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Annual Contractor Conference Promotes Energy Efficiency

Iowa’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives celebrated the 26th annual “Momentum Is Building” conference Feb. 8–9 at the Sheraton West Des Moines hotel.

Since the conference began in 1993, its mission has been to provide a forum for energy efficiency and electric technology education. The conference seeks to build relationships with trade professionals who influence electric co-op members’ decision-making about home building/remodeling, heating, cooling, water heating and energy efficiency.

Momentum Is Building continues to offer up-to-date building science information, practical hands-on details and new technology displays for building trades professionals – including homebuilders, electricians, and heating-plumbing contractors. Rural electric cooperative personnel from across Iowa join their local contractors at the conference.

Attendees from Nishnabotna Valley REC service territory included Rich Freml, Todd Bruck and Chad Pitt as well as five area contractors from Oakland, Harlan, Audubon, Logan, and Minden. “For many years, Momentum Is Building has allowed building trades professionals from our area to find out what’s new in the industry—techniques as well as products. Attendees also obtain continuing education credits they need to stay current in their professions,” says Rich Freml. 

Nationally recognized speakers shared their knowledge on topics including meeting consumer expectations with high-performance homes and heating and cooling systems, air quality and ventilation; building homes to Touchstone Energy standards®; and CEU sessions for electricians and heating/plumbing professionals. Momentum Is Building also includes a trade show where participants visit with companies to learn about new products. Support for the conference comes from Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives.