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IAQ & Energy Webinar Series

Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of September

All sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Did you want to attend the April 2016 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference but were unable to do so? (or, did you attend the conference but wish you could have attended more sessions?) The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, the host of the conference, is producing this “second chance” webinar series that features some of the great sessions we presented live at the conference in April. The series features live webinar sessions by the original program faculty members. This is a great opportunity to hear from some amazing local, regional, and national presenters, and get a taste for what we offer on a regular basis at the conference. Register for one session or register for all of them.

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Pricing:

$0 – All of the September IAQ & Energy webinars are free for anyone who registered and paid for attendance at the 2016 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference

$25 per session – MIAQC Members in Good Standing (dues paid for 2016-17)

$35 per session – Nonmembers

Conference Special!

Register for 4 or more of these webinars, and get a coupon code equal to your webinar registration fees to use when registering for the 2017 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference, scheduled for May 2-3, 2017 in Portland, Maine.  (Example:  Member registering for 5 webinars?  Get a $125 discount off your 2017 Conference fees.) Coupon codes will be e-mailed to attendees registering for 4 or more webinars.

Schedule

(All sessions are 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 7th @ 2:00 p.m. – The IAQ Marketing Challenge: Building an Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy, PeterTroast, Energy Circle, Falmouth, ME

Thursday, September 8th @ 2:00 p.m. – High-Performance, Passive Buildings: Comfort and Indoor Air Quality in Airtight Construction, Alan Gibson, G.O. Logic, Belfast, ME

Wednesday, September 14th @ 2:00 p.m. – Working Towards Zero-Energy-Ready Buildings, Sam Rashkin, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, September 15th @ 2:00 p.m. – Net Zero Homes & IAQ, Karla Butterfield, Stephen Winter Associates, Norwalk, CT

Tuesday, September 20th @ 2:00 p.m. –  Sustainability and Passive House on a Village Scale, Alan Gibson, G.O. Logic, Belfast, ME

Wednesday, September 21 @ 2:00 p.m. – Exposure Assessment of 3-D Printer Emissions & PCBs, Bob Herrick, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA

Thursday, September 22 @ 2:00 p.m. – A Tale of Two Sisters: Case Study on High-Peformance, Large Buildings (WBRC Project Team:  Brian Bowman, Mat Ward, Andrew Rudnicki)

Tuesday, September 27th @ 2:00 p.m. – Best Practices for HVAC System Maintenance and Operation, Dan Thayer, Thayer Corp., Auburn, ME

Wednesday, September 28th @ 2:00 p.m. –Energy Savings and Environmental Controls in a Historic Museum, Steve Caulfield, Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Thursday, September 29th @ 2:00 p.m. –  Balanced Residential Ventilation, Kurt Johnson, Fresh Air Ventilation, Inc., Auburn, ME

Continuing Education Credits:

Each of these programs qualify for 1.0 hours of continuing education credit for the following Maine professionals:

  • Attorneys
  • Registered Radon Professionals
  • Passive House Institute
  • Code Enforcement Officers

Individual Session Descriptions and Faculty Bios

Wednesday, September 7, 2016:  The IAQ Marketing Challenge: Building an Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy

Presenter:  Peter Troast, Founder & CEO, Energy Circle, Yarmouth, ME
Session Summary: Though whole house retrofits are very often the ideal solution to all kinds of indoor air quality problems, energy auditors and home performance contractors are rarely the first call for homeowners acting on these issues. To typical customers and the people who influence them (like doctors), home performance contractors are not yet the obvious solution.

This frames the challenge of marketing both IAQ diagnostic and retrofit services. We’ll directly address this marketing challenge, and identify tactics and approaches to overcome the lack of understanding and awareness that most homeowners have about the root causes of poor indoor air.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different drivers of homeowner concerns about IAQ.
  2. Learn keywords and concepts that will help direct your messaging.
  3. Identify specific marketing initiatives that can position your company for this opportunity and grow your IAQ-related leads.
  4. Hear about what’s working for contractors out there who are successfully marketing IAQ.

