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In the past 40 years, since the first oil crisis in the seventies, energy and climate goals have been shaping many countries´ policy and legislative agendas. The building sector plays a crucial role in achieving these goals, considering the energy use attributed to buildings and its huge potential for improved energy performance. Whereas in the past most of the focus was on reducing the energy consumption, it is not clear that better performing buildings must ensure an acceptable Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), by providing higher Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and comfort levels for their occupants. Building ventilation entails both challenges and opportunities to achieve this goal. In 2019 the AIVC completes its 40th year of existence and the conference organisers thought that it would be good to pay a particular interest to the evolution during these 40 years.

The goal of this conference is to promote networking and present new techniques and workflows that practitioners make better decisions during the simulation and modeling process of an entire building life cycle.

The HPC National Conference & Trade Show is where you will join over one thousand residential energy efficiency professionals for four days of outstanding educational sessions, networking, and inspiration. In educational sessions, over lunch, or during casual conversations over coffee at the Trade Show, you’ll have the chance to personally connect with industry leaders and your peers from across the country.

The Conference comes from the observation that the human factor affects significantly the actual energy performance over the building life cycle. The incorporation of behavioral insights into the building design and operation is starting to be recognized as a key topic. Research efforts are therefore needed for fully integrating human dimensions in the building energy performance: data on occupant behaviour have to be collected and properly elaborated; drivers and motivations have to be understood; indexes describing users comfort preferences and the impact on health and productivity have to be identified; new modeling approaches and tools need to be developed; design and operating strategies centered on occupants have to be defined.

Join industry leaders along with fellow weatherization professionals, home performance contracting businesses, program administrators, and others working in the residential energy efficiency industry for a cutting edge educational experience at the 2019 HPC Northwest Regional Home Performance Conference. Become a part of the conversation as we work together to strengthen the industry through education, networking, and new ideas.