Conference session

Wednesday Schedule

The first day of the conference, Wednesday, March 4, will focus on topics related to high performance, construction, and codes for residential construction. 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

Clayton DeKorne, chief editor of the Journal of Light Construction will be giving the keynote presentation titled How Will Construction Solve the Skilled Labor Shortage?, which will address the ongoing labor crisis in the residential construction industry.


Day 1 conference sessions on Wednesday will feature three concurrent tracks: High Performance, Construction, and Codes & Regulations. 

Housing Conference Agenda

  • 7:15am
    • Breakfast
  • 7:30am
    • Registration Opens
  • 8:30-10:15am
    • Welcome & Opening Remarks by Brian Wolfgang, PHRC
    • Keynote titled How Will Construction Solve the Skilled Labor Shortage? by Clayton DeKorne of JLC (Journal of Light Construction)
  • 10:15-10:45am
    • Break with snacks
  • 10:45am-12:15pm
    1. Checking Your Work: Properly Installed HVAC in High-Performance Homes by Dean Gamble, US EPA
    2. Updated PA Act 287, as Amended for the Excavator by Mark Lipka, PA One Call Systems
    3. Inspecting Manufactured and Industrialized Housing by Michael Moglia, DCED
  • 12:15-1:15pm
  • 1:15-2:45pm
    1. Choose Your Own Adventure: Building Performance Good Better Best by Clint Shireman, Knauf Insulation
    2. Concrete: An Out of this World Construction Material by Aleksandra Radlinska, Penn State
    3. Manufactured Housing Installation Under the HUD Administered Programs by Mark Conte, Conte Manufactured Housing Compliance Services, LLC
  • 2:45-3:00pm
    • Break with snacks
  • 3:00-4:30pm
    1. TOUR FULL - BeTL & Additive Construction (AddCon) Lab Tour at CITEL
    2. Moisture Management: Learning from Our Experience by Bill Dare, Spotlight Home Inspection, LLC
    3. 2018 PA UCC / Code Enforcement Q&A Panel by L&I and more
  • 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