About the Presenter: Peter Troast, CEO and Founder of Energy Circle, builds tools and services to grow companies and organizations dedicated to providing comfortable, efficient, healthy buildings. Peter is recognized as one of the country’s foremost authorities on marketing for home performance, HVAC and other efficiency related contracting companies. He authors the widely-read Energy Circle blog and is a passionate advocate for the power of the whole house home performance business model. He and his team work with over 350 companies in 49 states grow their business through services like website design and development, search engine optimization, lead generation, and strategic content production. He is a popular and high ranking speaker about marketing for contractors at ACI, RESNET,ACCA, BPI, and EGIA conferences and events. For 2015, he received the Tony Woods Award for excellence in advancing the home performance industry.

Thursday, September 8th @ 2:00 p.m. – High-Performance, Passive Buildings: Comfort and Indoor Air Quality in Airtight Construction

Presenter: Alan Gibson, G.O. Logic, Belfast, ME

Session Summary:  Homes built to code-compliant construction standards suffer from a variety of ills in a cold climate like Maine’s. High energy bills, draftiness, and poor indoor air quality to name a few. Fortunately, there are alternatives today that can greatly improve all aspects of home performance. One such methodology, known as passivhaus, is based on a German standard for energy use in buildings–the most stringent in the world. Passivhaus (or passive house) buildings use a fraction of the heating, cooling, and household energy that code buildings do, and the benefits are clear and compelling: passive homes are more resilient, durable, and comfortable to live in while saving up to 90% on heating fuel.

This session will explain the theory and practice of passive building with the region’s most experienced passive home design and building company. G O Logic LLC built the state’s first certified passive house in 2010 and has completed over 65 passive buildings since then, including a 36-unit ecovillage community in Belfast, a 10-person residence hall on the campus of Unity College (the first certified passive dormitory in the country) as well as the first certified science laboratory in North America. Builder Alan Gibson is a partner in G O Logic, along with architect Matthew O’Malia. Alan will bring his knowledge and expertise in high-performance building to this session to present these learning objectives:

1. Participants will learn the key elements of the passive house standard and how they relate to cold climate performance in residential buildings.

2. Participants will learn design concepts and building methods required to achieve the passive standard, including super-insulated and air-tight building assemblies, high-performance windows and doors, and appropriate mechanicals.

3. Participants will learn appropriate ventilation strategies to achieve high indoor air quality within an air-tight envelope.

This presentation is designed as an overview and primer on passive house design and construction. It is best suited to individuals who have experience with building design and energy use standards at an intermediate level. Information will be based on the passive house standard, ASHRAE ventilation standards, research data, and the presenter’s own real-world experience.

About the Presenter.   Alan Gibson is a builder and partner in G O Logic LLC of Belfast, Maine, where he is chiefly responsible for construction operations. Since 2009 he has managed construction of three certified passive buildings and a 36-unit cohousing community built to near-passive standards, among other projects. The GO Home, completed in 2010, was the first certified passive house in Maine and recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Residential Project of the Year award in 2011. Terrahaus, the country’s first passive house-certified dormitory, received the Evergreen Award from Eco-Structure magazine in 2012. Alan is a Certified Passive House Builder, a board member of the Passive House Alliance US, and has been a business owner since 1992. He speaks widely on passive design and construction.

Wednesday, September 14th @ 2:00 p.m. – Working Towards Zero-Energy-ReadyBuildings

Presented by: Sam Rashkin, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

Session Summary:  Make no mistake about it. The vast innovation imperative transforming every industry is coming soon to the building industry near you! You can no longer escape the rapidly accelerating rate of change. This is because your buyers are smarter than they have ever been before and not nearly as smart as they will be next year and each year after. Lowest cost per square foot will no longer close the deal.  And we haven’t even begun to talk about the new risks confronting builders as energy codes have reached the building science tipping point…the point where homes and other buildings get wet more easily, can no longer dry if they get wet, provide less fresh air, provide less filtration, and experience longer swing seasons and less air flow.  Zero is the answer:  buildings that dramatically reduce your risk and result in a product that will vastly exceed your buyers’ expectations with better affordability, comfort, health, safety, durability and quality. Americans want this level of excellence. They just don’t know it’s available and how to get it… yet.

