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John Ahearn is a Program Manager for NYSERDA's Residential Energy Services. He is respsonsible for the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and low-income EmPower New York programs that together delivered energy efficinency upgrades to over 16,000 households in the past year. John also manages the Residential Revolving Loan Fund which was launched in Novemebr 2010. Since then over 2,000 loans have been issued totaling over $19.3 million with an additional 1,000 loans approved and pending completion. He has been with NYSERDA for over seventeen years.
Building Science Specialist
An accomplished Building Science Specialist, Thomas provides technical support and training services on a variety of Fluid’s residential building science and emerging technology programs, including Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes and several heat pump water heater field studies. His experience with influential energy efficiency programs and background in construction and home performance testing lend field-level insight to his online, hands-on and classroom trainings.
Allison A. Bailes, III
Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, is the founder and owner of Energy Vanguard in Decatur, Georgia. Like many in the field of building science and green building, he is multi-faceted: His academic credentials in physics (BS, MS, MST, and PhD all in that field) give him a solid foundation in the science that underlies buildings. Having taught physics at the high school and college levels, he's adept at explaining technical concepts in a way that people new to the field can understand. In addition, he has practical, hands-on experience. He built a high-performance home out of structural insulated panels, doing much of the work himself, and ran a home performance contracting business. Numerous homes in the Atlanta area had their ducts sealed and crawl spaces encapsulated by Dr. Bailes himself. Between his first and second businesses in this field, he gained more green building experience by working as the regional manager for the EarthCraft House program in the Southeast.
What Dr. Bailes has become most known for in recent years, though, is writing the Energy Vanguard Blog. In it he covers everything from building science fundamentals to HVAC particulars to big-picture topics like energy security and peak oil. The blog has gained a wide readership in a short time and is often cited and linked to from other websites. In fact, it is the Energy Vanguard Blog that garnered Dr. Bailes an invitation to become a Green Building Advisor.
As a result of his varied experiences and abilities, Dr. Bailes is a highly respected teacher, speaker, and writer, praised for his ability to turn what often comes across as dry and technical into something fun and understandable. As one of his readers commented, "Your blog is off the chain! Your writing is technical yet easily readable, such a rare combination." He travels across North America, speaking, teaching, and leading workshops.
On the lighter side, Dr. Bailes is a juggler who can juggle 5 balls and even got married at a juggling festival. He is also trans-handed, having begun the conversion from right- to left-handed in 1995. One honor that he is particularly proud of is his inclusion in Who's Who of American Women, The Millenium Edition. (Not that that would be a bad thing, but it's not because he used to be a woman, which he never was.)
Seth R. Baldy
Home Energy Professional
I have a strong background in environmental issues. In 2004, I graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hendrix College, a small Liberal Arts school in Conway, AR. I began my career working on political campaigns, and with non-profit organizations focusing on environmental issues, and then found my way towards working in the green building industry through an internship with a local LEED consulting firm in Little Rock, AR. This gave me an important perspective on how much change can be made by creating more efficient buildings. I then joined AmeriCorps in 2009 and began working with the Clinton Foundation to weatherize residential homes in the Little Rock Area. I was hired on staff in 2011 and now hold several green building credentials: LEED GA, HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, as well as thorough Indoor Air Quality training.
Director of Government Affairs
Ms. Benner is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received an MSc with Merit in Political Theory, specializing in Anglo-American theories of distributive justice and just war theory. Ms. Benner holds a B.A. with Honors from McGill University in Montreal in Political Science and International Development Studies. She has also attended the University of Geneva to study French and the Graduate Institute of International Studies for a summer program in multilateralism in international affairs.
Prior to joining Cardenas Partners, Ms. Benner worked in publishing as a research assistant at Oxford University on philosopher Isaiah Berlin’s letters. She has also worked in the non-profit sector for an organization in Montreal that helped Canadians clear their criminal records.
Michael C. Brown
Michael Brown has worked with ICF International in support of ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program for over one year and has experience in energy modeling, residential energy efficiency, and technical support for utility programs across the country. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Michael A. Browne
Advanced Building Analysis, LLC
Mike is a RESNET Qualified QAD and Trainer, a NAHB Green Verifier, a PHIUS + Rater, and a LEED for Homes Green Rater*.
Mike earned a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Brown University. Previous to HERS Rating, he worked in traditional wooden boatbuilding, architectural woodworking, and CNC programming.
He is the founder of Advanced Building Analysis, LLC, an independent HERS Rating company in Massachusetts.
Mike is also president of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET accredited QA and Training Provider that specifically caters to independent HERS Raters working in Massachusetts.
In the big picture, Mike wants HERS Rating to be quick, clear and accurate and he thinks that our software should play a big part in making it so.
Ian A. Buba
MA Residential New Construction Program
Ian Buba. Is an Account Manager for ICF International where he utilizes his background in project management, building science and construction to design and implement residential new construction energy efficiency programs . Mr. Buba holds a degree from Fitchburg State University in Construction Management; an Unrestricted Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License, RESNET HERS Rater certification, and is a BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. He provides technical support to the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR Program, he is also the Primary Task Lead for both the Massachusetts Advanced Lighting and Controls Pilot (ALCP), and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) ReBuild Western Massachusetts Program.
Residential Sales Manager
RenewABILITY Energy Inc.
Rod Buchalter has been the Residential Sales Manager for RenewABILITY Energy Inc. since the fall of 2009. His primary responsibility is to manage the sales of Power-Pipes to builders in North America and liaison with local utilities. He also supports two dealer channels which includes local plumbers/HVACS and Home Depot Canada.
Rod spent 20 years with Union Gas, a large natural gas utility in Southwestern Ontario in Account Management roles working with builders, retailers and HVACS. He is a Past President and current Vice President of the Brantford Home Builders' Association and is also a Director of HRAI Brant (a local HVAC/Plumbing organization).
Rod graduated from the Business program at McMaster University in Hamilton in 1989 with a major in Marketing.
Like a typical Canadian, Rod enjoys playing and watching hockey. He has 3 teenage daughters and lives in Burlington, Ontario, which is 30 minutes west of Toronto.
From intern at Southface Energy Institute to CEO of EnergyLogic, Steve has been blessed to have worked with some of the most progressive, thoughtful and innovative people in the industry. His job is to reflect that in the fiber of EnergyLogic ensuring it continues to lead in our dynamic industry.
Director of Residential Green Building Services
Laura Capps is the Director of Residential Green Building Services at Southface. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University and a graduate degree in Building Construction and Facility Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Laura is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional for Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, LEED for Homes QAD, EarthCraft Technical Advisor, RESNET Green Rater, HERS Rater QAD, HERS Rater, Lead RRP contractor, NAHB Research Center Green Building Program Verifier and Certified Green Professional and BPI Building Analyst Professional Proctor. Laura serves as faculty for US Green Building Council, RESNET and NeighborWorks Training Institute. At Southface, Laura supports the residential green building programs through training and program development and delivery. Laura has provided technical services on hundreds of green homes and is currently working on her doctorate research at Georgia Tech.
