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SIPA 2017 Annual Meeting Austin Texas


Hotel Update!

The host hotel, Lost Pines Wilderness Resort, room block has been completely filled for the dates of our meeting.  There are only a few suites available that they can offer at a higher room rate.  
There are Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn Express hotels with availability in nearby Bastrop, Tx. (about 11 miles away) which will require a rental car for transport to/from events at the host hotel.  We have found that hotels.com has the rates as low as $90/night at these hotels.

We regret the inconvenience this may cause, we will keep a wait-list for any possible cancellations that may occur.

SIPA is excited to welcome you to our 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Lost Pines Wilderness Resort in Austin, Texas.  The hotel is located approximately 20 miles (30 minutes) from Austin on 405 acres, surrounded by 1,100 acres of nature park. You’ll find an exceptional selection of recreation, leisure and entertainment activities, from horseback riding to spa treatments and golf at the award-winning Wolfdancer Golf Club.

Agenda   Click here for pdf version of the agenda

Monday, February 20, 2017 - Day 1
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM - Arrivals and check in  /  Supplier Expo set up [Baron's A-B-C] [Suppliers]  /  Registration [Republic Ballroom] [ALL]
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM - Wayne Kondor Memorial Golf Tournament [Wolfdancer Golf Pro Shop]
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception and Golf Awards at Supplier Expo [Vendor Expo - Baron's A-B-C] [ALL]
7:00 PM  Dinner on your own in networking groups [ALL]
Tuesday, February 21st – Day 2
 7:00 – 7:50 AM - Breakfast [Baron's E-F-G]
 8:00 – 8:30 AM - Event Kickoff and Welcome Comments [Baron's D][ALL]

  • Opening comments - Jack Armstrong Executive Director
  • President's Message - Ard Smits, PorterSIPS

 8:30 – 10:00 AM - PLENARY SESSION I [Baron's D][ALL]

  • Evolving Skin Technologies Expanding SIP Market Segments - Moderator Al Cobb, SIPschool 
  • MagOxide SIP Spotlight - Workforce Housing at a Florida City Level - Jerry Gillman, Innova Eco Building
  • Incubating a Standard for MgO in North America - Corey Nigh, NTA
  • Standardizing for Confidence & Quality - Next Step SIP MgO Testing - Sam Catling, Extremegreen Building Products
  • Learning from Across the Borders/European Evolution of MgO - Sten Sorensen, Multi-Panels & Ken Hanasyk,  MagWall Canadian MgO 

 10:00 – 10:30 AM - Power Up Break at Supplier Expo [Baron's A-B-C][ALL]

 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM -PLENARY SESSION II [Baron's D][ALL]

  • The Housing Economy by the Bowtie Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, GraphsandLaughs
  • Group discussion - Maximizing Manufacturing Run-time with "Collective" Spare Parts, Steve Shrader, Multi-Panle and Charlie Ewalt/Keven Kaup, Enercept

 NOON – 12:45 PM - Lunch  [Pecan Terrace (weather permitting) or Baron's E-F-G][ALL] 
 11:45 - 12:45 PM - Working Lunch Meeting SIPA Code Committee [Ranger Room]
 12:45 - 1:45 PM - Trap Shooting [Participants meet in main lobby for transport]
 1:45 - 2:15 PM - Break [Supplier Expo - Baron's A-B-C][ALL]

2:15 - 3:45 PM - PLENARY SESSION III [Baron's D][ALL]

  • Moving & Enticing Markets to Sustainable Construction
  • Mainstreaming Zero - New and Retrofit Housing Initiatives; "The Realize Project" and a "Micro-House Hotel" - Ms. Shilpa Sankaran, Net Zero Energy Coalition
  • The Prosperity of Zero: New Frontiers of Communicating High Performance - Richard Willingham, motum b2b

 3:45 – 4:15 PM - Recharge Break at Supplier Expo [Supplier Expo - Baron's A-B-C][ALL]

 4:15 – 5:30 PM - PLENARY SESSION IV [Baron's D][ALL]

  • Regulatory Action for Energy & Disaster Performance 
  • New 2018 Energy Code Results and 2012/15 Adoption - Bill Fay, Energy Efficient Codes Coalition & Alliance to Save Energy/Bcap
  • Resilient Building Code Mandates for Texas Gulf Counties - Tim Von Kennel, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors

 6:30 – 7:00 PM - Reception at Supplier Expo [Baron's A-B-C][ALL]
 7:00 – 9:45 PM - Dinner, SIPA Building Excellence Awards, SIPA Auction [Baron's D][ALL]

 Wednesday, February 22 – Day 3
 7:00 – 7:50 AM - Breakfast Buffet [Baron's E-F-G][ALL]
 7:00 – 7:50 AM - Working Breakfast ICC Code Committee [Ranger Room][Code Committee]

 8:00 – 9:00 AM - SIPA Board Election [Baron's D] 

  • Welcome comments - Jack Armstrong, SIPA
  • Introduction of SIPA Board Candidates & brief comments by each - member voting following

