Best Practices Research Alliance Wraps Second Annual Tech Summit
Leading homebuilders, building industry suppliers and invited experts gathered from across the U.S. to discuss the mechanics of home performance at the Alliance’s second annual Tech Summit. Held May 26 – 27 at the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, the Tech Summit explored technical opportunities and challenges homebuilders will be facing for the next five years.
The Alliance is a collaborative community for the housing industry, and represents more than 75 builders who are focused on improving the quality and performance of their homes and businesses. The Alliance agenda is for builders, driven by builders, with a mission to drive innovation in housing and address change —head on.
The Tech Summit addressed the nuts and bolts of home performance. This year’s agenda focused on topics such as how connectivity in homes can improve performance, getting to zero energy use through solar, design approaches and future market potential for aging in place, and the growing need for home ratings in areas beyond energy, like water, comfort and indoor air quality.
The Alliance also debuted a new vision that draws together the mission and values of the organization in a comprehensive way, called Homes That Give BackSM. HTGB improve the quality of life for the people who live in them, for the communities in which they exist, and for society at large, and will ultimately help deliver a strong, efficient economy. HTGB are more safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, responsible, connected and affordable – both to build and to own.
Speakers included representatives from the following organizations: Alarm.com, Blueroof Technologies, The Broadband Group, Carrier, Dow Solar, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Lutron Electronics, Nest Labs / The Thread Group, the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, RESNET, the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratory, and the Alliance’s founder, IBACOS.
The event also featured a networking reception, as well as tours of the event site, the Energy Innovation Center, a LEED-Platinum retrofitted energy research and workforce training facility, and Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes, one of the greenest buildings in the world.