Founder and CEO
Solid Green Systems
David Carolan has more than 25 years of experience in executive level management positions involving a variety of public and private businesses. With 12 years’ experience in construction and real estate development, his interest in green building led to the creation of Solid Green Systems (SGS).
Solid Green Systems manufactures a patented residential and commercial exterior wall and roof system made of EPS foam and light-gauge steel. Our system is faster to build, less expensive than most traditional building methods, and saves more than 50% on energy costs.
Prior to Solid Green Systems, David served as CFO and CEO for two public companies in the high-tech and financial software markets. Actively involved in the Austin community, he has served on the board of two non-profits focusing of children’s education and familial support issues. David received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.
Carl Chidlow joined Cardenas Partners in February 2009. Mr. Chidlow has spent the past 18 years working in Democratic politics and has developed and maintained extensive relationships with key staff and elected officials in the National party. In the late 1990’s Mr. Chidlow worked for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for over two years. The DSCC is the federal campaign committee responsible for candidate recruitment for US Senate candidates. During his tenure, some of his responsibilities included traveling to Capitol Hill to brief senior Senate staff on key races where the DSCC was involved. Mr. Chidlow also frequently staffed candidates and sitting US Senators during their campaign activities in Washington, DC.
Following his departure from the DSCC, Mr. Chidlow worked on high profile US Senators campaign from 1999-2002. He continued to develop and re-enforce his key contacts in the US Senate during his work on both of these campaigns.
In early 2003, Mr. Chidlow joined the Presidential campaign of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, where he served as senior staff, overseeing a team of 16 campaign professionals.
Mr. Chidlow has also served as a campaign consultant to US Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington). Senator Murray currently serves as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Urban Affairs. Mr. Chidlow has also worked for US Senator and Democratic Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
From 2005 through early 2009, Mr. Chidlow served as the Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). During his tenure, he was responsible for a staff of 21 professionals. In mid-2008, the DNC finance department merged with the Obama for President Campaign Finance team and grew to a total of 76 individuals, spread out in offices from coast to coast. Over the next 6 months, Mr. Chidlow worked closely with senior Obama campaign staff to direct an expansive fundraising operation, which ultimately raised over $300 million dollars into the DNC.
Mr. Chidlow attended Syracuse University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1991. He has served in the Army National Guard as an infantry soldier in both New York and Maryland. He lives with his wife and two children in Alexandria, Virginia.
Architectural Energy Corporation
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Brian has a background in physics & mechanical engineering, a dozen years of experience as a HERS Rater, and has been a member of the REM team at AEC since 2008. While mediocre at actual programming, he has an eerie gift for breaking REM code so bugs can be fixed before release. He also provides a User's perspective to the design process for new versions of REM.
President & CEO
Sonoran Air, Inc.
Greg Cobb is the President & CEO of Sonoran Air, Inc. Sonoran Air provides HVAC system engineering, installation and warranty services to residential new construction builders in the Southwest. The Company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. With its focus on energy efficiency, the Company has designed and installed thousands of HVAC systems for Energy Star homes. Through Mr. Cobb’s leadership, Sonoran Air has developed the capability to provide HVAC designs and installations based upon the unique solar orientation of each lot for production home builders. Sonoran Air has also developed a fresh air ventilation system to meet ASHRAE 62.2-2010 that is low-cost, energy efficient and shifts ventilation load to off-peak hours. Mr. Cobb has been a speaker at EEBA, RESNET and EPA conferences on the implementation of Energy Star v3.0 for HVAC engineers and contractors. Mr. Cobb has spent over 15 years in entrepreneurial finance as a CEO/CFO, board member, investor and advisor for public and private high-growth companies. Mr. Cobb has a JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University.
Terry A. Collins
Abaci Energy Efficiency
Terry is the CEO of Abaci Energy Efficiency, an energy efficiency consulting, certification, verification, and training organization based in Dallas, Texas. Terry is a RESNET ~ HERS Rater, Green Rater, and QAD/Rater Trainer. Also, he is a BPI ~ Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, and BPI Trainer/Proctor. And, an ICC ~ Residential Building Inspector, Energy Plans Examiner/Energy Inspector and IECC Instructor. He is also a DOE ~ ENERGY STAR Version 3 Trainer and has served on the Board of Directors of Green Built Texas since 2007. Terry has over 32 years in residential construction where he first worked for over 18 years as a builder and in middle management for national volume and custom homebuilders. Then for the past 14 years he has worked as a energy certification trainer and proctor, green building consultant, energy efficiency certification verifier for single-family and multi-family buildings, and inspector for foundation/structural engineers.
Gord Cooke, President of Building Knowledge Canada, is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. An educator, industry consultant, and presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner.
He has particular expertise in applied building science, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation, HRV/ERV’s, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields.
Gord shares his insights with passion as he advocates better building practices, and methods for improving IAQ and energy efficiency in new and existing homes. Combining solid building science and communication principles with his training and technical background, Gord’s presentations and workshops have been requested by builders, contractors, utilities, government agencies, and various builder conferences throughout North America.
Gord was an IAQ trainer with Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) and part of their International Building Technology Transfer Team. He is also a certified R-2000 and Energy Star Design Evaluator and trainer, a certified EEBA presenter for “Houses That Work” and an EEBA Board Member. He has contributed articles and columns to various publications including HPAC and Business Mechanical magazines. He was chairman of the CSA F280 Technical Committee on Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.
Bill Cooper, Mr.
Energy Efficiency Program Manager
LG&E and KU
Bill Cooper serves as an Energy Efficiency Program Manager, in the energy efficiency operations group for Louisville Gas and Electric Company, and Kentucky Utilities Company (d/b/a LG&E and KU) based in Louisville, Kentucky. These utilities provide service to over one million customers.
Bill is currently program manager for the Companies’ Energy-Saving New Homes Program—award recipient of RESNET’s 2009 Market Transformation Award, and EPA’s 2011 and 2012 “Partner of the Year” awards. He also serves as the program manager for the online and onsite Home Energy Analysis Program for the company. He sits on the HBA of Lexington’s Board of Directors, and co-chairs the steering committee for the Midwest Residential Energy Conference, a Regional RESNET Conference.
Bill has worked in utility energy efficiency program development and operations for the past 13 years. He held senior management positions in corporate new business development for 18 years. Other credits include development of the Indiana Touchstone Energy®/ENERGY STAR® New Home Program Initial Standards, and 2006 -2007 chairman of the Touchstone Energy Home Program Task Force, an advisory group to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s business committee
Emelie C. Cuppernell
Manager Provider Services
Performance Systems Development
Emelie Cuppernell has leveraged her background in physics to become an expert building scientist. Her foundation in field-based activities has honed her skills in building analysis and software modeling. Emelie has four BPI certifications, is a RESNET certified Rater, Trainer and Quality Assurance Designee, NAHB green verifier, and EPA universal refrigerant handler. She manages the HERS Provider division of Performance Systems, overseeing quality assurance for more than 70 raters.
