Rashkin to address PDIS event

Sam Rashkin, national director of the EPA’s Energy Star for Homes program, will address attendees of the 2008 ProDealer Industry Summit on Friday, Oct. 3. His session, titled “Energy Star: What’s Next?” will explore why the rules of home building have changed, and how builders and their suppliers can ramp up their product offerings to address this new paradigm shift.

“Builders and their suppliers need a compelling value proposition to stimulate interest in new homes,” Rashkin said. “More than ever, Energy Star Qualified Homes address industry business objectives with unique opportunities to survive a soft housing market.”

Rashkin also noted that the number of builders joining as Energy Star partners each month has increased nearly tenfold over the last 18 months.

“Energy Star: What’s Next?” will give dealers information on what products meet current and forthcoming requirements for Energy Star Qualified Homes, as well as what the EPA' s Indoor Air Plus label will mean for those in the home-building industry. In addition, Rashkin will explain the concept behind Advanced New Home Construction, a method of building a super energy-efficient home with little or no carbon footprint.

The ProDealer Industry Summit, scheduled from Oct. 1 to 3 in Chantilly, Va., is a joint conference of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will kick off the event at the Westfields Marriott. Ivy Zelman, one of the building industry’s most widely recognized analysts, will deliver her industry outlook and moderate a panel of industry experts.

Other educational sessions will include strategies for running a tight credit operation and a supply chain session that explores how the downturn has changed builders’ attitudes toward their suppliers. A golf tournament benefiting the City of Hope will round out the social networking events and tabletop exhibits. For more information about the conference, visit  www.prodealer.com.