Unique presentations to bring high energy to high-performance summit

July 21, 2017 | by Steve Arel

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The annual Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) summit is about helping builders become better builders.

This year’s event is making a strong, straightforward push for the advancement of high-performance single- and multi-family homes in large part by changing the conference’s name to High Performance Home Summit.

The message organizers want to get across: There’s room for everyone on the path to high-performance building.

That said, they say the event, set for Oct. 10-12 in Atlanta, isn’t strictly for builders. It also targets designers and raters, who play key roles, too, in permanently focusing interest on high-performance building.

“We’re trying to raise the bar on building an energy efficient home,” said Nancy Bakeman, EEBA’s executive director. “We’re at a point now where the whole green building movement has gained a lot of momentum.”

Organizers hope to use the summit to increase learning, spur new ideas and help shape the industry by presenting information and encourage involvement through non-traditional methods.

PechaKucha isn’t new to the summit. But after its success two years ago at the event in Denver, the fast-paced, innovative technique is back on the agenda, taking place on Day 2.

PechaKucha is a Japanese term for the sound of conversation. Over time, it’s morphed into a style of presenting, where the basic premise is to convey a message or get a point across quickly.

Successful PechaKucha presentations demand preparation, said Alex Glenn, building science trainer for Advanced Energy and the PechaKucha facilitator. There will be a theme and a templated approach.

Pictures work better than lots of written content.

“You have to practice and not just go off the cuff,” Glenn said. “Some people are really good at it. Others have hiccups and get laughs.”

This year’s EEBA PechaKucha will spotlight 10 award-winning, high-performance construction projects from around the country.

Presenters get 20 slides to lay out their projects. And they each have six minutes and 40 seconds total to detail how they made them happen.

That means that slides will change every 20 seconds, regardless of whether the speaker has wrapped up on the slide.

If October’s event is anything like the one in 2015, attendees can expect an “electric” atmosphere that, Glenn said, undoubtedly will make an impression.

“People really pick up on the creativity and ideas of the award winners,” he said. “Some of the feedback I get from attendees is that this is material they can use” in their area of expertise.

Glenn, an avid social media user and advocate, encourages those in on the sessions to promote them and to engage others while they’re underway. He wants people to take pictures, shoot video and post them.

“This is an effective way of sharing powerful ideas,” Glenn said. “It challenges the presenter to prepare in a fun way. … That’s usually how learning works – when we’re having fun. This isn’t the typical bore-and-snore presentation.”

For more about the summit, click here.


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