The High Performance Building Zone (HPBZ) is where you’ll discover best practices for improving efficiency in all areas of the home—from basements and roofs to everything in between. And this year, we’re adding a whole new dimension to the Zone: the Building Performance Lab.
The Demonstration Stage Through a series of live, interactive construction demonstrations, nationally acclaimed instructors and building science experts Matt Whitbeck, Kevin Ireton and Gord Cooke will take you through the practical, real-world side of why building science and high performance building are transforming the housing industry. Each day, the stage will feature a variety of 30-minute presentations demonstrating how you can build various components and showcasing the latest methods, tips and tricks used in high performance building technique. Throughout the week, you’ll get a “whole-house” look for improving performance throughout your homes.
Building Performance Lab – New for 2017 The perfect complement for the Demonstration Stage, our new Building Performance Lab will offer even more opportunities to see high performance building techniques and practices up-close and in-action, only this time, through a small, finished model home. The Lab will feature various cut-aways and see-through sections, giving you an inside-look at how high performance wall systems, floors, HVAC, insulation and more are constructed and finished, and how the products and techniques discussed on the HPBZ Demo Stage translate to a real structure. Blower door tests will be performed as well as air and water inspections through the use of thermal imaging devices. We'll also conduct tours of the home all throughout the week and host a variety of presentations highlighting its features.
Matthew Whitbeck is Co-Owner of Whitbeck Construction, LLC. and has been a subcontractor, general contractor and custom home builder in Saratoga County of upstate NY for over a decade. He found his niche building custom, high-end homes with the utmost quality and care. He specializes in traditional style homes and exterior sustainability.
Matt employs a unique training program for all of his employees. Matt’s unique hands-on approach will be demonstrated each day at the High Performance Building Zone.
Kevin Ireton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky with a degree in English, and then went to work as a carpenter for 10 years. In 1986, he joined the staff of Fine Homebuilding magazine, rose through the ranks and was named chief editor in 1992. Kevin held the position for 17 years, a record in the company that stands to this day.
He stepped down as Fine Homebuilding’s chief editor in 2009, but remains on the masthead as editor-at-large, contributing several articles each year, and demonstrating building tips in videos for the magazines web site.
Gord Cooke, Principle with Construction Instruction, and President of Building Knowledge Canada, is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. An educator,trainer and industry consultant, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner.
He has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
These important partners to NAHB enable us to bring you the practical, real-world side of why building science and high performance building are transforming the housing industry.