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Speaking Engagements

The PHRC offers a speaker service which provides short technical presentations to organizations or associations related to the residential construction industry. Over the past 10 years the PHRC has made hundreds of these presentations to over 20,000 individuals. Most of our presentations offered under this service are for local, regional or state groups or associations. These 30-60 minute programs are ideal for dinner meetings or other gatherings of your members.  While we will certainly try to meet specific requests, the following are some of the topics we have recently delivered that your members may find useful:

Recent Topics

  • Floor Fire Protection
  • Exterior Water Management
  • PA Alternative Residential Energy Provisions
  • Foundation Systems for Relocated Manufactured Housing
  • Insulation: Is this “stuff” right?
  • Code Compliant Air Barriers: It’s All About Continuity
  • Why Decks Fail – Design and New PA UCC Requirements to Improve Safety
  • Fundamentals of Exterior Plaster and Manufactured Stone Veneer


One free speaking engagement will be provided to all in-state associations/companies each year, independent of PHRC membership, which does not include overnight travel. Additional speaking engagements may be subject to a negotiated fee in order to cover travel and development costs.

How to Schedule

To schedule a presentation, please call Tracy Dorman, 814-865-2341. The PHRC provides this service on a first come, first served basis. 

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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