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Vice President - Program Development
Ben Adams leads program design, start-up and ongoing development of state and utility sponsored initiatives for MaGrann Associates, a residential energy engineering and consulting company based in New Jersey. Over more than 20 years his program development experience has ranged from comprehensive low income initiatives to the design and implementation of residential new construction programs for numerous states and utilities. Ben has been a Board Director of RESNET since 2003, where as Chair of the Quality Assurance committee he was instrumental in the original development of quality assurance provisions within the Home Energy Rating (HERS) standard. He was on the Board of Directors of Affordable Comfort (ACI) from 1996 to 2008, and again since 2012. He is a frequent participant in regional and national strategy sessions addressing residential energy issues. He began his career in energy efficiency program development at the New Zealand Ministry of Energy in 1982. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Drexel University and a B.S. from the University of Canterbury.
Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate
Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant
Adomatis Appraisal Service
Sandra K Adomatis, SRA is an active real estate appraiser, instructor, course developer, and consultant to North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation and General Electric. She is a national speaker on the topic of green valuation. Sandra is often quoted in media articles regarding the valuation of green buildings. She wrote the course, “Case Studies in Residential Green Buildings”, “Description of Residential Green Buildings Made Easy”, and “Residential and Commercial Valuation of Solar”, and spearheaded the development of the “Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.”
Her accomplishments include past president of the West Coast Florida Chapter Appraisal Institute, past Region X Representative and Education Liaison, demonstration report grader and served as Vice Chair of the National Education Committee of the Appraisal Institute for three years. She is a current member of the Admissions and Designation Qualification Committee (ADQC). In August 2012, Sandra received the Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr Education Award from the Education Trust Foundation of the Appraisal Institute for her contributions to the education of real estate appraisers. In July 2013, Sandra received the Appraisal Institute’s President’s Award for her contributions to the Institute.
Sr. Director, Sustainability
Jacob Atalla is Senior Director of Sustainability at KB Home. He worked on the development of KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide (EPG), which is based on the HERS Index. He established KB’s standard of having every home inspected and rated by RESNET-accredited raters. Recent projects include the introduction of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes, and building over 2,200 solar-powered homes. Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years of architectural technology and green building experience. He serves on the RESNET Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of directors of Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, the board of advisers for TecHomeBuilder, and chairs Urban Land Institute's OC/IE Sustainable Communities Initiative Council.
Indoor airPLUS Program Manager
Bob Axelrad is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Indoor Environments Division at EPA and currently managing EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label for new homes. Indoor airPLUS is a companion label available to builders of new homes that first earn the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes label and meet additional specifications designed to improve indoor air quality in new construction.
netPLUS Energy School
Session moderator and facilitator-Rich has extensive training and certifications in building science and provides builder and owner training through his company Net Plus Energy School. As an educator for the NAHB University of Housing courses for builders and remodelers, Rich is passionate about teaching the evolution of building, technology, and management systems. Rich is a Graduate Master Builder, and Certified Green Professional, PHI-Certified Passive House Consultant and HERS Rater.
Senior Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mr. Baechler is a Senior Program Manager in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He has been at PNNL since 1984 and currently manages PNNL’s support to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program and Commercial Building Partnerships. Mr. Baechler works with DOE, national laboratories, and leading building scientists to conduct research and to capture program findings in effective tools to assist the building industry and currently manages the Building America Solution Center (BASC.energy.gov). He was a panel co-leader at the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and co-chaired that conference in 2008. He is on the Board of Directors of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance.
Allison A. Bailes, III
Allison Bailes, despite being included in Who’s Who of American Women, is not a woman. He was raised by Cajuns in the swamps of south Louisiana but overcame that difficulty and went on to get four degrees (including a doctorate) in physics. He built a house out of structural insulated panels (with his bare and gloved hands), ran a home performance contracting business, and was regional manager of the EarthCraft House green building program. In 2008, he started Energy Vanguard, a HERS training provider, HERS QA provider, and BPI Test Center. He is most known, however, for publishing the Energy Vanguard Blog and writing a weekly column for Green Building Advisor. Dr. Bailes is a member of the RESNET Quality Assurance Committee and the Board of Directors for the Passive House Institute US. He sometimes puts his knowledge of projectile motion into practice as a juggler, which you may have seen him doing at a RESNET conference.
Mike Barcik is a Senior Engineer and the Director of Technical Services at the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike and his much-smarter architect wife, young daughters and dachshund live in an old bungalow in Decatur, Georgia that they are lovingly and sustainably restoring and making more efficient.
Mike is responsible for energy efficiency and energy code training throughout the southeastern US and has taught and developed materials for thousands of presentations and workshops on high performance buildings. Mike has led Southface's effort to teach HERS since 1999.
Director- High Performance Buildings Research Center
University of Missouri Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium
Matt Belcher is a nationally-recognized builder, author, trainer and consultant on the business of high performance “green” building. He has been actively involved in the construction industry for over three decades, including six years as a top building codes official in the St. Louis region.
With a career Specializing in cost effective building/retrofitting sustainable “green” homes and light commercial construction and development. He is committed to the “whole building” design approach using a portfolio of energy resources and brings that experience to his consulting and training.
Mr. Belcher is Director of the High Performance Buildings Research Center, part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia
Mr. Belcher serves on NAHB’s Board of Directors and as a Chairman of NAHB’s Green Building & Energy sub-committee also serving on NAHB’s Building Codes and Standards sub-committees.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Green Building Initiative and with the Brussels, Belgium based Active House Alliance.
He has served on ICC code development committees including the energy & water committee of the International Green Construction Code and ICC’s new Residential Energy Code Committee.
In 2008 Mr. Belcher was invited to testify on behalf of NAHB to the U.S. House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee on Climate Benefits of Improved Building Energy Efficiency.
This past May he was invited back to Capitol Hill to brief the U.S. House High Performance Buildings Caucus on the economic advantages of high performance buildings.
Laureen T. Blissard
Green Builder® Coalition
Ms. Blissard holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois and has built a successful 24-year+ practice in the design and construction of buildings, homes, and interiors. She is also a licensed architect in Illinois & Wisconsin as well as having received approval for reciprocal licensure designation in every state except California via NCARB certification (Certificate #62455). Other accreditations & certifications include RESnet Energy Rater, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP HOMES & Green Rater, and USGBC LEED® Faculty™.
Additionally, Laureen serves in the capacity of Technical Director for the Green Builder® Coalition. The Coalition is a national non-profit organization dedicated to achieving balance and harmony between the built and natural environments. It has been created as a new platform to provide a common voice for those devoted to sustainable living. Current activities include working with National USGBC and several other partners to speak on behalf of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) as well as helping to promote a baseline residential green construction code. Additionally, the organization is working in partnership in the development of a sustainable recovery handbook that considers disaster resistant construction. In her role as the technical director, Laureen provides technical advice and specifications in the construction of green homes and buildings with an emphasis on the efficiency of the thermal envelope.
Additional Certifications, Accreditations, Licenses, or Registrations:
City of Chicago Self-Certification Architect
City of Chicago Registered Energy Professional (REP)
NorthStar Comfort Systems
Jeff is the president of NorthStar Comfort Services, Inc., an insulation and energy efficiency company based in Wichita, KS. Currently in its 66th year in business, he is the third generation to run the company, which means insulation runs deep in his blood, although hopefully not literally. When he’s not at NorthStar, Jeff can be found coaching high school football, teaching the occasional class at an area university or spending time with his wife and two children.
