MAY 28-29, 2024 / DENVER, COLORADO / CONTACT@HEATPUMPSUMMIT.ORG
WEDNESDAY MAY 28-29, 2024 / DENVER, COLORADO
U.S. Heat Pump Summit 2024
The event for contractors serious about heat pumps
What's the Summit?
May 28-29, 2024
May 28-29, 2024 Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
In association with the Eneref Heat Pump Alliance
Join us for a groundbreaking event designed exclusively for contractors working with heat pumps. The U.S. Heat Pump Summit is the ultimate gathering to level up your sales, designs, and installations to high performance building standards!
Unlock the secrets to maximizing comfort for your customers while simultaneously growing your business with training on overlooked heat pump and airflow fundamentals, coupled with heat pump focused sales approaches and more.
Hosted in association with the Eneref Institute's Heat Pump Alliance, the summit aims to improve homeowner and contractor satisfaction with heat pump and electrified building equipment!
Opening Half Day - Tuesday, May 28th
Topic: Join us early for a 1pm - 5pm half day of content for owners and managers of HVAC, plumbing, and solar contracting firms. Hear from those who've moved their businesses to primarily heat pumps, and how savvy contractors are approaching whole home electrification versus only looking at heating and cooling.

1:00p - 1:50p

High Growth Secrets - 10x Growth to $21 Million in Revenue

Chad Simpson founded and grew Simpson Salute to six locations and $21 million in annual revenue on core values of committing to long term onsite training, creating quality service by not using sales commissions, involvement in the local community, and more. Hear his behind the scenes story and learn what you can implement in your business for high growth and high employee and customer satisfaction.

//Chad Simpson, Simpson Salute

2:00p - 2:50p

From The Field - Heat Pump Essentials For A Successful Business

In three years of business Mike Missimir at MGI Mechanical has put 19 trucks on the road and is selling +90% heat pump equipment for both air and water in the Fort Collins area. He’s found success using his passion for a fundamental understanding of what the home needs and how the duct system works to create high performance installs and happy, comfortable customers. Hear hard lessons learned on how to offer the complete heat pump package, how it’ll differ from traditional gas furnaces with ACCA QI5 and QI9 standards, and more.

//Mike Missimer, MGL Mechanical

3:00p - 3:50p

Colorado Rebates - Get up to date from rebate programs

Finding success with rebates and financing - panel with the rebate providers. Incentives to help the heat pump market are not always easy to implment into your operations. Hear from the program representatives themselves on effective strategies and success stories.

//Representatives from Xcel, Colorado Energy Office, Colorado Clean Energy Fund, City of Denver, Boulder County, Platte River Power Authority

4:00p - 4:30p

Navigating the Digital Marketing Maze: Strategies, Analytics, and Optimization for Peak Performance

Businesses are often caught in a web of marketing options, with each promising unparalleled growth and visibility, making it difficult to discern the most effective path forward. As the CEO of CI Web Group, a digital marketing company founded in 2006, Jennifer Bagley has navigated these turbulent waters, emerging with a blueprint for marketing success that leverages data, technology, and strategic foresight to maximize ROI and ROAS. Jennifer will guide attendees through the critical aspects of optimizing marketing performance, transforming complexity into clarity and challenges into opportunities for home service companies.

// Jennifer Bagley, CI Web

4:00p - 4:30p

Navigating the Digital Marketing Maze: Strategies, Analytics, and Optimization for Peak Performance

What should innovation look like in the trades? Hear from founders and senior leadership at several tech enabled companies brining new models to contracting, financing and more. Moderated by Rewiring America's Nick Stevens, this panel will dive into where tech can help contracting, where it can get in the way, and how traditional contracting businesses should think about these new entrants.

// Jack Policar, Carbon Free Homes | Grant Gunnison, ZeroHomes.io | Elephant Energy | BlocPower

5:00p - 7:00p

Happy Hour!

Meet other leaders in the heat pump world.

TOPIC: Rebates have entered the heat pump world in a major way. Hear from rebate providers, how to navigate the myriad of programs, and learn about new services trying to simplify the whole process.

