Better homes expo

Saturday, February 15, 2014 ·
Lunda Center, Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI
Cost: FREE
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Want to increase the long-term value of your home?

Now's your chance to learn some ways to do so while improving the comfort and durability of your home, as well as your energy bill. Join us to take a look at what is going on behind the walls and learn how to include weatherization and construction best practices into your next project.

Through demonstrations, utilizing full size detailed construction mock-ups, and classroom style sessions a group of experienced residential building professionals will share their knowledge on a variety of the most common energy efficiency building strategies. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to take a look at the construction details that separate Passive House, today's highest home energy efficiency standard, from the rest.

AS A RESULT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Explain the level of detail required when weatherizing a home
  • Communicate to builders and remodelers the performance standards you wish to achieve
  • Describe the offerings of Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program for new and existing homes
  • Define building performance tests that ensure a safe, comfortable home

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, students and apprentices in construction trades, builders, remodelers, insulators, affordable housing advocates, real estate professionals and appraisers

HOSTED BY

Xcel Energy

EXPO PARTNERS

  • Black River Falls Municipal Utilities
  • Focus on Energy
  • Jackson Electric Cooperative
  • La Crosse Area Builders Association
  • Oakdale Electric Cooperative
  • Riverland Energy Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Vernon Electric Cooperative
  • Westby Utilities
  • Western Technical College
  • Sustainability Institute

Displays and demonstrations

Presenters: Bob Pfeiffer, WECC; Kevin Hogan, Focus on Energy; Donald Layton, Focus on Energy; Western Technical College students and instructors

We'll discuss how to protect your home's interior and exterior from the elements through proven weatherization techniques. Attic and wall insulating and air sealing demonstrations will take place—but we won't stop there—rim joists and cathedral ceilings will also be explored, as well as effective exhaust ventilation systems.

If you're considering a major remodel or building a new home, wall system mockups and other construction details will be on display and experts will be available to address your questions. These experts will demonstrate the tools they use to evaluate an existing home's performance including blower doors and infrared cameras. And, if you're interested in building a new home, you'll have the chance to learn what it takes to meet the highest home energy efficiency standard in the country, Passive House.

In addition, we'll take a look at lighting options for your home. A representative from Focus on Energy's residential lighting program will showcase the differences between CFLs and incandescent bulbs, as well as daylight and soft CFLs. Information on Kelvin, mercury, recycling and Energy Star will also be available.

Off-site field visit—Passive House tour

Presenter: Josh VandeBerg, Western Technical College

Want to see a Passive House in person? You have the opportunity to take a tour of a Passive House currently being constructed by Western Technical College.
Full—we are no longer accepting reservations for the guided tour

45 minute lectures

  • Wisconsin's Home Performance with Energy Star program overview
    Carter Dedolph, Focus on Energy
    Since 2001, Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Home Performance with Energy Star program has helped more than 17,000 Wisconsin homeowners improve the efficiency and comfort of their home by providing financial rewards for making air sealing and insulation improvements. If your home is cold, drafty or uncomfortable and you have high energy bills, ice dams on your roof or mold and moisture issues, learn how a home energy assessment can help identify your home's comfort issues and how you can gain access to up to $2,000 in Focus on Energy rewards to make energy-saving improvements.
  • Comparing building performance standards
    Jason LaFleur, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
    There are multiple building programs and standards related to the energy efficiency of existing and new homes. We'll help you sort through the differences between Passive House, Energy Star Homes, LEED Homes, Focus on Energy New Homes program, Home Performance with Energy Star program, GreenStar Homes and more.
  • Real estate appraisals and energy features
    Jason LaFleur, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
    Have you ever wondered how to get the most resale value for energy features? We'll discuss how real estate appraisers determine a home's value and how they can assign value to energy efficient improvements.
  • Introduction to Passive House
    Josh VandeBerg, Western Technical College
    Passive House represents today's highest home energy efficiency standard in the country. We'll review the Passive House approach, as well as the benefits and key points to consider should you decide to build one. Hear why Western Technical College decided to build three.
  • Focus on Energy New Homes program overview
    Kevin Hogan, Focus on Energy
    The Focus on Energy New Homes Program pairs prospective homeowners with builders and energy experts to construct new homes that are between 10 and 100 percent more efficient than homes built to Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code. If you're considering building a new home this session is for you.
  • The art of weatherizing your home
    Bob Pfeiffer, WECC
    Want to weatherize your home but unclear where to start? Not sure what materials and techniques to use when insulating and air sealing? Concerned about making your home too airtight? Get your questions answered and learn how to move forward with your weatherization project.
8:30 am–4 pm

Open displays and demonstrations

  • Weatherizing (insulating, air sealing and ventilation)
  • Walls, attics, rim joist, knee walls
  • Bathroom ventilation systems
  • New home construction practices
    • Passive House construction details
    • Wisconsin code construction details
  • Using thermal imaging cameras
  • Blower door testing
9–9:45 am

Wisconsin's Home Performance with Energy Star program overview

10–10:45 am

Comparing building performance standards

  • Energy Star Homes
  • LEED for Homes
  • Focus on Energy New Homes program
  • GreenStar
  • Home Performance with Energy Star program
  • Passive House
11–11:45 am

Real estate appraisals and energy features

11–11:45 am

Introduction to Passive House

Noon–1 pm

Field visit to a Passive House
Full—we are no longer accepting reservations for the guided tour

  • See construction details first hand
1:15–2 pm

Focus on Energy New Homes Program overview

2:15–3 pm

The art of weatherizing your home

  • Do no harm indoor air quality
  • Energy saving prioritizes when weatherizing
  • Insulating and air sealing materials and methods
4 pm

Event concludes

Lunda Center, Western Technical College
319 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI
608.789.6030