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Annual contractor conference promotes energy efficiency

Iowa’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives celebrated the 27th annual “Momentum Is Building” conference Feb. 7–8 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 Southwest Iowa REC include Tim Pfeiffer – Southwest Iowa REC; Fred Drake – Drake Electric; Matt Munyon, and Daniel Leonard – Munyon Plg and Htg; Steve Newton – Newton Construction; Kelly Adamson and Rick Ferle – Brad Waltz Construction; Matt Gilliland and Terry Bosewell– BG Builders; Enos Swartzentruber and Jacob Swartzentruber– Swartzentruber Construction; Matt West – West Plumbing & Heating. “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 Tim Pfeiffer, Director of Member Services. 

Nationally recognized speakers shared their knowledge on topics including ways to improve building and remodeling through HERS ratings, energy modeling and more; the latest in solar; smart home products; and solving the housing crisis in rural Iowa. CEU sessions for electricians and heating-plumbing professionals included cold climate air source heat pumps, common electrical code violations, and more. 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.

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