Energy Efficiency & IAQ Seminar 2012 PDF Print E-mail


Deep Energy Reductions in Maine Homes

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A full day seminar featuring Linda Wigington, Director of Deep Energy Reduction Initiatives, Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Augusta Civic Center

Augusta, Maine


Registration Information:

$90.00 - MIAQC Members

$115.00 - Nonmembers

$150.00 - Seminar plus MIAQC Membership (through June 30, 2012)

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About the Program:

Affordable Comfort, Inc., is a national non-profit organization widely recognized as a resource for information, education and best practices in the area of residential weatherization, building performance, and deep energy reductions.  Affordable Comfort hosts four regional and one North American conference each year that draw thousands of professionals from around the country interested in energy efficient, sustainable, healthy homes.  The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is pleased to offer a little piece of Affordable Comfort right here in Maine, by hosting Linda Wigington, founder of Affordable Comfort, Inc. and the current director of deep energy reduction initiatives at Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Linda's presentation will focus on practical strategies for achieving deep energy reductions (reductions of 70% or more) in existing homes. 

The positive and negative synergy between energy efficiency & indoor air quality will be interwoven throughout all topics during the day.

Program Schedule:

8:00 a.m.     Registration

8:30 a.m.     Welcome/Introduction
                      Introduction by William A. Turner, PE, Turner Building Science & Design

(All sessions throughout rest of day presented by Linda Wigington)

8:45 a.m.    Paradigm Shift: Context for Deep Reductions in Existing Homes

9:30 a.m.    Making the Value Proposition:  It's More Than Just Energy:  Resilience, Water Reductions,
                     Economic Development

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m. Introduction to the Thousand Home Challenge: Determination of Threshold Allowance

11:30 a.m.  Operational vs Asset Performance: Project Implications

11:50 a.m.   Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:40 p.m.   Approaches to Deep Reductions: All at Once; Staged, and Creative

12:50 p.m.   Deep Reduction Case Studies

2:15 p.m.     Break

2:30 p.m.     Lessons Learned from Case Studies:  Strategies, Costs, Energy Savings, IAQ &

3:00 p.m.     On the Path:  Emerging Transitional Strategies

4:00 p.m.     Opportunities & Implications for Current Initiatives in Maine

4:20 p.m.     Q & A

4:30 p.m.     Adjourn


Continuing Education Credits:

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

AIA Credits - This program has been approved for 6.5 HS & W credits by the American Institute of Architects.

ABIH - The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has changed how they calculate CM points for individual with CIH accreditation.  This program provides 6.5 hours of CM point credit under the new calculation.

ACAC - This program has been approved for 8.0 hours of credit by the American Council of Accredited Certifications.

American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)  6.5 ASHI Credits approved

Building Performance Institute (BPI):  Approved for 3.5 BPI continuing education units

CEU's - this program has been approved for .7 CEU's by the University of Maine System

Codes Enforcement Officers:  This program has been approved for 6.5 hours of recertification credit for individuals with residential energy certifications.

Engineers - This program qualifies for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit for individuals holding Professional Engineer licensing.

Realtors: This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit by the Maine Real Estate Commission.

Registered Radon Professionals - this program has been approved by the state Radon Section for 4.0 hours of continuing education credit for registered radon professionals.

US Green Buildings Council (USGBC):  This program qualifies for 6.5 LEED credits for a live presentation.

About Linda Wigington:

Linda Wigington founded the Affordable Comfort Conference in 1986. She serves as ACI’s director of deep energy reduction initiatives. She developed the agendas for 50 North American conferences, addressing new and existing construction. These events have been instrumental in building capacity and bringing the whole house approach and greater use of diagnostics and verification to residential energy efficiency initiatives. As a nonprofit, ACI is recognized as a source of nonbiased information. ACI is a brand trusted by sponsors, technical organizations, and the tens of thousands of people who have attended ACI events as attendees or presenters. 

Linda convened the ACI Summit, “Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality,” in July 2007. She is leading the effort to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving deep energy reductions (70%+) through the North American Thousand Home Challenge, currently in its pilot phase. Through the Thousand Home Challenge, Linda has direct knowledge of residential energy initiatives and projects throughout North America that endeavor to achieve net zero energy or net zero energy ready status. In the four years since then, she has authored 2 white papers and given 30 presentations on deep energy reductions at 25 regional and national (US & Canadian) events.

In 1976, Linda graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Speech Communication from West Virginia University. She received a master’s degree in 1979 from WVU’s Program for the Study of Technology, focusing on residential energy conservation and community energy education.   

Linda was energy coordinator for Washington-Greene Community Action, Washington, PA, between 1980 and 1982. Her responsibilities included low-income crisis assistance, counseling, low-income advocacy and outreach, demonstration of appropriate technologies, and community energy education. 

From 1982 to 1989, Linda worked for ACTION Housing, Pittsburgh, PA. She co-authored the Community Energy Workshops Handbook and conducted training for building capacity of the Weatherization Assistance and Utility Usage reduction programs, focusing on building diagnostics and energy auditing/education. During this period, she founded the Affordable Comfort Conference and implemented the first three conferences.

As a consultant for Duquesne Light Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Linda supported their residential low-income usage reduction program. She was instrumental in the design, training, and technical oversight of Smart Comfort. Pilot in 1992, it is one of the first utility programs to demonstrate significant cost effective energy reductions through a comprehensive approach to customer baseload and other end uses.   

Linda has been a technical consultant for utility programs throughout the country, addressing existing single family and multifamily program design and evaluation. She serves on the editorial board of Home Energy magazine, and has been an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International’s Green Team. She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award, and in 2009 was inducted into the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI's) Hall of Fame for lifetime commitment and dedication to the home performance industry.

Linda was a founding member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) board of directors (2009). She is vice president of the board of directors of Cornerstone Care, a community health center serving Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties.

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