 9:00 – 9:30 AM - Coffee Break - Supplier Expo  [Baron's A-B-C][ALL]
 9:30 – 11:45 AM - Manufacturer Committee and Platinum/Gold Sponsor Comments [Baron's D] 
 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM - Lunch [Pecan Terrace (weather permitting) or Baron's E-F-G][ALL]
 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM - Dessert/Coffee Break - Supplier Expo [Baron's A-B-C][ALL]
 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Technical Committee [Baron's D] 
 1:15 PM  – 2:15 PM - Supplier Expo breakdown [Baron's A-B-C][ALL] 
  2:15 – 2:30 PM - Refreshment Break [Outside of Baron's D]
  2:30 – 3:30 PM - SIPA Marketing Committee [Baron's D] 
  3:45 – 7:00 PM - SIPA Board Meeting and dinner [Ranger Room and Riversong 2nd FL Porch][Board of Directors]
  7:00 PM  - Dinner on your own in networking groups [ALL]


Event SIPA Registration

Click on the "Register" tab above


Event Sponsorship Opportunities 

   Check out the SIPA Annual Meeting 2017 Sponsor's Brochure (pdf file)


Current Sponsors:





Collaboration Sponsors












































SIPA Annual Meeting Welcome Reception Sponsor
Special Thanks to Tamarack Grove

SIPA Annual Meeting Tuesday Lunch Sponsor
Special Thanks to Tolko


SIPA Annual Meeting Golf tournament Sponsor
Special Thanks to SIP-SEAL


Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road
Lost Pines, Texas, USA, 78612
Tel: +1 512-308-1234

Note: Rooms are not included with your SIPA registration.  Be aware of a working scam with individuals calling SIPA members and claiming to be with the Lost Pines Resort requesting credit card information to hold a reservation, no one from the hotel will call our members.

To make your reservation please contact the Lost Pines Wilderness Resort by phone at 512-308-1234 and identify yourself as a SIPA participant.  Or, Click on the "Reserve Hotel" tab above or click on the link below to reserve your hotel room(s) via the SIPA specific reservations page:

 To go to the on-line hotel room reservation site  

Group rate for standard king is $184.00 per night for the contract period ... rooms reserved outside the SIPA contract period (3 days prior to and 3 days after Feb 20 - Feb 22) maybe charged at the hotel's standard rates.

Note: Reservations must be made before Jan 20th to guarantee the group rate pricing, once the room block is full room prices may increase significantly.

A $29/night resort fee will be added which provides unlimited access to free wifi, amenities, 2 bottles of water per day, StayFit Fitness Center, Self-Parking, Outdoor Swimming Pools, Intra-Hotel Shuttle Service, Bicycle Rental, Shuttle Service into Bastrop (based on availability), Local / 800 Calls, Incoming and Outgoing Faxes, Golf Bag Storage, Washer/Dryer (1300 Wing and 1600 Wing), Variety of Recreational and Cultural Activities, Daily S’more’s Offerings, Frisbee Golf, Horseshoe and Washer Pit, Basketball, Playground, Tetherball, Tennis Courts, and the use of Spa Django Facilities.  There are also state taxes of 13.75%.

There is no free airport to hotel shuttle service, please arrange for your personal transport to the hotel:

Taxi fare is in the $40.00 - $50.00 range.
To/From Austin Bergstrom Airport (approx 20 miles/30 minutes): Exit airport, follow Hwy 71 East for approx 13 miles.  Entrance to resort is immediate next left AFTER traffic light at Pope Bend Rd.  Turn left onto main drive and follow three mile drive to the lobby entrance.

Large groups can arrange a Super Shuttle to the hotel (24 hours a day) for $20.00-$30.00 per person.
At the airport, follow the signs from the baggage claim area to the Super Shuttle ticket counter located near baggage carousel one. You can purchase your shuttle ticket there.  Advance reservations via Super Shuttle are also available. You may also schedule your return shuttle reservation at the Super Shuttle ticket counter.
Cost (per person): Varies. Call for specific pricing. Cash or any major credit card accepted.
Reservations: 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826). 24-hour advance notice is recommended for trips from the hotel to the airport.


Member $625.00 (additional members $540.00)
Non-member $750.00 (additional non-members $705.00 each)
Attending spouse for both members and non-members $295.00 (includes all organized meals)

Note: the above pricing is good until January 1, 2017.  Reservations after that date will incurr a 10% additional upcharge.

Golf fees: $145.00 (plus club rental - Callaway XR rental sets which includes two sleeves of golf balls)

Special Thanks to our golf hole competition sponors:

Extreme Panel Technologies sponsors the "Longest Drive" competition


Shortest Drive


Straightest Drive

Tamarack Grove sponsors the "Closest to Pin" competition


Closest to Pin - 2nd Shot


Trap/Skeet/Target Shooting $85.00 (includes safety equipment and firearm with 25 shells)
Special THANKS to NTA for sponsoring the Trap shooting event.


SIPA Website Sponsors