2018 HPC National Conference Session

The Future of PACE Residential

Wednesday, April 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon K (5th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

Residential PACE enables homeowners to obtain long-term financing for the installation of energy- or water-efficient, renewable energy, and storm resiliency upgrades at competitive fixed rates. Residential PACE has already financed more than $3.7 billion of home improvement projects for close to 150,000 homeowners making it the most successful energy efficiency financing program in the nation. However, R-PACE has been under attack at the federal and state level.

Learning Objectives:

Larry Zarker

Chief Executive Officer
Building Performance Institute, Inc.

Larry Zarker is CEO of the Building Performance Institute, the nation's home performance credentialing and standards setting organization. As CEO since 2006, Larry oversees BPI’s network of over 22,000 certified professionals and BPI GoldStar contractors. Under his direction BPI became an ANSI accredited standards development organization and certifying body. Prior to BPI, he served as VP of Marketing with the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, where he worked for 20 years.


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Cisco DeVries

Renew Financial

Cisco DeVries is Founder and CEO of Renew Financial Group LLC, a leading provider of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy- and safety-related upgrades to homes and businesses. PACE enables local governments and communities across the U.S. to use private financing to make crucial residential and commercial property upgrades.

Invented by Mr. DeVries, PACE has been used to finance more than $5 billion in property improvement projects across the country. PACE was named one of the top 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine.

Renew Financial, which Mr. DeVries founded in 2008, provides PACE financing in states from California to Florida. Renew Financial has financed nearly 100,000 home improvement projects. Together, these projects reduce polluting greenhouse gas emissions by more than 900,000 metric tons. The company regularly accesses the institutional capital markets through rated securitizations and other transactions.


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Daniel Thomsen

Building Doctors, Inc.

Dan Thomsen is President and founder of Building Doctors, Inc., is a lifelong environmentalist, which started in the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Dan received a Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture and Forestry at West Virginia University and a Master of Science from the School of Forestry at North Carolina State University. He is on the Board of Directors of Efficiency First CA (formerly known as CBPCA) and the current Chairman of the Board, a certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional with the Building Performance Institute a certified Green Building Professional with Build It Green, a founding member of Efficiency First, (where retired from the Board of Directors after six years. Currently, he is the Chair of the Southern California Chapter and formerly the National Membership Chair and on the marketing committee.


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