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

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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.

 

Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger

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EnergyLogic is proud to announce some exciting changes to our team! Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger.

Q&A: Learn more about Steve, his comprehensive background, and credentials!

What was your first job in the residential construction industry?

I’ve been involved in construction most of my life. I started as a painter/faux finisher around 30 years ago. I moved on to handyman work and eventually became a General Contractor around 2003.

How and when did you first become interested in high-performance homes and energy efficiency?

I’ve always been interested in environmental construction and design. I built the one and only Compressed Earth Block home in Denver and currently live there. It’s imperative that the construction industry realizes the impact it has on this planet and its inhabitants and take steps to move toward more efficient, cleaner and safer homes.

What insights did you gain in your time working as a general contractor?

Contractors can change the way we build homes and by making that change we can create longer- lasting, more comfortable, better performing homes. We often are focused on the bottom line when we should step back and look at the big picture. Success comes when we meet a triple bottom line -Economic Value, Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility. This is what drove me as a G.C. and eventually what lead me to work at Energylogic.

You’ve been with EnergyLogic since 2010 and have worked at a number of different roles.  What are some things you can share about your background in residential energy consulting?

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it and as soon as you know it you need to share it. This is a constantly evolving industry and as raters and builders, we have to stay informed. Codes and programs evolve over time. It’s our responsibility as energy consultants to keep our clients informed and be as pre-emptive as possible when change is coming. Nobody likes surprises!

What are some of the common design mistakes or misconceptions builders should watch out for?

Demand a detailed set of drawings from your architect and engineer before you start to build and make sure those drawing specify local codes and builder program details! Refresh your plan set to include updated codes or details that were missed originally so you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes. So many failures and re-inspections can be avoided by having a knee wall framing detail somewhere in your plan set, or air barrier detail drawn for double framed walls, or by making sure there’s room between the stairs and foundation wall to add insulation, etc. These details allow everyone to do their job better, from estimators to installers.

Little things do matter. Even though we don’t like to delay construction schedules over minor issues, small improvements on a national scale can make an impact. We call these things out to help you build a better product, not to be obstructive. The building code and national programs such as Energy Star and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes exist to help you build a better product and get to that triple bottom line. Embrace it and accept the future of construction!

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I’m not working you’ll find me hiking or camping with my wife and dog, but nothing too extreme. We like the quiet places.  Or maybe I’m down at the local brewery for a pint of cask-conditioned English ale.  Once a week you’ll find me at Zenko Kyudojo in Boulder, practicing Japanese archery.

 

RESNET HERS® Rater Online & Field Training December 5-8, 2016

$500 Discount for Online/Field Combo Students!

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Use coupon code december2016 for $500 off of the HERS Rater Training Combo

EnergyLogic Academy’s Referral Program Rewards – Tell ALL Your Friends!

We feel everyone should benefit from ‘word of mouth’ marketing, not just us! We make it worth your while by offering cash rewards through our referral program.

Earn up to $100 cash per referral

Let’s keep building this industry – together!

RESNET HERS® Rater Training Combo Package (Phase 1 & 2)

PHASE 1 – ONLINE & SELF-PACED 
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Phase 1 of the EnergyLogic Academy HERS Rater training is designed to allow participants to navigate through the knowledge base needed for a HERS Rater at the users own pace. The course prepares students for the extensive knowledge needed in building science, building materials, integrated construction processes, HVAC equipment, and diagnostic testing equipment and processes.

The HERS Rater Training online course covers the core knowledge for the HERS Rater certification. By enrolling in our self-paced, open enrollment course, you will have 90 days to complete the training. You can complete the training at your own pace, and you do not need to use the whole enrollment period if it is not needed. There are 24 modules in the course – each module will take a minimum of two hours to complete, with some taking over four hours.

PHASE 2 – FIELD TRAINING 
December 5-8, 2016
Denver, CO

Phase 2 is four days of field training designed to introduce the HERS Rater inspection processes and diagnostic testing. During the field training, we will complete two practice ratings according to the RESNET training standard. Practice ratings will be performed on an existing home and a new home.

This is an instructor-facilitated course. Students will have one-on-one instruction with the testing equipment. Much of the field work will be done in a group setting, where peer-to-peer interaction is used to complete the practice ratings.

 

INSTRUCTORS: 

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             Ben Graham

             RESNET® Instructor, Green Rater, Auditor

 

 

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          Steve Eagleburger 

          Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison

 

 

 

After completing the course, Rater candidates have two steps remaining before earning certification:

The candidate must pass three exams. The exam fees are not included in the price of tuition. These fees are paid directly to RESNET. For more information click on the RESNET Exams tab.

The candidate must join a provider and complete the probationary phase of certification. The provider ultimately issues the certification once the candidate completes the probationary phase.

A package you just can’t turn down!

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Use coupon code december2016 for $500 off of the HERS Rater Training Como

 

Field Fusion: The Disconnect Between Fire & Energy Code

 

Field Fusion: The disconnect between Fire Code and Energy Code

Fire rated assemblies, air tightness, and the real world

Field-Fusion-LogoDate: August 31, 2016
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Bad Daddy’s, 100 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO 80233

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SCHEDULE

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

Speaker Highlights:

Robby Schwarz, Principal and Director of Builder relations at EnergyLogic, Inc

  • Laying out the issue. Fire code vs. energy code and air leakage requirements that have to be met. Why multi-family homes are twice as leaky as single-family homes that are twice their size.