IBS Advisors, LLC
The Managing Director of IBS Advisors, LLC, Brett has years of experience working as a Rater, Quality Assurance Designee and Rater Trainer. A past Technical Director for Texas HERO, Brett oversaw the development of the comprehensive home energy audit standard for Texas that was accredited by the RESNET Board of Directors. Brett has served on the Advanced Rater Task Force, Existing Homes Task Force, Training and Education Committee for RESNET and is the Chair of the RESNET Technical and ANSI Standards Development Committees. He currently serves on the RESNET Board of Directors as a the Secretary and Executive Committee.
Richard W. Dixon, P.E.
RESNET Standards Manager
1985 – 2012 State of Florida, Building Codes and Standards Office
Energy Code, Appliance Standards and Building Energy Rating Programs Manager
Codes and Standards Administrator, State Minimum Building Codes
Florida Building Commission, Executive Director
1973 – 1985 University of Florida, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Solar Energy and Energy Conversion Laboratory, Research Engineer
Training: Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences and Mechanics, University of Florida 1973
Work Area Specialization: Building Sciences
Richard S. Duncan
Spray Foam Coalition of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry
Rick is currently Technical Director for the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance and serves as a consultant to the Spray Foam Coalition. Prior to joining SPFA, he was the Senior Marketing Manager for Honeywell’s Spray Foam Insulation business from 2006 to 2008. From 1997 to 2006, he was the Global Program Director for CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain Insulation’s New Materials and Applications Portfolio. From 1989 to 1997 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University, MSME from Bucknell University and a BSME from the University of Maryland. Rick is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a certified BPI Building Analyst.
Energy Futures Group
Richard Faesy is a co-founder and principal of Energy Futures Group. As a Certified Energy Rater and LEED Accredited Professional, he specializes in residential buildings, technologies and markets, with a focus on whole house retrofits and energy efficient new construction. He has extensive expertise and more than 25 years experience with the design and implementation of efficiency programs targeted to those markets, as well as with building energy codes, energy efficiency labeling and disclosure requirements, green building standards and energy efficiency financing. He currently works with clients throughout the U.S.
Program Manager of Energy Initiatives
Pentair Aquatic Systems
Jeff is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on energy conservation opportunities in swimming pools. Jeff is the lead developer on energy audit software and tools to demonstrate swimming pool energy savings. Jeff leads efforts with electrical utility companies to develop demand response and incentive programs that promote energy efficient pool equipment. His professional expertise is regularly sought from municipalities and state energy organizations on energy legislation, and the development of building codes for efficient pool equipment and construction. He has over 25 years’ experience in the energy conservation field. He has extensive expertise in training and implementation programs for motors and variable speed drives with a focus on energy savings. Jeff represents Pentair on the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)-10 Pump Standards Committee, APSP-15 Pool Energy Efficiency Standards Committee, as well the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) C840 Committee for Pool Energy Efficiency. Jeff is a graduate of the US Naval Nuclear Engineering Program. He spent 6 years in the US Navy aboard submarines where he served as an electrician and nuclear reactor plant operator.
Vice President of Operations
Frank serves as Vice President of SkyeTec, having proven himself as an effective leader, garnering respect with both clients and company personnel. With a professional background as a Certified Building Contractor, RESNET Home Energy Rater, and ICC Residential Building Inspector, Frank's technical work experience includes performing structural inspections to ascertain structural integrity and Florida Building Code and International Building Code compliance, reviewing submittals for code compliance, performing Property Conditions Assessments for Distressed Assets, providing Property Inspections for real estate transactions, developing windstorm mitigation programs, and providing energy performance tests for HERS ratings. He has firsthand knowledge of building science, having owned and operated a residential building company, constructing over 50 custom homes. Frank is a graduate of Wingate University, with a Bachelors of Administration in Accounting. Frank's leadership abilities, business knowledge, and expertise in building design and construction techniques make him a valuable asset to the SkyeTec team. Frank lives in Deltona with his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Callie and Ashley.
Ken Fonorow has been a leader in the field of applied building science for over 40 years. His broad based experience as energy analyst, technical advisor and problem solver, along with his results oriented practical approach, has resulted in some of the nation’s most successful examples of energy efficient and healthy homes and developments. He works in partnership with builders and developers on projects that have resulted in national recognition such as NAHB Energy Value Awards, EPA Energy Star Builder of the Year and the SEBC Grand Aurora Award for Energy Efficiency. His diverse background includes pioneering work in the development of software for energy auditing, blower door technology, Zero Energy Homes and “Green” development and construction codes.
Ken has been President of Florida H.E.R.O., a Building Science consulting firm since 1997. He has served on the Board of Directors of RESNET and was a founding member of the FGBC (Florida Green Building Coalition), Past President of the National Energy Raters Association and as a member of Habitat for Humanity International Green Team. Locally he serves on Santa Fe Community College’s Building Construction Technology Advisory Committee and has taught continuing education classes for over 10 years. He has served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Gainesville Energy Advisory Board and as a member of the Gainesville Builders Associations Board of Directors. In addition to being a member of the DOE’s Building America team, he was a contributing member of the NAHB Research Center’s Whole House and Building Process Redesign and has helped develop the standards and specifications for the American Lung Association’s Florida Healthy Home. His work has been published in Energy Design Update, Home Energy, Home Power and Professional Builder.
Ken’s work has been recognized by the Energy Star program as “Ally of the Year” in 1999. He was responsible for the nation’s first Energy Star renovated home, townhouse development, affordable apartments, mixed use building and affordable single family home development. His work with the ICBE (International Carbon Bank & Exchange) resulted in the development of the process and procedures to quantify and report the energy savings that resulted from the implementation of a wide range of energy conserving measures. These credits were the first to be derived from a single family residence that was successfully negotiated in the U.S. His work was recognized by RESNET with the first Market Transformation Leadership Award in 2005.
Ken is a Nationally Certified RESNET Rater, a State of Florida Class 1, 2 & 3 Rater and is a Certifying agent for the Florida Green Builder Coalition and the NAHB Green Standards and Guidelines. He has also completed the National Institute of Health’s “Radon Resistant Residential Construction” course. He has presented at national RESNET, EEBA, ACI and ACEEE conferences.
Promoting environmental stewardship by rethinking how homes are constructed has led him to develop effective strategies that work within the context of specific designs and budgets to insure the comfort, health, durability, as well as, resource and energy efficiency of the buildings that we live in.
Ashley Fowler is a consultant with ICF International. Ms. Fowler has experience in building energy modeling, utility energy efficiency program planning, and residential energy efficiency policy development. Ms. Fowler has provided technical support for the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program since 2010. Ms. Fowler is a BPI certified Building Analyst.
EPA ENERGY STAR Certified Homes
Dean received his degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently the technical manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, for which he has helped support, define, and implement the technical guidelines for over a decade. He enjoys talking about building science and inspection checklists with friends, family, and program partners.
Rick Gazica has worked at ICF International in support of ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program for 3 years. His support of the ENERGY STAR program includes account management support for production builders, technical support for partner inquiries, as well as supporting the Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR program. In addition to his work with EPA, he has also supported utility funded demand side management programs as well as state funded Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs in the mid-Atlantic region.
Prior to joining ICF, Rick worked as a project manager and costing manager for NVR, the 4th largest homebuilder in America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University.
