Energy efficiency technologies and information for contractors and building trades professionals are the focus of the 2020 Momentum is Building (MIB) conference, scheduled for Feb. 6 and 7 in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference provides attendees with continuing education credits, networking opportunities, presentations by recognized industry energy efficiency and building trades experts, along with exhibits on state-of-the-art technologies.
Sponsored and organized annually by the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® of Iowa, MIB offers an opportunity for members of Iowa’s construction industry to learn more about the local service benefits available from locally-owned electric cooperatives, serving nearly 650,000 Iowans in all 99 counties.
Speakers for the event include keynote Sandra Adomatis, owner of Adomatis Appraisal Service, speaking on high performance appraisals used by builders, appraisers, and energy organizations around the country; Mike Foti, President of Innovate Building Solutions and Innovate Home Org, a “DMG” (digital marketing geek) who uses construction industry and business knowledge to help contractors increase profitability and work efficiency; Steve Gilbert from Rural Housing 360; Ryan Meres from Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET); Darren Meyers from International Energy Conservation Consultants, and many others. Scott Siepker, the “Iowa Nice Guy,” will close the conference with his classic Iowa insights.
“Helping inform local contractors about cutting-edge energy efficiency and beneficial electrification technologies, both new and improved, is important to our co-op members,” said Angela Catton, Manager of Member Relations and Development for Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, one of the event organizers. “For over 25 years, the Momentum is Building Conference has provided both electric cooperatives and contractors an opportunity to come together to provide consumer-members with safe, efficient and cost-effective home comfort solutions.”
“We’re excited about this year’s Game of Thrones theme and our interpretation of the Iron Throne,” Catton said. “The series has really risen to an iconic status over the last couple of years and we think attendees will really enjoy the references, even if they haven’t seen the show.”
For the 2020 conference, event organizers have stepped up marketing efforts, including establishing a Facebook event page, online registration, and online materials. One item receiving notice already is the Iron Throne constructed by Scott Schlegel, Headquarters Maintenance Superintendent – Utility Operations for Central Iowa Power Cooperative. The throne recently debuted at the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency’s annual summit, where attendees enjoyed the photo opp wearing one of three building trades-oriented crowns.
“When they asked if I could build this, I had never seen the show the idea was based on, Game of Thrones. I saw some pictures, thought about it for a week and came up with some ideas,” said Schlegel.
Schlegel, who enjoys creative construction challenges, purchased most of the tools used as key pieces on the throne from an Amish auction in the Hazelton area, spending around $20.
“The throne was a fun project. You can take a picture of it, but you need to look at it from all different sides because there are little things you don’t notice the first, second or third time,” he said. “It’s an art piece.”
The Iron Throne will be auctioned at the end of the conference. Proceeds benefit the MIB scholarship fund to pay for students who would like to attend future MIB events. Preview pictures of the throne can be seen on the Momentum is Building Facebook page.
MIB 2020 will be held at the Sheraton West Des Moines beginning at 8:00 AM on Thursday, Feb. 6 running through 12:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 7. Registration for the event is available online at momentumisbuilding.com. Early Bird registration is available until Jan. 22.