back to all Events

2nd Annual Residential Michigan Net Zero Conference

Event Type
Tony Reames, PhD, PE
Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractor Association (MEECA)
Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA)
Green Home Institute (GHI)
Michigan Geothermal Energy Association (MGEA)
University of Michigan
Architectural Resource, LLC
October 20, 2020 6:00pm - October 22, 8:00pm

[FREE. Tickets required.]

The 2nd annual Zero Net Energy Residential Conference is bringing together State and Regional experts to discuss and share what a Zero-Net home is and ways to break down the barriers to get new and existing residential buildings to become zero-net. This Conference is for energy efficiency contractors, solar contractors, homeowners, and anybody interested in learning about Zero Net Energy Homes.

We will focus on a new topic each day, day one conversation, day two utilization, and day three generation.

Continuing Education - 6 hours [$35 ticket to earn CE credits]

State Design and Contractor License

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Day 1: Conservation

An intro to the high-performance envelope (walls and roof), then slab and foundation walls. The envelope includes walls but also below-grade elements, above-grade elements, and roof. How do we make them the best?

6:00 - 6:25 pm Welcome and Opening Plenary - Team Zero, the state of residential net zero.

Speakers: Aaron Smith, CEO, EEBA Team ZERO and Ann Edminster, Founder/Principal, Design AVEnues LLC

6:25 - 7:10 pm Conservation

During this session, we will have an introductory and advanced course in building net-zero energy wall assemblies.

Track 1. Fundamentals of High-Performance Building Enclosures in new and existing homes 6:25 - 7:10 pm EST

Speakers: Michael Klement, Owner, Architectual Resource and Mark Lee, Owner, Better World Builders

Moderator: Brett Little, GHI

Track 2. Envelope Technical Topic: Wall Systems - Tour a net zero home underway 6:25 - 7:10 pm

Speakers: Mark Miller, Owner Zenplus Architecture and Paul Abueva, Owner, Abueva Builders.

Michigan Passive House Behind the Drywall Tour

7:10 - 7:55 pm Breakout Session II

This session will cover low carbon building methods and a real certified zero energy home tour.

Track 1. Virtual Home Tour: A net positive LEED Platinum Pending Project - Read Residence 7:10 - 7:55 pm

7:10 - 7:55 pm Michael Klement, Architectural Resource and Team

Track 2. Envelop Technical Topic: Low-Carbon Building Enclosures.

Speakers: Sigi Koko, Owner, Down to Earth Design and Lucas Johnson, 475 High Pefromance Building Supply

Moderator: David Gard, MEECA

7:55 - 8:25pm - Can insulated Studs get us to net zero in the walls

8:25 - 9:00pm Networking

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Day 2: Utilization

Once we understand how to keep heat in, we can quickly and efficiently heat, cool, and ventilate our homes with small systems that are all-electric. What you need to know about the future HVAC in Net Zero Homes.

Day 2 Plenary: Dr Brandy Brown, climate and energy adviser at the MI EGLE.

Michigan Healthy Climate Plan

6:15 - 7:00 pm Breakout Session I

During this session, we will have 2 breakouts. Once for novices who want to learn more about heat pumps and one for those focused implementing or installing.

Track 1. Is there heat in the air or ground in the winter? (Novice) 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Speakers: Kortney Lull, VP Of Business Development, Midwest Geothermal and Jon Harrod, Owner, Snug Planet

Moderator : Brett Little

Track 2. Installing and managing heatpumps (advanced) 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Speakers: John Semmelhack, Owner, Think Little and Rob Derksen, Michigan Energy Services

Moderator: Larry Kaufman, MGEA

7:00 - 7:45 pm Breakout Session II

Track 1. Behind the scenes at Bradford Stations - a LEED Zero Carbon Multifamily Tour 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Speakers: Peter Skornia, President, Bazzani Construction

Track 2. Water heating and advanced ventilation 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Speakers: Dr. Ty Newell , Co Founder, Build Equinox and Tim Gaughan RHEEM Regional Sales Manager - HE & Utilities

Moderator: Dave Dye, DFD Architecture

7:45 - 8:05 : Consumers Energy Zero Net Energy Rebate program: Annie Koch, Senior Engineer, DVN GL

8:05 - 9:00pm Networking

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Day 3: Generation

We will focus on generations, generation of renewable energy, offsets, profit, policy, and equity. To be a genuinely zero energy world, we need to generate a positive for People. Planet. Profit.

6:00 - 6:15pm Welcome - Brett Little - 10 pro tips in 10 minutes to get to net-zero and low carbon now.

6:15 - 7:00 pm Breakout Session I

Track 1. Solar and batteries work in the Midwest 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Speakers: Kris Hunter, Global Battery Solutions and John Wakeman SUR Energy LLC

Moderator: Kendal Kuneman, GLREA Board Member

Track 2. How do I pay for and value net zero? 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Speakers: Casey Murphey, VP Quality Systems, PEARL & Jennifer Abraham, Analyst, ICF

Moderator: David Gard, MEECA

7:00 - 7:45 pm Breakout Session II

Track 1. Policy to get to Net Zero 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Speakers: Erin McDade, Senior Program Director, Architecture 2030 and Louise Sharrow, Elevate Energy, Manager | Research and Innovation.

Moderator, John Freeman, ED, GLREA

Track 2. Net Zero For all! 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Speakers: Tony G. Reames, PhD. Assistant Professor . University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability and Urban Energy Justice Lab and Tom Tishler, Construction Manager, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity

Moderator: Dave Dye, DFDArchitecture

7:45 - 8:00 pm Key Note Veridian a Net Zero Community Dream - Matt Grocoff

8:00 - 9:00pm Networking