Colin L. Genge, Mr.
Colin Genge is the founder and owner of Retrotec Ltd, a Canadian company founded in 1980 that does research and design of air leakage standards and equipment. He is also the owner of Retrotec Inc, a US company founded in 1990 that is the world’s largest manufacturer of air leakage measurement systems with customers in over 60 countries.
Colin helped build and test one of the very first duct testers as part of a research contract with CMHC and Sheltair Scientific, which lead to the current widespread use of these devices. His research into the containment of gaseous fire suppressants initiated the Set to Zero control functions on gauges and the powered flow hood application.
In 2007, he researched robust testing methods that would allow high-rise buildings to be tested under virtually all weather conditions for the US Army, which lead to their protocol for the testing of large buildings. Along the way, he helped create custom software for all of these applications, which could be run manually or fully automated by a computer for up to 24 test fans.
Colin has personally tested hundreds of the world’s most exotic high-value facilities, including the Space Shuttle launch pad, military installations and the sophisticated computer rooms for international corporations and government agencies.
Colin has also been involved in a wide range of air leakage testing standards committees, either as a sitting member or a consultant. They include:
• ASTM E779 -10, US residential house leaking standard
• CGSB 149. 10, Canadian residential house leakage testing standard
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers large building testing protocol
• Air Barrier Association of America large building testing standard
• ISO 14520, Clean agent enclosure integrity testing standard
• NFPA 2001, fire protection standard
• ISO 9972, European air leakage standard
• EN13829, European air leakage standard
• ATTMA TS-1, UK air leakage testing standard
John B. Godden
President and Owner
John Godden built his first R-2000 home almost 3 decades ago and has been educating and challenging builders to raise the bar on building performance ever since then.
He is a leading rater and consultant for R-2000, ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide and LEED for Homes programs. John also co-designed ENERGY STAR for New Homes workshops for builders and city building official advisors in Ontario. He regularly delivers seminars on air-tightness, better building practices, and green sales and marketing.
John is a member of OHBA, HRAI and CaGBC, LEED Canada for Homes Technical Committee. He is the president of Clearsphere, Canadian Residential Service Network (CRESNET) and founder of the Sustainable Housing Foundation. He developed the Green Builder Challenge - a program that has engaged builders to increase the performance of their homes, (350 homes to date) with a target to reduce energy consumption by at least 50% from the IECC standard.
Mike S. Gorman
QUALIFICATIONS: Mike Gorman Rev. 1.11
Mike has been active in the Finance and Remodeling Industries for over 20 years with hands-on experience in carpentry, sales, estimating, supervision and management as well as mortgage financing relating to remodeling, new home building, weatherization and building science. His years of activity as an award-winning general contractor, with experience in building science, passive and active solar design and installation as well as wind powered electric generators provides the platform for his activities as a speaker, author, consultant, and columnist. His recently published book;
IF I SELL YOU I HAVE A JOB,
IF I SERVE YOU I CREATE A CAREER!
has filled a void in the area of sales training for professional ‘in-home’ sales people. Mike is active in the firm TechKnowledge Systems, located in Miami, FL.
Mike has attained his Certified Remodeler (CR) status from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and has help local, regional, and national offices with NARI.
During the past decade Mike has presented seminars on various topics internationally to audiences of contractors, architects, designers, realtors, insurance agents and adjusters, utility companies, building scientists and building officials. Additionally he has presented seminars and training at numerous Conferences and Industry events, as well as for clients ranging from small and large contracting firms to Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies.
Building Performance Education Manager
California Center for Sustainable Energy
Jennifer Green brings over 10 years of energy policy and program development experience to the California Center for Sustainable Energy’s Building Performance team. In her capacity as Building Performance Education Manager, she directly oversees and implements sustainable energy education and training programs for energy contractors, local and state governments and job seekers. She is currently developing a comprehensive business transition education program for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, insulation, electrical and general contractors seeking to provide “whole home” clean and safe energy upgrade approaches to consumers as part of the state’s landmark Energy Upgrade California program. Concurrently, she manages the Green Grad Education and Training Upgrade Program (GETUP) which comprises a two-week hands-on practicum in energy saving equipment and practices, a one-and-a-half week job skills classroom training and a paid internship with a local home upgrade contractor. The GETUP program is designed to provide a pathway to employment for skilled but unemployed individuals interested in green energy.
Charlie Haack is a consultant with ICF International, where he employs his educational background in building science residential energy efficiency policy development, demand side management studies, and utility energy efficiency program implementation. Mr. Haack has provided technical programmatic support for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes program since 2010. Prior to joining ICF International, Mr. Haack served as ASHRAE’s public policy intern in Washington, DC. Mr. Haack is a BPI certified Building Analyst and LEED accredited professional.
Lucas J. Hamilton
Manager, Building Science Applications
Lucas is a Physicist w/ over 25 years experience in construction and construction products manufacturing. His experiences include years of forensic building envelope diagnostics and testing, development of non-intrusive construction analysis equipment and techniques, research and development of construction materials, and he is a practitioner of a variety of building performance simulation software for the understanding of everything from moisture movement and assembly durability to energy consumption and mold growth potential. Lucas a frequent presenter of programs that span the breadth of Building Science topics.
A Better School of Building Inspection
Stan Harbuck co-authored "Energy Assessment and Improvement", a book covering the BPI, RESNET, and Wx curricula.
He has both BPI Auditor and Envelope Professional Certifications and is an AEE C.E.A. and C.E.M. He is also a Level II
Infrared Thermographer. He has worked as a paralegal in a law firm and serves on various standards committees.
Roy T. Honican, Mr.
Residential Services coordinator
Blue Grass Energy
Roy Honican has been the Residential Services coordinator at Blue Grass Energy in Nicholasville since January 2002, after a long career in the electrical and HVAC industries. In his present position, Roy is responsible for residential energy efficiency, including Energy Smart Builder and Touchstone Energy Living programs. Other industry-related actives include, Midwest Residential Energy Conference Chair, Home Builder Association of Lexington Executive Board of Directors and Touchstone Energy Residential Energy committee. Roy holds certifications as a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, a HERS Rater, a RESNET Green Rater and has a Green Advantage Residential Certification. He was named the HBAL Associate of the Year in 2010. Roy’s personal mission in life is to help people and his passion is energy efficiency.
Linda Y. Jeng
Market Development and Technical Leader
Linda Jeng is a Chemical Engineer with more than 21 years experience in the chemicals and construction industry. She is a Building science expert on insulation products, thermal and moisture performance of building envelopes, and air sealing solutions. She has been responsible for developing and launching various new building products for both commercial and residential markets, as well as led the customer technical support team for Dow Building Solutions, a division of The Dow Chemical Company.
Linda is a registered continuing education trainer with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth - Bureau of Construction Codes. She is a presenter at the 2012 RESNET conference on air sealing homes, and the U.S.A.C.E. High Performance Building Envelope Workshop. She has previously presented various topics at 2010 Michigan Community Action Association Conference, 2010 Michigan Weatherization Conference, and 2009 Michigan Code Official’s Conference. In addition to the listed official conference speaking opportunities, Linda is also the program organizer and frequent presenter for Dow building science webinars.
