The Show Village 2009 Learning Center

We are now offering educational sessions at the Show Village 2009 Learning Center

December 31, 2008


Show Village 2009 Learning Center

Come to a series of hour-long educational sessions Tuesday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Building science and home building industry experts will address a range of topics and do live demonstrations on installation methods.

Here's a synopsis of the sessions at the Learning Center:

An Energy Star-Rated Green Solution Homeowners Will Love

During this session, we will compare tank, tankless and solar water heating solutions. Also, learn how Energy Star, residential green rating programs and consumer preferences all affect your bottom line.

Speaker: Garry Porter, Southeast Area Manager, Rinnai

Wednesday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2 – 3 p.m.

Best Practices in Mobility Solutions

Learn how top companies keep to the planned schedule. Discussion topics will also include subcontractor management and collaboration; administrative and paperwork processing; warranty process; and customer satisfaction.

Speaker: Christopher Pitts, Director Industry Business Solutions, Sprint Nextel

Tuesday – Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m.

Building Creative Decks with Ecolife

Learn creative and valuable deck building information from one of the industry's leading spokespeople.

Speaker: Bob Heidenreich, owner, Deck Store, and author, “Selling the Deck Project”

Tuesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Can Modular/Systems-Built Construction Improve Your Business?

You will see first-hand the various solutions this building methodology provides in single-family, multiffamily and commercial applications.

Speaker: Allen Mckemie, President, PHN Commercial Structures

Tuesday – Thursday, 10 – 11 a.m.

Comfort Foam: Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation

Live Demonstration

This live demo provides a general overview of residential insulation materials and air barrier properties. Indoor air quality will be discussed, as well as a look at why FEMA classifies closed-cell SPF as a flood-resistant insulation.

Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost-Effective Methods for Sealing the Building Envelope to Reduce Thermal Bypasses and Meet the Energy Star Home Checklist Requirements

Attendees will learn why tighter buildings actually perform better, last longer and are safer to live in than the typical “accidentally ventilated” home. Practical, cost-effective solutions are the focus of this class.

Speaker: Steve Easley, Principal, Steve Easley and Associates

Wednesday, 2 – 3 p.m.

Differentiate with New Builder Solutions: Wayne-Dalton Home Controls

Wayne-Dalton's Z-Wave compatible home control products — including a remotely programmable thermostat, the Teleport audio-visual remote control and automated home lighting — allow builders to offer highly desired home technology at an affordable price.

Speaker: Yan Rodriguez, Director, Wayne-Dalton Home Controls

Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m.


We'll explain the primary physical forces that adversely affect the durability of building materials — air, heat and moisture — and how a home's air barrier, thermal barrier and moisture barrier work together as a system to manage these forces.

Speaker: Joseph Lstiburek, Principal, Building Science Corp.

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 –2 p.m.

Energy Efficiency

Nationally recognized building science expert John Tooley will provide an overview of energy-efficient construction techniques and how the home performs as a system.

Speaker: John Tooley, Senior Consultant, Advanced Energy

Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Energy Efficiency At Virtually No Cost Increase

Builders will be able to see first-hand a breakthrough structural solution in exterior insulation: Styrofoam SIS Brand Structural Insulated Sheathing. It's an “industry first” in residential energy efficiency featuring structural shear bracing, water-resistive protective barrier properties and insulation.

Speaker: Dean DeWildt, Dow Chemical

Tuesday – Thursday, 3 – 3:45 p.m.

Everything is Going Green — What does it Mean?

Based on his home buyer market research, Gord Cooke has pioneered a new program designed to assist builders in marketing and selling their high performing, energy-efficient homes.

Speaker: Gorde Cooke, Building Science Trainer and Consultant, Building Knowledge

Wednesday – Thursday, 3 –3:45 p.m.

Get the Project Done!

Your have your permit. Your building is ready to ship to the job site. Now what? Learn first-hand how to manage this important process. Learn a process path that addresses everything from site preparation to finish out.

