Conference session

Wednesday Schedule

The first day of the conference, Wednesday, March 3, will focus on topics related to building science & construction and codes & regulations. Continuing education available.

Keynote Speaker

Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda will be giving the keynote presentation titled What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2021. The housing market was crushed for two months in early-2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic before something interesting happened: home sales not only rebounded but skyrocketed. Home sales are now at the highest level since 2006 fueled by people of different ages, income levels, and living in different geographies. The housing market and the economy seemingly moved in two different directions throughout 2020 but digging into the details allows one to reconcile the two. Experts expect another year of robust home sales in 2021 with some caveats and lessons learned from 2020.


Day 1 conference sessions on Wednesday will feature two concurrent tracks: Building Science & Construction and Codes & Regulations. 

  • 9:30-10:00am EST
    • Login to Zoom
    • Welcome & Opening Remarks by Brian Wolfgang, PHRC
  • 10:00-11:00am EST
    • Keynote titled What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2021 by Ali Wolf of Zonda
  • 11:00-11:15am EST
    • Break
  • 11:15am-12:15pm EST
    1. Blower Door, Building Tightness, & Building Science—Pulling it All Together by Jack Wilson, Clean Energy Center at Penn College
    2. Pennsylvania UCC Review & Advisory Council Update: 2018 ICC Code Review by Walt Schneider, RAC Chair
  • 12:15-1:00pm EST
    • Break for lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm EST
    1. Residential Ventilation for the Third Decade of the 21st Century by Rich Karg, Residential Dynamics, LLC
    2. Basement Insulation in Existing Homes: Navigating the Options by Brian Wolfgang and Chris Hine, PHRC
  • 2:00-2:15pm EST
    • Break
  • 2:15-3:15pm EST
    1. Where Did All the Pressure Go? by Gary Klein, Gary Klein and Associates, Inc.
    2. Lateral Load Path Basics by Bob Kuserk, APA - The Engineered Wood Association
  • 3:15-3:30pm EST
    • Break
  • 3:30-4:30pm EST
    1. Plenary titled The House That SHE Built: A Showcase for Women in Homebuilding by the Utah Chapter of the NAHB Professional Women in Building
  • 4:30-4:45pm EST
    • Break
  • 4:45-5:45pm EST
    • Happy Hour: Connect at the end of Day 1 at the PHRC Housing Conference to network online with attendees, speakers, and the PHRC team. Grab a snack and your favorite drink for a casual unwind at the end of the day. Attendees will network through a Zoom meeting with Breakout Rooms available for engaging conversations on a variety of topics.


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