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Hidden Valley Resort

1755 Valley Road, Huntsville

Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1Z8


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"The knowledge and experience gained from Camp was second-to-none. I take great pride in attending such an event and knowing everyone there is there with the common goal to share information, so we, as an industry, can grow and help each other achieve greatness." (attendee, 2016)

The Invitation

Camp gives you cause to rethink housing and housing conferences. An event where the format, venue, and informal setting all come together to enhance the sharing of knowledge and deepen the experience between participants and speakers. Here’s a novel idea - the speakers stay around to mix, mingle and discuss - changing the ordinary into the amazing. Join with other industry leaders - builders, renovators and industry professionals - discussing issues and topics that challenge the home building industry, today and in the days to come. Keep in mind that everyone at the hotel is part of our group so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and start a conversation. Carpe Diem – Seize the Day.

"Thanks again for a great Spring Training Camp!! I really appreciate your efforts to unite the building industry in Canada!! Awesome work - once again!!" (attendee 2016)

Who's Invited

Senior design, construction and R&D staff of leading homebuilders, renovators and condominium developers.

Utility representatives who have been actively promoting energy management programs to the Canadian industry.

Energy consultants that influence the adoption of technology by their clients.

Leading manufacturers who have supported energy efficiency, including those that are actively engaged in Net Zero energy projects.

If you know someone who should be attending and isn't, let us know and we’ll be happy to extend an invitation.

"It was a great pleasure once again to get together with the leaders of our industry, and I look forward to many more Camps." (attendee 2016)

The Hosts

John Straube, Gord Cooke and Tex McLeod have combined their talents to create Spring Training Camp with you in mind. This way, they get to bask in the glory when everything goes well, and spread the pain when it doesn’t. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Price & Logistics

There is magic in getting folks out of their routine and away from the day to day. With that in mind, we’ve created an all-inclusive fee at the wonderful Hidden Valley Resort that covers pretty much everything.

* Your room registration will be looked after by the organizers. There is no need for you to contact the resort about your reservation.

Camp Fees - $870 plus HST per person. Your room will be ready after 4PM on April 23rd. Sunday Event Check-In / Itinerary Pick Up: 4:00pm - 11:00pm in the Resort Front lobby. You’ll be on your own for dinner on Sunday Night, but you’re encouraged to drop by our reception room on Sunday evening between 7:30pm and 11:00pm.

What's Included:

2 nights accommodation {Sunday, April 23rd & Monday April 24th}

Sunday Night Informal Drop-in Reception 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Monday {breakfast, break, lunch, break, dinner}

Tuesday {breakfast, break, lunch}

*Please email rachel@buildingknowledge.ca with any dietary restrictions that require a special menu beyond what you can enter within the registration page.

Welcome Reception 2016

The Speakers

Joseph Lstiburek (pronounced STEE-bu-rek) - Joe is a dear friend and the originator of Summer Camp in the US. He is a forensic engineer, building investigator, building science consultant, author, speaker and an expert on building moisture control, indoor air quality, and the retrofit of existing and historic buildings. Joe is very much a proponent of understanding the concepts that allow older buildings to survive in harsh climates and applying those concepts to contemporary construction. The Wall Street Journal called Lstiburek "the dean of North American building science."

Suzanne Shelton - Suzanne is President & CEO of Shelton Group, North America's leading marketing and communications firm entirely focused in the energy and environment sectors. The company polls consumers on an ongoing basis to understand their drives and obstacles to adopting more sustainable or energy efficient products and uses those insights to help leading companies define and leverage their stories to gain a market advantage.

Sam RashkinSam is the chief architect at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, part of the US Department of Energy. With Sam at the helm, Energy Star for New Homes became the premier energy efficiency program in North America. He has now taken on the challenge of leading the Net Zero Energy Program. Sam is author of Retooling the US Housing Industry.

Sonja Winkelmann - Simply stated, Sonja's career objective was to lead a collaborative effort, championing and catalyzing the residential construction industry’s transformation to Net-Zero energy. At the CHBA she is doing just that.

