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Sheraton West Des Moines

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Mark your calendars for the 2020 Momentum is Building Conference, February 6-7, 2020. Early bird registration is NOW OPEN!!!

About this Event

Momentum is Building is an annual conference to promote energy efficiency, gain better building skills and tips of the trade, network with exhibitors and attendees, learn new ways to improve your business, and earn up to 6 CEUs for electricians and HVAC pros. This year’s speakers have new business practices and strategies to complement your high-performance projects!

  • Gain insight into new techniques from nationally-known speakers
  • See the latest building products and technologies
  • Network with other building, electrical and HVAC professionals
  • Qualify for more than $1,000 in tools to be given away throughout the conference


Click HERE to view/download the registration brochure with conference schedule.


Click HERE to view/download the informational brochure with conference schedule.


Click HERE to view/download the exhibitor registration form.


Click HERE to view/download the attendee registration form.

Thursday, February 6


Exhibit hall open with continental breakfast available.


Touchstone Energy® Cooperative of Iowa


Sandra Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate, Adomatis Appraisal Service; and Ryan Meres, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

Energy efficiency momentum is growing in Iowa, with more than half of new homes receiveing a HERS rating. We'll provide the motivation and steps for contractors to deliver what builders need and for builders to deliver a home that buyers want.


12:00 PM - LUNCH


Making the Case for Electric Heat (on a Warming Planet)

Greg Nahn, Slipstream

This session will focus on highly efficient electric space and water heating, making the case that these technologies are your kids’ future and integral to a carbon-free, green-energy economy. Learn how, why, and what you can do to set your clients up for success, lead in the industry, and help stabilize the global climate.

2020 National Electrical Code Update

4 Electrical CEUs for Iowa electrical license holders • Must attend both Thursday sessions for CEU credit

Dave Sullivan, Sullivan Training and Consulting, LLC, Des Moines

Changes in the 2020 National Electrical Code from the 2017 NEC will be adopted by the State of Iowa on January 1, 2021. Electricians need to prepare for these changes for dwellings and non-dwellings.

Ten Things an HVAC Pro Should NEVER Get Wrong in the Mechanical Code

2 IA PMSB Mechanical Code CEUs

Darren Meyers, P.E., International Energy Conservations Consultants, LLC

Participants will learn more about the correct use of key code requirements, often overlooked, as a basis for design, inspection and safety of residential construction, addition and renovation projects.

Measuring Market Reaction to Residential Features

Sandra Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate, Adomatis Appraisal Service

Realtors, appraisers, bankers, builders and others involved in real estate: Measuring market reaction to your home features can be difficult but not impossible. This session offers several ways and resources to measure market reaction to residential features and more specifically energy or green features.


How to Take Your Digital Marketing Game to the Next Level

Mike Foti, Innovate Building Solutions

Learn five myths you need to get past and five proven steps to take your digital marketing game to the next level.

2020 National Electrical Code Update

4 Electrical CEUs for Iowa electrical license holders • Must attend both Thursday sessions for CEU credit, and may also take Friday course, for 2 additional CEUs

Dave Sullivan, Sullivan Training and Consulting, LLC, Des Moines

Continuation of the Thursday presentation.

Plumbing Code Update

2 IA PMSB Plumbing Code CEUs

Terry Moorman, Moorman Consultation

A comprehensive review of the significant changes made to the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code.

High-Performing Residential & Small Business HVAC

2 IA PMSB HVAC discipline CEUs

John von Harz, Resource Refinery

Tailored for HVAC contractors participating in Iowa REC and Municipal Utility Incentive programs, session topics include an overview of high-performing HVAC, electric heat and heat pumps, and installed and operating heat pump performance.


Friday, February 7



The Cost of Not Doing It Right!

Neck Sesker & Students, Iowa Central Community College

Builders are faced with many choices including material selection, new products and best practices, but what role does cost play in the decision-making process?

Confined Spaces in Construction

2 IA PMSB Safety CEUs for Plumbing or Mechanical License Holders

Jack Cooper, CEU Authority

This session details requirements of OSHA 29CFR1926, Subpart AA - Confined Spaces in Construction.

BONUS: 2020 National Code Update

2 Electrical CEUs for Iowa electrical license holders

Dave Sullivan, Sullivan Training and Consulting, LLC, Des Moines

Additional details on the new code, different from Thursday’s session content.