The Appraisal Foundation
John has been the Director of Appraisal Issues for The Appraisal Foundation since October 2003. In this capacity, John serves as the Foundation’s senior staff contact regarding the work of the Appraisal Practices Board (APB), Appraisal Standards Board (ASB), and Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB). John is also responsible for managing the Foundation’s Boards support staff.
Michael C. Brown
Michael Brown has worked with ICF International in support of ENERGY STAR Certified homes program for over two years and has experience in energy modeling, residential energy efficiency, and technical support for utility programs around the country. Mr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Michael P. Burke
Conservation Services Group
Michael has served as the Program Manager for Conservation Services Group for over 3 years and is responsible for implementation of the Low-rise Residential New Construction Programs on behalf of NYSERDA. The Program promotes above-code energy efficent residentail new construction throughout New York state with roughly 25,000 homes built to ENERGY STAR specifications to date. Mike also serves on the NYS Code Council Energy Code Technical Subcommittee, the NEHERS Alliance Technical and Code Committees, and actively participates in other industry working groups. Prior to CSG Mike worked as a Project Manager for numerous commercial and residential construction firms throughout the country.
Thomas W. Butler
Sustainable Housing and Reservation Expert
Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
In his role as the Sustainable Housing and Preservation Expert at Atlanta based architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS), Tom brings over ten yen years of construction experience, and several years of building science research to the design process for affordable housing and historic preservation projects. In his previous position at Southface Energy Institute he performed field testing of ground source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters as a contributor to the National Association of Homebuilder’s Building America team. While earning a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech, Tom was a member of the school’s Solar Decathlon team. He has presented papers on building performance to the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI), and several state and local AIA conferences.
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, National Green Building Standard Accredited Verifier, NAHB Certified Green Professional and BPI Building Analyst Professional. 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 oversees the EarthCraft program.
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.
EarthCents New Home Program Manager
Since joining Georgia Power in 1981, Tim has served in various roles within the Company including Customer Service, External Affairs, Sales/Marketing and most recently Key Account Manager for the Metro Region Sales where he worked with large national key account builders.
He currently is the EarthCents New Home Program Manager responsible for the implementation of the program statewide. The EarthCents New Home program is a whole house approach to building science and promotes energy efficient building practices with builders resulting in energy and cost savings for consumers. He is a Certified Residential Energy Auditor and teaches building science to builders, realtors and Georgia Power employees
He is a resident of Fayetteville GA and has been married to Jan for almost 32 years. They have 2 children (Katye- 24, married to Jordan Taylor, and a 17 year old son- Cory who is currently a Junior at Starrs Mill High School)
Rejoy leads our Content Department and has many years of marketing experience in both B2B and B2C industries. He is responsible for setting the direction for content strategy, with an emphasis on creating original and engaging material that is on-target and memorable.
Senior Engineer, REM-breaker, & MF Green Rater
Architectural Energy Corporation
Brian Christensen has more than 20 years
of engineering experience, including the last 14 years as a HERS Rater. In addition to breaking REM/Rate repeatedly before each new release (all in the name of teamwork) and voicing loud opinions about needed features, he specializes in multifamily residential projects. In the latter role, he provides field testing, engineering support, and project management to support energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability.
He is also a certified BPI Multifamily Building Analyst as well as a LEED® for Homes™ Green Rater & Quality Assurance Designee.
Senior Vice President
Security National Mortgage (SNMC) Company
Paul has been providing innovative solutions for the mortgage industry for over 30 years in mortgage banking. His executive position at SNMC allows him to guide the company in green lending platforms and lead production and operations teams to provide quality assurance and competently underwrite and “recognize” value for high-performance homes.
VP of Construction
Mungo Homes Columbia and Greenville SC
General Profile: Thom Chumney has been in the residential construction industry since 1989. Thom joined Mungo Homes in 1998 following in his father’s footsteps, not only in the home building industry but also as a Mungo employee. Thom Chumney currently serves as Division President for Mungo Construction and is responsible for its day-to-day operations. After joining the Mungo organization as an Assistant Project Manager in 1998, Thom rose through the ranks and was ultimately asked to oversee production for Mungo Construction. Because of Thom’s superior leadership capabilities, approach to construction, solid relationships with his clients, and the enormous success of Mungo Construction, Thom assumed the role of Division President in 2008.
Thom is an active member of East Lake Community Church. He and his wife, Jamie, have two children.
Background, Experience and Skills: Thom’s commitment to quality and efficiency has brought success to Mungo Construction, which has added significantly to the bottom line of the Mungo organization at a time when the fair housing market has seen a considerable decline. In fact, gross revenue for Mungo Construction reached $21,091,660 in 2008, which accounted for 19% of the total revenue for all of the Mungo building companies.
Through Thom’s efforts, Mungo Construction has repeatedly been recognized with awards on a local, state and national level for superior design, affordability, and Green building practices. Such awards include: Two-time Business Partner of the Year by the Housing Authority of Columbia; 2008 Prism Awards for Best Affordable Housing for a Single-family Detached Home and for Best Affordable Housing for a Single-family Attached Home – both for Spring Creek at Horizon Village-- by the Charleston-Trident HBA; a merit award for Housing & Community Development by the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials for Horizon Village at Spring Creek; and a 2009 Merit Award for Rosewood Hills by the South Carolina HBA.
Thom has embraced Green building practices. A redevelopment project of the Housing Authority of Columbia, Rosewood Hills was funded by a HOPE IV Grant and constructed by Mungo Construction. Thom was instrumental in seeing that the project reach Green certification and, in the end, Rosewood Hills achieved 32 LEED Gold, 54 LEED Silver and an additional 28 LEED Certified units. Among other awards, this project was named the US Green Building Council Affordable Development of the Year in 2009, and is the first such affordable “Green” project in the country. With the Rosewood Hills project, Thom was able to dispel the attitude of many of the trade partners and vendors that Green building is not economically feasible, except for the well-to-do. Thom proved that sustainability and energy-efficiency are reasonable and affordable.
Professional Licenses / Affiliations: Thom is a licensed home builder, a Certified Master Builder, a Certified Green Professional, a LEED® AP Homes, a member of the Green Building Council, a member of the Home Builders Association in Columbia. Thom speaks regularly on affordable green building practices, both locally and state-wide.
Education: Degree in Business Administration, University of South Carolina.
Danna G. Clary, Mrs
Danna is a Graduate of The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. She has worked for Georgia Power since 2002. Most recently in her role in Marketing Communication she supports the Energy Efficiency, and Marketing and Sales Organizations. She oversees media strategy and advertising for rebate programs for numerous electric end use products, as well as, for the Georgia Power EarthCents New Home Program.
L. Terry Clausing, P.E.
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Mr. Clausing currently serves as the Vice President for the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and also chairs the RESNET Enclosures technical subcommittee. He is the owner of Drysdale & Associates, Inc., with over 30 years experience in spectral and thermal analysis. Mr Clausing is an ASNT certified NDT Level III subject matter expert in infrared temperature measurement and thermal imaging analysis. He also serves as an officer for the ASTM E07 committee for nondestructive testing and chairs subcommittee E07.10 for Specialized NDT Methods.
