Friday, March 4, 2011

2011 RESNET conference summary

We at the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance are back, fresh from the annual 2011 RESNET conference in Orlando Florida.  We are getting back in the swing of things here in the office and I thought I would share a few highlights from the trip.  

Some of the Highlights for me were Sam Rashkin's "ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: Version 3 Myths vs. Reality", in which the head of EPA's ENERGY STAR program gave us some facts about the upcoming changes to the current version of ENERGY STAR.  We needed a bit of clarification as I assume most of you do, and he did a great job getting us up to date. 

My other personal favorite was John Tooley's presentation on "Mixing the Quality Serum".  John is a fantastic speaker and had the audience laughing a lot while still staying on task.  He encouraged us all that the  only way to do things was the correct way the first time, and that fixing the same defects from one house to the next should not be happening.  We as home energy raters should be helping drive change to a point where those mistakes are fixed, and those changes becomes standard construction for the builders that we work with.

These were just a few of the great presentations that the conference offered attendee's the chance to be apart of.  Lessons were learned, continuing education credits were had, and a successful conference has come to an end. 

Our partner organizations had presenters Southern Energy Managements, and Advanced Energy.  I did not get a chance to attend all of them; however, I heard nothing but positive comments about each of your presentations.

I want to highlight that a former college and all-star of Appalachian State University organized the conference.  Laurel Elam thanks for your hard work.  We look forward to next year.

Landon Williams

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