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EEBA Hybrid High Performance Home Summit

September 14, 2021 @ 8:30 am - September 16, 2021 @ 12:30 pm


Reach for the Summit: A Future Where Every Home is High Performing, Healthy + Resilient

The Alliance will be joining EEBA on September 14-16, 2021 in Denver, CO for a High Performance Home Summit focused on providing the tools and networking that builders, raters, analysts and architects need to take high performance, healthy, resilient homes to new heights.

This year, we are sponsoring a track with sessions that are closely tied to the Alliance agenda and issues we think will be critical to the production homebuilding community over the next 5 years. We’ll also be on hand with Panasonic and University of Denver at Thrive Home Builders’ Ultimate ZEN Home, where we’re a co-sponsor of a fun networking event including a live cooking demonstration.

Be sure to check out the speakers in our track below, review details of the sessions and events we’re engaged in by clicking the Attend tab above, and use the code INNOVATE upon checkout on EEBA’s website to take advantage of a special 20% registration discount available to the Alliance community for in-person ($595) and virtual ($350) attendance.

See you in Denver! 

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Event Speakers:

Steve Linton


Deltec Homes

Joseph Daniels


Project Etopia

Theresa Gilbride

Building Energy Efficiency Researcher

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Rob Howard


Howard Building Science

Leigha Dickens

Green Building + Sustainability Manager

Deltec Homes

George Sullivan

Senior Principal + CEO

Net Zero Analysis

John McLinden

President + CEO


Bill Rectanus

Vice President of Homebuilding Operations

Thrive Home Builders

Rick Wertheim

Senior Vice President for Housing + Green Initiative

United Way of Long Island

Marye Hefty

Building Energy Efficiency

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ryan Hillgartner

Director of Marketing

Tim O'Brien Homes


September 14, 2021 @ 8:30 am
September 16, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

Join us For:

Wednesday, September 15 | Join Our Track in Crystal Salon A + Networking Event at the Ultimate ZEN Home
Help! I Need Somebody: Workforce Woes, Work Arounds + What Abouts

(connection = Rethinking Labor) The need for housing is rising across the country with homebuyer demand far outpacing supply in most markets. The problem is the shortage of skilled labor is nearly as severe as the shortage of available homes. Join us to see how some high-performance home builders are tackling the problem head-on with training programs for young workers and creative approaches to finding and keeping good subs and staff. You'll also hear about government initiatives that could help. But since we need new ideas on such a massive scale, we want to hear from you too.

David Kendall, Thrive Home Builders; Ryan Hillgartner, Tim O'Brien Homes; Rick Wertheim, United Way; Marye Hefty, PNNL

A Globalized Approach to Sustainability in the Built Environment

(connection = Digital Transformation + ESG) Joseph Daniels will present a fresh approach to sustainable buildings with a harmonized approach for application across the globe. Blending sustainability certifications, green finance, and a universe of digital twins, Daniels is standardizing an approach to developing and delivering high-performance homes. This new approach, developed and piloted by his company, Etopia, offers a new framework for ESG investment in green housing across the globe. Daniels will present contexts, constraints, and findings from his work in the UK and Europe and how these new models may be adapted and applied in the U.S.

Joseph Daniels, Project Etopia

Meeting the Carbon Challenge -- Decarbonization Strategies for High Performance Builders

(connection = Digital Transformation, ESG + Resiliency) After decades of striving towards higher levels of energy efficiency, high performance builders are now facing the decarbonization challenge. The path towards operational decarbonizing of our homes is straightforward and leads through net zero energy to electrification. But what about the embodied carbon of the home itself? And what about internal decarbonization of the building process?

George Sullivan, Net Zero Analysis; John McLinden, Digibilt; Leigha Dickens, Deltec Homes; Bill Rectanus, Thrive Home Builders

Designing a Hurricane Resilient Home: The Systemic Approach

(connection = Industrialization + Resiliency) Multiple trends are making the design and off-site construction of resilient homes more important than ever. We have increasingly strong and frequent storms that are impacting communities across a greater area and more people moving into those areas, who want to enjoy their environment while being protected from it. How do you balance those conflicting issues? By building hurricane-resistant homes that connect people to nature. This presentation will explore the core principles that make a home hurricane resistant and why a systematic approach is necessary to ensure the best protection. From the building design, to specialized hurricane-specific components, to sustainability strategies that allow a home to operate immediately after a disaster; having the different elements of the home work together as a system is critical. We will highlight a few key case studies of homes that have withstood some of the strongest and most catastrophic storms in history.

Steve Linton, Deltec Homes

Sustainable Is Attainable: Building Affordable Zero Energy Ready Homes + Providing Missing Middle Housing Opportunities

(connection = Attainability and Design + Livability) This session will explore the challenges faced when building sustainable, affordable housing and providing Missing Middle Housing opportunities in existing neighborhoods. It will feature two case studies of affordable Zero Energy Ready Home developments in Western North Carolina. These include the Northstone mixed income community in Hickory and the Duke Street Cottages pocket neighborhood in Granite Falls. Three of the homes in Hickory were monitored by Advanced Energy for comfort and indoor air quality. A summary of the research findings will be shared during the presentation.

Rob Howard, Howard Building Science

EEBA Social Event at the Ultimate ZEN Home

Join us and Thrive Home Builders for an inside look, drinks, food and a live cooking demonstration at the Ultimate ZEN Home. The Alliance, Panasonic and University of Denver are co-sponsoring the event.