Engineering Department Lead
After studying integrated engineering at the University of British Columbia, specializing in fluid dynamics, Denali went to work for Retrotec where he quickly became the lead of the engineering department. He has conducted tests and training courses throughout North America, and provides high level tech support to residential and large building testers everywhere. Denali has also been the driving force behind Retrotec’s FanTestic software, which incorporates the newest editions of all relevant air leakage testing standards. Denali is also a member of the ABAA Whole Building Airtightness Committee that developed the US Army Corps of Engineers Air Leakage Test Protocol.
Affiliated International Management, LLC
Gary has been intimately involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1973. His firm, Affiliated International Management LLC, provides consulting on sustainability through their international team of affiliates. At present the focus is on water-energy-carbon footprint issues with a particular emphasis on hot water. AIM provides consulting services and training to architects, engineers, builders, contractors and homeowners on the most effective ways to achieve sustainable buildings. AIM also works with a variety of organizations to develop an effective strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of their water-energy relationship. Gary received a BA from Cornell University in 1975 with an Independent Major in Technology and Society with an emphasis on energy conservation and renewable energy.
Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program
Greg Krantz is the manager of field operations for the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program. He has designed and overseen the technical aspects of several pilot programs that require HERS ratings for existing homes. Greg has over 10 years of management experience in the homebuilding and energy efficiency industries. He is also a journalist and has written articles covering the areas of energy efficiency and real estate.
Kruger Sustainability Group
Abe Kruger is an accredited Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Green Associate, LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, BPI Building Analyst and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Trainer and Rater. He is an active member of the RESNET National Technical Committee. In 2009 he founded Kruger Sustainability Group (KSG) to provide green building training, consulting and curriculum development for colleges, companies, utilities and nonprofits. KSG is committed to strengthening and expanding the green building community through education and outreach. KSG partners with organizations to empower builders, contractors and homeowners to green their homes and work places. KSG’s curriculum is used by organizations around the country.
Abe Kruger is also the coauthor of two residential green building textbooks for Delmar/Cengage Learning. The first textbook, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, is currently available. The second book, Residential Construction Academy: Green Building, will be available early 2013.
Chief Operating Officer
Bonded Builders Warranty Group
Roger Lange, Chief Operating Officer for Bonded Builders Warranty Group is responsible for product design, development, compliance and operations for this national provider of third party backed warranties for new home builders. Roger has extensive experience in product development for several financial service products, most recently building innovative warranty programs and systems for builders, lenders and homeowners. Roger has implemented many automated processes to build efficient customer focused services,
Gamaliel joined the OptiMiser team in late 2008, transitioning from a career in the product design field. He has spent the last four years immersed in OptiMiser's unique development environment. In the process Gamaliel has shepherded OptiMiser's hybrid degree-day energy model through the HERS accreditation process, including the BESTest suite. He has also led OptiMiser's efforts to develop an automated utility calibration system, due for release in early 2013.
Teresa L. Lopez
Green Energy Money, Inc.
Ms. Lopez has implemented business modeling, green product development and green construction funding during her 25 year career in the mortgage financial industry. Her expertise in innovative financing for green construction projects affords green builders and their customers innovative, cost efficient funding.
She is a recognized authority in the sustainable financing arena. In addition to conducting seminars on the subject, she launched and facilitated pilot funding for the New Mexico Fannie Mae Energy Efficient Mortgage Program in 2004. Teresa is currently beta testing a new green appraisal valuation process in Austin, Texas. Ms. Lopez is a LEED Associate, a licensed mortgage banker, published author of "Green Energy Money" and patent holder for two green mortgage financial products.
Green Dream Group
(RESNET QAD; BPI BA/EP/HP/AC/MFBA/Installer) Corbett started the home performance diagnostics company Green Dream Group with his wife just as the Great Recession was starting, and has learned a lot from the school of hard knocks. He vividly remembers feeling stressed out and alone as technical and business challenges loomed. Corbett would really like for you to learn from his mistakes and succeed wildly in the business of home performance with the help of great mentorship and excellent training.
Corbett is the founder of Green Dream Group's Building Performance Workshop (a BPI Testing Center), and hosts the Building Performance Podcast. He also serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Energy Raters & Home Performance Professionals, and is the author of Home Performance Diagnostics: the Guide to Advanced Testing. In addition to the hundreds of high, middle, and low-income comprehensive home performance testings he has performed, Corbett has presented at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, the Center for Green Technology, Green Festival, and the National Healthy Homes Conference. In his past career, Corbett was a professional musician, and has released 5 albums to date under the name Mysteriam.
James Lyons, PE
James M. Lyons, P.E. of Newport Partners is a senior researcher in building performance research and energy efficient design. Jamie provides technical support, training, and program management to the DOE Challenge Home program. His research background has carried an emphasis on innovative HVAC systems, implementation strategies for moderate rehabs, mechanical ventilation, and moisture management. Beyond engineering/technical experience, his communications background includes co-authoring two Reports to Congress, regularly presenting to industry groups on high performance buildings and energy codes, and writing for Fine Homebuilding Magazine on residential IAQ and HVAC load-sizing in high performance homes. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, and holds a Masters of Environmental Engineering (Johns Hopkins University) and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Virginia).
Justin M. Mackovyak
Mr. Mackovyak is a HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, and Envelope Specialist as well as a licensed contractor and lifelong builder. Currently he is working with ICF International as the Quality Assurance and Field Technical Lead for the Maryland Utility-Based ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes Programs.
Director of Energy Inspection Services
Having been a trusted member of the SkyeTec team since 2004, Ryan has held the positions of Environmental Analyst, Supervisor, Regional Operations Manager, and is now the Director of SkyeTec's Energy Inspection Services. As a Nationally-Certified RESNET Home Energy Rater, Licensed Mold Assessor and a Certified Infrared Thermographer, Ryan blends his experience and expertise in applied building and energy sciences to provide valuable services to SkyeTec customers. Ryan leads by example in the area of customer service, always going above and beyond to deliver excellence and achieve client satisfaction. Ryan has helped building professionals throughout America and abroad to achieve their energy performance goals. Ryan is a graduate of The University of South Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. Ryan lives in Tampa with his wife, Alicia, and two children, Beckett and Emerson.
Mario A. Medina, PhD
University of Kansas
Mario A Medina
Dr. Medina is associate professor in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. He also has an appointment in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He joined the faculty in 1998. Dr. Medina holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialization in thermal sciences. He has extensive experience in the experimentation and modeling of building enclosure systems, including advanced insulation like radiant barriers and phase change materials. He has published over 50 technical articles in the area of building energy efficiency alone. He has written over 100 reports detailing energy conservation procedures from assessments in industrial manufacturing plants. He received an "Outstanding Service Award" from the Office of Industrial Technologies of the US DOE for work related to promoting energy conservation. Dr. Medina has been involved in the experimentation and simulation of the performance of attic radiant barriers since the late 1980's.
organic think inc
A dedicated husband and father of two wonderful, young daughters, Rob Moody is a former high school teacher and green builder who now focuses on green building, energy and weatherization training and curriculum development. Rob is a RESNET HERS Rater and Quality Assurance Designee, U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Faculty™ Member, LEED AP Homes, LEED for homes Green Rater, a member of the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group and the RESNET Education and Training Committee. He was the chair of the subcommittee to create the Combustion Safety and Work Scope exam and is currently developing 3 new weatherization credentials for RESNET. Rob has consulted for the Clinton Climate Initiative a project of the William J Clinton Foundation, YouthBuild USA for the DOE Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program, the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Building Advisor, Fine Homebuilding, Mathis Consulting, NC North Carolina Building Inspector's Association and the SC State Energy Office. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rob is a humble student of photography.
Designing and Building Our Net-Zero Home - Knowledge Gained and Lessons Learned
VandeMusser Design, PLLC
Amy is a co-founder and principal of VandeMusser Design, PLLC, founded in 2002. VandeMusser Design has been doing home energy ratings since 2006. Amy received her Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees in Architectural Engineering and an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of North Carolina, a certified HERS rater and LEED for Homes green rater, is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is currently a sitting member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee. Amy has previously held a faculty position in Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska and as a researcher in the Indoor Air Quality group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD.
US EPA - ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program
Brian Ng manages marketing and communications activities for ENERGY STAR's residential programs. Brian manages the development and implementation of national outreach and public education efforts in support of ENERGY STAR partners who promote ENERGY STAR certified new homes as well as energy efficient home improvement activities. Brian has been with the ENERGY STAR program for more than 13 years and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert Smith School of Business.
EEM Training LLC
Jason is President of EEM Training, LLC. He is a certified HERS rater who has been working hands-on with EEMs in the Atlanta area for over three years. He has been able to bridge the gap between home buyers, real estate professionals, lenders, contractors and HERS raters by developing successful procedures to streamline the entire EEM process while maximizing a home buyers’ return on investment. Recognizing the growing need for industry professionals who are trained in the nuances of the various types of EEM products, Jason has developed comprehensive training courses for all parties involved to help jump-start the EEM market nationwide.
Glenn Pease is a Technical Lead for EnergyLogic and serves as a trainer and mentor for Energy Professionals across America. He has a hand in teaching RESNET, HERS, ENERGY STAR V3 for Raters, and Google SketchUp for Raters. Glenn became a HERS Rater in 2007 and a BPI Building Analyst in 2009. Glenn’s career in the industry began at Southface Institute, where he provided technical support for homeowners and contractors in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Programs, worked as a HERS Rater in the EarthCraft House program and assisted with various training roles during BPI, RESNET Trainings, and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. At EnergyLogic, Glenn applies his strong background in technical support and quality assurance to help mentor and guide new (and even experienced) energy raters, contractors, and utility program administrators.
Technical Sales Manager
Edward Pentz is the Technical Sales Manager for CertainTeed Insulation Group with emphasis on training programs for spray foam and loose-fill insulation systems. He provides technical application and trouble shooting for in field applications of spray foam and loose fill insulation in the US and Canada.
Mr. Pentz has held several positions with CertainTeed over a remarkable 43 year career beginning as a Construction Superintendent for CertainTeed’s first central R&D center, then as a Plant Manager. During Ed’s 37 year tenure in CertainTeed Insulation R&D as an Engineer and Senior Principal Product Development Engineer, his focus was premium loose fill insulation, spray polyurethane foam and other foam products, plus automated product packaging.
Ed has been project leader for the development of CertainTeed’s market-leading InsulSafe® and its successive generations of enhancements, developing test methods , plant start up’s, field training and trouble shooting. He was project leader for OPTIMA® premium fiber glass for use in retro fit and new construction side wall applications.
Over his career Ed has garnered 9 patents, 3 patents pending, 18 patent disclosures He is a BPI certified Building Analyst & Envelope Professional, ACC American Chemistry Council SPFA Safety program trainer, and a Certified BIBs (Blown-In-Blanket) Trainer.
Ed has also provided education and hands-on training in Building Science, retrofit applications, and weatherization including mobile home installations.
Sam D. Rashkin
U.S. Department of Energy
As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program, Mr. Rashkin's primary role is leading deployment of successful building science research for new and existing homes. In his prior position, he managed the growth of ENERGY STAR for Homes from its inception in 1996 to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. In private practice, he completed over 100 energy efficient residential projects. Mr. Rashkin has recently been recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award and authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It”.
Conservation & Efficiency Specialist
David Reed is a Conservation and Efficiency Specialist for JEA’s Conservation Programs. David Reed has been working with utility conservation and efficiency programs for seven years and also has sixteen years experience in the engineering and construction fields. He spent six years working on electrical generation and distribution systems in U.S. submarine nuclear engineering plants and seven years doing custom residential work in Jacksonville. He also gained experience in embedded systems research and development and in renewable energy systems while working in the Electrical Engineering Research and Development Lab at the University of North Florida.
David graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. He is an FGBC field agent, LEED-H field agent, a Florida Class 1 Energy Rater, a Certified Energy Manager, and a BPI Building Analyst.
David P. Ruggiero
During the past decade Mr. Ruggiero has held a diverse number of positions within the energy efficiency industry. He has worked as a licensed construction supervisor, a modular home designer, a HERS rater, a LEED for Homes rater and as an energy-efficiency consultant. Presently, at ICF International, Mr. Ruggiero works as a Technical Specialist offering support to a wide range of residential new construction, renewable energy and net-zero energy programs and projects. He most recently contributed to EPAs Proposed Alternative Compliance Pathways for Existing Homes to Earn the ENERGY STAR label, and for the past three years has been the Program Manager for a Massachusetts multifamily new construction pilot.
Fourth Dimension Inc.
Maggie has more than seven years of experience using social media for business in a variety of industries such as financial, publishing, retail, and not-for-profit. Maggie's expertise includes social media strategy, creative copywriting, and analytics.
V Robert Salcido
Director of Products
Architectural Energy Corporation
Robert Salcido is a Senior Engineer with Architectural Energy Corporation (AEC), a firm specializing in sustainable design and analysis of buildings as well as energy information products. Mr. Salcido has been with AEC for 13 years and has been working in the area of energy efficiency in buildings since 1992. He has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Resources Engineering as well as a Masters in Civil Engineering. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. Mr. Salcido is the Director and Project Manager for the REM/Rate home energy rating software and REM/Design home energy analysis software. Outside of all this - he is a total goofball!!!
Director of Training
Home Energy Partners
Isaac is the founder and lead trainer at Home Energy Partners, a building performance contracting and training firm, based in Asheville, NC. He has over a decade of experience focusing specifically on the building performance industry. He provides training to HVAC contractors, energy auditors, architects, and code officials on a variety of subject matter, including BPI testing & inspection processes, Home Energy Ratings, Manual-J, S, D, and T, blower door and duct testing, airflow diagnostics, combustion testing, and NATE test prep.
Carissa L. Sawyer
Sustainability Program Manager
Carissa is the LEED for Homes and Sustainability Program Manager at EnergyLogic. She has distinguished herself as one of the USGBC’s LEED® Faculty™ by being highly trained in both green building practice and instructional methods.
