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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 ten 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.  

These speaking engagements are also available for virtual delivery. Our team can create a private online meeting space where your team, audience, or members can log in to participate in a session delivered by a member of the PHRC staff.

Available Topics

  • Air Sealing for 5ACH50
  • Blower Doors for Builders
  • Code Compliant Whole House Mechanical Ventilation
  • Crawlspace Design & Construction
  • Energy Codes in PA
  • GreenBuild: Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study
  • High Performance Walls
  • Intro to the Passive House Standard
  • Manufactured Stone Veneer
  • Reducing Thermal Bridging with Continuous Exterior Insulation
  • Residential Deck Design and Construction
  • Residential Energy Auditing
  • Residential Moisture Management – the 4D’s
  • Solar PV in PA
  • Visitability


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 speaking engagement, please email Tracy Dorman, 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