Green Path Energy Efficiency Conference

Builders • Remodelers • Building Officials • Suppliers


Building The High Performance House:



presented by Pat Huelman, rachel wagner and michael resech

This daylong course is divided into four sessions. The first will define and discuss a high-performance house one that consistently delivers above code energy efficiency, better long-term durability, more comfort, and improved indoor air quality. The second session will introduce several federal, state, utility, non-profit, and private programs that can help builders differentiate themselves when delivering above code performance. General requirements for each program will be provided. the third session will compare the programs against what was defined as a high-performance house. Finally, the instructors will lead a discussion of what it takes to build homes to high-performance, why it matters, and how all of us might help advance these goals.


DATE / hours

Thursday, October 12, 2017  •  8:00 AM-4:00 PM (includes lunch)


 $79 per person (BATC member)  //  $98 per person (non-BATC member)


Builders Association of the Twin Cities
2960 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113

CE credits

Approved for seven hours of MN Contractor credits (including energy) and MN Building Official credits through the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry • Approved for seven hours of MN Real Estate credits through the MN Dept. of Commerce. 


Minnesota’s Green Path is an energy and green building program for the residential construction industry. Launched by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities in 2011, MN Green Path encourages builders and home owners to look at energy and green building in a different way.

Minnesota Building Performance Association (MBPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to support safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, energy-efficient homes.


7:30-8:00 AM: registration
8:00-8:30 AM: MN Green Path Update
8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Sessions + LUNCH

First session: An overview of what makes a high performance house, including the science that assures houses are healthy, durable, and energy and water efficient. It also will cover material, adaptability, resiliency, what makes a good design, and affordability. This session will make the case for using code, programs, and best practices to the benefit of both the builder and the customer.    

Second session: Define and explain several programs, including both energy programs and utility programs. The history and technical aspects of each program will be explained. Presenters also will cover participant compliance including an overview of the process, cost, certifications offered, rebates, and oversight.  

Third session: An analysis of the programs presented in part two. Presenters will combine part one details on what makes a high performance house and compare each program with those performance details. Attendees also will learn the complexity of each program and how to make decisions on which program will benefit them and their customers.

Fourth session: An interactive discussion of the high performance home programs, how a builder might choose a program that best meets their needs, and how they can educate their customers. Each panel expert will present some of their personal takeaways on why they would choose certain building practices.


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Pat Huelman is an Associate Extension Professor in Energy and Building Systems with the University of MN's Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as Coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with University of MN Extension. He is a lead faculty member for the Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a principal investigator for hygrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Pat is the Project Lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America teams.

Rachel Wagner is co-owner of Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth. She has a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis and is a licensed architect in Wisconsin and a certified Passive House designer. Since 1996, Rachel has specialized in resource-efficient, ecological design for cold climates. She tries to make things better without making things worse.

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Michael Resech is a Program Manager - MN New Homes at Residential Science Resources. Michael received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and has more than 12 years experience in commercial and residential envelope design, installation, testing, and forensic investigation.


Questions: Contact Tom Gavaras at or 651.697.7592
Having problems registering? Please contact Dani Rueb at or 651.697.7584

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