Students, faculty, and staff attending 2016 Hankin Lecture by Sam Rashkin

2022 Hankin Lecture

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 4 p.m. (E.T.)

Where: HUB Auditorium, Penn State University Park campus

 Jack Hébert, founder of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and senior research advisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will deliver the 2022 Hankin Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Penn State's residential construction program and the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center. His presentation title will be announced soon and will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the HUB Auditorium at the Penn State University Park campus.

The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

 Check back for a description of the 2022 Hankin Distinguished Lecture in late summer. 


About the Hankin Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hankin Distinguished Lecture series, hosted by Penn State’s residential construction program and the PHRC, was established in 2006 to honor the late Bernard Hankin and his family for their continuous and dedicated support of the residential construction program at Penn State. It brings world-class speakers to Penn State to address students, faculty, industry members and the public with thought-provoking topics and education related to the housing industry. The residential construction program and the PHRC are administered within Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The full length videos for lectures from 2007-present are available for online viewing on our website. 

About Jack Hébert

Jack Hébert was the founder and CEO of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) for more than twenty years, an organization committed to promoting safe, affordable, durable, and energy efficient housing for cold climate regions. For the past four decades, he has been designing and building in Interior Alaska through his companies Taiga Woodcraft and Hébert Homes. His homes and planned communities have created many high-quality, well-designed, environmentally appropriate, and energy-efficient buildings. He has received numerous honors, including the U.S. Green Building Council Cascadia Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to sustainable building, design, and science; the State of Alaska Governors Award for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design; and the Energy Rated Homes Presidents Award. Hébert has twice been honored as the Alaska State Home Builder of the Year. He has held numerous leadership roles in the home building industry in Alaska and nationally. Hébert has been a speaker and host at many conferences, has twice addressed the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy, and had moderated the Circumpolar Forum on Sustainable Shelter. His most recent international presentations have included Greenland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. He is currently a senior research advisor for the National Renewable Energy Lab, the CCHRC Founder and active board member of the organization.

Hébert is the father of five children, four grandchildren, and an extended family of many more children and grandchildren. He believes that only through a holistic approach can we create healthy, thriving, sustainable communities. Hébert as well believes that the foundation for success in adapting to these challenging times will come from the indigenous wisdom of Alaska’s First People and the emerging technologies of the 21rst century. Working together, all Alaskans with a deep commitment to our beautiful lands, waters and each other have the creative talent to contribute to a healthy future for the planet.



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