President & CEO
Greg Cobb is the President & CEO of iEngineer, LLC and Sonoran Air, Inc. iEngineer provides HVAC design & engineering throughout the U.S. Sonoran Air provides HVAC system installation to residential new construction builders in the Southwest. Both companies are headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. With a focus on energy efficiency, iEngineer and Sonoran Air have designed and installed thousands of HVAC systems for Energy Star homes. Through Mr. Cobb’s leadership, iEngineer has developed the capability to provide HVAC designs based upon the unique options and solar orientation of each lot for production home builders. Cobb 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. He is a board member of the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance and a member of the Advanced Energy HVAC Advisory Board. Mr. Cobb has spent over 18 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, as well as a B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University.
Green Builder Coalition
Mike is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the Green Builder Coalition, a national non-profit membership organization. He engages in national and state-level advocacy, and produces & co-authors a quarterly research report, bi-monthly newsletter and members-only monthly industry snapshot. Mike is also responsible for two dedicated pages of content in each issue of Green Builder Magazine. Finally, Mike spearheads business development and membership growth for the Coalition.
The Green Builder® Coalition is a not-for-profit association dedicated to amplifying the voice of green builders and professionals to drive advocacy and education for more sustainable home building practices.
Instructor and Consultant
The Snell Group
Ron has been part of The Snell Group team since July 2003 as a lead instructor for Level I and II courses as well as several advanced specialty courses. He holds a certificate for ASNT PdM Level III.
Ron began his career in industry as a journeyman millwright with Guide Division of General Motors in Anderson, Indiana. In 1988, he received certification from the GM Health & Safety Training Center in Detroit in Train-the-Trainer program. He developed on-site comprehensive employee safety schools that included rigging, confined space entry, overhead crane-safety and inspection, lockout, manlift, and robotics-robotics safety to meet OSHA standards. In addition, he was a member of the plant fire brigade and a local CPR trainer for the Red Cross. Beginning in 1992 he was active in various Predictive Maintenance programs at General Motors.
Ron has received certification in Thermography, Predictive Maintenance, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Vibration Analysis, Airborne Ultrasound, Electric Motor Diagnostics, Laser Alignment, and MasterTrend(tm) Database Creation. Along with his college education in Industrial Technology, he has over thirty years of experience in industrial maintenance for automotive assembly, heavy manufacturing, and the pulp and paper industries. He has written and published professional papers and conducted many seminars, trade show presentations, and helped establish certification programs.
For fun Ron has been active as a judge in the Missouri area schools for the Robotics Challenge. He has also participated in numerous educational trade shows to encourage students to get involved and to enjoy industrial technology. Ron is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Purdue University, Department of Industrial Technology
Ron teaches a wide range of classes for The Snell Group, including Level I, Level II, Electrical Specialty, Mechanical Specialty and IR for Weatherization and Energy Audits.
Manager of Provider Services
Performance Systems Development
Emelie Cuppernell is a Manager and the QA Designee at Performance Systems Development. Emelie has leveraged her background in physics to become an expert building scientist. In her 9 years of auditing, rating, and consulting experience, she has analyzed and improved hundreds of buildings (single family, multifamily, new and existing). As a certified EPA Universal Refrigerant handler, she conducted a two-year study of cooling systems in New England, including data monitoring, performance testing and modeling in 80 homes. At PSD, an Accredited HERS Provider, Training Provider, and Sampling Provider, Emelie supports 70 raters in 15 states, participating in EPA ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, FirstEnergy, NYSERDA, LIPA, and other state specific programs. She oversees rater education, training, communication, software and modeling support, and delivers ENERGY STAR 3.0, EnergySmart Builder, and HERS rater training
Wes Davis serves as the Vice President of the ACCA Quality Assured Programs supervising the accreditation of contractors and verifiers as well as recognition for HVAC systems and home performance improvements. Wes serves on technical committees for the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and the Residential Energy Network. He has almost 20 years’ experience in the HVAC industry. He was a licensed HVAC contractor in South Carolina, wrote Bob’s House, and served as committee secretary on four ANSI-recognized standards.
Michael C. DeWein
NY Regional Manager
As IBTS’ New York Regional Manager for Energy and Development, Mr. DeWein leads management and business development operations in his region, guiding projects ranging from Home Performance QA monitoring to Community Energy Management. A 30-year veteran of the energy-efficiency industry with service in 35 states and abroad, Mr. DeWein is nationally recognized for combining his deep technical knowledge with sustainable, practical applications. He has developed New York State energy codes and standards, and provided outreach, project management, and agency-wide presentation development and training. Among his many accomplishments in technical areas as well as policy development, he has managed the State Facilities, Commissioning and Renewables initiatives, and also helped develop the NYSTAR program, the first Home Energy Rating System program for builders in New York. He has built his expertise from the ground up – as a home builder and an alternative energy retailer and installer in both Massachusetts and New York, and as manager of the Cornell Energy Systems manufacturing and distribution businesses.
Senior Account Manager
Conservation Services Group, Inc.
Lisa Diffenback is a Senior Account Manager with Conservation Services Group, Inc., where she works with the implementation team for NYSERDA’s Low-rise Residential New Construction Program in providing outreach, program services and sales training. Previously she led the MLS Energy Project, a project to establish energy efficiency categories on multiple listing services across New York State. Lisa has over twenty years’ experience in real estate and contract management for public authorities, private owners, and multiple stakeholders in New York and New Jersey.
Brett M. Dillon
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 4th generation builder, he built energy efficient, affordable housing, finishing his career as the Construction Director of the Chattanooga Habitat for Humanity affiliate, earning one of 16 international awards given for energy efficiency.
Doug is CEO of Interplay Learning. Interplay develops complete digital learning and testing products in professional trades and other related industries. He brings a commitment to delivering industry-leading learning and testing solutions to Interplay's partner companies. His background includes launching two software and one recreational services company.
A proud Wahoo, he holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Richard S. Duncan, Ph.D., P.E.
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
Rick is currently Technical Director for the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. 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 and a BSME from the University of Maryland. Rick is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a certified BPI Building Analyst.
Skye Dunning, Suffix
Building Performance Specialists
Skye Dunning founded Building Performance Specialists, a building performance contracting and energy rating company, in 2003 in Wilmington, NC.
Skye served on the board of directors of the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance (CFGBA) from it’s inception in 2005 through 2008, and was chairperson for 2007 & 2008.
Skye is a past trainer & proctor for BPI certifications and regularly presents on building performance topics at national and regional building science conferences, green building organizations, and industry groups such as home builders, home inspectors, AIA, etc. Skye’s presentation style is relaxed and informal which results in lively audience participation and discussion.
Retrofit Solutions Specialist
The Dow Chemical Company
Matt has been part of the Dow Building Solutions Customer Service Technical Support Team, supporting spray product applications for both Residential and Retrofit markets and currently is a Retrofit Specialist for the California Market.
William D. Fay
Energy Efficient Codes Coalition
Over 35 years in Washington DC, William Fay has led seven broad-based national issue campaigns that coordinate lobbying, media, communications, and grassroots advocacy, both independently and as Sr. Vice President for America’s largest public relations firm. Currently leads broad-based based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC), which has united a broad base of supporters from government, manufacturers, regional energy efficiency networks, environmental and consumer groups, utilities, labor, and businesses to advance the development and adoption of building energy codes that put America on a glide-path of dynamic efficiency gains. Since its inception in 2007, EECC has led campaigns that have helped boost the efficiency of the International Energy Conservation Code by 32% and has worked with local and state jurisdictions and elected officials in support of the adoption of those codes.