9: 15 AM - BREAK

9:30 AM - Why You Can’t Afford to Be a Behind-the-Times Contractor (and What You Can Do About It)

Mike Foti, Innovate Building Solutions

Is your business “stuck in the mud” and not progressing as you’d like? Learn five steps to get unstuck, increase your profits and reduce your work time!

10:15 AM - Electric Vehicles Are Coming... Are You Ready?

Jeff Springer, Dairyland Power Cooperative

Jeff will discuss electric vehicles on the market now, some that are coming soon, and what it will take to charge them at home and on the road.

11:00 AM - Creative Workforce Housing Opportunities in Rural Iowa

Steve Gilbert, Rural Housing 360

Learn about this employer-driven, employee-focused program that leads with finance to establish opportunities for those wishing to live closer to where they work. It all starts with the communities and their in-fill lot inventories. Find out how building pros fit into the process.

11:30 AM - Made in Iowa

Scott Siepker, Iowa Nice Guy

Through “attempted humor,” Scott will explain why he has stayed in Iowa as an actor and why you too can have a successful career in Iowa.

Attendee Registration

Attendee registration for Momentum is Building includes all sessions and breaks, lunch and exhibitor reception on Thursday, as well as breakfast on Friday.

Early Bird Rates - rate begins Monday, November 18, 2019 and expires Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Without CEUs - $125

With CEUs - $190

Regular Rates - beginning Thursday, January 23, 2020

Without CEUs - $160

With CEUs - $225

Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitor Booth - sessions/meals would need to be purchased separately

Includes 1 booth attendee - $150

Additional exhibitor attendee (no session attendance or meals needed) - FREE

Additional Options

*Approved Student or Instructor - FREE!

Thursday Lunch - $30

Friday Breakfast - $27

*Registration under this classification must be approved by event organizers. Please include the student/instructor information with the registration and our organizers will contact you with any additional questions.

Sheraton West Des Moines

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa

Located at the University Avenue exit off of I-80/I-35 (Exit124), the hotel is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. For more information about amenities, reserve a room online, obtain directions or other hotel information, visit their website: https://bit.ly/320dMY9.

Sleeping room availability and rate (single and double: $111) are guaranteed until Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

If you make a reservation and are unable to attend the conference, you must cancel your reservation 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Contact shanna.gilpatrick@sheratonwestdesmoines.com (preferred) or call 515-457-2127 (direct line). Ask for the special Momentum is Building rate. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

If you are making reservations for a group and are paying with one credit card, you may need to fill out a credit card authorization form in advance. You may download it from the website: https://bit.ly/320dMY9

Exhibiting at the 2020 Momentum is Building Conference provides an opportunity for contact with HVAC contractors, homebuilders, electricians, and electric cooperative marketing and member service professionals. Our attendees are actively seeking information about new products and services they can put to work in their local businesses. Last year, there were nearly 225 attendees.

We give exhibitors plenty of opportunity to meet attendees. We will hold a continental breakfast and a lengthy afternoon break in the exhibit area, as well as a reception on Thursday evening. Exhibitors also get a few minutes on the program right before Thursday's lunch to show/discuss any new products or programs. All exhibit opportunities are on Thursday, February 6, 2020 only, as Friday is only a half-day program and there is very little time to visit exhibits. We invite your representatives to attend sessions and stay both days to participate in all of the conference sessions!

  • Setup is available at the exhibit hall on Wednesday afternoon, February 5, 2020.
  • Exhibiting is Thursday, February 6, 2020 only.
  • We appreciate your response prior to January 31, 2020 so we may be sure to have adequate space and tables for all vendors and prepare for meals.

Sandra Adomatis

SRA, LEED Green Associate

Adomatis Appraisal Service

Keynote speaker, Sandra Adomatis, is the owner of Adomatis Appraisal Service and a national speaker on valuing high performance features. Sandra literally wrote the book on high performance appraisals currently used by builders, appraisers, and energy organizations around the country. In her keynote address, she will share strategies to help earn higher valuations for your projects.


