2018 HPC National Conference Session

Creative Comfort: Going Beyond the Thermostat Set Point

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

Many people assume that their comfort at home is determined by the thermostat set-point(s). Not true! We have the potential to be far more comfortable with less energy if we understand the variety of environmental, physiological, and psychological factors that influence human thermal comfort. Learn how to apply comfort concepts to your occupant education efforts and/or as part of an energy upgrade or home remodeling project. Note: This session is not as much about space conditioning comfort strategies as the interactions and satisfaction between occupants and their surroundings.

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Linda Wigington

Linda M. Wigington & Associates

Linda Wigington is the founder of and has been associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from its inception in 1986 until 2013. These regional and national events have been instrumental in building the capacity to deliver a whole house approach which addresses the integration of health, safety, durability, and energy performance. Recently, Linda has served as the team leader for the Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS) initiative which is funded by The Heinz Endowments ( The goal is to empower champions who work within housing, energy efficiency, environmental advocacy, healthy schools, sustainability, and health-related sectors with the outcome of enhanced collaboration and initiatives to protect indoor spaces and their occupants from outdoor pollution. The ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project began in fall of 2015.


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Rana Belshe

Conservation Connection Consulting

Rana Belshe, Conservation Connection Consulting Principal, has been an independent conservation, efficiency, & education consultant since 1983. She works with groups across the country to increase the likelihood that residents of all persuasions make household choices that reduce waste and pollution. A recovering techie & proponent of life-long learning, she is proud of having written WisWAP's first Technical Standards in 1982, led DOE's Baseload & Occupant Education Standard Work Specifications (SWS) process in 2010, & co-presented on human comfort at the first Affordable Comfort conference in 1986. She celebrates the progress we've made as individuals & organizations within this maturing industry, and is glad she lives in the Wisconsin woods where the changing seasons bring constant renewal.


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