Fay has a strong background in energy, environment, tax, transportation, & natural resource policy/regulation and served as legislative director for US Senators and Representatives who served on Senate Appropriations, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment & Public Works, and Finance Committees and the House Energy & Commerce, Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources and Agriculture Committees. In addition, he has testified before 11 congressional committees, has worked for the Idaho Legislature, has degrees in accounting and political science, and successfully completed the Uniform Certified Public Accountants examination.
Patrick G. Fitzgerald
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Patrick Fitzgerald is a Project Manager in the Residential Energy Services (RES) group, having joined NYSERDA in 2002. Patrick is currently responsible for program development and project management of NYSERDA’s Low-rise Residential New Construction Programs (LRNCP), offering technical support and financial incentives to secure higher energy and building performance for both ground-up new construction and gut rehabilitation projects. Previous responsibilities have included the early development and project management of NYSERDA’s Multifamily Building Performance Program (MPP), inclusive of multifamily Quality Assurance and workforce development efforts. Related credentials include achievement of BPI’s MFBA Professional certification, AEE’s DGCP, and LEED AP. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Patrick worked in the commercial and multifamily residential construction industry for more than twenty years, managing ~ $150 million in projects.
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Peter J. Fusaro
Preferred Builders Inc.
Founder and President of Preferred Builders Inc. and Vice President of Green Built Connecticut, located in Old Greenwich CT, He is no stranger to the building industry where he has been building for the past 29 years throughout Fairfield County.
Preferred Builders Inc. Is a High Performance building contractor specializing in spec homes, custom homes, additions and retrofits.
His 2013 project "The Performance House” was recognized for several Awards. Including the U.S. Department of Energy as the DOE Challenge Home, Grand Winner for Custom Builder, NAHBGreen Award for Project of the Year Single-Family Custom Category, CT Zero Energy Challenge Award, HOBI Award for Best Green Energy Efficient Home Overall and CTGBC Residential Award of Merit.
Peter served as past President for the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County (HBRA) He also serves on the State Home Builders Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBACT) Executive Board of Directors, State Chairman of Green Home’s Council, Government Affairs Committee. In addition he has served on the Task Group for version 2 of the 2012 National Green Building Standard.
Peter is a Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified aging in place specialists (CAPS), Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) Graduate Master Builder(GMB) Master Certified Green Professional (MCGP) from the National Association Home Builders. He is one of Connecticut's first Accredited Verifiers for the (NGBP) National Green Building Program. Peter is also a Certified HERS Rater, (BPI) Building Envelope Professional,(BPI) Building Analyst Professional and a Certified Thermal Infrared Thermography. In addition he is a Teaching Instructor for (NAHB) Green Building for Building Professionals and Advanced Green Building: Building Science Courses.
Dean T. Gamble
EPA ENERGY STAR Homes
Dean received his degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001. 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. With nearly 1.5 million homes certified to date, the ENERGY STAR Homes program is the nation’s largest voluntary residential market transformation program, delivering to consumers cost-effective energy-efficient homes while improving their durability, comfort, and quality.
Rick Gazica is a Senior Associate with ICF International. He is currently the program manager for SMECO, Pepco, and Delmarva utiilities ENERGY STAR for New Homes program, as well as the is the deputy program manager for the BGE and Potomac Edison ENERGY STAR for New Homes programs, all in the state of Maryland. In addition to his work with the Maryland utilities, he also supports the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program for the EPA, developing technical trainings and leading outreach to the top 25 production builders nationally. Prior to working at ICF, he was a project manager and costing manager for NVHomes, the parent company of NVR. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University.
Colin Genge is CEO of Retrotec, a Washington State based company that has been designing, selling and training users of blower door-fans, precision pressure gauges and analytical software since 1980. He has made major contributions to door-fan energy standards such as US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Canada’s CGSB 149 as well as fire suppression standards such as NFPA 2001 and ISO14520 for the containment of clean agent fire suppressants in protected rooms and buildings. While developing fire testing procedures that are currently used in over 60 countries, innovative testing methods and hardware had to be developed.
Colin has done considerable research on testing methods for high rise buildings and has consulted and tested hundreds of the world’s most exotic high value facilities, including the Space Shuttle launch pad, numerous military installations and the world’s most sophisticated computer rooms. Retrotec has trained and supported thousands of testers worldwide, giving them the widest possible practical experience on how rooms and buildings fail containment guidelines.
David B. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Energy Program Co-Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
David B. Goldstein has worked on energy efficiency and energy policy since the early 1970s. He currently co-directs NRDC's Energy Program.
Dr. Goldstein has been instrumental in the development of energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances that are currently in effect at the regional and national level in the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Dr. Goldstein negotiated the agreement that led to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, and has helped design energy efficiency programs with utilities and state regulatory agencies. He initiated and coordinated the dialogue that led to the adoption of tax incentives for efficient buildings in the U.S. in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He was a founding director of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and the New Buildings Institute.
David B. Goldstein received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of its Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002 and is the recipient of the California Alumni Association’s 2003 Award for Excellence in Achievement. He is also the author of “Saving Energy Growing Jobs” and “Invisible Energy.”
Washington State University Energy Program
Andrew Gordon is an energy specialist for the WSU Extension Energy Program, a RESNET rating and BOP provider in Washington State. Andrew has over two decades of experience in program management, implementation and technical assistance to the public and industry. Andrew is Washington’s lead for the Energy Star Homes Northwest program. He has worked on numerous residential energy efficiency programs, including the Northwest Energy Efficient manufactured housing program, energy code support and Building America. Andrew has authored and co-authored numerous technical publications, articles and reports on residential energy efficiency. He serves as chairman of RESNET’s Training and Education Committee.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Chris Gordon is a Program Manager with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation where he manages Efficiency Vermont’s statewide Residential New Construction program. In addition to promoting market transformation through above-code programs, Chris is involved in Vermont’s energy code update process including efforts to promote higher levels of energy code compliance.
Chris holds an MS in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont and recently completed a four-year term on the board of the Northeast Home Energy Rating Systems Alliance (NEHERS Alliance).
Residential Account Manager
I have been in the EE field for the last 5 years. The past two years as an account manager for ICF international.
My primary role is account management of residential single family and multifamily projects. A big part of my day to day includes contractor interaction, education on multifamily retrofits, implementing construction schedules, sampling protocols, modeling reviews and communication with site supers and general contractors. I am a member of the leadership board for the USGBC savannah chapter, and the Savannah Apartment Association.
Another aspect of my role is field QA/QC of whole house Multifamily / Single Family and individual improvement projects, special request field QA, mentoring, as well as client and contractor education. The mentoring component includes refreshing and verifying a newly certified BPI Building Analyst’s assessment competencies and abilities through observation of: Worst Case Draft and Combustion Safety Testing, blower door set up and testing, Health and Safety issue identification, and standard exterior/interior assessment components. The mentoring process provides onsite evaluations of these contractors to ensure their competency in performing BPI BA Assessments.
My previous experience included three years as an Auditor/ Inspector for Coastal Georgia Area
Community Action Agency’s Weatherization Assistance Program. My duties as an Auditor/ Inspector
included conducting whole house audits and inspections, test-outs, worst case draft and combustion
safety testing, blower door and duct tightness testing, health and safety issue identification, and
standard exterior/interior problems. If issues were identified during an inspection, I would photograph
and document the flaw to discuss with the technicians once I returned to the office. I also have around
17 years of construction experience in all area of the build process.