This seminar will provide a comprehensive review of Zero-Energy Ready construction including the business case, detailed specifications, and opportunities to be recognized as an industry leader.  In the process, attendees will learn the answers to the following questions:

·         What is the future of housing (and other buildings) and why is it headed there?

·         What critical components define a truly zero-energy ready building?

·         How are builders offering zero-energy ready buildings today at market-based prices?

·         Why are zero-energy ready buildings often the lowest cost option for homebuyers?

·         What eight compelling value propositions are unique to zero-energy ready buildings?

·         How can zero-energy ready buildings substantially lower builders’ risks?

·         How can zero-energy ready buildings be constructed with readily available, tried-and-true technologies and practices?

·         How can builders achieve significant recognition for providing zero-energy ready performance?

·         How can builders improve their ability to achieve higher appraisal valuations for high-performance buildings?

·         What resources are available to assist builders with zero-energy ready projects?

About Samuel Rashkin, Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy – Washington, D.C.

As Chief Architect for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. This includes work leading DOE’s world-class research program, Building America, and overseeing the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home voluntary labeling program for leading edge builders. In his prior position, he managed Energy Star for Homes since its start in 1996.  Under his leadership, Energy Star for Homes grew exponentially to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin was recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York.  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 EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has authored a book on housing innovation titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It.” Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books and television series on energy efficient and green construction.

Thursday, September 15th @ 2:00 p.m. – Net Zero Homes & IAQ

Presenter: Karla Butterfield, Sustainable Housing Specialist, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. – Norwalk, CT

Presentation Summary: A case study presentation of two, single-family homes achieving net zero. Each project used different construction techniques, products, and mechanical systems to get to a similar end result. These case studies focus on the construction from foundation to finishes and highlight the third party testing and verification process

About the Presenter: Karla Butterfield is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Ms. Donnelly is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and workshops with stakeholders based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, and National Green Building Standard programs.

Tuesday, September 20th @ 2:00 p.m. –  Sustainability and Passive House on a Village Scale

Alan Gibson, G.O. Logic, Belfast, ME

Session Summary:  Pending.

About the Presenter. Alan Gibson is a builder and partner in G O Logic LLC of Belfast, Maine, where he is chiefly responsible for construction operations. Since 2009 he has managed construction of three certified passive buildings and a 36-unit cohousing community built to near-passive standards, among other projects. The GO Home, completed in 2010, was the first certified passive house in Maine and recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Residential Project of the Year award in 2011. Terrahaus, the country’s first passive house-certified dormitory, received the Evergreen Award from Eco-Structure magazine in 2012. Alan is a Certified Passive House Builder, a board member of the Passive House Alliance US, and has been a business owner since 1992. He speaks widely on passive design and construction.

 

Wednesday, September 21 @ 2:00 p.m. – Exposure Assessment of 3-D Printer Emissions & PCBs

Bob Herrick, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA

Session Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of the rapidly emerging technology of 3D printing, and highlights a recent study identifying 3-D printers as significant sources of VOC and fine particle exposures in buildings.  Attendees will learn:   (1) Summary of the printing process for the three most common 3D printing technologies. (2) Potential exposures to 3D printer users. (3) How different printing technologies can affect 3D printer emissions. (4) Control strategies to reduce contamination from 3D printers in indoor environments.  This presentation will be made at an intermediate level and will be of interest to the full range of professionals.  The source of this information is research conducted by graduate students in environmental health.

About the Presenter. Robert Herrick’s educational background includes a BA degree in chemistry from the College of Wooster, an MS in Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene.  His investigation of PCBs in building caulk published in 2004 helped motivate interest in this subject in the US.  Dr. Herrick is Past Chair of the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists (ACGIH), and Past President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association.   Prior to joining the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Herrick spent 17 years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) where he conducted occupational health research.

