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EcoBuilding 2013: Building Bridges, Pushing Boundaries, features a fantastic line-up of speakers including keynote speakers David Arkin and Anni Tilt. David and Anni will present Maximum Kick with Minimum Impact: Challenges and Triumphs in Ecological Design.

Alistair Jackson

Alistair Jackson

You CAN Always Get What You Want: Achieving high performance through better process

In their presentation, they'll discuss bridging project process voids with effective coordination and communication. Whether you are a designer, contractor, or consultant, after attending this session you will be able to: set effective outcome-based goals; build the right mental model for your project teams; identify the importance of building effective bridges between project phases; and create a plan to measure outcomes and “close the loop” on your next project. Co-Presenting with Elly Bunzendahl.

Alli Kingfisher

Alli Kingfisher

Toxic Chemicals in Roof Runoff

The recent Puget Sound Toxics Loading Assessment (PSTLA) report identified arsenic, cadmium, copper, and zinc levels in the Puget Sound Basin. These metals can cause harm and death to fish and other aquatic life. Some can also adversely affect human health. The PSTLA report identified roofing materials as a significant potential source of release of these metals and, possibly, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and phthalate plasticizers into the Puget Sound. In the winter of 2011/12 The Department of Ecology tested roof runoff for toxic chemicals as part of the Control of Toxic Chemicals in Puget Sound project. This presentation is an overview of the innovative stakeholder engagement that developed the study and an overview of the preliminary findings. Alli will also be co-presenting a second session with Kelly Lerner (see Kelly's page for details).

Becky Chan

Becky Chan

Case Study - Blue View, Green Built in Seattle: Trying for an Affordable Net Zero Energy Remodel

How feasible is it to remodel an existing structure to create a net zero energy home on an affordable budget (of $145 per square foot)? Hear about the collaboration between owner, architect and builder as we tackled this challenge in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. (We are just starting our first year of operations, so will know by next August how well we did.) Co-Presenting with Parie Hines.

Chris van Daalen

Chris van Daalen

Code Innovations Database: Empowering YOU to transform the market

Let’s face it, getting a permit for an innovative design or building material can take more time and money than conventional methods. Chris will examine this code barrier to green building and how a regional Guild program is making it easier to build green! The Code Innovations Database is a new web-based resource to help building officials, builders and other stakeholders to share information about successfully permitted green and high performance building innovations. By documenting successful projects and sharing information far and wide, this program is part of a multi-faceted strategy to transform the market for green building being pursued by Guild Members and Partners. Currently, Chris and the Guild Board of Directors are inviting leading NW jurisdictions and code-related organizations to become the “Founding Partners” who will help help build and use the prototype website at www.CodeInnovations.org. Be sure to contact Chris if your organization would like to get involved!

Keynote: David Arkin & Anni Tilt

Keynote: David Arkin & Anni Tilt

Maximum Kick with Minimum Impact: Challenges and Triumphs in Ecological Design

In their keynote presentation, architects Anni Tilt and David Arkin will present some of their adventures in evolving site- and climate-appropriate solutions. Their work is based in five ecological principles along with a design process that is common to every project, but has been tuned over 15 years of practice. They will include examples from a wide variety of locations, climates and building types, as well as some insights into where they see the future of ecological design. They will also provide an update on the most recent developments in straw bale construction.

David Heslam

David Heslam

Guild Retrospective

From Hippie to Hipster: A 20-Year Guild Retrospective

David Posada

David Posada

Multi-Family Passive House: Kiln Apartments Under Construction

In this session, David will summarize energy efficiency, ventilation, design, and construction criteria for the Passive house standard. He will discuss the technical challenges of applying passive house design principles to multi-family housing and identify key cost premiums and constructability challenges. Finally, he'll apply lessons learned to reduce future costs and barriers to adoption for this aggressive energy efficiency standard.

Don Stark

Don Stark

Aquaponics: Nature's Balance in Water

The focus of this presentation is sustainable food production and its incorporation into food security. Don's system, which houses hundreds of plants, costs just $0.37 per day and raises 150 fish year round. It's comprised of a 14 x 20 greenhouse that was built as a commercial test facility. Sustainability is more than just a house envelope, health is more than just a McBurger and Fries.

Elly Bunzendahl

Elly Bunzendahl

You CAN Always Get What You Want: Achieving high performance through better process

In their presentation, they'll discuss bridging project process voids with effective coordination and communication. Whether you are a designer, contractor, or consultant, after attending this session you will be able to: set effective outcome-based goals; build the right mental model for your project teams; identify the importance of building effective bridges between project phases; and create a plan to measure outcomes and “close the loop” on your next project. Co-Presenting with Alistair Jackson.

George Ostrow

George Ostrow

Hands On: Build Advanced Framing Models

Here is your chance to play framer for an hour using basswood sticks to build a scale model. After a brief introduction to conventional and advanced framing methods, participants will divide into small teams to cut, layout, and glue together a wall, floor, or roof. Architectural drawings will be provided to follow, but it’s up to you to figure out the framing details. Then each team’s portion will be added to the whole as we assemble a complete house frame. We’ll conclude by sharing with the whole group what each team learned and by calculating the lumber saved compared to building the same model using conventional framing. All materials and tools will be provided.

Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien

Guild Retrospective

From Hippie to Hipster: A 20-Year Guild Retrospective

Kathleen Petrie

Kathleen Petrie

Panel: Construction Materials Management: Taking the "Waste" out of Construction

This panel session is on effective building materials management (formerly known as C&D waste). We will begin with brief introductions from the panelists which will include, for their specific jurisdictions; diversion rate targets, updates on relevant C&D code developments, and other C&D related updates or innovations. Following the panel introductions, there will be a facilitated discussion with the audience covering feasible/realistic jobsite diversion rates (construction AND building removal), how to push the envelope to minimize unwanted materials at jobsites, and brainstorming on how governmental jurisdictions can further support the industry and help Guild members/practitioners meet their building materials management goals.

Kelly Lerner

Kelly Lerner

Co-Creating a World of Resilience, Opportunity and Renewal: Practices of Participatory Leadership

We live in a meeting culture. Have an idea for something at work? Schedule a meeting. Want to explore a volunteer opportunity? Attend a meeting. Want to make a difference at your kids’ school? Organize a meeting. It leads to schedules packed solid with back to back meetings. And somehow, nothing gets done. Instead, the real work often gets done in the hallway between meetings or over a meal with your friends and neighbors. It’s clear that people are hungry for a better way to have conversations that matter and to use these conversations to drive change in our community. Join us to explore ways to build bridges is this fractured society starting with our organizations, communities and families. Co-Presented with Alli Kingfisher.

Kinley Deller

Kinley Deller

Panel: Construction Materials Management: Taking the "Waste" out of Construction

This panel session is on effective building materials management (formerly known as C&D waste). We will begin with brief introductions from the panelists which will include, for their specific jurisdictions; diversion rate targets, updates on relevant C&D code developments, and other C&D related updates or innovations. Following the panel introductions, there will be a facilitated discussion with the audience covering feasible/realistic jobsite diversion rates (construction AND building removal), how to push the envelope to minimize unwanted materials at jobsites, and brainstorming on how governmental jurisdictions can further support the industry and help Guild members/practitioners meet their building materials management goals.

Martha Rose

Martha Rose

Cutting Edge Building Details & E-Score Modeling for All Electric

High performance, competitively priced spec homes require careful consideration about each piece of puzzle that goes into the homes. We will look at the evolution of some of our techniques that are more unique to the home building industry and discuss the pros and cons. We will also discuss and look at the different results of two or more energy models for the same townhomes. Some of the details include structural slab foundation, non-vented attic, recessed window installation and equipment decisions.

Parie Hines

Parie Hines

Case Study - Blue View, Green Built in Seattle: Trying for an Affordable Net Zero Energy Remodell

How feasible is it to remodel an existing structure to create a net zero energy home on an affordable budget (of $145 per square foot)? Hear about the collaboration between owner, architect and builder as we tackled this challenge in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. (We are just starting our first year of operations, so will know by next August how well we did.) Co-Presenting with Becky Chan.

Robert Laporte

Robert Laporte

Set Yourself Up for Success: Innovations from 1500 Students

A systematic approach to building with straw clay that has evolved over the past twenty years through EcoNest workshops. How to do less and accomplish more in each of Five Divisions of Straw Clay: Production, Delivery, Framing, Forming, Filling. Achieving predictably professional results using natural materials and unskilled labor.

Rob Harrison

Rob Harrison

Guild Retrospective

From Hippie to Hipster: A 20-Year Guild Retrospective

Steve Satow

Steve Satow

ASRi and the Straw Bale Alternative Solutions Resource

Through the development of the Alternative Solutions Resource, and in particular the Straw bale ASR, ASRi (the Alternative Solutions Resource initiative) is paving the way towards creating concise, comprehensive, accessible and thoroughly peer-reviewed guidelines for anyone faced with the challenge of submitting a building permit application involving alternative natural materials and systems. Intended for the whole spectrum of building professionals from designers and engineers to builders and building inspectors, the Straw bale ASR offers detailed Recommendations addressing all of the key considerations for Straw bale construction.

Tad Everhart

Tad Everhart

Case Study - Remodeling our Way to a Passive House: One Family’s Futurefitting Adventure

From footings to roof, we’ve airsealed and reinsulated our house to be a passive house. You’ll learn: What we did, Who helped us on our journey, What products worked, What we learned, How our new house performs, and What we’d do differently.

Tom Schneider

Tom Schneider

The Art of the Air Barrier

Within the construction industry it is very easy to find topics that defy any attempts to form a consensus. But if there is one topic that a majority can agree on, it is the need for a structural air barrier. What then is left to consider? As we build higher performing structures, as power rates increase, as we become more responsible for the planet, as we become more sensitive to health issues related to our dwellings, and begin to demand extended durability, the choice of air barrier products becomes a more complex question. When this is the case, certain considerations must take place. What chemicals is the air-barrier made from? Does it meet the specifications required? How is it installed? Was it tested and under what conditions? Will it last and for how long? What will it cost and what will it save? If wood, aluminum, vinyl, glass and concrete don’t leak air, is it the interfaces? If I fail my Blower-door test, now what? In this presentation, these and other questions will be addressed (not necessarily answered) in an attempt to untangle some of the mysteries surrounding air infiltration, energy loss, unhealthy conditions and structural damage related to the lack of or the wrong air-barrier.

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