What is RaterFest?
RaterFest! is our annual weekend "unconference." It's hosted at Rocky Mountain Village - a gorgeous, quiet camp tucked away in the Rocky Mountains.
We spend each day in a sunny conference room hearing from some of the best minds in our industry. By evening, we hang out around the campfire, enjoy Colorado craft beer, and share stories and music.
All eligible attendees earn CEUs from RESNET® and BPI.
RSVP before January 30th to get an early bird discount and first choice for housing selection! (Requires $25 deposit)
Dates: September 20-22, 2019
Location: Rocky Mountain Village, 2644 Alvarado Rd, Empire, CO 80438
RaterFest! Registration Info & Pricing
This year, RaterFest! has a wider assortment of housing options. Looking to experience nature? Great – camping will be perfect! Looking for a relaxing mountain vacation? Check out the private rooms in the homebuilder’s lodge. Other than housing & linens variance, all packages are the same.
- Unlimited craft beer
RaterFest! Housing Options:
Unpowered Tent/RV Site
Park your RV or pitch your tent and claim the best views! These are bare-bones sites… no hookups, tent pads, fire rings, dump stations, etc. Wake up to scenic views and crisp mountain air. Colorado in October is unpredictable, so please pack all your warm layers!
Classic Mountain Cabin
Come relive your camp days in the newly remodeled mountain-surrounded cabins! These cabins feature divided sleeping corridors with 1-5 roommates. Linens are included (sheets, blanket, comforter, bath towel, pillow and pillowcase).
Premium Bunk – Homebuilder’s Lodge
You will be sharing the premium bunkhouse with two other guests, located in the brand new three-story lodge with beautiful mountain window views. This spacious lodge features a gas fireplace, wireless internet, and a covered deck with breathtaking views. Linens are included (sheets, blanket, comforter, bath towel, pillow and pillowcase).
Private Room – Home Builder’s Lodge
Enjoy this private, comfortable room in the brand new three-story lodge which features a plush queen bed and beautiful mountain window views. This spacious lodge features a cozy lounge area with a gas fireplace, wireless internet, and a covered deck with breathtaking views. Don’t miss out on this truly serene experience. Linens are included (sheets, blanket, comforter, bath towel, pillow and pillowcase).
We’ll have our full list of presenters up soon. In the meantime, here’s a preview of some speakers we’ve had in the past:
RaterFest! 2018 Presenters
Scott Doyle, RESNET – Technical Director of Quality Assurance & Training
Session – QA Industry Update from RESNET®
Scott Doyle is the Technical Director of Quality Assurance & Training for RESNET and former Director of Field Services for EnergyLogic. Since earning Rater Certification in 2003, Scott has performed inspections on thousands of homes across a variety of construction types and climate zones. In 2007 he became a RESNET certified Quality Assurance Designee. As Primary QAD for multiple HERS Providers, he oversaw and mentored a large team of Quality Assurance Designees and Delegates. Scott served as Primary Trainer for EnergyLogic Academy from 2008-2014; training hundreds of Energy Professionals across the U.S. using a variety of formats including field, classroom, and e-learning. He recently served as Chair of SDC-200, Chair of the RESNET Exam Working Group, and is currently a member of the Quality Assurance Rating Data File Task Group for SDC-900.
Dan Wildenhaus, TRC Energy Services.- Building Science Manager
Session – What the Duck?
As the Building Science Manager for TRC, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High-Performance Buildings. Dan has over 23 years of experience working directly for both a contractor and a Rating company; performing energy audits & Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting & analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. After 15 years working directly in the field, Dan transitioned to the consulting side of the business, working with program implementation companies, finding a home with TRC. Dan currently provides staff management, Building Science consultation, QA/QC design, code evaluation, market channel development, and training & presentation services for a variety of utility and Home Certification Programs across the country.
Dan Perunko, Balance Point Home Performance – Co-Founder
Session – Optimizing Forced Air HVAC Systems
Dan is a partner of Balance Point Home Performance (BPHP). In 2007 he and Gavin Healy set out to create great buildings by applying building science concepts to their work, as well as avidly testing every possible aspect of their work. They have learned a great deal, had some remarkable success and very few failures as a result. The research, design, build, test and evaluate process when applied to buildings has led Gavin and Dan to collect a large amount of data to share. BPHP offer several different classes related to residential building enclosures and mechanical systems.
