RaterFest! is an annual two and a half day training conference for home energy professionals.
October 5-7th, 2018
Rocky Mountain Village
RaterFest registration starts at $475 and includes housing, meals, unlimited craft beer, activites and all sessions.
Register for RaterFest! 2018
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
$475 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!
$535 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).
$550 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).
$570 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).
Space is limited!
Past RaterFest! Presenters
Each year, RaterFest! has an awesome line-up of dedicated, passionate speakers. Stay tuned – new presenters added weekly!
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 Companies, Inc.- 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.
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
RaterFest! 2018 Sessions
- “What the Duck?” Presented by Dan Wildenhaus
- “QA Industry Update from RESNET” Presented by Scott Doyle
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.”
The 2018 session list isn’t complete just yet, but you can check out last year’s list!
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! 2018 Logistics
Check back here as RaterFest! draws near for schedules, travel suggestions and packing lists!