Wednesday Schedule

The first day of the conference, Wednesday, March 4, will focus on topics related to resiliency, building envelope, innovation, adaptation & retrofits, building science education, and more.

Keynote Speaker

Professor David O. Prevatt, Ph.D., PE, FASCE
Associate Professor of Civil & Coastal Engineering, Associate Director NSF - NHERI Experimental Facility, University of Florida
Wind Hazard Resilient Residential Communities—When Engineering Isn’t Enough


Day 1 presentations on Wednesday will feature five concurrent tracks. View the tentative schedule here.

  • 7:15am
    • Breakfast
  • 7:30am
    • Registration Opens
  • 8:30-10:15am
    • Welcome by Dr. Ali Memari, Professor and Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction at Penn State, and Director of the PHRC
    • Opening Remarks by Dr. Sez Atamturktur, Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State
    • Keynote by Professor David O. Prevatt
  • 10:15-10:45am
    • Break with snacks
  • 10:45am-12:15pm
    1. Session A
  • 12:15-1:15pm
  • 1:15-2:45pm
    1. Session B
  • 2:45-3:00pm
    • Break with snacks
  • 3:00-4:30pm
    1. TOUR FULL - BeTL & Additive Construction (AddCon) Lab Tour at CITEL
    2. Session C

Happy Hour on the Exhibit Floor

  • 6:00-8:30pm

Come for Happy Hour on the Exhibit Floor to enjoy food, drinks, & camaraderie! PHRC Conference Week will host this special night for all attendees to gather together at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center in Presidents 1 & 2.

As a joint reception with the RBDCC & PHRC Housing Conference attendees, you will network with industry exhibitors, conference attendees, and the next generation of residential construction professionals. Included in the evening are heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drinks, and an RSVP is required.

This event is included in all RBDCC registrations. 

If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, learn more about PHRC Conference Week Sponsorship opportunities here.

Location: Presidents Hall in The Penn Stater
Cost: Included with all RBDCC Registrations



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