Bethany Profaizer, Pearl Certification – Vice President of Contractor Sales
Session – Pearl Certification
As Vice President of Contractor Sales, Bethany brings her experience working with HVAC, insulation, and other residential contracting businesses across the country to grow the Pearl Contractor Network and manage national expansion into new markets. Bethany was most recently Director of Client Solutions at contractor digital marketing firm Energy Circle in Portland, Maine where she developed a strong client base of residential contractors and grew the company from a small start-up to a nationally recognized player in the industry. Over the past five years, she has worked with over 400 U.S. contractors in various business development capacities and has gained a deep understanding of contractor perspectives in the residential efficiency industry and tactics for sustainable growth. Prior to her work in the contractor sector, Bethany worked for several small businesses in sales and marketing. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Harding University.
Shaunna Mozingo: The Mozingo Code Group, LLC. – President
Session – Advanced Framing Panel
In addition to being a plans analyst and inspector for a jurisdiction, Shaunna has managed over 20 energy code related contracts over the past 8 years, conducting research and providing training to code officials, builders, Energy Raters and designers both locally and around the U.S; provided code adoption assistance to many jurisdictions and hosted over 100 free webinars on energy code topics. Shaunna also has served as a building inspector and competition juror for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competitions and served as the inspector for the China Solar Decathlon Competition. She has been awarded the Department of Energy’s Jeffrey A Johnson Award for excellence in the advancement of building energy codes and performance, IMT and ICC’s Standard Bearer’s Award for her efforts in compliance with energy codes as well as the South West Energy Efficiency Project’s Award for Leadership in Energy Codes. Shaunna is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of ICC and serves on the Chapter’s Education, Legislative, Code Development, and Membership committees. She was appointed to the International Code Council’s Commercial Energy Code Development Committee and Code Correlation Committee for the 2018 and 2021 code cycles. Shaunna’s latest accomplishment has been co-authoring the book, “2018 Energy Codes Essentials” for the International Code Council.
Robby Schwarz, EnergyLogic, Inc. – Principal & Director of Builder Relations
Session – IECC® Prescriptive vs. Mandatory & HERS® H2O
Deeply involved in the residential home building industry, Robby is a building science expert serving as a highly respected resource for builders, trade partners, code oﬃcials, and other building industry professionals. Robby has over 20 years invested in the applied building science industry, his credentials include being a Rater, ICC Energy, and Plans Inspector, Green Rater, and RESNET® QAD. Roby creates and leads educational trainings and classes, he makes the complicated simple and easy to understand. Anchored by EnergyLogic’s core business functions, Robby’s position as the Principal & Director of Building Relations is to operate as a strategic quality control liaison for our partners while promoting EnergyLogic’s mission to meet our partners where they are and engage them in the journey of building the best possible homes.
Steve Byers, EnergyLogic, Inc. – CEO
Session – The Magic is in the Details: Small Ways to Facilitate Growth
Steve Byers is the CEO of EnergyLogic, Inc, a leading provider of home energy efficiency products and services in Colorado and throughout the United States. Steve has his Bachelor’s degree in Asian history from the Air Force Academy and an MPA from Georgia State University. He is a RESNET certified Trainer and Quality Assurance Designee. Hiking, gardening, movies, reading and great beer are a few of his favorite things.
We’ll have our full speakers list up soon. In the meantime, here’s a preview of some speakers we’ve had in the past:
Steve Armstrong, Senior Building Analyst of Environmental Solutions Group
Scott Doyle, Quality Assurance Manager for RESNET
Michelle Foster, Vice President of Innovation Services at Home Innovation Research Labs
Bruce Manclark, Director of CLEAResult
Shaunna Mozingo, Building Plans Analysis, Inspector and Code Educator/Consustlant for Colorado Code Consulting LLC (CCC)
Bill Rectanus, Vice President of Homebuilding Operations at Thrive Home Builders
Brad Smith, Energy Code Compliance Specialist at City of Fort Collins
Bill Spohn, President & CEO of TruTech Tools, LTD
Tyler Stein, Construction Manager for CalAtlantic Group, Inc.
