Schedule Overview

November 16 - 19, 2013

Hover your cursor over the name of the panel to see a brief description and list of speakers.

Opening Ceremony: Friday, November 15, 10:30 to 11:15.

Saturday (11/16) Sunday (11/17) Monday (11/18) Tuesday (11/19)
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Thermal biomass policy
State and federal policy around thermal biomass is underdeveloped compared to other renewables and is now playing catch-up. Standards for efficiency, permitting, metering, incentives are all in flux. Congressional staffers and others will discuss pending issues and take questions.

Joe Seymour- Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
Moderator Joe Seymour
Chris Rauscher, Sen. King's Office
Ned Stowe, Bioenergy Consultant
Michael Freedburg, HUD
10 AM: 10 AM: 10 AM: 10 AM:
Meet the Judges
This is an opportunity to meet some of the judges hear about how they are testing and scoring the stoves and answer your questions about the competition. Each judge brings a different expertise to the Judging Panel and they will share why they and their institutions are part of the Decathlon.

Moderator- John Ackerly- Alliance for Green Heat
Bill Clarke- Osprey Foundation
Ellen Burkhard- NYSERDA
Tom Butcher- Brookhaven National Laboratory
Rod Tinnemore- Washington State Department of Ecology
Mark Knaebe-US Forest Service
Norbert Senf- Masonry Heater Association
Bill Clark- Osprey Foundation
Meet the Teams
This is an opportunity to meet the teams and hear directly from them about why their stove should win this competition. Each team will have 6 minutes to make their pitch and then take questions from the audience.

Jeremy Johnson- Tulikivi US Inc.
Rod Zander- New England Hearth & Soapstone
Richard Jussel- Ofenbau & Feuerstellen
Taylor Myers- University of Maryland, College Park
Sandy Mathieu- Dragon Heaters
Matt Remine- Walker Stoves
Jason Stewart- Firemaster
Moderator- Trevor Gionet Jr.-Alliance for Green Heat
Future of Wood Stove Technology
The Wood Stove Decathlon is all about emerging technologies that may be commonplace in the future, or at least could occupy an important niche. From condensing wood stoves, to oxygen sensors, to wi-fi connectivity. What is important for cleaner burns and what will the consumer want?

Mark Knaebe-US Forest Service
Jeff Hallowell- ClearStak
Joe Romeo- ETAS
James Meigs- Popular Mechanics
Moderator- James Meigs
Integrating Wood Stoves in Energy Audits & Efficiency Programs
Leslie McDowell, Building Performance Institute
John Crouch - HPBA
11 AM: 11 AM: 11 AM: 11 AM:
Advances in Wood Stove Emission Testing
Accurate measurement of particulate matter in wood smoke used to be only possible with a dilution tunnel – a large, cumbersome and expensive technology. In the last year, two German companies, Wohler and Testo, have brought to market portable units that can quickly and reliably test emissions from stoves and boilers. Learn about their application, pros, cons and who is likely to use them.

Moderator- Rebecca Trojanowski -Brookhaven National Lab
Peter Cullen- Wohler
Craig McKim-Testo
Meet the Teams
This is an opportunity to meet the teams and hear directly from them about why their stove should win this competition. Each team will have 6 minutes to make their pitch and then take questions from the audience.

Alan Atemboski- Travis Industries, Inc.
Tom Morrissey- Woodstock Soapstone Co.
Stephen Rhodes- HWAM
Roger Lehet- Unforgettable Fire LLC
Niels Wittus- Wittus-Fire by Design
Dan McFarland- Inven Inc.
Moderator- John Ackerly- Alliance for Green Heat
Competition for Biomass for Small Scale Thermal Applications
Sure, cleaner and more efficient stoves are great. But how do we know that the wood is harvested sustainably? This panel will address the issues related to the sustainability of wood and other biomass resources that can supply a growing, small-scale and efficient thermal biomass sector.

Charlie Niebling- Innovative Natural Resource Solutions
Ken Staver- University of Maryland
Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa- Takoma Park Corn Coop
Ben Larson- National Wildlife Federation
Moderator- Ben Larson
Best Practices in Changeout Programs
Stove changeout programs that remove old, uncertified wood stoves and replace them with newer wood, pellet or gas appliances are underway in scores of communities. What best practices should such programs have and what local policy changes should be pursued to protect air quality gains? Panelists will also discuss retrofits, sunset clauses, removal upon sale requirements, etc.

