Conference session

Wednesday Schedule

The first day of the conference, Wednesday, March 13, will focus on topics related to design, construction, and codes. Learn about innovative technologies and get an update on the latest technical and regulatory issues facing the housing industry. This conference brings together all sectors of the housing industry including builders, design professionals, remodelers, code officials, educators, factory-built housing manufacturers, and product manufacturers. Continuing education available.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lynn Fisher of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will be giving the keynote presentation entitled Update on Housing and Mortgage Markets. The keynote will focus on assessing the macroeconomic drivers of interest rates, current demographic trends, and the current state of housing and mortgage market activity, including risks. She will also discuss some of the barriers to homebuilding and lessons from history regarding factory-built housing.


Day 1 conference sessions will feature three concurrent tracks: Design, Construction, and Codes. Below is a tentative agenda.

PHRC Housing Conference Day 1

  • 7:15am
    • Breakfast
  • 7:30am
    • Registration Opens
  • 8:30-10:15am
    • Welcome & Opening Remarks by Ali Memari, PHRC
    • Keynote: Update on Housing and Mortgage Markets by Lynn Fisher, AEI
  • 10:15-10:45am
    • Break with Exhibitors and snacks
  • 10:45am-12:15pm
    1. Deep Dive into High Performance Windows by Darren Macri, Wythe Windows
    2. Advanced Framing: Maximizing the Value & Efficiency of Wood Wall Systems by Bob Kuserk, APA
    3. Testing Airtightness of the Building Enclosure by Mike Arblaster, Harmony Home Energy, and Chaz Steffen, Ideal Living Environments, Inc.
  • 12:15-1:15pm
    • Lunch at Deans Hall
  • 1:15-2:45pm
    1. Breathe Easy: Ventilation Best Practices by Luke Langhals, UltimateAir, Inc.
    2. Deck Construction: Code, Design, and DCA6-15 by Matt Hunter, American Wood Council
    3. PA Alternative Residential Energy Provisions by Brian Wolfgang, PHRC
  • 2:45-3:00pm
    • Break with Exhibitors and snacks
  • 3:00-4:00pm
    1. SMART ENCLOSURES-A Pathway to Low Carbon/Net Zero Energy Single Family Housing by Jim Muhaw, 475 High Performance Building Supply; Norm Horn & Jason Grottini, Envinity, Inc.
    2. Introduction to the Structural Building Component Industry: A Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Inspection Checklist by Tim Riegel, Rigidply Rafters
    3. PA UCC / Code Enforcement Q&A Panel by Anthony Asciolla, Bob Buddenbohn, & Doug Meshaw
  • 6:00-8:30pm


The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304