Gil Rossmiller, Chief Building Official for the City of Parker

  • A perspective from a Code jurisdiction on what defines a fire rated assembly and what is being allowed to make them air tight.

Brian Firestone, Applegate Insulation

  • Fire and Acoustical rated assemblies. UL listings the process and the options that are available.

 

5:00 – 7:00 PM 

EnergyLogic’s Mixer and networking

This event is generously supported by Tyvek.

 

 

IECC and Multi-Family Buildings

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Up and down the front range of Colorado we are seeing more and more code jurisdictions adopt either the 2012 or 2015 IECC.  From a building science perspective, this is a step forward toward better performing buildings because these two codes require mandatory air leakage targets be met by all segments of residential construction three stories or less.  What I mean by this is that the code understands the importance of gaining control and predictability of the air flowing through our buildings.  I like to say that air is a freight train and like a train it carries cargo from point A to point B. The cargo it carries is heat/energy, moisture, and pollutants. The issue is that air does not always carry its cargo in a straight line on tracks from inside a house directly outside the house and deposit its load into the ambient air. A properly ducted fan may take air and its cargo to the outdoors, but often air takes its cargo into building assemblies and deposits it there, causing long-term building durability and efficiency issues for our homes. The code now recognizes that tight homes increase durability and efficiency and now understand that visual inspection itself cannot ensure house tightness.  The fundamental change in the code from the 2009 IECC to the 2012 or 2015 IECC is this recognition and the move from a choice to administer a blower door test or visually inspect to a mandate that you visually inspect and test to ensure tightness of the homes we build.

EnergyLogic tests homes and has been helping builders use the Simulated Performance pathway through code since the 2006 IECC.  Unlike other pathways in the energy code, the flexibility gained in the performance path allows for the most cost-effective means to develop the energy specifications for a house because we can trade off house tightness for R-values and U-values in the thermal envelope. This means that we understand that there is absolutely no problem achieving the code required 3 air changes per house at 50 Pascals (3 ACH50) in a single-family home.  In fact, the 2012 and 2015 IECC offer a checklist for how to be successful in the mandatory air barrier and insulation table R402.1.1.  We also know with certainty that it is not easy for multi-family buildings to achieve this same air leakage target. Currently, code does not recognize the difficulty of achieving 3 ACH50 in multi-family homes and buildings.  The City of Denver has accepted EnergyLogic’s code amendment to allow multi-family homes and buildings to have a leakage rate of 4ACH50. The city of Fort Collins allows a CFM/sqft of shell area measurement to be used to express air leakage in multi-family project.  So far they are the only jurisdictions in the state that I am aware of that have amended this section of the code to better reflect the realities of creating airtight multi-family buildings. On a national level, EnergyLogic has submitted a code change proposal for the 2018 IECC that makes a clear distinction between single-family detached homes and multi-family attached homes with achievable air leakage targets for both. We will have to wait until October to see if the proposal is accepted.

So where does that leave our multi-family builders?

Whether you are building duplexes, townhouses, or stacked multi-family buildings, house tightness is solely dependent on attention to detail with regard to air sealing adiabatic common fire rated walls, floors, and ceilings.  We recommend beginning by removing all draft-stopping materials (rock wool and fiberglass that are air permeable) in these fire rated assemblies and replacing them with solid fireblocking materials that actually stop the movement of air. By doing this you now have reasonable-sized holes that, depending on the jurisdiction, the assembly, and the skill level of the air sealing contractor, can be sealed. Next, you must treat common walls, floors, and ceilings as you would treat assemblies that separate conditioned space from the outdoors. The codes air barrier and insulation mandatory table/checklist must be applied to these common fire rated assemblies. For example, if there is a tub or shower pan, drop ceiling, or knee wall adjacent to an adiabatic common fire rated wall, floor, or ceiling, an air barrier needs to be installed.  Lastly, these details cannot be an afterthought!  They need to be addressed from the first design charrette, through a trade partner kickoff meeting, to mid-phase air barrier and insulation rough quality assurance inspection, if there is to be any hope of achieving 3 ACH50 when the home is blower door tested at a final inspection.  Blower door testing occurs when the home is complete and when it is impossible to achieve significant air sealing objectives at this point of construction.  Small changes in the tightness of the home may be able to be achieved, but air takes the path of least resistance; so if you have not blocked and sealed it out behind the drywall it is unlikely that you will be able to do more that achieve a small increase in the tightness of home at a final stage of construction.  In other words, the work has been done at the time of the rough inspection and the evaluation of the work is done at the final inspection.

In conclusion, get involved and take full advantage of EnergyLogic’s third-party inspection and testing services.  Get us involved as early as possible in the design of your multi-family project, and let us train all your trade partners at a kickoff meeting, how to successfully work toward meeting the requirements of code.  It is not easy, but attention to detail, quality assurance inspection, and greater understanding by the trade base will make 3 ACH50 achievable.

 

Robby Schwarz

 

Who to Contact:
Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677