A Better School of Building Inspection
Trainer in both residential and commercial inspection for going on 15 years and for several years now energy related fields in the technical, business, and legal aspects. Author, Certified BPI Auditor and Envelope Professional, CEM, CEA, CBCP, EBCP, CMVP, Certified PV Cell Installer, EPA Certified Renovator, Member various national code committees.
VP of Environmental Affairs
C.R. Herro leads Meritage’s Energy and Innovation Program which combines design, energy efficiency, water management, sustainability, and new technologies to establish a new standard in home building that provide better comfort, healthier air, and cost less to own and operate. In the last three years, Meritage has received numerous awards, including the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award recognizing ongoing leadership.
C.R. earned a Bachelors of Science at Arizona State University in Physical and Life Science, Masters in Environmental Science from Governors State, and Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. CR is on the RESNet Standard Development Committee, Board of Directors for the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Board of Directors for the Green Chamber of Commerce, technical committee for the Leading Builders of America, and Ibacos' best practice research alliance.
Steve specializes in assessing and improving existing homes for comfort, health and energy efficiency and teaching others to do the same. He develops and instructs a variety of Southface trainings and proctors examinations for an assortment of professional certifications at Southface’s Southeastern Weatherization and Energy Efficiency (SWEET) Center. Steve also works with industry partners and certification/accreditation agencies to help ensure Southface continues to be a leader in training and sustainability.
PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
Michael Hobbs, SRA, RAA, LEED GA, President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy , a multidisciplinary, Chicago real estate appraisal and consulting firm founded in 2000. Michael has been on the cutting edge of “green valuations” and provides education and advancement of green policies in the Midwest. His specialty focus is on green, energy efficient, and net-zero residential and commercial properties.
United Infrared, Inc.
Peter Hopkins has operated a successful home inspection company since 1996 (www.inspecdoc.com) and has personally performed over 7000 property inspections. The company expanded into infrared in 2005, with the opening of SoCal Infrared (www.socalinfrared.com) and has found success in many areas of diversification including energy audits. He is the Co-Founder of United Infrared (www.UnitedInfrared.com), a national network of contract thermographers which includes application-specific training and business coaching in a multitude of applications related to thermography. Peter is a Level III Certified Thermographer, ICC Code Certified Building Inspector, Electrical Inspector and Certified HERS Energy Rater.
Peter lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.
Phone: 888-722-6447, Direct: 760-593-2339
Sustainable Building Specialist
Habitat for Humanity International
Rob Howard is a Sustainable Building Specialist with Habitat for Humanity International. He previously served as Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley from 2001-2008. Under his supervision, Habitat built over fifty ENERGY STAR certified homes through Advanced Energy’s System Vision program. They built the first Net-Zero Energy Home in North Carolina in partnership with the Appalachian State University Energy Center. They also built the winning design from the 2006 North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition.
In 2006, Rob became a certified HERS Rater and started a company called Home Energy Solutions to provide green building consulting and home performance contracting in the Piedmont and Foothills of Western North Carolina. He is also a BPI certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.
As a Master Certified Green Professional, Rob is an approved instructor for the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation courses. He taught building science as an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.
Bill Hulstrunk is the Technical Manager for National Fiber a cellulose insulation manufacturer located in Belchertown MA and is an instructor at Yestermorrow Design Build School. After earning his MA degree from SUNY at Albany in 1992, he has spent the past twenty years in the energy conservation field working with weatherization assistance programs, energy service companies, electric utilities, and the private sector. Bill is a CIMA Board Member and has served as a technical representative on the RESNET Insulation Grading Criteria and on the UL Attic Fires Research Project. He has presented nationally on the topics of: infrared evaluations, insulation performance, air sealing techniques, field application of dense pack cellulose, applied pressure diagnostics and super insulation design.
Nick Hurst supports the EPA's ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and Indoor airPLUS Programs with partner engagement and technical support. Nick is a BPI Building Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Technology concentrating in Building Science. As a former home builder, remodeler, and educator, he coordinates a team of consulting contractors that assist industry professionals in building and verifying healthier, energy-efficient homes.
Luis E. Imery
About Imery Group
We are a full-service construction, home energy performance, green program certification and real estate group specializing in infusing sustainability in every facet of the real estate cycle. We belief, that for the sake of future generation, we need to be mindful of the impact that our actions have on a social, ecological and financial
Background Info on Luis Imery
Luis Imery graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1996, and since then has worked in the Real Estate and Construction Industry in many capacities. He is bilingual, and in 2003 obtained his MBA from the Terry College of Business, with concentrations in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. By 2009, Mr. Imery began getting heavily involved in sustainability, and by now has received his HERS rater, BA with BPI, EarthCraft TA and LEED Green Associate designations, and is a LEED Green Rater in training. In addition, He holds both a General Contractor and Real Estate License in the State of Georgia. More information at www.imerygroup.com
Related Green Education
• LEED Green Rater in Training 2012
• LEED Green Associate 2011
• ENERGY STAR® 3.0 – Energy Vanguard, Atlanta, GA, 2011
• Advanced HVAC for Raters – Energy Vanguard, Atlanta, GA, 2011
• EarthCraft House Technical Advisor Training – Southface, Atlanta, GA, 2010
• EarthCraft House Builder Training – Southface, Atlanta, GA, 2010
• Building Performance Institute for HERS Raters Training – Saturn Online, 2009
• Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater Training – Saturn Online, 2009
Related Experience & Achievements:
Green Program Certification Division:
• 80 unit EarthCraft Multifamily New Construction –Braselton Court, Braselton , GA, 2013-2014
• 110 unit EarthCraft Multifamily New Construction –Heartside Sugraloaf, Braselton , GA, 2014
• 25 Coastal Village, Phase V, Brunswick, GA 2013-2014
• 20 HERS Rated Complex Oak Ride, Rome, GA 2013
• 64 unit EarthCraft Multifamily New Construction –Stratford Court, Winder, GA, 2013
• 72 unit EarthCraft Multifamily New Construction –Farmington Woods, Dawsonville, GA, 2013
• 60 unit EarthCraft House Multi-family new construction– Harristown Park, Covington, GA, 2011
• 75 unit EarthCraft House Multifamily new construction – Lakewood Hills, Athens, GA, 2011
• 45 unit EarthCraft & EarthCents Multifamily Renovation – East Ellijay, GA, 2011
• 50 unit EarthCraft House new construction project – Martinez, GA 2012
• Approximately 30 individual HERS projects (new construction and existing houses), 2010-13
• DET verification Services in multiple homes.
• 2010 Platinum EarthCraft House Project of the Year Winner
• 2011 National Association of Home Builders Green Building Awards winner.
