The Future of Home Performance

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Deep Energy Retrofit: Do No Harm Strategy

Wednesday, April 25
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Franklin 13 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

Deep energy retrofits are not for the faint of heart. There are plenty of minefields along the way that can undermine goals for improved efficiency, durability, comfort, health and safety. This session will begin by looking at a new ‘informed homeowner’ reality looming ahead that will hold home improvement contractors accountable to delivering a better consumer experience. Next, an extensive array of technical challenges integrating home performance upgrades with existing home construction practices will be examined. This includes examples of common building failures that occur where these challenges are not adequately addressed. And finally, three strategies will be identified for delivering home performance improvements at scale that ensure no harm. And that’s a good thing.

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Sam Rashkin

Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy

As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. In his prior position, he managed the growth of ENERGY STAR for Homes from its inception in 1996 to more than 8,000 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and U.S. EPA’s Water Sense and Indoor airPLUS labels. Mr. Rashkin has been recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award and is a published author.


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