Rod Tinnemore - Washington Dep't of Ecology
Dodge, Ben - Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Miller, Glen - Fairbanks Air Quality Director
Ben Schmidt- Seely Lake
John Crouch- HPBA
12 Noon: 12 Noon: 12 Noon: 12 Noon:
How to buy a Wood Stove
Experts will help consumers how to choose the right stove for their home. Buying a wood stove is often a confusing process. Three experts will explain their preferences and guidelines and then take questions from the audience.

John Crouch - HPBA
Rick Vlahos - National Fireplace Institute
Reg Davenport - DNR Engineering
How Sustainable are Firewood and Pellets in the Long Term?
Today, about 2.3% of American homes, or 2.5 million homes, use wood or pellets as a primary heat source. In 1985, up to 5 million homes heated primarily with wood. What are the long-term sustainability issues with wood and pellets and how many of us could heat out homes this way before its a sustainability problem?

Moderator: Nilanjana Saha
Dan Freihoffer-Wood
Gary Allen- Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation Inc.
Dan Rider- Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Developing A Green Label for Wood & Pellet Stoves
There is growing interest to develop green label for residential solid fuel burning devices that is a voluntary and non-regulatory standard. The label would promote best practices that reduce emissions and increase efficiency and enable consumers, architects, planners and regulators to more confidently select products that meet their desires for environmental stewardship and elevated efficiency. The label would also recognize manufacturers for green innovation and to provide a guide for evaluating the green merits of various solid fuel burning devices.

Rod Tinnemore- Washington State Department of Ecology
Abigail Daken- EPA Energy Star
Ellen Burkhard- NYSERDA
Moderator- Rod Tinnemore
Forest Harvesting Practices: When & Where is it Unsustainable?
How likely is it that residential firewood and pellet production will involve unsustainable harvesting practices? How much urban wood waste goes to firewood and how much is destined for the landfill? Speakers will address myths and realities behind residential biomass supply and what trends to watch for in the future.

Al Steele- US Forest Service
Moderator - Charlie Levesque-Innovative Natural Resource Solutions
Dave Atkins- US Forest Service
Monica Lear- US Forestry Administration
1 PM: 1 PM: 1 PM: 1 PM:
Making Electricity with Wood Stoves
One of the exciting developments in recent years are stoves that produce enough electricity to run light bulbs, recharge electronic devices, and even power a small home. Two engineers will show their strategies for making electricity – one in a light camping stove and one as a retrofit onto woodstoves.

Theo Graber- Alaska Dynamics
Ryan Gist- BioLite Engineer
Venkatesh Iye- BioLite Engineer
Moderator: Trevor Gionet Jr.- Alliance for Green Heat
European Policy Developments
Representatives from European Embassies discuss wood and pellet heating policy developments in their countries. Europe has been a leader in both developing higher efficiency pellet technologies and providing a policy framework to include thermal biomass in their renewable energy strategies. Join this panel of experts to learn about European developments and how they may be relevant to us.

Mr. Thomas Stoelzl- Economic Counselor Austrian Embassy
Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Moderator- Maria Jensen- Alliance for Green Heat
The Clean Cookstove Movement
"The movement to deploy millions of clean cookstoves in the developing world requires cookstoves not only to be clean and efficient but also to be affordable for the cookstove user. Both heat and cookstoves share some technological challenges of keeping combustion temperatures high and overcoming cultural barriers of accepting new and different technologies. This panel brings together top experts of this movement, which is spearheaded by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Sean Bartlett, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, moderator
Elliott Levine, DOE
John Mitchell, EPA (invited)
Bill Clark, Osprey Foundation
Biolite representative
2 PM: 2 PM: 2 PM: 2 PM:
Chimneys & Venting: Essential to Health and Safety
Have problems with a smoky fireplace, or wondering what’s involved in venting a new wood or pellet stove? These experts will talk about advances in venting, the importance of maintenance and chimney cleaning and how it impacts your pocketbook and safety.