• 2013 EarthCraft House Project of the Year Winner
Professional Licenses & Certifications
• LEED Green Rater in Training
• LEED Green Associate
• Certified HERS Rater
• BPI Building Analyst Professional
• ENERGY STAR Partner
• EarthCraft House Technical Advisor
• EnergySmart Contractor from RESNET
• General Contractor
• Real Estate Broker
• Civil Engineer
• MBA – Real Estate & Entrepreneurship
Consulting Engineer & Co-Founder
Kristof Irwin is a co-founder of Positive Energy, a building science consulting and performance testing company based in Austin Texas. Positive Energy works with projects across the country to provide support throughout the life cycle of a building; from plan review, to envelope and high-performance HVAC design, to final testing and commissioning. Kristof’s background includes 12 years of experience as a custom home builder (including deep energy retrofits and zero-net energy homes) and 14 years as a research scientist and physicist in university and government labs. Kristof holds a Masters Degree in Electrophysics and a Texas mechanical license and serves on the RESNET ANSI Standards Development Committee (SDC), the SDC Equipment Subcommittee, and Austin’s Zero Energy Capable Homes Advisory Committee. He is also a board member for AIA Austin’s Building Enclosure Council (BEC) and Austin’s chapter of the Passive House Alliance (PHAUS).
Technical Adviosr and Trainer
Ray R. Ivy is an EarthCraft Multi-Family Technical Advisor and Residential Green Building Services Trainer for Southface Energy Institute. He works with project and construction team members on design, construction, inspections and testing of multi-family projects. His training experience includes HERS, BPI, EarthCraft House, HVAC, Energy Code, ENERGY STAR, DET and Infrared Thermography instruction. Ray has over twenty years of construction management, remodeling, building science, military, consulting and sales experience across multiple industries. His experience includes successful implementations covering a wide variety of products and services including residential energy efficiency design services, commercial energy audits, sustainable custom modular and site-built home construction, storm hardening/disaster mitigation construction/consulting, solar energy design, HERS ratings, green program certifications, home performance/weatherization contracting and sustainable incentives/financing consulting.
Ray has held leadership positions with Southface, High Performance Homes, Environments for Living, Masco, D.R. Horton, Habitat for Humanity, The St. Joe Company, Haven Custom Homes and StalwartBuilt Homes.
Mr. Ivy is a LEED Accredited Professional, HERS Rater, Florida Certified Residential Contractor, Certified Commercial Energy Rater, Fortified for Safer Living (IBHS) Certifying Agent, NAHB Certified Residential Construction Superintendent, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and Level 1 Thermographer.
Linda Y. Jeng, M.A.Sc.
Market Development and Technical Serice Leader
Dow Building Solutions
Linda Jeng is a chemical engineer with more than 22 years experience in the chemical 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, in addition to leading the application support and technical service team for Dow Building Solutions. Linda is a registered continuing education trainer with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growht - Bureau of Construction Codes. She presented on the topics of energy efficiency for RESNET conferences, U.S.A.C.E. High Performance Building Envelope Workshop, and various Weatherization and Building Code Conferences. Linda is also the program organizer and frequent presenter for Dow building science continuous education webinars.
Certified National Appraisal Management Company
Michael grew up in the appraisal industry and formed Home Base AMC to fulfill the need to provide quality assurance, productive communication and service to lenders and appraisers; AMCs have been challenging to work with due to Dodd Frank regulatory changes impacting lending institutions. Michael is passionate about advancing industry standards for high-performance home valuations. He brings insights and support regarding industry standardization and education from the perspective of a third-party provider.
John C. Kane
Residential Technical Trainer
Southface Energy Institute
John Kane, from Southface Energy Institute, is a residential technical trainer. He provides technical assistance and training for builders, designers, home performance contractors, and weatherization agencies engaged in upgrading the energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and indoor air quality of existing homes. He teaches informational and certification courses related to high performance building, residential mechanical systems, construction safety, and the US EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Program. As a Building Performance Institute (BPI) proctor, John also provides quality assurance and technical services to home performance contractors accredited through BPI. John worked in commercial and residential construction management for eleven years before joining the Southface team in 2008.
Matt Keeler utilizes his market knowledge and product development experience to help existing and future clients conceptualize solutions to fulfill their needs as well as establish new communication lines between clients with shared interests.
Keeler joined Advanced Energy’s Applied Building Science team in 2008 as a building science specialist. He spent several years managing the product development team, facilitating the creation and production of new products and training materials, focusing on builder and contractor success in residential retrofit and new construction energy efficiency programs. He also helped develop several of Advanced Energy’s Success trainings.
Keeler helped develop products that focus on the practical application of building science in the field such as combustion safety field guides, the House Characterization website, ENERGY STAR® Version 3 guide books for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the process used to capture the National Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades for the U. S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Keeler was instrumental in the development of the ENERGY STAR® Marketing Assessment program, gathering valuable ground information from HERS raters used to understand how to best stimulate the marketplace in a particular area.
Director of Technical Services
Build It Green
Mr. Krantz supervises the development and implementation of Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program and professional education department. He is a green building consultant, licensed architect, and commissioning expert. Since 2011, his department has trained more than 300 real estate professionals on the fundamentals of green building, the value of a green home, energy ratings, and selling green benefits.
Jesse is the President and one of the founders of AEA. With over 14 years of experience in providing energy efficiency solutions, Jesse has a background in industrial, commercial and residential energy analysis. Jesse enjoys providing program development consulting to emerging and existing energy efficiency programs for new and existing residential markets. When not playing with his toys in the field, Jesse spends much of his time teaching classes and seminars for utilities, government agencies, contractors and consumers. Jesse enjoys physics, exercise, tech gadgets, golfing and is an avid football fan.
Kruger Sustainability Group
Abe Kruger is green building educator, verifier, and consultant. He is an accredited Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Green Associate, LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope Professional, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Trainer and Rater. He is an active member of the RESNET National Training & Education 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 in 2014.
Jason La Fleur
Jason La Fleur works as a building scientist with Eco Achievers, a firm devoted to education and support for efficient green homes. At Eco Achievers, he directs education programs and helps project teams throughout the upper Midwest build third-party verified green homes that meet LEED and ENERGY STAR standards.
Additionally, he chairs the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois chapter’s Residential Green Building committee. Jason speaks frequently on residential green building, and was the 2010 recipient of the USGBC Illinois chapter’s “Green Speak” Award and 2013 Chapter Leader Award.
Jason is currently an instructor for the Appraisal Institute’s green building courses, and LEED Faculty member, and credentialed LEED for Homes Green Rater, NGBS Green Verifier and is preparing to take the RESNET exam.
VP & General Manager
Bonded Builders Warranty Group
Roger Lange, VP & General Manager 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 for builders and their homebuyers. Roger led the development of the BBWG's Residential Energy Guarantee product which provides a financial guarantee behind the energy usage estimates of the HERS Index on a new home.
EarthCraft Technical Services Manager
Scott Lee is presently serving as Manager of EarthCraft Technical Services and Southface’s Affordable Housing Initiative. Fulfilling these roles at Southface has Scott working with sustainability professionals, contractors, developers, architects, and policy makers as they “weight out” which sustainable building practices are most appropriate for their projects and also how to most effectively implement these strategies.
Scott has been a featured speaker for multiple organizations both regionally and nationally, including the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Enterprise Foundation, Housing Assistance Council, Local Initiative Support Coalition, Habitat for Humanity International and HUD. He is also an active skilled supervisor volunteer with the Atlanta Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity assisting volunteers with the implementation of sustainable building practices. This continued experience keeps reminding Scott of the importance of installers understanding the “why behind the what”, because even unskilled labor can get it done correctly after being informed of the importance of their role in building a home.
Ted M. Leopkey
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ted Leopkey is an Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Climate Protection Partnership Division. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a BS Mechanical Engineering and from The George Washington University with a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Management. Ted currently manages the Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) program for the ENERGY STAR Residential Branch.