Dan Wildenhaus, Building Science Manager at CLEAResult
We’re working on our speaker lineup for 2019, in the meantime check out our sessions from 2018!
RaterFest! 2018 Sessions
- “What the Duck?” Presented by Dan Wildenhaus
- “QA Industry Update from RESNET” Presented by Scott Doyle
- “Optimizing Forced Air HVAC Systems” Presented by Dan Perunko
- “Pearl Certification” Presented by Bethany Profaizer
- “A Real World Look at Advanced Framing” Panelists: Shaunna Mozingo, Nate Graf
- “IECC® Prescriptive vs. Mandatory” Presented by Robby Schwarz
- “The Magic is in the Details: Small Ways to Facilitate Growth” Presented by Steve Byers
- “HERS® H2O” Presented by Robby Schwarz
- Break out sessions: Advanced Sketchup
What the Duck?
The construction industry has long focused on energy efficiency and renewables as a way to differentiate buildings, reduce operating expenses and provide a number of non-energy benefits to consumers. However, due to a variety of source energy and site usage trends, the needs to help shift loads and flatten load curves has become a real and pressing issue for utilities and municipalities: enter the Duck Curve.
This session will look at how the imbalance between renewable production and peak demand may impact utility program design, incentives, and product offerings; as well as the split in who is bringing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to the table – the new construction market or the utilities. We will explore some basic questions, including:
- How can the residential construction industry position itself as an essential utility and market partner?
- How can we pass along or sell these benefits to homeowners?
- What products and processes provide both demand response opportunities and value to homeowners?
- What are the challenges associated with designing and installing rooftop solar and DER systems?
- Explain the basics of the “duck curve” for utility planning and evaluation.
- Recognize the technologies and applications that can provide demand response opportunities in Residential New Construction.
- Describe the major motivators and market factors for the rapid adoption of Distributed Energy Resources
- List multiple proposed solutions to the builder challenges with incorporating DERs into both construction and business practices
QA Industry Update from RESNET®
Full session description to come. This session will contain highly relevant information for the rater/QAD audience based on RESNET’s direct observations from field QA visits including best practices, interpretation needs, and examples of “what not to do.”
Optimizing Forced Air HVAC Systems
Design, install and commissioning beyond our current rating system. HVAC system performance can be managed using 6 performance factors. These performance factors are useful to any professional who seeks to improve building comfort, energy consumption, and air quality. Using this approach one can design, install and commission systems for typical buildings as well as super insulated structures. The presentation will include design concepts, test data and photos from completed commissioned projects.
A group of detail oriented home performance contractors in CA have reliably been able to reduce their customer’s annual energy consumption 50 to 70%. A Key element of their success has been the highly efficient design and installation of otherwise traditional forced air conditioning systems. There are six key design and installation details, known as the Performance Factors.
- Students will be introduced to examples of completed projects where the annual space conditioning cost can be guaranteed. (The variables that create the range of costs are climate zone and utility pricing structure)
- Students will be introduced to the comfort guarantees that can be offered with optimized hvac design and installation.
- Students will be presented with the six Performance Factors, as well as the relevant design and installation details for each factor.
- Students will be introduced to the resources necessary for optimized design.
There are a lot of home certifications out there, but no one is doing things quite like Pearl Certification. Pearl is shaking things up and turning the way we engage the real estate community on its head – and in the process boosting sale prices of Pearl Certified homes by 5% on average!
Pearl is changing the way people buy and sell homes, choose the right contractors to do work on those homes and make decisions about how to improve their residential properties. We’ve partnered with the Department of Energy, National Association of Realtors, The Appraisal Institute, Building Performance Institute, RESNET and a growing list of state and regional organizations who understand the value of this powerful tool.
During this session, you will get a crash course on the basics of Pearl – who we are, what we do, why we exist, how this is working in the real world, where we are now geographically, and when you can get involved. We’ll pay specific attention to how you can leverage this to grow your and your clients’ business. And we’ll get into the nitty gritty with Q&A – so bring your questions!
Goals of the session:
– A clear grasp of what Pearl is, including a deep dive into a real certification.
