2021 Sessions

The 2021 Better Buildings: Better Business Conference is all-virtual for 2021.

Each session consists of two parts: a Technical Session followed by a Fireside Chat. In the technical session, experts share their knowledge on industry topics, giving you an opportunity to stay up to speed on building trends and even receive Continuing Education credits. The Fireside Chat is your chance to "ask the experts” during an informal discussion around the technical session’s learnings.

Session One: March 24, 2021

Energy management through smarter neighborhoods

Experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) cover three ways in which communities can work together to provide more resilient, reliable homes through smart controls and advances in energy management.

In the Fireside Chat, ask Slipstream researchers and HVAC expert Rex Ambs (Geofurnace Heating and Cooling) about the future of home heating, from cold-climate heat pumps to decarbonization.

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Session Two: April 29, 2021

Offsite construction from the ground up

Jon Golz (Enercept) lays out what you need to know about offsite construction, including how panelized and modular practices fit in with current market conditions.

In the Fireside Chat, high-performance home expert, Sam Rashkin, Jon Golz, and Joe Pasma, of Enercept, join us as we discuss best practices for companies to optimize design and sales.  

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Session Three: May 26, 2021

Air-to-water heat pumps and hydronic systems

In this session, hydronics expert John Siegenthaler describes the breadth of currently available air-to-water heat pumps, including their performance characteristics. He then shows how to combine these heat pumps in both new and retrofit situations, sharing practical do’s and don’ts as well as several templates that can serve as starting points for optimal system design.

In the Fireside Chat, we continue the overview of air-to-water heat pumps with an interactive discussion of how to apply these technologies to meet our energy efficiency goals.  

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Session Four: August 2021

High-efficiency boilers- more information coming soon!

Session Five: September 2021

Achieving envelope airtightness goals with spray sealants- more information coming soon!

Session Six: October 2021

High performance homes- more information coming soon!