Brennan D. Less
Senior Research Associate
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Brennan Less works in the Residential Building Systems group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he conducts research on residential energy retrofits, ventilation, and indoor air quality. He has a MS Architecture/Building Science degree from the UC Berkeley, and he has been building, testing or researching high performance homes for the past seven years.
Brian W. Lieburn
Residentail Applications Development Leader
Dow Building Solutions
B.S. degree in Industrial Education at University of Wisconsin - Stout
Brian Lieburn joined The Dow Chemical Company in 2010. The majority of his professional career was spent in production home building at Sovereign Development Corporation and Dominion Homes in Ohio and North Carolina. He worked as a construction superintendent and estimator. From 1995-2010 he served as Senior Vice President overseeing construction, design, purchasing, estimating and service departments for Sovereign Development Corporation.
He began his work at Dow in building code advocacy in the U.S. and Canada specializing in structural, moisture and fire related issues. His work at Dow currently centers on new product and application development. He is affiliated with several building code organizations & standards committees. He has authored external publications and has made numerous presentations to Homebuilder Associations, Realtors and Code Official Associations among others.
Fi-Foil Company, Inc.
William A. Lippy Bio
Bill Lippy is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Fi-Foil Company, Inc. and has over 20 years experience in the energy efficiency and solar energy industries. Mr. Lippy has an equity position with Fi-Foil Company, Inc. which is a Florida based manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of high performance reflective insulation and radiant barriers for residential, commercial, and agricultural applications.
Mr. Lippy’s experience in the solar industry included owning and operating a solar contractor business; technical sales & support for a national solar energy distributor, and a consultant to a utility for the development of a solar domestic hot water program.
Mr. Lippy has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. He is a member of Rotary International, a Board Member and Past President for the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association and has a Master’s Certification in Building Science with Masco’s Environments for Living.
Bill enjoys golf, gardening, international travel and playing music. He is married to Laurel Renfroe (22 Years) and lives in Lakeland, Florida.
Teresa has been working for over a decade to provide financial solutions for the green building market. She has assembled a leading team and co-developed a Green Appraiser Curriculum – providing training for appraisal industry and lender community. Teresa has offered green initiative training program to underwriters, loan officers and appraisers in several states. Appraisal training is critical, but without lenders accepting the valuations and being able to interpret the quantified building science data, we can’t advance high-performance building.
Douglas Loren Rives
Certified SRA Texas Appraiser
Doug has been instrumental in facilitating GEM’s Beta Green Appraisal program in Austin, Texas. His support has led to the development of “standardized” appraisal methods for high performance, energy efficient construction and retrofits. Currently Mr. Rives is owner of Rives Valuation Services, an Austin, Texas company established in 2003. Doug’s expertise encompasses construction, project development and valuation that has spanned nearly two decades. He has completed over 10,000 assignments while maintaining a reputation for excellence in valuation.
the Building Performance Workshop
Corbett is the founder of Green Dream Group's Building Performance Workshop, and hosts the Building Performance Podcast, which features interviews with the superstars of the building performance industry. He is the author of Home Performance Diagnostics: the Guide to Advanced Testing, and the developer of the APT Reports software tool. Corbett also serves as Executive Director of the non-profit Illinois Association of Energy Raters & Home Performance Professionals.
Most well-known nationally for the high-quality technical videos his company produces (www.youtube.com/greendreamgroup), Corbett has also led performance analyses on hundreds of high, middle, and low-income homes. Corbett has presented at conferences including Better Buildings: Better Business, National Healthy Homes, the RESNET, Affordable Comfort (ACI), ACCA, and EEBA Conferences, and Green Festival.
James Lyons, PE
Jamie Lyons, P.E. of Newport Partners is a senior analyst in building performance research and energy efficient design. He supports DOE Challenge Home with technical direction and program management, and also works with manufacturers, builders, utilities, and states on energy efficiency, energy codes, and innovative building products/systems.
VP, Services to Energy Businesses
Performance Systems Development
Ethan has a 30-year background as a builder, software developer and energy professional. Within PSD's Program Services division, he delivers quality software, training and efficiency solutions to home performance contractors and energy raters. He holds several BPI and RESNET certifications, and is PSD's lead trainer for residential building science and software. Ethan is a founding Director of the Northeast HERS Alliance and sits on the RESNET Quality Assurance Committee. He is a regular presenter at ACI and RESNET conferences. Prior to joining Performance Systems Development, he built custom homes in the Northeast, and recently completed his own high-performance home.
Darren M. Maguire
Director of Operations
Southeast Energy Assistance
Darren Maguire is an accomplished Construction Professional with extensive experience in operations, vendor relations, project, finance and staff management within the Residential, Commercial and Multi-Family sectors. Darren has been active in various types of construction for over 25 years after attending UNC Wilmington while serving as in the United States Marine Corps.
Licensed in the State of Georgia as a General Contractor, Darren also holds certifications from EarthCraft, the Building Performance Institute, the National Home Builders Institute, and is working toward LEED BD+C certification. Darren is in his second term as the President of the Georgia Weatherization Council, serves on the policy advisory committee of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and the Green Building Council of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association and is a member of the Georgia Home Builders Association. He has been recognized for Outstanding Community Production and Outstanding Customer Satisfaction as a home builder.
As Director of Operations for Southeast Energy Assistance (SEA), the largest weatherization agency in Georgia, Darren successfully expanded production to insure compliance with federal guidelines in utilizing over $10 million in federal stimulus funds. Darren was selected to represent the Georgia Weatherization Network at the 2013 National Department of Energy Planning Conference. Darren was instrumental in establishing and building a successful for profit company to help support the activities of Southeast Energy, a non-profit agency. He has served as the CEO of the Georgia Residential Efficient Energy Network (GREEN) since 2011.
FORTIFIED Program Manager
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Fred Malik is the FORTIFIED Programs Manager at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. He is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the programs, which span all 50 states. Since taking over the program in 2009, Fred has been responsible for overseeing FORTIFIED’s expansion to include new residential, new light commercial and existing residential building standards. With an MBA from Virginia Tech, and more than 17 years of construction experience Fred is an expert on mitigation, its value and practicality.
Devin F. Marino
The Dow Chemical Company
Obtained Bachelors of Science in Facilities Management and Associates of Science in Architectural Technology from Ferris State University.
Been with the Dow Chemical Company: Building Solutions group for the past 2.5 years. Membership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and US Green Building Code (USGBC) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
RESNET speaker in 2013 on the Revitalize Home Project based in Midland, MI.
Deputy Executive Director
Build It Green
Mr. Mast has nurtured Build It Green's growth since its infancy in 2002, leading efforts to articulate a green vision for the organization, translate that vision into practical program designs, and obtain support from government and utilities. Previously, Mr. Mast consulted for energy utilities, providing market research, competitive assessment, business plan development, program design and implementation, and program evaluation services.
Senior Account Manager
Kristi Matthews manages accounts for the Applied Building Science team. She is responsible for understanding market trends to determine how her accounts can deliver programs that improve energy efficiency and health in new and existing residential construction. Matthews also contributes to developing product and training ideas that benefit high-performance builders and contractors as well as real estate agents and building performance professionals nationwide.