1:00a - 5:00p

Panel: Dollars And Cents - Closing The Sale With Rebates And Tax Credits

Numerous companies are entering the market to simplify complexity of rebates, tax credits and financing. Hear from leaders in the space and the program representatives.

// Aimee Bailey, RockRabbit.ai, calling for speakers

TOPIC: The software space in heat pumps is heating up - where can you use these tools to grow sales, increase margin, and have more satisified customers?

1:00a - 5:00p

From CRM to Sizing, Commissioning, and After the Install

Get up to speed on what's latest in the software space and how it can improve your bottom line.

Seeking speakers

TOPIC: Home electrification is here. The best solar contractors know that solar, storage, heat pumps, EV chargers and more are integrated systems that require and integrated approach to sales, installation, operations, and customer service. These sessions cover starting from scratch in heat pumps as a solar contractor, pairing the sale for high profit and high performance, and how being a complete electrification provider can increase your bottom line. Content subject to change prior to April 30th.

8:30a - 5:00p

Content to be added!

Seeking speakers

Full Day - Wednesday, May 29th
TOPIC: The tips and tricks from furnaces don't cut it in heat pump world. Learn advanced sizing, design, install, and commissioning techniques from experts. Beat your competition by providing the highest comfort and performance that modern variable speed heat pump technology can deliver.

8:00a - 8:15a

Opening Remarks with Daikin

Welcome comments from Daikin  - our 2024 Title Sponsor

8:15a - 8:50a

Opening Keynote

Hear how the heat pump revolution is creating massive business opportunities that are yours for the taking! 40+ year veteran of high performance buildings, Mark LaLiberte, will share why the best business is in heat pumps and how it’s time to become an expert in the technology. Through fundamentals and real world success stories like a $1m new build contract won on heat pump knowledge, Mark will demonstrate how comprehensive knowledge of the building’s envelope and systems is essential for creating a comfortable, efficient environment.

// Mark LaLiberte

9:00a - 9:50a

Fundamentals Pt 1: What's Overlooked in Heat Pump Performance and Building Thermal Dynamics

Eric Kaiser will dive into how heat pump performance changes across temperatures, why variable speed models outperform single or dual stage models, how design day sizing leads to poor performance in both furnace and heat pumps, why blasts of hot furnace air are no match for continuous warm air from a heat pump, and more.

// Eric Kaiser, TrueTech Tools

10:00a - 10:50a

Fundamentals Pt 2: Design and Equipment Selection Beyond Rules of Thumb

Dive into all the things you need to do to deliver superior comfort, efficiency, and performance. Learn why you should have a structured process based on ACCA Manuals J, S, T and D but don’t need to bust them out every time. Go far beyond rules of thumb with easy to follow math and science that will avoid most all common design and equipment selection mistakes.

// Jeremy Begley, HVAC Home Performance

11:00a - 11:50a

Fundamentals Pt. 3: Does it Register? What You Need to Know About Registers, Filters, and Airflow

Ben Knopp's heat pump obsession goes back over a decade to the Advanced Technologies Engineering Lab at Daikin. Since then he's designed and advised on hundreds of heat pump installations. Ben will cover heat pump specific airflow fundamentals and advanced fluid dynamics that make or break a system design.

// Ben Knopp, Community Housing Partners

Noon - 1p

Lunch + Exhibitor Tour

Grab food truck lunch and meet the companies exhibiting!

1:00p - 1:50p

Fundamentals Pt. 4: Prove it - Why Commissioning Will Ensure Comfort and Avoid Callbacks

Commissioning your heat pump installations is more than checking a few boxes on a form. Heat pumps require many steps including proper evacuation and critical charge and measuring airflow to name a few. Document that these processes were performed correctly with measured results can prevent issues that may send you back with performance callbacks, addressing comfort complaints, and ultimately your bottom line.

// Joe Medosch, MeasureQuick

2:00p - 2:30p

Hear from Daikin, the 2024 Summit Title Sponsor

2:30p - 3:30p

Exhibitor Break

Tour the companies exhibiting at the U.S. Heat Pump Summit!