Stefanie Coleman-Dias - CHBA 2nd Vice President and a principal at Coleman Dias Construction CD3. Stefanie strongly believes energy efficiency should be part of the planning of every renovation. Since their start-up in 2005, CD3 has researched and studied the building science of energy efficiency and incorporated it into their renovations. She actively participates on CHBA's Net Zero Energy Council which is developing a program for building and renovating Net Zero Energy Homes.

Robin Sinha - Canmet Labs, NRCan Robin Sinha is the Director of the Buildings and Renewable Group of CanmetENERGY, an R&D Division of Natural Resources Canada. Robin and his research and engineering team are actively engaged in exploring new ways to achieve simpler and more affordable net zero energy solutions including innovations in advanced building envelope systems, HVAC and the integration of renewables.

Steve Kemp – Principal, Senior Energy + Sustainability Specialist, RDH. Steve is a building science engineer specializing in energy modelling and design, and sustainability with nearly 20 years of building science experience in sustainable buildings and LEED consulting.

Dr. John Straube - John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a Principal at RDH Building Science Labs, where he conducts forensic investigations, assists the design of new high performance buildings, and leads research projects in the areas of low-energy building design, building enclosure performance, hygrothermal analysis, and field performance monitoring. Dr. Straube is also a cross-appointed faculty member in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo and one of the organizers of Spring Training Camp.

Gord Cooke - Gord is a professional engineer, trainer, author and industry consultant who has worked across North America to help builders and their trades find the path to continuous improvement in high performance buildings. He is the president of Building Knowledge Canada and one of the organizers of Spring Training Camp.

Tex McLeod - Tex is a successful developer with more than 30 years of experience as one of Canada's leading presenters on energy, housing and indoor air quality. Tex's latest development 'Gryffin Bluffs' is located just south of Huntsville. He is the president of The McLeod Associates and one of the organizers of Spring Training Camp.

Andy Oding - Andrew is a Senior Building Science Associate with Building Knowledge Canada. Andrew is the Chair of the CHBA Net Zero Housing Council and Vice chair of the CHBA Technical Research Committee(TRC). Andrew is a recognized building science trainer with the Government of Canada-Office of Energy Efficiency, Building Science Specialist (University of Toronto), a Certified Energy Evaluator (CEE), LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and mechanical designer. Andrew and the Building Knowledge Team work with builders, building officials, manufacturers and trades across Canada, and in the US, providing building science support and training, energy code compliance, and volunteer program compliance (Energy Star, Net Zero Home, LEED , R2000,etc) .


Monday Evening Dinner

Open Mic and Charity Auction

Open Mic is our way of recognizing that we have more talent attending Camp than spaces within the agenda - not to forget there are research projects, new products and demonstration houses that deserve their day in the sun. This is precisely why we set time aside on Monday evening to host an open mic session. Let Tex know ahead of time if you’re interested in presenting and be sure to include a few sentences as to why you should be heard. We’ll do our best to fit in as many presentation as we can - keep in mind these are 10 minute timeslots and if you have some slides, bring them on a memory stick.

New this year is a Charity Auction following Open Mic - bring your enthusiasm and a small bag of money and we’ll have big fun. Between the givers and the buyers, our goal is to raise funds for Doug Tarry Homes on their planned charity build. How much? ………. the target is $2500. There will be autographed books, a custom sweater, pieces of art, a weekend at Hidden Valley Resort along with a variety of manufacturer’s contributions. Remember it’s not about bargains, it’s about helping create new opportunities for a deserving family. Get in touch if you have a donation to make. See you there! By the way, the evening features Auctioneer Gord.

Doug Tarry Homes presents: Project “HOPE”
This past summer saw the unfortunate passing of Johnny Nooren, a local area building official and well known person throughout the St. Thomas & Elgin community. From the soccer pitch, to pitching in with helping a friend with their home, Johnny was well known, loved and respected.
While we as a community are saddened by his passing, the loss to his wife Angela and his two beautiful babies, Luke and Aleida has been personally devastating. At a time of incredible grief, they are also challenged financially and they need our help.
Angela has said that Johnny loved big crazy ideas. And that is what HOPE truly is, a BIG CRAZY IDEA. On June 9-11 we are going to blitz build a Net Zero Ready home over three days, not three months, THREE DAYS.

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