Ashely Eldridge- Chimney Safety Institute of America
Rick Vlahos- Executive Director, National Fireplace Institute
Steve Rea-ICC
Moderator- Ashley Eldridge
John Pilger - Chimney Safety Institute of America
Heating with Pellets
Pellet stoves are selling faster than wood stoves in some areas. Will this trend continue and what are the pros and cons of heating with pellets. The panelists are some of nation’s foremost pellet heating experts and will give a primer on pellet stoves and answer questions

John Crouch- Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
Richard Thomas- Courtland Hardware
EPA Emission Standards: A Looming Battle
The EPA will soon release its proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for wood heaters. While the exact content of the proposed rule is not known, the agency is expected to propose a national limit of 4.5 grams/hour of particulate matter (PM) from wood and pellet stoves. EPA is also anticipated to require additional reductions to 1.3 grams/hour of PM emissions after five years. This panel provides a chance to hear industry, EPA, and environmental advocates discuss the economic and environmental impact of the proposed regulations.

Moderator: Kaitlin Gregg, Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Rod Tinnemore- Washington State Department of Ecology
Gil Wood-EPA (invited)
Jack Goldman- Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association
Tomas Carbonell- Environmental Defense Fund
Ben Myren - Myren Labs
3 PM: 3 PM: 3 PM: 3 PM:
Wood Stoves and your Health
Wood smoke is a wonderful smell to many people, but its not good for you. Wood smoke can be a health hazard outside your home, and inside. Sometimes if impacts neighbors more than the home making the smoke. Experts will describe various studies about the health impacts of wood smoke, and how to mitigate them.

Phil Hopke-Clarkson University
Ashley Eldridge - CSIA
What Makes Stoves Cleaner and More Efficient?
EPA certification started in 1988 and has brought a cleaner generation of wood stoves. What are the key elements of clean burning, how is it changing and where is it going? And, what is the role of the operator?

Karen Elder, Schott-Robax
Allen Carroll, Catalytic Hearth Caucus
Norbert Senf- Masonry Heater Association
Poverty, Heating Assistance and Energy Audits
Federal low-income fuel assistance policies include prohibitions against fuel switching and require households to declare a single, primary fuel type. These policies constrain the ability of families to switch to less expensive renewable fuels. And wood stove have not been part of energy audit or low-income home performance programs. Panelists will discuss how HHS, DOE and state agencies can better include renewable energy in their programs.

Moderator - John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat
Jennifer Hushaw- Innovative Natural Resource Solutions
John Crockett, Forest Service
Wade Salverson- BLM
Mark Wolf- NEADA
4 PM: 4 PM: 4 PM: 4 PM: Mixer welcomes you to meet and mingle with the teams, judges, experts, sponsors, and community with drinks and light snacks
People's Choice Award
Popular Mechanics will award the People’s Choice Prize to the Team who received the most votes. Popular Mechanics Editor in Chief, James Meigs, will also talk about the role of publicity, promotion and media in the acceptance and deployment of new technologies.

Moderator- Nick Salafsky, Foundations for Success
John Ackerly- Alliance for Green Heat
David Agrell- Popular Mechanics
James Meigs- Popular Mechanics
Heat Metering, Connectivity and RECs for Stoves
State renewable energy credits have partially financed the proliferation of solar panels and geothermal systems and could be adapted to the most advanced pellet boilers and stoves. This will require heat metering systems for non-hydronic pellet appliances, and will likely be aided by wifi connected appliances. In addition to technology developments, state policy much also advance to include thermal energy and not just electricity.

Scott Williamson-Pellet Stove Service
Charlie Niebling- BTEC
Kyle Haas- Maryland Energy Administration
Dr. James Hammond-Howard University
Award Ceremony
The Judges will announce the Grand Prize winners and up to three second prizes and present awards to the winning teams. Congressman Van Hollen and other VIP guests will also make remarks.

John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat
Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, US Forest Service
Cong. Jared Huffman (D-CA)
Cong. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Cong. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Congresswoman Ann Kirpatrick (D-NM)
Cong. Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Ellen Burkhard, NYSERDA
5 PM: 5 PM: 5 PM: 5 PM: Panel Experts Reflect on Stove Innovation since the 1973 Oil Embargo Serious and light-hearted reflections by some of the nation's most prominent wood stove commentators. Has innovation in stagnated, kept pace with consumer expectations - or is it even needed?

Craig Issod- Founder,
Mike Holton- Englander
Roy Burrow
Moderator- Craig Issod
Tom Morrisey
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Wood Stove Decathlon