I’m hitting the road. I am plotting my way around the US, to spend time with contractors of all different shapes and sizes. My car is packed (probably too packed), and I’m headed out. Why, you ask? I am a passionate advocate for the building performance industry. Over the last several years...
Well, it's that time again, and I am excited! The National Home Performance Conference is always a homecoming of sorts. It feels a bit like a family reunion, and an opportunity to meet new members of the residential energy industry. And, Women in Building Performance is building steam - some of which you'll see in Nashville next week. Here's a sneak peak:
Sunday Night, March 19 at 5:00: Join us for First Night reception, which we're co-hosting with our friends at Brighter Energy Collective. Drink tickets while they last, and a raffle. And some good conversation about increasing diversity in our industry. Bring a new friend! We'd love to see some new faces. You can find us in the Broadway Prefunction space, across from registration. And if you'd like to donate to the cause please contact me! My blog about it is here.
Emerging Professionals: A Debate on the Future of Home Performance: This session, held on Wednesday morning at 8am (I know, I know! But it's worth it, I promise), will be a lively discussion about workforce development, addressing diversity and adversity, and building toward a more cohesive, diverse (in population and in thinking) industry. As part of the Habitat X track, you know it will be different than most sessions you attend. I'm sitting on this panel, sharing my own experiences and perspectives on how to address the gender gap. With me will be Ed Matos and Michelle Nochisaki of Brighter Energy Collective, Mark Tajima of Energia, and Elizabeth Chant Principal at VEIC.
Diversify Your Workforce: This session is also on Wednesday at 12:00pm. I'm very excited to have some new faces in our midst join me on the panel: Danielle Putnam, President of the New Flat Rate and board member of Women in HVAC, and Kristen Nicole, Account Director at Dividend Solar, and executive director of Women in Solar Energy. We'll talk about workforce issues. We'll talk about the three organizations and what they're doing to address the workforce challenges. And, we'll talk about ways to build bridges between the home performance, HVAC, and solar industries.
More opportunities to come - stay tuned! Hope to see you next week in Nashville.
Last year at ACI Austin, many of us took note. The energy was electric. And It was probably the best ACI I’ve been to. (you can read my perspective here. Mike Rogers had a great analysis too). I’m pretty confident that this year’s National Home Performance Conference will build on that momentum of last year. Contractors will share their best practices and best horror stories, and some of the best and brightest in building science, business, and policy will share their expertise. Here are some highlights of the great content I'm excited about:
Check out the Healthy Homes/IAQ track, which includes a full day on Sunday March 19 by Kevin Kennedy. He’s a renown expert in environmental health, and has been performing research and running programs that link home performance and health for years. This track covers everything from data collection/analysis to tactical applications to your contracting business or program design.
Weatherization Tracks. HPC’s precursor ACI has always had a strong focus on weatherization, and they’re bringing it full force this year. Expect to see some new faces too - for the first time, HPC has partnered with DOE’s Weatherization program to expand the conference to weatherization programs across the country.
Industry Partnership and Diversity. This year, you’ll notice a couple of sessions focused on diversity. I’ll be leading a session with Danielle Putnam, board member of Women in HVAC, and Kristen Nicole, Executive Director of Women in Solar Energy. More on this soon. You’ll also notice that Habitat X is back at it with an innovative session on diversity and the future of home performance.
Business Operations, Sales, and Marketing. You'll see some of the usual heavy hitters, but some new faces too. These sessions are largely focused on contractors, and helping you grow and sustain your businesses. You'll find sessions about managing finances, building sales teams, marketing best practices, and more. For contractors out there looking to learn directly from your peers, look for the sessions that are market "Powered by Efficiency First." Efficiency First partnered with HPC to build out 9 sessions with almost exclusively contractor presenters.
You can find the schedule at a glance here, and the searchable schedule here. If you’re on the fence about coming, check the schedule. And decide to come learn from your peers and the smart thought leaders. Or just come for the beer and good friends. Hope to see you there!