– Understanding of what can be certified, how it works, who does it and how contractors, RE agents, certifiers, homeowners and appraisers are already using this tool.
– A look into the future – how do we expect this to affect our industry as a whole?
– What you need to know as a HERS Rater and how you can leverage Pearl for your and your customers’ benefit.
Pearl Certification is a national firm that provides third-party certification of high-performing homes: homes with “performance assets” that make them healthy, safe, comfortable, energy and water efficient. Pearl Certification was accepted into the prestigious National Association of Realtors REach Accelerator program in 2017. For more information, visit www.pearlcertification.com.
A Real World Look at Advanced Framing
Panelist: Shaunna Mozingo, Nate Graf
EnergyStar and the IECC require a level of advanced framing this including insulated headers, two or three stud corners, ladder blocking where interior walls meet exterior walls. EnergyStar adds 24” on center framing (with some exceptions) and limited framing at window and door openings. This panel will explore the practical realities for repeatably achieving these requirements.
- Define advanced framing and uncover if these programs and code requirements are examples of advanced framing
- Explore the realities of advanced framing. Can all corners and headers really be insulated?
- Explain liability issues, what do your clients want vs. what the code and programs require?
- Uncover how advanced framing requirements are handled from a code plan review perspective
- Identify the process of framing details from plans to execution
- Explore how Raters can help framers see air barrier details that they are responsible to frame.
IECC® Prescriptive vs. Mandatory
Energy Raters are becoming a third-party extension of the code jurisdiction in which they are working. As such, it is important not only to understand the structure of the code, but also understand what the code is asking for and how to hold a builder client to meet its intent. This session will discuss the meaning of prescriptive and mandatory and how each described section of the IECC holds requirements that builders must meet in order to demonstrate compliance.
- Define Prescriptive, Mandatory, and Performance tradeoffs
- Explore the different pathways of the code
- Determine if the labeled prescriptive is mandatory if you are using the Simulated Performance or Energy Rating Index Path
- Examine table R402.4.1.1
The Magic is in the Details: Small Ways to Facilitate Growth
On the surface, a mediocre rating company may look similar to a thriving, successful rating company. Similar services, job titles, etc. What makes the difference? We’ve learned at EnergyLogic that the small, hard to spot details are often most important. This session will focus on the internal (culture) and external (services, customer relations) practices that we’ve found create the biggest impact. We’ll approach these topics from the perspective of owners, HR managers, and mid-level employees at EnergyLogic. Ready to learn some of our secrets to success?
- Building a hiring/selection process that gets the right people in the right seats
- Creating an onboarding process that sets new hires up for success
- Facilitating open communication and engaged culture
- Employee-led culture initiatives
- Ensuring your MVP clients feel seen and valued
- Developing the services your customer needs
- Thinking through your existing services and finding ways to delight your clients
- Fostering R&D – empowering every employee to contribute ideas for new services
Water is the new frontier for RESNET and HERS Raters. In many parts of the nation, water is fast becoming an increasingly expensive commodity. There is clearly a need for a system to rate a home’s efficiency in water use. This session will explain what the HERS H2O water Rating is, how it is structured, what the minimum rated features are, and where it stands in its development. EnergyLogic has worked in a limited basis to pilot the program and this session will also discuss some of our experience with trying to bring the program to market.
- Walk through HERS H2O
- Identify how is the program structured and how is an Index score created?
- Uncover the minimum rated features
- Lessons of a pilot home
Break Out Sessions!
You will get to choose between one of these sessions to attend during this 45-minute break out period.
Advanced SketchUp presented by Ben Graham and Glenn Pease from Energy Logic
SketchUp is a powerful graphic modeling tool once owned by Google and now by Trimble. EnergyLogic has successfully trained many HERS Raters and other Energy Pro’s on using SketchUp to streamline the take-off process. With it’s 3-D visuals it is unmatched in its ability to communicate the thermal envelope in your takeoffs. In this session, Glenn and Ben will be covering advanced features of SketchUp as well as troubleshooting common problems in advanced models. Whether you’re a pro at SketchUp or just learning the tool we think you’ll find this session useful in your day to day work in SketchUp. Feel free to bring your SketchUp enabled device to try things out for yourself.
Sessions from RaterFest! 2017
Opening the Window to the Builder’s Back Office
This presentation will try to give you some insight into the builder’s world. Learn how builders make decisions and choose to move towards or away from building science and energy efficiency. Get an understanding of the different types of builders and how their structures push them towards the decisions they make? Get a sneak peek into home builders financials; how they price their homes, the types of margins that run their businesses and the risks they face in this very competitive business.
This interactive session should help you better understand your builder client, how they make decisions and who or what is the driving force behind making them. Learn how you can use this information to bring value to their design, their cost control and in the end drive them towards building better more efficient and healthy homes.
Better understand the different builder types and building company structures.
Learn how the different builder types make decisions and who is behind making them.
Understand the builder’s financial structure and review the strains and limits it poses to a builders business.
Review and learn how builders price their homes and how that exercise affects their decision-making process.
Learn how building science and energy efficiency fit into these different building company models.
Gain an understating of how you can help builders limit risk and control cost while moving towards a more energy efficient, healthy and durable product.
Build Your Business and Bring Builders More Value Using the HERS Index Path to Green Certification
Steve Armstrong & Michelle Foster
The National Green Building Standard ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 now includes a streamlined HERS Index Path toward NGBS Green certification. Builders looking to gain even more value from their IECC ERI HERS rating can leverage it to take advantage of a simple and affordable process to earn NGBS Green Certification and capitalize on all of the marketing, valuation, and quality control benefits that accompany a third-party green certification. Come learn about the HERS Index Target Path in the 2015 NGBS and how NGBS Green certification can boost the services and value you provide to your builder clients; single family and multifamily alike.
Understand how the HERS Target Index Path works to meet the NGBS energy efficiency requirements
Learn how a home or multifamily can earn NGBS Green certification
Find out the role the Verifier plays in inspecting homes to determine compliance with the NGBS
Learn what green practices are necessary to earn certification and how much certification will cost
Making Friends and Influencing Physics – Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and Central Air Handler Integration
Bruce Manclark & Dan Wildenhaus
Why should Builders care about integrated HRVs? HRVs are a smart way to ventilate that you can sell at a higher profit margin and avoid call backs with negative comfort issues. In contrast to simple exhaust fans or holes in the home, HRV allow for heat recovery, health through fresh, filtered air. Codes dictate ventilation, yet HRVs allow for both meeting code and adding value to the customer through IAQ controlled with the least economic impact or comfort impact. What are the benefits of integrated vs. two stand-alone systems? With integrated systems builders are required to install fewer ducts, requires less room and few holes cut into the buildings. An HRV adds the V back into the HVAC system.
Why should Raters care about integrated HRVs? More energy savings in the model (SRE and fan wattage), adding value as a consultant to the builder and designers, future proofing givenRESNET is going the direction of grading HVAC systems.
Why should HVAC designers care about integrated HRVs? Fewer design challenges, better chance at success (the thing works), and a clear process to install/better guidance.
Learning objectives: After participating in this session, attendees will be able to…
Articulate the pros and cons of the three primary types of ventilation and the sub type of centrally integrated HRVs
Discuss the performance challenges with connecting an HRV to the return side of the central system
Relate examples of selling the benefits of good IAQ to homeowners
Prioritize the design, installation needs, control strategies, and final commissioning of HRVs, particularly into central air handlers
Building Relationships with Code Officials
Ever feel like you’d better not challenge that inspector or make them mad because you have to work with them on the rest of your project? Or that if you second guess or question the plan reviewer they might hold up your permit? We all have relationships with our code officials, some of those relationships just aren’t working. How can we create a working relationship where we learn from each other instead of fight each other? How can we be heard by the code official without coming across as challenging or argumentative? Let’s look at how to create relationships that work, thereby creating houses that work!
To better understand the make-up of the building departments and their core tasks.
To learn ways to communicate with inspectors without jeopardizing the job you’re on.
To understand how the permitting process can be a learning process for everyone involved.
To learn how to create dynamic relationships with code officials that will serve you both for years to come.
And in this corner… Putting the gloves back on to build team cohesion from the beginning to the end
Tyler Stein & Brad Smith
Relationships between Builders, Code Officials and trades can be classified as fragmented and
sometimes even strained. This presentation will focus on the inner workings of builders,
jurisdictions, trades and third party inspectors and how a cooperative work effort can achieve
desired results for all. We’ll delve into the priorities and needs of both builder and code official
and provide insight as to how to raise the bar for all involved and how to foster a cohesive
Topics of discussion will include what’s been learned working intimately within a building
department, understanding your value or place in the building process, asserting yourself into
the design and build process, identifying the whole building team early and including all into
design and review of construction documents, understanding how to effectively communicate
and persuade, being self-empowered and have the desire to make change. We’ll also address
accountability and personalize it with a “if you see a problem, you own the problem” approach.
Lastly we’ll address the importance of marketing and sales of the building science built into
Both of the presenters have spent time working construction, owning their own companies,
working as HERS raters, have a great deal of experience testing residential mechanical systems
and now work for a large national builder and a progressive jurisdiction respectively. Much of
the presentation will be peppered with personal stories and experiences during our time spent
working in all situations addressed as part of the session.
New construction & healthy homes: Observations & Measurements & for Raters
Formal studies and anecdotal experiences have homeowners thinking more and more about achieving a healthy indoor environment. Many factors play into this including siting; choice, installation and maintenance of materials, systems and furnishings; as well as the activities of the occupants. Come to this session to learn about some of the observations & measurements a Rater can make to help homeowners achieve a healthy home.
The health impacts of poor indoor air quality
Which materials, systems and furnishings and practices contribute to poor indoor air quality
What are some key measurements and observations for Raters to make including action thresholds
Industry Update from RESNET®
With the inclusion of the HERS Index in the 2015 IECC (known as the ERI path) RESNET and the HERS Index was placed into the spotlight. But this adoption was contentious and detractors put the organization on notice. Essentially, the RESNET and the HERS Industry would face outside scrutiny unlike ever before. Additionally, savvy builders began to observe large inconsistencies among raters across various markets. This context helps us understand the environment that led to a number of initiatives all designed to increase consistency among raters and strengthen the credibility of the HERS Index. With all the changes, it can be difficult to keep it all straight. There is a lot of confusion and even misinformation being spread. But the truth, as they say, is out there. Scott Doyle, RESNET Quality Assurance Manager, will review 2017 Standard changes that effect raters and providers and preview key changes that go into effect for 2018. Policy decisions -including an important update on the SIM Practical exam- will be covered. Then we turn our attention to some key initiatives that RESNET is working on that should energize attendees for an exciting future ahead!
Review Key changes effective February 2017 (5 min)
– Understand the Terminology Change for Instructors
– Describe rule change that training is now required for Candidates
Preview Key Changes Effective 2018 (8 min)
– Understand Practice Ratings/Probationary Rating changes for new candidates
– Describe responsibilities and minimum requirements of Candidate Field Assessor
– List new Professional Development requirements for Instructors
– List new Professional Development requirements for Raters
– Describe Policy Update on SIM Practical
Status Update on Current Chapter 2 Amendment (2 min)
– Clarify Language for new Probationary Rating Requirements
Status Update on Chapter 9 Amendment (7 min)
– Describe status of Public Comments and Draft Responses
– Describe QA Pilot Status Update
– Describe Quality Agent Training Working Group Update
Key Updates to Technical Standards (8 min)
– Understand process for updating duct LTO exemption
– List recent and upcoming changes to technical requirements
– Software Consistency Task Force Update
Top 4 Most Exciting RESNET Initiatives (15 min)
– Understand WER Index and how it might affect raters and builders
– List benefits of Multifamily Standard for Rating Businesses
– Describe HVAC Quality Install
– Who is behind this initiative?
– What will I need to know?
– Understand how Appraisal Institute MOU with RESNET could finally provide solution to one of the housing industry’s oldest problems.
Q&A (15 min)
RaterFest! Logistics, Packing Lists, and Travel Suggestions!
Rocky Mountain Village Address: 2644 Alvarado Rd, Empire, CO 80438
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Suggested Travel from the Airport
After some research, we’ve found that sharing a Lyft will be your cheapest option for getting to and from RaterFest!
As we get closer to RaterFest!, we will create a carpool system for you to coordinate with fellow attendees.