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.
Who to Contact:
Principal, Director of Builder Relations
Get in the Game by Selling High Performance
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Presenter: Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC
5:00 – 7:00 PM
EnergyLogic’s Mixer and networking
Drinks & hors d’oeuvres provided!
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.
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:
- 12 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.
We’re easy to reach by phone at 888-917-5532, or by email.
The 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.
During 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.
LEED Programs Manager
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.
Here is my personal guide to things to do in Denver especially focused on eating and drinking and things that you can walk to from the 16th St. Mall.
Disclaimer: This is my personal list, it reflects places I’ve been and things that I enjoy. Good luck!
PDF attached below or scroll down for links and a separate map…
ACI – Welcome to Denver –
The Mile-High City, Queen City of the West, Queen City of the Plains, Wall Street of the West and a whole lot more!
Welcome all my fellow ACI attendees to Denver. I can tell you right now that I’m quite proud of our fine city. We’ve done a tremendous amount of work in the past many years. This is a photo from the Denver Post of the Rockies opening day twenty years ago…
The city is barely recognizable from this photo. Old Mile High in the foreground – gone. McNichols Arena next to it – gone. No Coors Field, LoDo a place you didn’t go because there was no reason to go. We’ve got a tremendous amount of in-fill and density happening. We’ve got light-rail; we have a recovered river. It’s good stuff.
In some ways, it’s back to the future…
Wow! Downtown is exciting again. And that brings me to the objective of this missive. One thing I can say about the people at ACI is that they work hard, really hard.
They barely leave the hotel. So this is my clarion call to you to… leave the hotel!
A great city is at your doorstep when you are downtown like this. I’ve put together my personal list of favorite places to eat and drink, listen to music and focused it primarily on what you can walk to with a few exceptions.
Just like your great city, the history is rich and pride runs deep.
I hope that you can take a few minutes or better yet, an extra day or two and see some of what we have to offer. Once again, welcome!
My twitter handle is @elstevebyers and if you want to reach me that way for guidance or an opinion, I’ll do my best!
Denver Art Museum – a few blocks from the conference and really lovely. If you’re in early, Georgia O’keeffe leaves after 4/28.
Confluence Park – at the west end of the mall, ride the tram and then walk a few blocks, the river should be raging with the moisture we’ve had!
16th Street Mall – once you’ve been up and down it a few thousand times it loses a little charm, but pretty fun all and all, look for the pianos up and down the way. Bars, eateries and shopping all along.
Red Rocks – west of town, incredibly beautiful, no shows yet, too early!
Clyfford Still Museum – one man’s art. If you like modern art (as I do) this is a great stop.
Tattered Cover Bookstore – a really great independent bookstore towards the west end of the mall – hours of fun for bibliophiles!
Rockies vs Rays on Friday – we sometimes have professional baseball here J
Nuggets – yep, they could still be playing!
And of course, you can get outside. We have a couple of outdoor activities around here…
Eating and Drinking – these are few of my favorite things…
Drinking – off the mall, but all within a block or three of the mall bus…
Falling Rock Taphouse – many, many beers on tap, close to Coors Field
Freshcraft – ditto with lots of locals. We have a LOT of excellent local beer…
Whiskey Bar – a “nice” dark, “dive” bar. Go to Biker Jim’s (below) and then cross the street to the Whiskey Bar. 200+ whiskies, firewater, what have you…
On the Mall – The Yardhouse – convenient and plentiful selection
Eating – likewise off the mall but all easy to get to…
Larimer Street – this is the place, go just south of 16th St and you’ll find a plethora (yes I like big words) of mid to upper end places, tons of great ones. If you’re looking for a really good, organic, local, etc. somewhat pricey meal I recommend The Kitchen.
On the other hand…
Biker Jim’s – fantastic wild game Brats. Really one of my favorite places to eat. Great sides and sauces matched up with the brats.
Snooze – a magnificent breakfast eatery. There can be a line here any day of the week and especially on weekends.
Crepe’s and Crepe’s – just off the mall with a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes. Here’s a challenge, get a group together and let them decide only between Crepe’s and Crepe’s and Biker Jim’s – Ha!