Thursday, September 22 @ 2:00 p.m. – A Tale of Two Sisters: Case Study on High-Peformance, Large Buildings

Mat Ward, Architect – WBRC Architects & Engineers, Bangor ME; (multi-family)
Andrew Rudnicki, Mechanical Engineer – WBRC Architects & Engineers, Bangor, ME;
Brian Bowman, Co-Owner and Vice President, Bowman Constructors, Newport, ME

Two identical buildings, but vastly different energy strategies.  Learn how a project team adapted a successful design to improve both energy efficiency & IAQ.

About the Presenters:

Brian Bowman is co-owner and Vice President of Bowman Constructors, a family run commercial construction company headquartered in Newport, Maine. Brian has been involved as a decision maker and influencer on numerous design/build, value engineered LEED commercial projects throughout the state as a builder, owner and developer. He has affiliations state wide, including Associated Builders & Contractors, Bangor Region Leadership Institute, and Maine Affordable Housing Coalition. He is a current board member for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and has served on a wide variety of boards in his 30+ years of working in the construction industry. Brian graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine (UM) and holds an A.S. in Civil Engineering, also from UM.

Andy Rudnicki is a Mechanical Engineer at WBRC Architects Engineers, where he specializes in HVAC system design, energy modeling, and life-cycle cost analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude). Recent projects where Andy has had a lead role include Joint Force Headquarters; Hampden Academy; Sussman House Hospice; and North View and Sebasticook River Apartments, both targeted Net Zero.

Mat Ward is a Senior Architect/Project Manager at WBRC Architects Engineers, where he specializes in designing for the public sector. Among his signature projects are Joint Force Headquarters in Augusta, now under construction, Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine (LEED Silver), and two Net-Zero targeted senior housing projects, North View andSebasticook River Apartments.  A graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology (B.Arch), Mat is a Senior Associate at WBRC and leads the firm’s Bangor architectural team.

Tuesday, September 27th @ 2:00 p.m. – Best Practices for HVAC System Maintenance and Operation

Presented by: Dan Thayer, Thayer Corp., Auburn, ME

Presentation Summary: The need for a comprehensive level of preventive maintenance is widely acknowledged as critical for maintaining optimal IAQ and energy consumption. So why is the actual practice for commercial buildings so woefully inadequate? Sadly it’s nearly impossible for a building owner to contract for the appropriate level of service and preventive maintenance without a standard for guidance. This session will examine the industry consensus best practice standards and facilitate implementation of minimum standards for both IAQ and energy costs.

About the Presenter: Dan Thayer is a professional engineer (P.E.), certified indoor air quality professional (CIAQP) and certified energy manager (CEM) with over 38 years of hands-on experience in designing, installing and maintain all types of HVAC systems. Dan also served as one of the authors of the ASHRAE IAQ standard 62.1. He will offer practical experience and guidance that can be used by designers, installers and owners alike.

Wednesday, September 28th @ 2:00 p.m. –Energy Savings and Environmental Controls in a Historic Museum

Presented by: Steve Caulfield, Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Presentation Summary: A historic museum, built in the early 1900s, experienced escalating energy bills and humidity control issues threatening the condition of their valuable collection. The presentation will highlight the envelope, mechanical, and control installations that vastly improved conditions in the building, while saving energy and maintaining historical elements of the building itself.

About the Presenter: Steve Caulfield is President of Turner Building Science & Design, based in Harrison, Maine.  Steve is also the President of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in mechanical engineering, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality studies.  Steve received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford.

Thursday, September 29th @ 2:00 p.m. –  Balanced Residential Ventilation

Kurt Johnson, Fresh Air Ventilation, Inc., Auburn, ME

Presentation Summary: This session will provide attendees with a complete summary explanation of balanced residential ventilation systems, from concept and design to installation in both in new and existing homes.  Kurt will also provide data on the actual energy consumption of balanced systems.