Greenprints Curriculum

Join us March 12-14, 2018

Monday, March 12

Hands On Building Science Training - SWEET CENTER
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

HERS Associate Certificate and Training

SPEAKER: Mike Barcik

Have you heard the word HERS rating for home energy and wanted to learn what that means for homeowners and builders? Southface is offering training for a designation for professionals interested in gaining a working understanding of RESNET and HERS. Participants who take the competency test will be awarded with the HERS Associate designation, a prestigious addition to any professional’s resume. This class and the HERS Associate certificate also is for real estate professionals, architects, engineers, code officials, builders, trade sub-contractors, appraisers, advocacy groups, and any other staff who interfaces with HERS Raters and HERS Ratings.

This full day course will introduce RESNET and the HERS Index and relate building science principles to the HERS ratings. The course will demonstrate how the Energy Rating Index (ERI) and HERS Index may be used to successfully design and model houses to comply with the 2015 and 2018 International Energy Efficiency Codes (IECC). Participants will learn how HERS raters produce a HERS Index Score and will review how various components, products, and construction strategies affect the Score. Upon successful completion of a short test at the end of the course, attendees will receive a HERS Associate Certificate of Completion.

This session has been approved for BPI, ICC, AIA Continuing Education Units. Pending Approval for USGBC CEUS.

Greenprints Kick-off - Rhodes Hall
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Birthday Bash

It’s time to say goodbye to our teenage years and usher in our 20th Greenprints anniversary. Join us as we celebrate turning the big 2-0 and kick off another year of learning and growing. 

Conference Day One
Tuesday, March 13


Hands On Building Science Training - SWEET CENTER
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Report directly  to the SWEET Center

High Performance HVAC & Mechanical Systems

Speakers: Mike Barcik and Steve Herzlieb

Improperly designed and installed HVAC and mechanical systems and components can have significant and often undesirable effects on a building’s performance including comfort issues, poor indoor air quality, high energy consumption, and shortened durability of equipment and buildings. This session will:

  1. Identify the consequences of improperly sized and/or installed HVAC and mechanical systems and provide techniques to prevent these issues;
  2. Review the code requirements regarding sizing, design, and selection of HVAC equipment, ducts, and ventilation;
  3. Explain how the ACCA Manual J, S and D load calculation standards are used to determine appropriate sizing and design of ducts and HVAC equipment;
  4. Explain ventilation calculations and offer multiple ventilation strategies and techniques.

This course is for anyone interested in learning more about how to get the maximum performance from HVAC and mechanical systems, including homeowners, home performance contractors, and entry level HVAC technicians to more seasoned professionals and business owners.

This session has been approved for BPI, ICC, AIA Continuing Education Units. Pending Approval for USGBC CEUS.


Georgia State Student Center Commons
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Keynote Address - Auditorium
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Keynote: Eloisa Klementich

Opening Plenary

Session One - Auditorium
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

From Affordable Housing to Affordable Living

Speakers: Eytan Davidson, Christina Davis, Erin Hatcher, Brandon Kearse and Cliff Majersik

Affordable housing has long been defined as rental or mortgage rates that do not make up more than 30 percent of individual or family income. Increasingly, leading advocates for community placemaking challenge the notion that housing costs are the only consideration for families’ capacity to live and thrive. The reality of transportation, healthcare, food and utility costs can easily outweigh accessible rental rates. This Greenprints session will examine the true cost of living and challenges to thriving in communities despite the mechanisms designed to prevent these challenges. Reimagine affordable housing models that allow families to contribute fully to local economies, build financial security and become part of a vibrant local neighborhood.

Pending CEU Approval For AIA And USGBC

Morning Top Note - Commons
11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Table Top Networking

Meet the 2018 Fulcrum Award winners and the From Affordable Housing to Affordable Living panel at an inspirational table top.

Grants to Green - Court Salon
11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Grants to Green
10th Birthday Celebration

Grants to Green grantees/grantors acknowledge a decade of supporting local non profit organizations to better their building and operations efficiency, reducing environmental impacts and improving their bottom line. Saving money to help them deliver their mission.

By invitation.

Day One - Midday


Hands On Building Science Training - SWEET CENTER
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Improving Efficiency And Indoor Air Quality For Homeowners And Professionals: A Hands On Experience

Speakers: Steve Herzlieb and Brad Turner

This session explores the concept of the house as a system and proper air- and duct-sealing techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and apply their learnings in our demonstration facility. During this session participants will learn and perform the applications and techniques to limit common leakage points in a typical home. Attendees will learn about diagnostic testing procedures on the ducts and envelopes of homes. This workshop is useful for both home residents interested in improving the efficiency and indoor air quality of their homes, as well as seasoned contractors interested in best practices for the construction and improvement of efficient and energy code compliant homes. 

This session has been approved for BPI, ICC, AIA Continuing Education Units. Pending Approval for USGBC CEUS.


Georgia State Student Center Commons
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Session Two- Auditorium
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Evolution of Market Transformation

Speakers: Tracy BackusJeffrey Foote, Cliff Majersik, Michael Morford and David Rachelson

What does it take for businesses to lead market transformation and build a regenerative economy? The narrative has often focused on energy efficiency and resource use but leaders in the space have realized that the narrative must shift to cover a more holistic vision of a regenerative economy. Hear from leaders who have had their a-ha moment and shifted their business model to adapt to capture value in the circular economy. We will explore some of the following questions including: What does a regenerative corporation look like? How do new production models integrate “waste” elements as resource streams? How do businesses drive toward circular economics and position themselves for a vibrant future?

Pending CEU Approval For AIA And USGBC

Interim Session - Commons
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Table Top Networking

Share a quick bite and conversation with the winners of the 2018 Fulcrum Awards and the Evolution of Market Transformation panel.

Afternoon Break - Exhibit Hall
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

Break in the Exhibit Hall

Session Three- Auditorium
3:35 PM - 4:35 PM

We've Always Had An Answer - Finding New Inspiration For Reducing Carbon

Keynote: Kevin Hydes

Nothing has dominated the sustainability spotlight quite like greenhouse gas reduction, and there is an ever growing list of practices and behaviors to implement in a carbon reduction program. Hear from experts in the field who are finding new inspiration in tried and true methods like solar power, green roofs and composting, and leading-edge innovators creating the next generation of tools and techniques to generate resilience.

Pending CEU Approval For AIA And USGBC

Day Two - March 14


Georgia State Student Center Commons
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Morning Session - Auditorium
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Design-Thinking Charrette 

We’re inviting you to a design-thinking charrette, our second day at Greenprints, to work with community members, change-makers, and innovators to think big and solve complex problems. We’re exploring the connections between sustainable development and gentrification/displacement in the region and thinking about how greater Atlanta can grow in a way that is not only equitable, but improves existing residents’ quality of life.

We’ll be building on learnings from our first day of Greenprints as well as the principles of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Join us and think big.

Pending CEU Approval For AIA And USGBC


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