Sonoda’s Sushi – if you’re a sushi snob, this probably isn’t the place, but I like it and it’s in a basement!
Okay, this is a short list, I could probably go on and on, so good luck out there and for God’s sake have some fun too!
We’ll be here to meet you!
More eating and drinking!
Steuben’s 523 East 17th Avenue
Really great lunch and dinner, diner style. Not a terribly long walk.
Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe 534 East Colfax Avenue
A local chain, fabulous beer, decent food, probably too far to walk
Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue
Cross over the Platte by foot or go by taxi. This is my new favorite in Denver. Truly fantastic, affordable Korean inspired food.
Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue
Haven’t been here, but it’s supposed to be fantastic. This and Uncle above are in Highlands. If you go here, there are great places all around you. The amazing Johnny Cupcakes personally recommended this place to me.
Amerigo Delicatus 2449 Larimer Street
Low-key, neighborhood style type of place really nice. Italian dishes, good deals on wine, Bruschetta Bar.
Jazz @ Jack’s – one guess what they have here. Right on the 16th St. Mall, so very easy…
Paramount – right off the mall, big time theater type venue – John Prine on Friday night!
See schedule below…
Monday, February 11th, 2013
The Energy Avenger released a public statement regarding his recent arrest in Las Vegas on two charges of disturbing the peace and public nuisance while defying gravity.
From: The Energy Avenger
With regards to my recent detainment by the good people of the Las Vegas PD, I can only beg forgiveness from my legion of fans. The continual struggle to bring energy efficiency and conservation awareness to the public had worn me down to a point of mental and emotional collapse. I appreciate the support and friendship of my compatriots in the struggle; Energy Vanguard, Energy Circle Pro, The Green Building Curmudgeon and the many others who came to my aid in my time of need.
I’ve seen the light (LED please). I hereby renew my commitment to seek out and spread the warm glow of energy knowledge; the sublime and the mundane. To fight the good fight; supporting the work of RESNET, by attending its conference and checking in with those mentioned above and learning more about new and exciting programs like EcoHome from my friends at Southern Energy Management. I’ll keep working to defeat my foes like Robin’ Heat, a villain who rides the coat tails of thermodynamics to steal your hard earned money.
I’ve begun a rigorous new training program to steel myself for the coming trials. Follow along if you will on my road to redemption. See you in Orlando at #RESNET13.
–The Energy Avenger
Energy Avenger Will Rise Again!
We’ll be keeping you updated!
Las Vegas, NV
February 6th, 2013 7:43 am
Inside officials have confirmed that the ENERGY AVENGER was arrested early this morning on two counts. The following is a portion of the arresting officers narrative report.
‘At 02:08 am I was sent to the fast food restaurant McDonald’s on a report of disturbing the peace. When I arrived I was met by the night time manager who informed me that a slightly ‘out-of-shape’ masked superhero type had been stealing customers food and inhaling them at a blurry superhero type of speed. He would then fly outside with with a 60,000 watt spotlight and necessary power cords, and hover atop the very bright McDonald’s sign. He would shine the spot light on passersby while heckling them saying things like, “Hey, can I light up your life?” or “Is 60,000 watts not big enough for you?” He had apparently been repeating these activities for nearly two hours. The manager did however, express how impressed he was that the ‘superhero’ did all this without putting down his beer.
I first approached the suspect while he was hovering. He asked me if I was interested in seeing an all-natural, energy efficient “dancing water” show. I replied no and lured him down with the offer of a few cheeseburgers and directions to the restroom. He eventually informed me that he was the Energy Avenger, and he was disgruntled over his being unprepared for the upcoming RESNET 2013 Conference (#RESNET13) happening in Orlando later this month. He then wept, and ate another cheeseburger.’
The arresting photos were also supplied by our inside source.
As a nation, lets all hope that this is rock bottom for The Energy Avenger, and that he soon finds his way…
Please follow us on Twitter @Energylogic at for further updates and the latest developments.
