WHO WE ARE

With more than a decade of experience in our industry, Confluence Communications helps to connect people, place, and planet by serving businesses involved in energy and environmental construction (green building).

WHAT WE DO

We create specialized outreach and communications strategies, plans, events, and materials to showcase and promote the sustainability, integrity, and performance of our clients’ programs, products, and services.

WHO WE SERVE

Our clients are organizations who strive to improve our world through outreach, education, and research activities focused on sustainability, energy, and the environment.

FEATURED PROJECTS

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S BUILDERS CHALLENGE

Full Service Marketing Communications Support

For more than two years, Confluence was part of the team responsible for managing and implementing the DOE’s Builders Challenge Program. We provided outreach strategy and planning support, marketing material development, public relations, website management, and editorial services to a team of federal employees, contractors, national laboratories, and industry partners.

CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS CENTER

Solutions Center Webinar Management and Administration

Operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in conjunction with guidance from the Clean Energy Ministerial, the U.N., and their partners and stakeholders, the Clean Energy Solutions Center offers live, free webinar trainings to a global audience a regarding clean energy solutions policies. Confluence has been asked to manage the operation and reporting of these webinars which have audiences ranging from 15 to 500 attendees.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S BUILDING AMERICA TRANSACTION PROCESS SUMMIT

Stakeholder Management and Event Support

As part of the Building America Research Alliance’s work to connect the technical research results of the U.S. DOE’s Building America program with the market, Confluence provided support to the Building America Transaction Process Summit. Our work with NREL, DOE, and Energetics Incorporated brought together 50 industry and government leaders focused on improving the adoption of energy efficiency in residential construction. The focus of this meeting was barriers to success and opportunities in the residential valuation process. Confluence also supported agenda development, meeting logistics, and securing a location and food and beverage sponsors.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S BUILDING AMERICA PROGRAM OUTREACH

Outreach

Confluence has worked extensively to provide outreach support to the Building America program, using our extensive resource of media partners and public relations experience. The efforts have resulted in successful media partnerships and a variety of published articles.

BUILDING MEDIA

Weatherization Training

Weatherizing America’s more than 115 million existing homes is a critical part of reducing our nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthier living environments for people. Recognizing this, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) allocated funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to significantly improve the performance of qualified low-income homes. Confluence Communications was proud to contribute to this process.

The State of Tennessee’s Higher Education Authority was provided funds through the 2009 ARRA funds to establish an aggressive training program specifically to support the Tennessee Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This program helps low-income households reduce energy costs by providing assistance to weatherize their homes.

Confluence Communications was charged with creating a full training curriculum that covered all aspects of the weatherization process, from the basics of building science to advanced building diagnostics. With only a 100-day deadline to meet, the project included over 35 individual training videos, study guides, and assessments.

For more information on this cool project, check out this example of the training material we prepared.

HANLEY WOOD UNIVERSITY

Content Creation and Production

Working with Hanley Wood University, Confluence Communications produces training curricula and course development for American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System. Confluence Communications provides full service and high quality content creation and production of a wide variety of online courses based on specific building products, typically those with a “green” or sustainable aspect. The courses are taken by architects seeking to earn continuing education credits as well as builders and other industry professionals looking for information on new materials available in an ever changing market.

“Confluence Communications has been easy to work with from day one. They have successfully taken on many projects working directly with my clients as if they were part of my full-time staff. I’m always pleased with their quality of work, professionalism, and reliability. When there is more work than my staff can handle, I turn to the team at Confluence Communications knowing that I’ll receive the same effort from them as I do from my own employees. They have taken on several different types of projects for me since 2010 I’ve been pleased with the results every time.”

Lisa Pierce, LEED AP BD+C

Director, Education and Training

Hanley Wood University

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY (NREL)

Communications Support

Communications support services in support of NREL and their clients at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including:

  • Residential Buildings Program – full service meeting and event design, development, and management for the Building America Meeting Series
  • Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals initiative – writing, editing, material development, and outreach services in support of the intiative

 

Learn more about these and our other cool projects

Learn more about what Building America is and the great things it offers

Learn more about home performance contracting and what it means to builders and occupants