The volunteer organizers of this forum have three goals:
1. Continuing Education Those of us that practice Home Performance contracting, or
now try to teach Home Performance to others, quickly learn how difficult the “house-as-a-system”
concept and the application of building science actually is. More accurately, how
difficult it is to implement the fairly simple concepts and science, in the infinitely
complicated and variable, assemblies and structures we encounter. We want to get
a group of the smartest people in the nation together so we can learn with and from
each other. There is always so much more to learn.
2. Technical Solutions The manufacturers of "common sense" energy solutions like high
efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, foam insulation, tankless water heaters,
and ground-source heat pumps are spending millions to convince us, and our customers,
that they have all the solutions for our high performance buildings. Building science
research often doesn’t support their marketing. Our approaches to high performance
buildings need to deliver true measured performance. We need to make sure we are
sorting out the marketing from the real solutions and share with each other what
3. Teamwork There has never been a time when working together has been more important.
We need to include “the workers” in the process if we are to accomplish California’s
AB-32 and Zero-Net goals. In recognition of the critical need for cooperative efforts
we have invited representatives of the CPUC, CEC, PG&E, SCE, SMUD, LBNL, NREL, and
EPA in addition to the Home Performance contractors and trainers who make up the
bulk of the Forum invitee list. Our hope is that an open forum for sharing and feedback
of test data, research, successes and failures will serve to build teamwork and success
in our Home Performance Industry.