Cub Reporter – EnergyLogic Blog
EEBA Conference 2012
Scottsdale, Arizona provided the perfect venue for this year’s EEBA Conference. After dodging a few rattlesnakes and drooling over the TPC Scottsdale golf course on the walk over, it was time to dive in headfirst. With the wealth of courses offered at EEBA this year, it’s hard to know which path to take. I chose to bounce around between some of my favorite speakers and course topics which either excited and/or scared the crap out of me before the conference. Case in point, I could probably teach the ESTAR Version 3 session by now, while the answer to plethora of moisture issues encountered in Climate Zone 2 still eludes me. Thoughts of inadequacy placed aside, I trudged on.
As I perused the course schedule, I saw that the duo of Steve Baden and CR Herro were speaking about regulatory updates happening in Washington, can’t miss that one! Hopefully they have something to get the juices flowing in this industry again; things seem to be in somewhat of a holding pattern. Then I thought to myself, hold on, nothing is happening in Congress right now, what could they possibly have to talk about? The answer to my question came in the form of the S.A.V.E (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy) Act. Finally, we have something on the table that holds government loan agencies accountable to adjust mortgage underwriting to include savings in energy efficiency. Not only will borrower capacity be adjusted for energy cost, but the actual value of the home will increase based on the energy cost savings. Hallelujah, we could finally get home appraisers to recognize all the work that we put into increasing the energy efficiency of all the homes that we rate!
The sobering news is that the S.A.V.E Act is currently stalled in the Senate along with every other piece of legislation known to man. Pessimists beware; this bill has bipartisan support with cosponsors Senator Bennett of Colorado (D) and Senator Isakson of Georgia (R). Add to that the main opposition to the bill, the National Association of Realtors, has finally realized the potentially huge economic impact this bill will have if passed. You want some numbers? The Mckinsey Energy Efficency Report estimates that with an investment of $520 Billion into improving energy efficiency in homes, the country has the potential to save $1.2 Trillion. That is more than a 2 to 1 payback. How’s that for a stimulus.
Now that I’ve stepped off my soap box, let me tell you all that it was a real thrill to attend this year’s EEBA Conference. My enthusiasm for the industry has been reinvigorated by the passion of some incredibly gifted speakers, tireless innovators in the field of building science, and of course the dedication of my fellow Energy Raters from around the country. If I can leave you with anything, it’s to remember who your elected officials need to answer to. It is you, the constituents that have the power to sway their votes. With that said, write, call, email your State Senators to make them aware of this bill and the impact that it will have on our industry and the American Economy as a whole.
Last week I attended the EEBA’s 30th annual ‘Excellence in Building Conference and Expo’ in Scottsdale, AZ. The conference was entertaining and educational on many levels, and I met a lot of new people and saw a few old faces.
One of the more interesting tracks I sat in on was about how to condition a home with a low heat loss number without over-sizing the system. I left my notebook in another track, typical Peter move, so this info is all from the top of my head. This particular home was roughly a 1200 sq. ft. slab on grade- 2 story home and was built in Western Massachusetts (heating climate much like Parker, CO HDD @7000). It was very well insulated and air sealed (@ 1 ACH 50). The manual J stated a heat loss of around 10Kbtuh. The smallest available Forced Air Unit (FAU) was around 36Kbtuh. Or 3.5 times the need for the home at a design temp of 70 degrees. The HVAC design team decided to use a single direct vent thru the wall FAU system on an exterior wall. The unit was rated at 12Kbtuh. The unit easily conditioned the main floor, but how to get the two upper floor bedrooms conditioned. They decided to use a Panasonic Whispergreen fan situated in the ceiling of the open first floor and exhaust the heated air into the upstairs bedrooms at roughly 40 CFM per bedroom. Data loggers in the bedrooms showed a low of 62 degrees during a really cold spell with all doors shut, 65 degrees with all doors open, and 67 degrees when occupied. Not quite at design temp, but very close. Occupants were pleased.
My first thought was why not use as an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)? Two immediate questions were posed to the speaker. First, what about kitchen odors being exhausted into the bedrooms since the first floor is completely open? The reply was that they had not heard of any complaints and it would be an occupant driven comfort level. Second question was why not use a mini-split unit? Mini-split technology has grown immensely in the past few years and it would also allow for cooling. The reply was that if they were to do it today, they would for sure use a mini-split for the project.
It was very interesting and I believe we will be seeing more creative ways to condition a home and move air.
Peter “Plans” Oberhammer