Speaker: James “Skeeter” Seekford, Vice President, PHN Commercial Structures

Tuesday – Thursday, 3 – 3:45 p.m.

How to Get the Thermal Envelope Right for All the Green Reasons

Builders will understand how to build thermal envelopes that help homes perform 50 percent better than energy code and qualify for the Energy Tax Credit.

Speaker: Doug Bibee, Residential Application Technology Leader

Tuesday – Thursday, 10 – 11 a.m.

Hydroshield Technology Revolution Home of the Future, Engineered

Find out how Plastpro's fiberglass entry doors and PF Frames — with exclusive Hydroshield Technology — create a moisture barrier for the entire entryway and provide complete protection against the elements.

Speaker: Marcel Chehade, Sales Manager, Plastpro

Tuesday – Thursday, 12 – 1 p.m.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Ron Jones, an industry pioneer, conducts a session that includes an overview on controlling pollutants at the source; the relationship between a tight building envelope and control of ventilation and space conditioning; and installing effective mechanical systems.

Speaker: Ron Jones, Builder and Founding Partner, Green Builder Media

Tuesday – Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m.

Look Below Grade to Upgrade

Learn from experts how to incorporate insulated foundations into building plans and how to leverage this upgrade as a key differentiator in your selling process.

Speaker: Jeff Van Sloun, Owens Corning

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Proper Exterior Door Installation Saves Money and Reduces Callbacks

This Level 1 training, performed by Bill Reiter and Bill Rouleau, will educate builders about best practices that enable professionals to improve their installation techniques.

Speakers: Bill Reiter and Bill Rouleau

Tuesday, 2 – 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 – 11 a.m., 2 – 3 p.m.; Thursday, 10 – 11 a.m., 2 – 3 p.m.

Redefining Curb Appeal in a Down Market

Even in a challenging market, there are many exterior embellishments that can give builders an extra edge in marketing their homes.

Speaker: TBD, Owens Corning

Tuesday, 10 – 11 a.m.

Severe Weather and Closed-Cell Spray Foam: A Better Building Technology

Learn about closed-cell spray foam, what it is and where to use it. This session highlights the effectiveness of closed-cell spray foam in resisting flood and wind forces as well as structural damage.

Speaker: Mary Bogdan, Senior Principal Scientist for Honeywell

Tuesday, 2 – 3 p.m.

The Differences in Today's Treated Lumber Products

There's good news for builders who prefer building with real wood: advanced formulations

have produced new treated wood products that substantially improve the long-term performance and beauty of wood. Hear about the newest technologies in wood treatments and preservation.

Speaker: Dr. Alan Preston, Vice President of R & D for Viance

Wednesday, 3 – 3:45 p.m.

Water Efficiency

Learn how to include appealing water-saving features in your homes from Gary Klein, formerly with the California Energy Commission and current instructor for GreenPlumbers USA, a national training and accreditation organization.

Speaker: Gary Klein, Instructor, GreenPlumbers USA

Tuesday –Thursday, 12 – 1 p.m.

What Every Builder Needs To Know About High-Performance Plumbing

This seminar will introduce builders to effective design and installation of high-performance plumbing systems. Builders need to understand the basics of these systems to properly manage their trade contractors' performance.

Speaker: Carl Seville, Seville Consulting

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2 – 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

What's Green About Ventilation?

The seminar will cover ASHRAE 62.2, which is the ventilation platform designated by LEED, Energy Star Homes – Indoor Air Package, California Title 24 and other green building standards.

Speakers: Vic Flynn and Don Stevens

Tuesday, 12 – 1 p.m., 1 – 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m., 1 – 2 p.m.

Why Closed-Cell Spray Foam ... Why Now… The Answer to Energy Performance

Learn about closed-cell spray foam, what it is and where to use it. This session highlights the effectiveness of closed-cell spray foam in resisting flood and wind forces as well as structural damage.

Speaker: Mary Bogdan, Senior Principal Scientist for Honeywell

Thursday, 12 – 1 p.m.

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