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(subject to change)

Date:      March 19th, 2014
Hours:    12 noon - 7 pm

The ADPSR Better Envelope Solutions Showcase will have a single track of presentations and a Trade Show with top insulation and weatherization products. 

Schedule (subject to revision)

Time Event Theater
Register Here
Main Lobby
(Free to Attend)
12:00 noon
Trade Show opens
Trade Show/ Exhibitions
Green Science Policy Institute
Flame Retardants and Health
1:00 pm Keynote Address: 

Insulating Materials for a Livable World

Alex Wilson,
Building Green
Trade Show/ Exhibitions
Applegate Insulation
Applegate’s Environmentally Preferred Insulation
2:00 pm

Building in Health, Blocking out Hazards

Tom Lent,
Healthy Building Network

Trade Show/ Exhibitions

Boulder Ridge
M SORA European Passive
2:30 - 3:00
Building with Straw Bales
3:00 pm

Choosing Exterior Assemblies and Insulation Materials: Spray, Batt, Board and Beyond

Larry Strain,
Siegel & Strain Architects

Trade Show/ Exhibitions

3:00 - 3:30
Advanced Insolations
Thermal Bridging
3:30-4:00 Barkhouse Bark Siding
4:00 pm

“Nuts and Bolts” of Materials and Their Installation

Contractor Panel:
Jim Coyle, Pankow Construction
Steve Boswell, McCutcheon Construction

Trade Show/ Exhibitions

4:00-4:30 Vaproshield

Rain-Screen Design Basics

Air and moisture barrier intro

5:00 pm

Best of the Day
& Days to Come

Roundtable Discussion with all Presenters

Trade Show/ Exhibitions

6:00 pm Trade Show and Networking

Trade Show/ Exhibitions

7:00 pm Event Closes  

1:00 pm
Opening Keynote

Insulating Materials for a Livable World
An overview of the environmental and health effects of Insulating materials, including performance, material embodied energy, emissions in manufacture, production and distribution, and potential health risks.

2:00 pm

Building in Health, Blocking out Hazards
Further exploration of the relevant environmental and human health risks of various insulating materials, including carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and toxicants and how to avoid or mitigate those risks.

3:00 pm

Choosing Exterior Assemblies and Insulation Materials: Spray, Batt, Board and Beyond
A consideration of methods for selecting wall assemblies and thermal insulation, weighing cost, performance, environmental hazards and installation considerations.

4:00 pm

“Nuts and Bolts” of Materials and Their Installation
Roundtable discussion by general and insulation contractors of the real world considerations of insulation materials, including their cost, availability, and impact on the entire wall assembly.

5:00 pm

Best of the Day & Days to Come
Description: Roundtable review by all participants of the day’s presentations, with the discussion focused on the reality of making decisions for a critical system in a livable complicated world.

Speaker Biographies

Alex Wilson, Building Green, Brattleboro VT

Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, and executive editor of Environmental Building News and he GreenSpec Product Directory. He is a widely published writer, a LEED accredited professional, and an instructor with Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Institute. He has lectured widely on topics related to green building, energy, and the environment. Alex served on the National board of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2000 through 2005 and received the organization's 2008 Leadership award for Education. Alex and his wife live in a 225 year old home in Dummerston and will be sharing some renovations he has made.

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Tom Lent, Healthy Building Network, Berkeley CA

Working with a variety of interests in the building industry, Tom Lent has spent his lifetime working to improve the health and well-being of the community and the planet. He contributed to the information campaign to ban arsenic-treated wood, has been a national player in the efforts to educate and inform a wide audience about the environmental and health hazards of PVC, built the best "alternatives to PVC products" database for a wide range of products, and is a major player in the development of green building guidelines for hospitals. He has contributed to a better understanding of the complex issues of materials testing and evaluation by his thorough analysis of methodology and life cycle assessment systems, and worked with the building industry to transform the marketplace.

Larry Strain, Siegel & Strain Architects, Emeryville CA

Larry Strain, principal at Siegel & Strain Architects, has a 40-year background in sustainable design.  A former General Contractor, he studied ecological systems at the Evergreen State College and the Farallones Institute and co-founded Siegel & Strain Architects with Henry Siegel. In the early 1990’s he began to systematically research sustainable materials and construction methods. This led to a set of Green Guideline Specification that was later incorporated into EBN’s GreenSpec Directory. Larry designs and manages many of the firm’s institutional projects, and is in charge of specifications and material selection. He has spoken on materials and sustainability at conferences throughout the country, is a past board member of the Northern Cali­fornia Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and currently serves on the board of the Ecological Building Network. The firm has won over 60 design and environmental awards for their projects including 4 Top Ten Project Awards from the AIA Committee on the Environment.

Steve Boswell, McCutcheon Construction
Steve has been doing all manners of construction for the past 30 years, most recently as a Project Manager with McCutcheon Construction in Berkeley, where he has been managing a once-in-a-lifetime high-end residential remodel in Piedmont that features some of the most advanced products and systems available in the world. The client wanted essentially the “world’s healthiest home”--healthy not only for the family, but also for the planet.Numerous consultants from Alex Stadtner to Cate Leger helped McCutcheon identify materials that posed the least possible health risks to their family. Steve will discuss the healthy, environmentally, water-tight friendly materials and assemblies that have application for a wide audience. Prior to entering the residential construction world, Steve managed a shop that provided scenery for corporate events, movies and television.He lives in Oakland, California in a bungalow in desperate need of a paint job.Steve Boswell can be reached at steveb@mcbuild.com.

Jim Coyle, LEED AP, CSI, CDT, Pankow Builders
Jim Coyle leads Pankow BLUE, a group at Charles Pankow Builders devoted to low impact building, based in Oakland, CA.BLUE has completed multiple Net-Zero Energy and LEED Platinum projects, through integrated delivery.His professional career has spanned over 20 years at Pankow, constructing projects in Los Angeles, New York, Oregon and throughout the Bay Area. These have ranged from large-scale civic projects, to urban infill/mixed-use, to interior improvements. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Health Product Declaration, a tool to elevate transparency of chemicals in building products.He is a former director for the USGBC Northern California Chapter, and CSI San Francisco.Jim has spoken widely on green building, and is committed to helping transform the building industry.Jim can be reached at jcoyle@pankow.com.

Drew Maran, Drew Maran Construction
Drew is the founded Drew Maran Construction, Inc, a Palo Alto based construction company in 1985. Nationally recognized as a leading builder of green custom homes Drew’s commitment to environmentalism has led to making green building central to the company's mission. Drew personally oversees the sustainability program on each project, promoting green solutions coupled with rigorous construction management that fosters innovation and expert craftsmanship. Drew’s innovative and cutting edge projects include net-zero energy homes and have been toured by thousands of people while also garnering awards from organizations such as the American Institute of Architects and Build It Green. Drew can be reached at drew@drewmoran.com