Houses That Work for Existing Homes: Remodeling for Energy Efficiency

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2011
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Medinah Shriners, 550 N. Shriners Drive, Addison, IL 60101

Registration for this event is taken through EEBA. To register call 952-881-1098 or visit Registration fee increases to $140 after June 1.
Houses That Work for Existing Homes is hosted by the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) and sponsored by USGBC - Illinois Chapter, the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy.

This workshop will explore cost-effective opportunities to implement energy efficient and green technologies and strategies into remodeling projects for existing homes. The fundamentals of building science - air, heat and moisture flow – will be applied to help participants understand how elements of a house all work together as a system and how this knowledge can be used by remodelers to reduce risks and find the most cost-effective energy improvements for individual homes.

The workshop format recognizes that many remodeling projects are done as specific and discreet projects such as window replacement, roofing, residing or a kitchen remodel. Participants will learn to identify energy efficient and green opportunities for specific sectors of the remodeling industry of interest to them, but always in the context of whole house opportunities and embracing building science best practice. Throughout the workshop, strategies, techniques and products will be demonstrated that simultaneously improve the comfort, durability, safety, health and energy efficiency of existing homes. The workshop will also help participants identify key process changes that are required to take advantage of green opportunities and the resources available to them to assist in those process changes such as utility, industry and government programs, supportive manufacturers, energy raters and other training opportunities.

By the end of the session participants will have a thorough understanding of how to implement energy efficiency improvements properly and cost effectively into every remodeling project they undertake.

To register, call 952-881-1098 or visit

Relevance to Attendees
The workshop will be of most interest to at least the following groups:
  • General contractors who focus their business on the residential remodeling sector
  • The many specialty or specific remodeling sectors: Kitchen and bath replacement companies; Siding and roofing contractors; Foundation and waterproofing remediation contractors; Insulation and weatherization contractors; Window replacement contractors; HVAC replacement contractors
  • Real estate agents
  • Building supply and manufacturing sales people who sell components to remodelers
  • Utility and housing program officials who promote weatherization programs.
This workshop has been developed to recognize and adapt to the needs of the varied climatic regions and business practices across the United States.

The workshop is based on widely accepted industry information such as the ENERGY STAR Home Advisor program, LEED for Homes, local weatherization programs and manufacturers’ best practice guides. The products, techniques and strategies presented adhere to industry best practice principles.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn the fundamentals or air, heat and moisture flow and see how they can be applied to remodeling existing homes to make them more efficient, safe, healthy, durable and comfortable.
  • Apply the building science to common remodel projects such as roofing, re-siding, weatherization, kitchen & bath replacements, windows, foundation & basements and HVAC upgrades.
  • Identify process changes needed to cost effectively implement energy efficiency in remodel projects
  • Learn about the successes of other remodelers who have benefited from implementing energy efficiency objectives into remodel projects.

Sessions qualifies for the following CEUs:

  • 8 GBCI CE hours towards LEED Credential Maintenance (USGBC)
  • 8 LUs for AIA/CES (HSW credit)
  • 8 CEUs for AIBD
  • 7 CEUs for NAHB
  • 5 RESNET credits
  • 3.5 CEUs for BPI
  • 8 NARI credits

Medinah Shriners
550 N. Shriners Drive
Addison, IL 60101

To register, call 952-881-1098 or visit

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