She has a Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. While with EnergyLogic, she has been not only the primary interface with the USGBC for LEED for Homes but also with the NAHB’s National Green Building Program and the EPA’s WaterSense Program. She has achieved multiple certifications relevant to these activities and has worked on hundreds of green homes in the context of these programs. She answers questions regarding both energy ratings and sustainability programs for EnergyLogic Rater-Partners across the United States and abroad.
Robby Schwarz is a principle with EnergyLogic, Inc. a Colorado based energy services organization primarily serving the residential construction industry. In the early 90’s after working with a local production home builder trying to determine what of the then new green building materials could be brought into the production building environment, Robby was stung by the building science bug. He started a company BuiltWright, Inc. which merged with EnergySmiths at the beginning of 2006 to be come the largest energy rating and building consulting firm of its kind in Colorado. Today EnergyLogic works with builders of all sizes and code officials across the state to ensure that the high performance homes being built truly meet their customer’s expectations. Robby has been training on applied building science and systems integration for almost 20 years and has helped to bring EnergyLogic’s state of the art trainings and software applications to Builders, Trade Partners, Code Officials, and Raters and Auditors.
John C. Semmelhack
PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.)
John Semmelhack is the owner of Think Little (www.think-little.com) an energy efficiency and green building consulting firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia. John consulted on the first certified Passive House residence in Virginia and is currently consulting on three other Passive House projects in central Virginia. John is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) Technical Committee, and is a PHIUS Trainer for the Certified Passive House Consultant and PHIUS+ Rater training programs. He sits on the boards of the Passive House Alliance U.S. (PHAUS) and the Passive House Alliance U.S. - Capital Chapter. John is also a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, a Technical Advisor to builders in the EarthCraft House Virginia green building program, and a BPI-certified Building Analyst. He is a graduate of the Leeds School of Business (no, not that “LEED”) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Strategic Partnership Manager
ENERGY STAR Homes, EPA
Zak Shadid is the Strategic Partner Manager for the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. He has worked in a variety of roles for the program over the past 8 years. He has a background is Environmental Science and Policy and he holds a bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. .
Sean H. Shanley
Director of Project Design
Sean Shanley, Director of Project Design at WegoWise, is responsible for making multi-family energy efficiency more understandable for more people. A LEED AP-H, Green Rater, HERS Rater and QAD, Sean previously worked at EarthCraft Virginia, administering the EarthCraft House program in Virginia and overseeing the organization's administration of the LEED for Homes, Energy Star, and WaterSense programs. This involved providing quality assurance as well as training and mentoring to builders and energy efficiency professionals.
Kristen A. Simmons
Kristen Simmons is a consultant with ICF, where she develops and manages a Massachusetts multifamily energy efficiency incentive program. Ms. Simmons is an architect from Boston, Massachusetts and is one the founders of Passive House New England. Since receiving her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida, Ms Simmons has focused on residential and institutional projects which include adaptive re-use, historic preservation, and sustainable design components. Ms. Simmons is also the principal of her own firm, Kristen Simmons Architects; selected projects include the Catbird House Deep Energy Retrofit (to be completed in 2012) and Trinity Church in the City of Boston Restoration and Renovation, while at Goody Clancy, (2002-2006). She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP BC+C.
Lindsey F. Smith
Chief Operating Officer
KW Savings Co.
As COO of the KW Savings Company, Lindsey Smith oversees Help My House, a new South Carolina electric cooperative program that offers low-interest consumer loans, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements and convenient on-bill payments to qualified co-op-served homes.
A Palmetto State resident since the first grade, Lindsey has spent his career working to improve the quality of life in South Carolina, first as an award-winning television journalist, then as an educator, and now through his work with the state’s co-ops.
Lindsey counts Help My House among the most challenging and rewarding assignments of his career. It has served 130 homeowners and counting, and an economic study indicated that statewide deployment of the program could save co-op consumers millions of dollars on their electric bills, create thousands of new sustainable jobs in local communities and help avoid the release of millions of metric tons of carbon and other harmful emissions.
A 1984 University of South Carolina graduate, Lindsey is the proud father of two seniors, one in college and the other in high school. He serves on the board of the S.C. Association of Community Development Corporations and on the Energy Innovations member advisory group for the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association’s research network.
QA Designee and Office Manager of Energy Inspection Services
An integral member of the SkyeTec team since 2009, Tommy Spain has held the positions of Wind Mitigation Assistant Program Manager, Field Inspector for Weatherization Program, and is now the Manager and QA Designee of SkyeTec's Energy Inspection Services. Tommy is a Nationally-Certified RESNET Home Energy Rater, and a Certified Quality Assurance Designee. In the Weatherization program Tommy ensured proper installation of energy saving measures. Tommy is a registered Quality Assurance Designee and helped SkyeTec become a provider. Tommy uses his knowledge of energy improvements to help educate building professionals on what they can do to lower the energy bills of their customers. Tommy is a graduate of The University of North Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. Tommy lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Amanda, and child Emmett
Prinicpal, QAD, Lead Trainer
Building Efficiency Resources (The BER)
Eurihea Speciale is the co-principal and founder of Building Efficiency Resources, aka “The BER”, a national third-party Training and Rating Provider. He currently serves the HERS rating industry as the Vice-President of the Northeast HERS Alliance and as a Member of the RESNET Board of Directors. He also serves on the RESNET Quality Assurance Committee in the development of RESNET Standards. Eurihea’s background includes a degree in Business Administration, over 20 years of experience in the residential construction industry as the owner of a residential construction firm and licensed real estate salesperson, and over four years’ experience in the HERS rating industry as a trainer and QAD for Southface Energy Institute and The BER.
President & CEO
TruTech Tools, LTD
BSME & MSME, University Of Rochester, Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania
Bill has designed and marketed a wide array of test and measurement products in the last twenty-five years. He has presented to a variety of audiences on the applications of testing and measurement instrumentation in building science, weatherization, and HVAC.
He has worked with BPI, RESNET, GAMA, AHRI, OMA, RSES, NATE, and ACCA Technical Committees, and holds three US patents.
Amber W. Stewart
Amber Stewart is a Senior Associate with ICF International. Her primary role is to support various EPA programs including ENERGY STAR's certified homes and multi-family high rise programs and the Indoor airPLUS program. Her support of these programs includes project management, marketing support for production builders, and sales training.
Prior to joining ICF in 2007, Amber was employed in the home building industry in sales and marketing positions for Toll Brothers and Lennar Homes. Amber earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management and Master’s degree in Housing at Virginia Tech.
Dennis J. Stroer
Dennis Stroer has held a Certified Class A HVAC contractor license since 1974. He owned and managed his own air conditioning contracting company from 1976 until 1998. He currently is President & owner of Calcs Plus a Building Performance Consulting company in Venice Florida. He is certified by the State of Florida as a Class 1 Residential Energy Rater, a New Commercial & Public Buildings Rater and by ACCA as a Certified Manual J instructor. In addition to energy ratings he works with General Contractors on existing buildings to identify air flow problems. This work includes identifying leaks in sealed attics and duct systems, recommending changes & testing buildings for air tightness. He has worked with the Building America program through the University of Central Florida and also worked with them training weatherization contractors in Florida. He is currently working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratories as a consultant. He has several published papers written while working with the Building America program and is an approved provider for continuing education credits through the State of Florida. He is a member of RESNET board of directors and sits on their technical advisory committee, he also sits on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, South Sarasota County.
