Anaheim Convention Center
June 19-20, 2024

Getting to Net Zero

As climate, energy and decarbonization goals accelerate, the design and construction of homes and communities will require new levels of innovation and problem-solving. This one-day program will explore the latest advances in high-performing, healthy, resilient, decarbonized housing. You’ll hear from builders, developers, architects, researchers and other visionaries who are pushing the industry forward—and making it work at production housing scale.



Getting to Net Zero - Sessions & Agenda

Thursday, June 20, 2024

ACC North, Second Level, Room 253C

10:00am – 1:00pm

Housing 2.0
Sam Rashkin is a building industry luminary, formerly Chief Architect at the DOE and considered to be the father of the EnergyStar program. In this in-depth presentation, he will lay out a roadmap for the design and construction of higher performance, healthier, more sustainable homes—while lowering costs and increasing productivity. Through innovation in design, methods and materials, he’ll teach you how to achieve 30-70% cost savings for every new home built, as well as navigate the challenges of labor shortages, material shortages, and skyrocketing material costs.
Sam Rashkin, Architect, Author, Pioneer of high-performance housing


Boxed lunch included in your registration.

1:00 – 1:45pm

The Energy Transition in Homebuilding
New advances in renewable energy solutions are helping to lower the total cost of homeownership for buyers, while creating a competitive advantage in the marketplace for builders. Hear how these industry leaders are powering energy independence by adopting solar and battery storage technology at scale across their developments—providing net zero and resilient offerings to today’s homebuyers.
Joel Abney, VP of Operations, SH Residential Holdings, LLC
Stephen Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Thrive Home Builders
Corey Self, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Pulte Group
Moderator: Annette Bubak, Director of Business Development, Sunnova

2:00 – 3:00pm

Leveraging HERS Index Scores for Higher Appraisals, Sustainability Reporting and Mortgage Financing
The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured, and state and local governments across the nation are adding it as a performance compliance option to their building energy code. RESNET HERS Index Ratings are used in California for national programs such as appraisals, sustainability reporting and mortgage financing. This session will provide an overview of the RESNET HERS Index and how you can use its ratings to your company's benefit.
Steve Baden, Executive Director, Residential Energy Services Network