, for just over a week of meetings, conferences, and green home tours.

Originally I planned to talk specifically about energy efficiency, but then I learned that the climate in Cochabamba is so mild that homes don’t use heating or cooling systems! So I switched gears to focus on green building and sustainable development in general. First I took the audience through the basics of sustainable building, the software tools we use to evaluate buildings, and the various programs that are out there to certify green homes. Next we reviewed the details of the LEED for Homes rating system from the US Green Building Council as a case study. Finally, after discovering that some other Latin American countries have modified LEED for Homes to better meet their needs, we decided to go point-by-point through the Brazilian checklist and discuss whether it could be applied locally. The consensus was that yes, with a few minor tweaks, this was a good model for green homes in Bolivia.

I then got the chance to talk with government agencies, environmental groups, and even the local newspaper about the importance of green building and sustainable development. There was a lot of genuine interest, and the timing was perfect as the city is currently developing their first sustainability plan in response to chronic water shortages and infrastructure stresses.  In addition, I visited several green buildings sites, including the home of Cochabamba’s most famous architect, Mario Moscoso, or the father of “organic architecture.” He believes buildings should adapt to their environment, not the other way around. He uses fiber cement walls, passive cooling strategies and a green roof for insulation. In the backyard he is trying to recreate an entire ecosystem, complete with over 3,000 fish, ducks, llamas, horses, and of course, parrots. It was like walking through a dream.

Finally, I flew to Santa Cruz to meet with members of the Green Building Council of Bolivia, who took me on a tour of some green high-rise structures. We were all really energized by the prospect of helping to establish and grow a green building industry in Bolivia. My trip was a win-win-win for Partners of the Americas, EnergyLogic, and the people of Bolivia. I was flattered and impressed by the support I received from all involved, grateful the knowledge I was able to share, and excited for future opportunities to work together.

Darren Legge
EnergyLogic Rater, Auditor, Green Rater, QA