After fire debris has been cleared, many challenges remain on the path to reconstruction. Damaged infrastructure needs repair. Insurance, building and zoning codes each have requirements to meet before shovels hit the ground. What are the best ways to re-establish and upgrade housing and other structures using modern, energy efficient design?

Thoughtful urban planning is important but time is not unlimited. Those affected by the disaster cannot delay the restoration of their homes and lives. What are the best practices? What green and sustainable building techniques work best in our community and environment?

This panel is about the physical aspects of rebuilding using the most appropriate techniques and standards.




Rick Chitwood
Chitwood Energy Management

Richard (Rick) Chitwood, BSME, founder and principal of Chitwood Energy Management in Mount Shasta, California, is an expert in energy-efficient residential building construction, diagnostic testing, and performance evaluation. Rick began practicing home performance contracting in the mid-80’s, years before the term “Home Performance Contracting” began to be used. He has extensive hands-on experience working with builders to improve the energy efficiency of new homes and with homeowners and remodelers to improve the thermal comfort and energy performance of existing homes.

Rick is a leader in the building science-based house-as-a-system approach to green home energy design and retrofits. As lead trainer for the California Building Performance Contractors Association (Efficiency First/, he develops curriculum and teaches residential building professionals how to achieve energy efficient, comfortable and safe homes.

Rick has participated in research projects involving extensive field-testing and data collection. This work was used to guide the revisions to the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards in 2001, 2005, 2008, and 2013. He also drafted the High Quality Insulation Installation (QII) Procedures for the Standards. These procedures outline the proper techniques for installing insulation so that it performs near the laboratory test levels. Through this work, California was the first State to incorporate insulation installation quality into energy compliance and energy modeling.

He is also the author of several articles including the “New Construction Report Card” series in Home Energy Magazine. In 2012 Mr. Chitwood co-authored a guide to best practices for home energy retrofits in California, Measured Home Performance. Most recently, Mr. Chitwood was inducted into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame.



Mike MacFarland
Energy Docs Home Performance Company

Mike MacFarland is a pioneer in the field of building performance and energy efficiency. His desire to advance the understanding of HVAC performance lead him to create a prototype system dynamometer which he uses to measure and assess actual delivered heating and cooling system performance. He believes that the more we learn through testing and hands-on data gathering of our advanced performance work, the more equipped we will be to lead change in the industry.

Mike’s accomplishments include the design and implementation of Redding Electric Utility’s (REU) Home Performance deep energy retrofit program, an intelligent heat pump defrost system, multiple zero net energy retrofits, and an ever growing list of homes and businesses with dramatically lower energy bills and measurably improved comfort. He is strongly committed to sharing his data and research at both state and national levels, teaching classes and providing design and consulting services for multiple utilities and organizations.   Mike owns and operates Energy Docs Home Performance Company in Redding, CA, specializing in deep energy retrofits and net zero energy homes.