Jack Cooper

CEU Authority

Jack Cooper has been teaching continuing education for the trades for over a decade. He started CEU Authority in 2014, which has grown to now offer a live-streaming apprenticeship program. Jack is committed to serving the trades by raising the level of professionalism, knowledge, workmanship, and image of the skilled trade industries through traditional/formal training and CEU-based continuing education. His intention remains to deliver content in an organized and efficient manner that is down-to-earth and easy-to-digest.


Mike Foti

Innovate Building Solutions | Innovate Home Org.

Mike Foti, President of Innovate Building Solutions and Innovate Home Org, is a self-described “DMG” (digital marketing geek). He uses his construction industry and business knowledge to help contractors use digital media to increase profits and work efficiently within your business.


Steve Gilbert

Rural Housing 360

Steve Gilbert has served as the President of Gilbert Enterprises since 2011. Over the past 8 years, the Gilbert family business has grown from a plumbing and heating shop of three employees to five different businesses employing over 50 great people. Steve has transferred his passion for business development, team-building, and rural to Rural Housing 360, which he founded in 2017. He serves on the Empower Rural Iowa Initiative, Future Ready Iowa Alliance, Iowa Workforce Development Board and is proud to call Southern Iowa home.


John von Harz

Resource Refinery

Jon von Harz and Resource Refinery provide incentive program marketing solutions to utilities and manufaturers. Resource Refinery products for utilities include trade ally development, upstream and midstream quoting and registration portals, as well as back-end claim auditing, tracking and reporting. For manufacturers/wholesalers, they implement and manage spiff, rebate, instant rebate, special purchase agreements, and vendor rebate programs.


Ryan Meres

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

Ryan Meres, Program Director for the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), uses his 13 years of experience in energy and water efficiency, energy policy and building energy codes to provide the motivation and steps for contractors to deliver what builders need; and builders to deliver a home that buyers want.


Darren B. Meyers


International Energy Conservation Consultants (IECC), LLC

Darren Meyers is President of IECC, LLC, an energy codes and third-party compliance services group, with engineers and code professionals located in Champaign, Chicago, and St. Louis.

The company provides continuing education, code consulting, third-party plan review, HVAC system sizing and layout, performance-testing and field assessment services as a template solution for state energy offices, municipalities, production and custom builders, home-performance contractors, and design professionals seeking energy modeling, LEED facilitation, IECC, ASHRAE 62, 90.1 and IgCC regulatory compliance.


Terry Moorman

Moorman Consultation

Terry Moorman began his career in 1974 as an apprentice plumber in Waterloo, Iowa through the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Ccommittee (JATC) and Local 384 Plumbers and Pipefitters. After 10 years, he transitioned to a position with ACI Mechanical in Ames, Iowa. As a field superintendent, Terry served ACI Mechanical for 21 years. Terry was appointed safety director in 1996 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2016.

Terry taught apprenticeship school for ABC of Iowa for 16 years as a 2nd-year plumbing instructor. During that time, he also taught field leadership classes, estimating and safety training classes. He is also certified as an instructor for aerial lift training, forklift training and First Aid/CPR training. As a certified CEU instructor for the state of Iowa since 2011, he has taught over 3,000 students in both the plumbing and mechanical fields.

Greg Nahn


Greg Nahn has spent over two decades working in support of the design, delivery, and validation of effective residential energy efficiency programs in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. He was integral in the creation of Wisconsin's first and award winning ENERGY STAR new homes program, plays a critical role in the on-going development and support of energy professionals in Wisconsin and neighboring states and continues as a lead in the delivery of technical training, quality assurance, and measurement and verification services and protocols to a variety of stakeholders covering both new and existing residential housing.

Greg is an exceptional trainer and communicator with extensive experience in the integration of Train the Trainer concepts to facilitate effective adult learning, has developed and provided technical training for a variety of interests including energy auditors, raters, weatherization professionals, administrators and educators, and is passionate about delivering on the promise (and profit) of increasing energy efficiency in the residential housing market as a means to benefit society and the environment.

Greg is a three-times-over, multiple Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Professional, a long time Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recognized Quality Assurance Designee, a BPI and RESNET accredited trainer and proctor and often sought-after presenter at state and regional conferences. In 2019 Greg was awarded the Better Buildings Better Business Educator of the year award and inducted into Wisconsin’s Educator Hall of Fame for his lifetime of exceptional training and dedication.


Nick Sesker

Iowa Central Community College

Nick Sesker, Carpentry program instructor at Iowa Central Community College, teaches energy-efficient home construction, specializing in high-performance, healthy homes.


Scott Siepker

Iowa Nice Guy

Scott Siepker, best known for his work as the “Iowa Nice Guy,” as seen on ESPNU’s College Football Daily, uses humor to deliver an unforgettable closer. Learn why Scott decided to stay in Iowa and why you can have a successful career in Iowa, too!

Scott is an actor, writer, producer and filmmaker. He started off as a stage actor at Iowa State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology. Scott is co-founder of the film company Iowa Filmmakers, where he shares his talents as a versatile, veteran actor of stage and screen, drama and comedy.

Jeff Springer

Dairyland Power Cooperative

Jeff Springer is a Certified Energy Manager with over 30 years of experience in the commercial and industrial energy sector. His responsibilities include power quality, energy auditing, and recent work on Dairyland's fleet electrification, battery storage and small solar projects.


Dave Sullivan

Sullivan Training & Consulting

Dave Sullivan has worked in the electrical industry for over 50 years. He worked for a public utility, an electrical distributor, and a nationwide manufacturer before becoming and electrical representative. After retiring four years ago, Dave opened his own training and consulting company. He is a 30-year member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and is past president of the Iowa chapter.

Dave is a certified instructor for over 30 electrical and OSHA courses in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Dave annually teaches over 100 classes in the Midwest on a number of subjects and does electrical consulting with a number of industrial plants, engineering firms, and electrical contractors.


How will I be notified in the event the conference is cancelled due to a weather-related incident?

Event-related changes/updates will be posted to this event site. In case of inclement weather, up-to-the-minute communications will be provided on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/momentumisbuilding/ or you may check with your electric cooperative for more information.

What is your refund policy?

Due to financial commitments for Momentum is Building, we cannot refund registration fees for cancellations after Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Who do I contact about receiving a refund/cancelling a reservation for the event?

Registrations for attendees made via telephone or mail, please contact Donna Griebel via email donna.griebel@cipco.net or via telephone at 319-734-4358. If your registration and payment were submitted online for either attendees or exhibitors, you may cancel online anytime and receive a full refund through January 29, 2020.

Who do I contact for questions regarding payment?

Please contact Donna Griebel in regard to questions about attendee or exhibitor information. See above question for contact information.

If paying by check, where should payment be sent?

You may mail registrations and checks (payable to Iowa Cooperatives for Energy Efficiency) to:

Momentum is Building

Iowa Cooperatives for Energy Efficiency

P. O. Box 2517

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2517

How can I change/update my registration information?

For more information about attendee or exhibitor registration, contact Donna Griebel via email at donna.griebel@cipco.net or call 319-734-4358. Registration information can be changed or updated up to the day of the event.

What parking is available for the event?

The Sheraton Hotel has plenty of free, onsite parking available for all attendees and exhibitors.

Do students and/or instructors need to purchase meals?

No, the meals are included in the (free) registration. Approval for students and instructors is required by the Momentum is Building planning committee. Contact Donna Griebel if you have any questions!

What is the earliest we may set up our booth in the exhibitor hall?

You may begin setting up your booth as early as 1:00 pm Wednesday, February 5th, 2020. For more information about attendee registration, contact Donna Griebel via email at donna.griebel@cipco.net or call 319-734-4358.

Are meals included with the exhibitor registration fee?

No, meals are not included in the cost of the exhibitor registration fee, but may be purchased during registration of the exhibitor booth. Costs are $30 for Thursday's lunch and/or $27 for Friday's breakfast. Both are located at the hotel.

Does Momentum is Building have a Facebook page I can connect with to receive updates?

Yes! We now have an event page on Facebook that will offer up-to-date information about the conference and allow attendees and exhibitors to network and share with their Facebook followers and friends. https://www.facebook.com/momentumisbuilding

Our company would like to reserve rooms for our exhibitor employees, who do I contact?

Hotel reservations at the Sheraton West Des Moines can be made via online booking system (recommended) by visiting: https://bit.ly/320dMY9, or contact Shanna Gilpatrick by email at shanna.gilpatrick@sheratonwestdesmoines.com, or call 515-457-2127. Mention Momentum is Building for a special rate of $111. Room availability and rate are guaranteed until January 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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