RaterFest! is an annual two and a half day training conference for home energy professionals. Registration includes all sessions, housing, meals, activities, Colorado craft brews, and optional participation in the RaterOlympics.
Keynote: Mark LaLiberte
Presenters: Laura Capps, Cody Farmer, Mark McLain, Shaunna Mozingo, Bill Rectanus, Robby Schwarz, Colby Swanson, Daran Wastchak, Justin Wilson
Conference | September 18-20, 2015 | Covenant Heights, Estes Park, CO
Our field is exciting… we think the training should be too. Unbeatable training for energy professionals is our standard.
Whether during a session or around the bonfire, brilliant ideas always surface… inevitable with so many great minds together.
RaterFest! celebrates the ways that energy professionals are saving the world… one efficient home at a time. From the RaterOlympics to music jams and Colorado craft brews in the evening, RaterFest! is the perfect balance of education and fun.
Credits & Attendance
Students are expected to attend the full conference if they desire to achieve full credit.
Who Should Attend:
- HERS Raters looking for Professional Development Credits
- Energy Professionals
A group of RaterFest! 2014 attendees:
What RaterFest! Previous Attendees Have to Say…
“RaterFest 2014 was a great event in a beautiful setting with interesting attendees and presentations. It is probably the most enjoyable way to get CEUs I could imagine. Thanks to EnergyLogic for coordinating this event!” Jeremy Draper, RF! 2014
“What a fantastic event! Great facility with an awesome group in attendance. Excellent content as always. Thoroughly enjoyed the fire-side chats on topics ranging from Building Science to Code to kids. The food and accommodations were outstanding and the beer… ah, the beer was truly the nectar of the gods. Being largely disconnected from the outside world made it so much easier to connect with each other at RaterFest! 2014!!” Stephen Davis, RF! 2014
“First time to Rater Fest. Solid training and great networking. Thanks for making it happen!” Shawn LeMons, RF! 2014
“I had a wonderful time for the third year in a row! Rater Fest is a great way to meet associates, update our knowledge and band together to energy efficiency in buildings.” Nancy Kellogg, RF! 2014
“The element of Raterfest that made it stand out from other conferences was the specific focus on the role of the rater. Networking with such a diverse group of people doing that same work that I do was invaluable for me. And the site was fantastic!” Heidi McCullough, RF! 2014
“I am a huge fan of RaterFest. The organizers acheive a perfect balance of learning, engaging conversation, and nature … a sort of “unconference” that you walk away from feeling like you were part of something special! When was the last time you could say that about a conference? I know why it’s called RaterFest now … Looking forward to the next one!” Colby Swanson, RF! 2014
“What a great time! It’s rare that you can pack so much education and fun into the same event. As a code official, it was great to hear what is happening on the rater side of things and what is coming down the pike as far as innovations, policies, procedures and technology. I look forward to enhancing the rater/code official relationship and already looking forward to next year’s event!!” Shaunna Mozingo, RF! 2014
“Excellent gathering of building energy professionals.” Jack Beal, RF! 2014
“Great conference for catching up with folks in a relaxed and intimate setting while also knocking out those CEUs!” Laura Capps, RF! 2013
“I appreciated the balance between lecture and networking – with such a small group, the structure was particularly powerful.” Thiel Butner, RF! 2013
“Just like mother nature, RaterFest! is a force to reckoned with!” Andrea Ingalsbe, RaterFest! 2013 attendee
“Thank you so much for having Rater Fest, I totally enjoyed attending this event. I learned alot but meeting fellow raters was the best!” Nancy Kellog, RF! 2013
“This was an extremely informative session, and I truly enjoyed the hospitality. We will begin implementing some of the tactics presented, to improve our performance in the field. ‘What a Fest-Raters!’” Stephen Kassa, RF! 2013
“Tired of your old, dry, stuffy home performance conference? Trade it in for a fresh, lively, intimate, hands-on mountain high conference with down-to-earth building experts. Come to Raterfest!” Graham Davis, RF! 2013
“RaterFest! is truly unique within the mix of home performance conferences–national in scope yet small and intimate, high level, attracting a very unique group of professionals from the industry, and NOT in a Holiday Inn ballroom! My favorite event of the year.”
“Honestly, I was anticipating a bunch of nerds discussing building science. Turns out RaterFest! brought together the funnest, most dynamic group of people I have been with in a long time. There was no shortage of building science talk, but it was blended with the perfect amount of laughter, and beer, to make me want to come back again and again. Thanks for a great weekend!”
RaterFest! 2015 Presenters
2015 Session Descriptions
More session descriptions coming soon!
Expanding Rater Services to Include Light Commercial
By: Laura Capps
Energy codes are beginning to require commercial buildingblower door testing. With over 90% ofthe commercial building stock under 50,000 sq. ft. and consuming more than 40%of the energy used in U.S. commercial buildings, light commercial buildingsoffer huge opportunities for energy and water savings. HERS Raters are well equipped to support smallcommercial owners and tenants through assessments, testing and upgrades, takingadvantage of utility incentives and local programs. This session will review research resultsfrom Southface’s Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative and provideparticipants with tools for expanding their Rater business to include lightcommercial services.
An Architect’s & His Home
By: Mark McLainI built a home for myself in 2006-2007 using all the best knowledge I had about energy efficiency at that time. The features were all architectural in nature; passive solar, thermal mass, tuned overhangs, etc. Then I went through rater training with EL and learned more about building science; indoor air quality, mechanical systems, insulation effectiveness, etc. Questions I will discuss include:
- Why didn’t the architect get it perfect from the start?
- What would I do differently now?
- How did the recession lead to better construction practices?
- How can raters help architects from the beginning of a project?
ERI-Building Science and the Mandatory items of the 2015 IECC
By: Shaunna Mozingo & Robby Schwarz
Are you afraid of, or intimidated by the Energy Code? Don’t be. More and more building science is being brought into the code, making the things you already know the basis for the requirements. We will talk about the new ERI path in the 2015 IECC as well as those mandatory requirements that you just can’t forget. You will be surprised at how much of it you already know. “We ain’t afraid of no codes!”
A Builder’s Perspective: Moving to Zero Energy Homes
By: Bill Rectanus
For many home builders making a big change is tough. In this session learn from a Denver production builder who successfully made a big change from Energy Star to building zero energy homes. Learn from their
experience: how they set goals, implemented change, navigated through the issues and mitigated the “dumb tax” of trying something new. Finally, hear the real results from successful market differentiation through energy efficiency. This session will help
you understand from a builders point of view the challenges and rewards of making the tough change to push towards zero.
Cody Farmer: Coming Soon
Mark LaLiberte: Coming Soon
Colby Swanson: Coming Soon
Daran Wastchak: Coming Soon
Justin Wilson: Coming Soon