RESNET Conference Recap

Mon, 2012-03-12 08:29

I would like to stress the importance of attending conferences and the exposure to many opportunities for continued education. In many cases, a certification from an organization like RESNET or BPI is a starting point to an entry-level position. We are involved in an expanding and evolving industry, and it is important to stay up-to-date with what is going on in our industry.

I recently attended the 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, TX. Some of the benefits I was able to experience from attending the conference included the following:

  • There are many vendors that want to talk with you and explain the newest innovations available. The good thing about this is that the vendors are not out to make a sale but instead want to educate you about what they have that can help you to be more accurate and complete in the audit or remediation process. This makes for a good opportunity to keep up-to-date with the newest equipment and gadgets available to us.
  • Conferences are filled with educational opportunities. I attended seminars on improved ways to look at building science, as well as sessions on the evaluation of homes, ventilation systems, and HVAC systems. With many seminars available, I could tailor my seminars with information I may need to improve on.
  • I was able to attend seminars to stay better informed on both the new 2012 IECC energy codes and also the latest on the 3.0 Energy Star programs.
  • Seminars were available on the growth of existing programs and new programs being introduced.
  • You can meet or introduce yourself to individuals who are part of certification agencies such as BPI, ACCA or RESNET. Networking offers you a path to many resources you may need access to in the future.
  • Many times, I can learn by just listening to others as to what they are exposed to and how they may handle a situation. When I come across a similar type of problem, I now have a basis for a better understanding or evaluation of the problem.

So why spend the time and money to attend a conference? It is important that we look beyond what we are doing on a daily basis and stay informed on what is going on in our dynamic field of energy efficiency and whole home performance.

- Bruce O.

Next stop: The 2012 ACI National Home Performance Conference in Baltimore, MD on March 26-30. Join Everblue for a week's worth of exhibitions, networking, and building science seminars. 

By Lesley Cowie

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