Thursday, January 15, 2015

February Builder Breakfast to Feature IECC Code Experts

If you build homes anywhere in the US, you’ve had your share of problems trying to keep up with the changes in the ever updated IECC codes. There’s 2009, then 2012 and now 2015 has become the standard in MD.

One of the best kept secrets in housing when it comes to being on the leading edge of these codes is modular home construction. Modular factories have to build to the latest version for each state they ship their homes into which means that modular home builders actually have one advantage over site builders.

Just because we have this small advantage doesn’t mean that we can sit back and watch while new codes are enforced that continue to both drive up the cost of our homes but also drive us crazy at the same time.

With the two speakers I have for the February Builder Breakfast, at least you will begin to fully understand what the codes mean to you, how to work more efficiently within the codes and why the factory Third Party Inspectors are requiring more stringently built homes.

If you want to hear from two of the leading experts when it comes to IECC codes, then you MUST attend the February 18th Builder Breakfast in Frederick, MD. If you think you can continue to just “Wing It” when it comes to these codes, I feel sorry for you.

February’s Guest Speakers are Joe Nebbia and David St Jean:

Joe Nebbia has over 12 years of experience in policy and regulatory research and consulting and program management with a specific focus on building and energy codes. Mr. Nebbia is involved in the code development process, analyzing current code language, developing code proposals, and advocating for clients at code development hearings.  Mr. Nebbia has conducted energy code compliance assessments, developed code compliance roadmaps, and performed code trainings and outreach in multiple states.  

In addition to his code work, Mr. Nebbia currently provides technical consulting and program management support to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program.  He helped design the program, manages day-to-day operations, and acts as a main point of contact for program partners.  His other work includes conducting market research for manufacturing clients, and economic analysis on housing and building issues.  Mr. Nebbia has a BA in Public Policy from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

David St. Jean is the LEED AP, BPI Building Analyst, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)


Mr. St. Jean had a 20 year career as a residential building contractor before joining MEA in 2011. Since joining MEA he has been working in residential and commercial energy efficiency program management. His portfolio of projects has included managing the closeout of over $6 million of ARRA funded programs, current management of the revolving $1.5 million State Agency Loan Program for energy efficient retrofits of State buildings, management of a $720,000 DOE grant for Leading by Example in State facilities, a $760,000 DOE grant testing the effectiveness of training on code compliance, and management of several grantees of an MEA low to moderate income energy efficiency program. He is a member of the Maryland Green Building Council, the Public Service Commission Smart Grid Working Group and a past member of the Governor’s Grid Resiliency Task Force. His work with energy codes has included managing over $1million in projects devoted to training and other compliance related activities in the State since 2012. Mr. St. Jean is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. summa cum laude in environmental policy and planning and a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning.  

Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00 AM
Holiday Inn Conference Center
5400 Holiday Drive
Frederick, MD, 21703

Sitting is limited and the cost is $25 per person and includes a Full Buffet.

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