Building The High Performance House:
Beyond Code Programs that Give you and your Customer the Edge
Presented by: Pat Huelman, Rachel Wagner and Michael Resech
This daylong course is divided into four sessions. The first will define and discuss a high-performance house -- one that consistently delivers above code energy efficiency, better long-term durability, more comfort, and improved IAQ. The second session will introduce several federal, state, utility, non-profit, and private programs that can help builders differentiate themselves when delivering above code performance. General requirements for each program will be provided. The presenters will then compare the programs against what was defined as a high-performance house. Finally, the presenters will lead a discussion of what it takes to build homes to high-performance, why it matters, and how all of us might help advance these goals.
Pat Huelman is an Associate Extension Professor in Energy and Building Systems with the University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as Coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with University of Minnesota Extension. He is a lead faculty member for the Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a principal investigator for hygrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Currently, Pat is the Project Lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America teams.
Rachel Wagner is co-owner of Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth. She has a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis and is a licensed architect in Wisconsin and a certified Passive House designer. Since 1996, Rachel has specialized in resource-efficient, ecological design for cold climates. She tries to make things better without making things worse.
Michael Resech is a Program Manager - MN New Homes at Residential Science Resources. Michael received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and has more than 12 years experience in commercial and residential envelope design, installation, testing, and forensic investigation.