Energy Efficiency Quality Assurance: Past, Present, and Future

The Center for Energy and Environment has been a key resource for Minnesota since the early 1990’s, helping to write standards and train professionals in the field. The retrofitting of thousands of homes through the Metropolitan Airport Commission sound insulation program built a depth of knowledge in how to complete and check installations in the field. 

CEE continues to find innovative ways of improving quality assurance in the field. This webinar looks back at what quality assurance lessons CEE has learned and speak to the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

Target Audience

  • Energy Regulators
  • Utility Program Managers
  • General and Sub-Contractors
  • Energy Audit and Program Providers

Discussion Points

  • An overview of how past experience with quality assurance informs CEE’s work todayWhat tools have been developed to assist and improve quality assurance outcomes
  • The role of contractor training in the past and present
  • Innovations in quality assurance and their benefits
  • The future value of key quality assurance characteristics

If you missed the live event, you can download a recording or click through the slides below:

Energy Efficiency Quality Assurance: Past, Present, and Future​

Presentor Bios

Dave Bohac has more than thirty years’ experience in energy efficiency and indoor air quality with an emphasis on advanced diagnostics and monitoring methods.  He is the Principal investigator for Minnesota Department of Commerce-funded projects to evaluate the energy savings of reducing duct leakage in commercial buildings and multifamily building ventilation improvements. He was the CEE project lead for an ASHRAE field research project to measure air leakage in mid- and high-rise non-residential buildings. 

Dave was the technical advisor for CEE’s Community Energy Services program. Dave’s indoor air quality (IAQ) research has included a comprehensive assessment of the health risks associated with secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. Dave was the manager of CEE’s Indoor Air Quality group for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Residential Sound Insulation Program that conducted IAQ tests and remediation on over 7,500 single family houses and hundreds of multifamily units. Dave holds an MSE from Princeton University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and has worked at CEE since 1988.

Jim Fitzgerald has over 30 years of field experience implementing quality insulation and air leakage management practices for existing homes. He was most recently director of building diagnostics for Conservation Services Group (CSG) and also provided consulting services and contractor-training sessions in conjunction with the MN Builders Association on new stucco homes with moisture problems. He began work in this field as an insulation contractor.

Carl Nelson is CEE’s Manager of Residential Programs. Carl has over 15 years’ experience in the assessment and implementation of a broad array of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and biomass. He is currently the program manager for CEE’s Home Energy Squad program. Carl has a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.S. in Technology, Energy and the Environment from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and is a Certified Energy Manager.

Isaac Smith has been a Program Assistant with CEE since 2011.  At CEE he has completed an assessment of home energy rating tools, helped manage and develop residential quality assurance programs, and assisted with the development of CEE’s Home Energy Index. Isaac has a B.S. in Residential Building Science and Technology with a minor in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of Minnesota.