Pa. Housing Research Center to host annual housing, land development conference

January 29, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The 23rd annual Housing and Land Development Conference will be held March 4 and 5 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in University Park.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), the conference is intended for builders, remodelers, code officials, design professionals, engineers, educators, factory-built housing manufacturers, product manufacturers, home performance contractor engineers, developers, design professionals, planners and regulatory officials. 

Wednesday’s theme is "Housing" and participants can choose from one of three tracks: Design & Innovation, Construction or Building Codes.

The keynote speaker is Eric Werling, coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program.

An afternoon session titled “The Code Adoption Process” will be led by Sarah Miller, regulatory/codes specialist at the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA), and Bob Buddenbohn, executive officer of the Pennsylvania Association of Building Code Officials (PABCO).

Thursday, Land Development Day, will focus on emerging planning, design and regulatory issues affecting the land development industry. Participants can choose to attend sessions on site design or water management.

Also available on Thursday are training programs for those not attending the Land Development sessions. Track 1 is a workshop titled “Commercial Energy Plan Review and Inspection,” and Track 2 includes a 2015 IRC sneak peek and “Achieving Energy Code Compliance in an Exterior Wall Assembly.” Both tracks are eligible for Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry contact hours.

Bob Hankin, CEO of Hankin Group, and Neal Fisher, vice president of development at Hankin Group, will serve as keynote speakers. Their talk is titled “Eagleview: Being ‘Green’ When it Was Just a Color.”

Participants may attend one or both days of the conference and all training qualifies for continuing education. Groups of eight or more receive a special rate.

Additional conference partners include the PBA, the Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania, PABCO, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Pennsylvania Construction Codes Academy.

For the past 35 years, the PHRC has served the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Last Updated January 29, 2015