3:30p - 4:30p

Applied Fundamentals - Marshall Fire Heat Pumps and Real World Performance

Ditch the myths, and do it right. Heat pumps can perform in the cold. With the summit's four-part fundamentals in mind, let's dive into successful and unsuccessful installations in the real world.  Shawn LeMons will show how missing some details led to unhappy outcomes in Marshall Fire new builds. He will also show how sticking to fundamentals can lead to heat pumps proving their capabilities (with data) and occasionally out performing their specs, even on the coldest days.

// Shawn LeMons, Vice President, Midwest Appliance and HVAC

4:30p - 5:00p

Closing Remarks

Hear from special guests, Summit organizers, and head into happy hour!

5:00p - 7:00p

Happy Hour!

Meet other leaders in the heat pump world. Sponsorship of happy hour available.

9:00a - 9:50a

Advanced Envelope Training

// Mark LaLiberte

10:00a - 10:50a

Advanced design, sizing, & envelope analysis. Performance tradeoffs of different envelope and equipment selection

All your success with heat pumps lies in the details. Go beyond rules of thumb and into the numbers with a computer simulation of the home. Look at common envelope, sizing, duct, and airflow issues and their impact into performance and equipment selection. Jonathan Mousdell holds a degree in building engineering and has worked across numerous engineering roles as well as in the building modeling space. This session is designed to complement the related sessions before and after it.

//Jonathan Mousdell, H2X

11:00a - 11:30a

Advanced design, sizing, & envelope analysis. Performance tradeoffs of different envelope and equipment selection

The answer to "Will my utility bills go down after this heat pump install?" has typically been a guess at best. Rocky Mountain Institute's new software tool the Green Upgrades Calculator offers a data driven answer. Using the customer's energy bills, information about all energy devices in their home, and more, the tool can more accurately estimate changes to a customer's bills for various equipment changes. This session is designed to complement the two related sessions before it.

//Ryan Shae, RMI

11:30a - 12:00p

Advanced design, sizing, & envelope analysis. Performance tradeoffs of different envelope and equipment selection

Xeres Steirer helps homeowners review and understand HVAC quotes. He created Just Heat Pumps, LLC to help homeowners navigate the wide spread of quotes they may get from HVAC contractors. He's helped hundreds of customers get quality equipment installed correctly, and has numerous tips for your sales and quoting process to ensure both an easy close and a satisfied customer.

//Xerxes Steirer, Just Heat Pumps LLC

1:00p - 2:30p

The Growing Importance of Differentiation—How High Performance Contractors Can Stand Out from the Crowd

Contractors doing high quality heat pump installations face the challenge of convincing homeowners that larger, more comprehensive jobs, and higher tickets, are worth the investment. Heat pumps are popular, and demand is growing, but few homeowners understand what a quality installation means. With so many new entrants in the heat pump market--many positioning on price and often not doing load calculations, these challenges are even more elevated. The result is that “high performance” contractors—those practicing building science, doing load calculations, and solving problems with a whole house perspective—are facing a whole new breed of competition. Peter Troast of Energy Circle, one of the country's leading authorities on heat pump marketing, will provide actionable approaches to standing out amidst an increasingly crowded and competitive market.

//Peter Troast

3:30p - 5:00p

Discovering Air to Water Heat Pumps!

In 2023, the most common question our team received delivering trainings and presentations was "When will air to water heat pumps be ready?" The Center for Energy and Environment is tracking and researching the energy savings and cost-effectiveness of air-to-water heat pumps to determine the best suited system types and configurations for cold climates. We will summarize the CEE research project and discuss the opportunity for air-to-water systems in cold climates. The presentation will cover both energy and non-energy benefits, the market assessment and opportunities, and performance data from real air-to-water heat pumps monitored and installed in the field.

// Dan Wildenhaus, Sr. Technical Manager, Center for Energy and Environment

10:00a - 11:00a

Rebate Session - Denver & Boulder

Information to be added

TOPIC: The tips and tricks from furnaces don't cut it in heat pump world. Learn advanced sizing, design, install, and commissioning techniques from experts. Beat your competition by providing the highest comfort and performance that modern variable speed heat pump technology can deliver.