Building Performance Engineering, Inc.
Scott Suddreth received both his Bachelor’s Degree and his Master’s Degree at Appalachian State University in Industrial Technology. He focused on Renewable Energy Technologies and Building Science. Since graduating in 2000, Scott has been the Technical Director at Building Performance Engineering, Inc. in Boone, North Carolina. Scott is a Home Energy Rater and BPI-certified Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, A/C and Heat Pump Professional, and Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer. He is also a trainer and BPI proctor. Scott works on many different projects, including training and BPI testing, curriculum development, ENERGY STAR® certifications, green building certifications, energy code training, residential and commercial energy audits, home performance contracting training, green building consulting, and more.
Energy Analyst & Account Mgr
Midwest Energy, Inc.
As an Energy Analyst with Midwest Energy, a cooperative natural gas and electical utility, Greg takes a 'buck stops here' attitude with high energy costs. As a HERS rater, certified with DOE Energy Star 3.0 and former certified ICBO/ICC buildign official,he brings a well rounded understanding of building science and code background to the arena of energy conservation. He has been heavily involved with the award winning How$mart® program from its inception, continuing development and implementation. He views energy conservation as a combination of safety, comfort, conservation and sustainability issues as equal pieces of the puzzle.
Daniel A. Tempas
The Dow Chemical Company
Daniel Tempas is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Nuclear Engineering. He is currently a HERS Rater and sits on the RESNET Training Committee. He has worked for The Dow Chemical Company in the various research, product development, and service capacities in the Building Solution's Business for 30 years and is currently a Building Scientist. Tempas also worked in Dow's Computer Research group where he handled 3D computer graphics, digital video and computer based training. He is LEED Green Associate and has also been a member of ASTM, EIMA and BTECC.
Ed Thomas is Executive Director of UtilityExchange.org. The organization provides association management, strategic consultation, and tactical event production to help enhance learning and networking among energy and water utilities, government entities, and other like-minded companies and organizations. Clients include: Peak Load Management Alliance, Utility Energy Forum, Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange, Edison Electric Institute and the Electric & Gas Industries Association. Ed serves on the Boards of the Home Performance Resource Center and Electric & Gas Industries Association and is an adjunct professor at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.
Ed serves on the Boards of Utility Energy Forum, Home Performance Resource Center and Electric & Gas Industries Association. He has helped to implement energy efficiency finance programs nationwide. Ed has produced regional workshops for utilities in California and Colorado, as well as contractors in New York, California, Colorado, Florida, Virginia and Wyoming. Also, Ed has helped to produce over 20 Home Energy Makeover Contests nationwide.
Fourth Dimension Inc.
Dru heads our SEO efforts and brings with him many years of software and web experience. He has held lead positions with many companies, working with various technologies on projects encompassing search engine optimization, e-commerce solutions, collaboration portals and marketing tools.
Designing and Building Our Net-Zero Home - Knowledge Gained and Lessons Learned
VandeMusser Design, PLLC
Matt is a co-founder of VandeMusser Design, PLLC. Matt received his Bachelor of Architecture degree and an M.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Matt has extensive experience in the building and designing of energy-efficient homes, working previously as a construction manager for a mid-sized production home builder in Pennsylvania and as a project architect for several architectural firms around the country. He is a licensed architect in the state of North Carolina, a certified HERS rater, LEED for Homes green rater, and is also a LEED-accredited professional with respect to residential certification.
Rick von Schnier
Green Building Authority/Cloud 9 Creative Labs
As Creative Director of Cloud 9 Creative Labs, Ricks specialty is premium-quality strategic branding, corporate identity, website development, and visual solutions. The focus of his work has always been intelligent and emotion-based marketing strategies that connect in powerful ways to a targeted audience. He has led successful marketing campaigns for businesses that range from start-ups to publically traded corporations. Rick is also CEO of Green Building Authority, a HERS Green Rater and LEED for Homes Green Rater, with a hands-on understanding of the entire process of building development from design phase to sale.
Iain S. Walker
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Iain Walker is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has more than 20 years of experience as a building scientist, conducting research on energy use and indoor air quality in residential buildings. He is Executive Editor and member of the board of Home Energy magazine and is an ASHRAE fellow. He serves on standards committees for RESNET, ASHRAE and ASTM.
Daran R. Wastchak
D.R. Wastchak, LLC
Daran Wastchak is the President of D.R. Wastchak, LLC, a firm based in Tempe, Arizona which specializes in residential energy efficiency and building science consulting. He has been a key implementer of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Homes program in the Phoenix market since 1996. Daran is a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) and RESNET Board of Directors. He is currently Vice President of the RESNET Board and Chairman of the RESNET Quality Assurance Committee. He was previously Chairman of the Arizona State Energy Code Advisory Commission from 2000 to 2007.
James R. Wells, PhD.
Tremco Barrier Solutions
A graduate of the Purdue School of Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Engineering Sciences, Dr. Wells received his PhD. and taught engineering at Purdue University. During his tenure at Purdue, he received multiple recognitions for teaching excellence, including the Best Teacher Award for freshman engineering. Since leaving Purdue in 1981, he has been in industrial research and development relating to construction industries. His tenure with Owens-Corning, Koch Materials, and Tremco Barrier Solutions has provided diverse opportunities to develop both a theoretical understanding of building science, and practical understanding of the performance of building systems. His work includes roofing, insulation, the building envelope, waterproofing, and common construction practices, with a focus on moisture and energy performance and control.
Sarah H. Widder
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sarah Widder works as a Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she focuses on the application of technology, standards, and regulations to meet sustainable design, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas management goals. Some of her current projects involve researching innovative and cost-effective solutions for improving energy-efficiency in residential buildings with DOE’s Building America Program; helping DOE meet energy efficiency goals through more stringent standards for appliance energy consumption with DOE’s Appliance Standards program, and performing analysis to understand the overall sustainability impacts of energy-related choices using life cycle assessment and other sustainability assessment tools. She earned a BS in chemical engineering from the Univ. of Washington and is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Washington State University, where her dissertation focuses on the relationship of indoor air quality, ventilation, and energy efficient construction.
Dan R. Wildenhaus
Sr Building Scientist
Fluid Market Strategies
As the Sr. Building Science Specialist for Fluid Market Strategies, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Buildings. Dan has over 19 years of experience working directly for a contractor; doing energy audits, weatherization repairs, consulting and analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. Dan is currently the lead Technical Manager for Seattle’s Community Power Works for Home and Small Business programs, sits on the Boards for Home Performance Washington and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and is an instructor at South Seattle Community College where he trains tomorrows Home Performance Workforce. Dan also provides Building Science consultation, training and presentation services as the Technical Manager for Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes.