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, while sharing stories and music.
All eligible attendees earn CEUs from RESNET® , BPI, and ICC.
RaterFest! Overview & Housing Options:
Dates: September 20-22, 2019
Location: Rocky Mountain Village, 2644 Alvarado Rd, Empire, CO 80438
Cost: $475 - $580
Registration Cost Includes: Full-conference pass, all meals, housing, activities, and unlimited Colorado craft beer!
Click to learn more about housing options:
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!
Want the camping experience without the tent? Stay in one of the platform tents nestled among the aspen. You will have shower house access and be protected from the elements while disconnecting from your busy day-to-day. Wake up to scenic views and crisp mountain air. Colorado in September is unpredictable, so please pack all your warm layers!
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).
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).
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
Steve Armstrong, Senior Building Analyst of Environmental Solutions Group
Michelle Foster, Vice President of Innovation Services at Home Innovation Research Labs
Bruce Manclark, Director of CLEAResult
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
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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
RaterFest! Logistics, Packing Lists, & Travel Suggestions
Packing list for campers
Suggested Travel from 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.
Friday, September 20th
11 AM - 1 PM Registration is Open
1 PM - First Session Begins
Saturday, September 21st
Sunday, September 22nd
12 PM - Last session concludes
12 PM - Lunch
2:30 - All guests must depart the venue
More details to come!