8:00a - 8:15a

Opening Remarks with Daikin

Welcome comments from Daikin  - our 2024 Title Sponsor

8:15a - 8:50a

Opening Keynote

Hear how the heat pump revolution is creating massive business opportunities that are yours for the taking! 40+ year veteran of high performance buildings, Mark LaLiberte, will share why the best business is in heat pumps and how it’s time to become an expert in the technology. Through fundamentals and real world success stories like a $1m new build contract won on heat pump knowledge, Mark will demonstrate how comprehensive knowledge of the building’s envelope and systems is essential for creating a comfortable, efficient environment.

// Mark LaLiberte

9:00a - 9:50a

Fundamentals Pt 1: What's Overlooked in Heat Pump Performance and Building Thermal Dynamics

Eric Kaiser will dive into how heat pump performance changes across temperatures, why variable speed models outperform single or dual stage models, how design day sizing leads to poor performance in both furnace and heat pumps, why blasts of hot furnace air are no match for continuous warm air from a heat pump, and more.

// Eric Kaiser, TrueTech Tools

10:00a - 10:50a

Fundamentals Pt 2: Design and Equipment Selection Beyond Rules of Thumb

Dive into all the things you need to do to deliver superior comfort, efficiency, and performance. Learn why you should have a structured process based on ACCA Manuals J, S, T and D but don’t need to bust them out every time. Go far beyond rules of thumb with easy to follow math and science that will avoid most all common design and equipment selection mistakes.

// Jeremy Begley, HVAC Home Performance

11:00a - 11:50a

Fundamentals Pt. 3: Does it Register? What You Need to Know About Registers, Filters, and Airflow

Ben Knopp's heat pump obsession goes back over a decade to the Advanced Technologies Engineering Lab at Daikin. Since then he's designed and advised on hundreds of heat pump installations. Ben will cover heat pump specific airflow fundamentals and advanced fluid dynamics that make or break a system design.

// Ben Knopp, Community Housing Partners

Noon - 1p

Lunch + Exhibitor Tour

Grab food truck lunch and meet the companies exhibiting!

1:00p - 1:50p

Fundamentals Pt. 4: Prove it - Why Commissioning Will Ensure Comfort and Avoid Callbacks

Commissioning your heat pump installations is more than checking a few boxes on a form. Heat pumps require many steps including proper evacuation and critical charge and measuring airflow to name a few. Document that these processes were performed correctly with measured results can prevent issues that may send you back with performance callbacks, addressing comfort complaints, and ultimately your bottom line.

// Joe Medosch, MeasureQuick

2:00p - 2:30p

Hear from Daikin, the 2024 Summit Title Sponsor

2:30p - 3:30p

Exhibitor Break

Tour the companies exhibiting at the U.S. Heat Pump Summit!

3:30p - 4:30p

Applied Fundamentals - Marshall Fire Heat Pumps and Real World Performance

Ditch the myths, and do it right. Heat pumps can perform in the cold. With the summit's four-part fundamentals in mind, let's dive into successful and unsuccessful installations in the real world.  Shawn LeMons will show how missing some details led to unhappy outcomes in Marshall Fire new builds. He will also show how sticking to fundamentals can lead to heat pumps proving their capabilities (with data) and occasionally out performing their specs, even on the coldest days.

// Shawn LeMons, Vice President, Midwest Appliance and HVAC

4:30p - 5:00p

Closing Remarks

Hear from special guests, Summit organizers, and head into happy hour!

5:00p - 7:00p

Happy Hour!

Meet other leaders in the heat pump world. Sponsorship of happy hour available.

9:00a - 9:50a

Advanced Envelope Training

// Mark LaLiberte

10:00a - 10:50a

Advanced design, sizing, & envelope analysis. Performance tradeoffs of different envelope and equipment selection

All your success with heat pumps lies in the details. Go beyond rules of thumb and into the numbers with a computer simulation of the home. Look at common envelope, sizing, duct, and airflow issues and their impact into performance and equipment selection. Jonathan Mousdell holds a degree in building engineering and has worked across numerous engineering roles as well as in the building modeling space. This session is designed to complement the related sessions before and after it.

//Jonathan Mousdell, H2X

11:00a - 11:30a

Advanced design, sizing, & envelope analysis. Performance tradeoffs of different envelope and equipment selection

The answer to "Will my utility bills go down after this heat pump install?" has typically been a guess at best. Rocky Mountain Institute's new software tool the Green Upgrades Calculator offers a data driven answer. Using the customer's energy bills, information about all energy devices in their home, and more, the tool can more accurately estimate changes to a customer's bills for various equipment changes. This session is designed to complement the two related sessions before it.

//Ryan Shae, RMI

11:30a - 12:00p

Advanced design, sizing, & envelope analysis. Performance tradeoffs of different envelope and equipment selection

Xeres Steirer helps homeowners review and understand HVAC quotes. He created Just Heat Pumps, LLC to help homeowners navigate the wide spread of quotes they may get from HVAC contractors. He's helped hundreds of customers get quality equipment installed correctly, and has numerous tips for your sales and quoting process to ensure both an easy close and a satisfied customer.

//Xerxes Steirer, Just Heat Pumps LLC

1:00p - 2:30p

The Growing Importance of Differentiation—How High Performance Contractors Can Stand Out from the Crowd

Contractors doing high quality heat pump installations face the challenge of convincing homeowners that larger, more comprehensive jobs, and higher tickets, are worth the investment. Heat pumps are popular, and demand is growing, but few homeowners understand what a quality installation means. With so many new entrants in the heat pump market--many positioning on price and often not doing load calculations, these challenges are even more elevated. The result is that “high performance” contractors—those practicing building science, doing load calculations, and solving problems with a whole house perspective—are facing a whole new breed of competition. Peter Troast of Energy Circle, one of the country's leading authorities on heat pump marketing, will provide actionable approaches to standing out amidst an increasingly crowded and competitive market.

//Peter Troast

3:30p - 5:00p

Discovering Air to Water Heat Pumps!

In 2023, the most common question our team received delivering trainings and presentations was "When will air to water heat pumps be ready?" The Center for Energy and Environment is tracking and researching the energy savings and cost-effectiveness of air-to-water heat pumps to determine the best suited system types and configurations for cold climates. We will summarize the CEE research project and discuss the opportunity for air-to-water systems in cold climates. The presentation will cover both energy and non-energy benefits, the market assessment and opportunities, and performance data from real air-to-water heat pumps monitored and installed in the field.

// Dan Wildenhaus, Sr. Technical Manager, Center for Energy and Environment

11:00a - 12:00p

Rebate Session - Statewide

Information to be added

Wednesday Evening
Tour and Happy Hour at Construction Instruction
Visit one of the nation's leading high performance training centers, Construction Instruction, a short shuttle ride away from the Summit venue.
Tuesday Evening
Happy Hour with Summit Sponsors in the Hydro Lobby
Enjoy CSU SPUR's new Hydro building for heat pump happy hour and appetizers. Visit with Summit attendees and sponsors
Announcing The
Eneref Heat Pump Alliance
The Eneref Institute is launching the Heat Pump Alliance
The Eneref Institute’s Heat Pump Alliance brings manufacturers and stakeholders together from the industry to champion adoption of modern efficient heat pumps as a key solution to improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Summit is hosted in partnership with the Alliance.
VENUE: CSU SPUR’s Hydro Building
Denver’s newest premiere environmental science and event space is on CSU’s SPUR campus - the Hydro building. Home to Colorado’s leading water lab and thousands of feet event space, it’s the perfect venue for training on the future of how American’s comfort and energy needs are met.
4777 National Western Dr, Denver, CO 80216
CONFERENCE HOTEL
Radisson Hotel Denver Central
Enjoy the nearby Raddison Hotel Denver Central only 5 min drive and 1.5 miles away!
$170/night
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