Matthews joined the Advanced Energy team in 2002 in a technical position in energy modeling where she helped build the first Plan Review Center and train five others for the Environments For Living® program. Matthews was a board member for the North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition and helped implement the program at Advanced Energy as the program’s executive director. After some years, Matthews created a strategy for statewide infrastructure development for building performance professionals. In 2006, Matthews took on the role of account manager and was a part of the team that developed and sold the Success builder training series. In 2010, Matthews led and contributed to the development of the ENERGY STAR® Version 3 New Homes Field Guides for Home Energy Raters.
Maria Mauceri is a project manager and building science consultant with Advanced Energy’s Applied Building Science team. She provides quality assurance and technical support for North Carolina HERS raters and Advanced Energy’s guaranteed affordable housing program SystemVision. She is involved in the development of the Department of Energy’s Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades Professionals. Additionally, she has worked to incorporate energy and health into training for affordable housing developers across the nation. Mauceri was the director of the 2009 and 2010 Rater Camp and also the director of the 2008 and 2009 North Carolina Sustainable Design Competition.
Before joining Advanced Energy in 2006, Mauceri worked with Bernard Construction performing home renovations. She also worked as a research assistant at Virginia Tech, performing surveys of stormwater management plans in Virginia and surrounding states and researching sustainable agricultural practices. As construction-site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity in 2005, Mauceri led volunteer groups in the construction of high-performance homes using SystemVision.
Douglas McCleery, PE, CEM
Partner and VP Technical Services
Doug is a licensed professional engineer and Certified Energy Manager with over 25 years of residential energy experience. He is responsible for engineering, consulting and quality assurance work at MaGrann Associates. He designs HVAC systems for high performing single- and multi-family buildings, and engineers cost effective solutions in existing buildings. Doug conducts training related to HVAC systems, energy efficient building practices, energy and mechanical codes, and home energy ratings.
James L. McKenzie
Field Services Technician
Field Services Technician
ICF International, in support of:
Residential Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management Programs
My duties as Field Services Technician include:
Field QA/QC of whole house Multifamily/ Single Family and individual improvement projects, special request field QA, mentoring, as well as client and contractor education. Responsibilities also include contractor support and guidance for in-field technical issues and troubleshooting; energy model software training, support, troubleshooting and quality assurance. The mentoring component includes refreshing and verifying a newly certified BPI Building Analyst’s assessment competencies and abilities through observation of: worst case draft and combustion safety testing, blower door set up and testing, Health and Safety issue identification, and standard exterior/interior assessment components. The mentoring process provides onsite evaluations of contractors to ensure their competency in performing BPI BA Assessments.
My previous experience included a year and a half as a Field Monitor for the University of Georgia’s Weatherization Assistance Program; the Quality Assurance / Quality Control arm of the State of Georgia’s Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program. My duties as field monitor included conducting whole house QA/QC checks during installation, attending test-outs, and post-work installation review. If issues were identified during an in-progress monitoring visit, I would discuss the problems with the crew to come up with the best solution, or best installation method suited to the situation. I would also be available to answer building science, installation technique, and technical questions.
MARIO A. MEDINA, PHD
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Dr. Medina is associate professor of civil and architectural engineering at the University of Kansas. He is the director of the Building Thermal and Materials Science Laboratory.
Dr. Medina holds a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in building enclosure modeling and experimentation. He has published more than 50 technical articles in the area of building energy efficiency, advanced insulation, and radiant barriers.
Joe Medosch – Owner of Energy Education Curriculum “Building Science Simplified”. Training consultant to Retrotec Inc. and a "Comfort Consultant" Trainer, providing solutions on Home Performance applications to professionals like yourself.
Providing communication skills to our industry. “Stop selling home performance, and close more deals“. -Probably not something your company needs.
Certified/Member (or former) - BPI, RESNET, ICC, NABCEP, Professional Home Inspector, Mold & Radon Inspector and Certified Indoor Environmentalist.
Sustainable Building Learning Specialist
Habitat for Humanity International
Mike Mongeon is the Sustainable Building Learning Specialist for Habitat for Humanity International. His responsibilities include the design and delivery of learning products for the 1,500 U.S. Habitat affiliates in the areas of sustainable building, aging in place, leadership development and capacity building.
Habitat for Humanity is the 10th largest builder of new homes in the U.S. and believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat builds and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods. Worldwide, Habitat has built or repaired over 600,000 homes and served more than 3 million people.
Organic Think Inc
Rob Moody is a dedicated husband and father of two wonderful, creative, vastly intelligent and also beautiful daughters, with over 17 years of experience in the field of environmental education and green building. Rob holds a degree in biology from UNC Asheville. As the founder of EcoBuilders Inc, Rob built the first North Carolina HealthyBuilt Home certified in the state. All EcoBuilders residential projects were certified third-party Energy Star, including two LEED for Homes projects. EcoBuilders homes have been recognized both locally and nationally in publications including This Old House Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Southern Living Magazine. Rob now focuses on green building, energy and weatherization training, consulting, curriculum development and database design. Rob is a RESNET HERS Rater and Quality Assurance Designee, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes International Green Rater, a member of the RESNET Education and Training Committee and the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. He is the current chair of the RESNET working group tasked with overseeing the creation of a HERS Rater Simulation practical and was the chair of the subcommittee for the creation of the Combustion Safety and Work Scope practical simulation. Rob has been a green consultant for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in New Orleans (LEED for Homes Platinum certified, first in Louisiana). Continuing recovery efforts in New Orleans, Rob worked to develop green renovation guidelines for a William J. Clinton Foundation project in the Lower Ninth Ward. Rob expanded that early effort collaborating with the Clinton Foundation and currently provides weatherization, green building, and energy efficiency training and technical support for the Home Energy Affordability Loan Program, a project of the Clinton Climate Initiative. He is currently developing a mobile app for a RESNET education and certificate program for residential high performance installers. Rob has also consulted for YouthBuild USA, DOE Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program, the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Building Advisor, Fine Homebuilding, and delivered training with 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 saxophone and photography and builds rockin' guitar pedals in his spare time.
J. Neymark & Associates
Joel Neymark. P.E., Director, J. Neymark and Associates, has worked primarily on testing and validation of building energy analysis software for over 20 years. He is Vice Chair of ASHRAE SSPC 140, the cognizant project committee for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140, Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Analysis Computer Programs. He also participates in the RESNET Model Calibration Test Method Working Group. Joel is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado, and holds an M.S.M.E from Colorado State University, and a B.S.M.E. from the University of Illinois.
U.S. EPA/ENERGY STAR Residential Branch
Jonathan Passe is the Director of the ENERGY STAR Residential Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this role, he oversees EPA’s efforts to promote energy efficiency in the new home construction and home improvement markets, by both industry and consumers. Prior to becoming the Director, he held a variety of positions within the Residential Branch, including serving as the Communications Coordinator and Partner Support Coordinator. He has supported EPA’s voluntary programs, such as ENERGY STAR, for more than 20 years.
Glenn W. Pease
Glenn Pease is a Program Manager for EnergyLogic and serves as a trainer and mentor for Rater Partners across the country. He has a hand in teaching multiple courses, including: RESNET HERS Rater, ENERGY STAR Version 3, and SketchUp. Glenn’s career in the industry began at Southface in 2007, where he worked as a RESNET HERS Rater in the EarthCraft House program and provided technical support for homeowners and contractors in a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Glenn applies his strong background in technical support to help mentor and guide new (and experienced) energy raters, contractors, and utility program administrators.
Glenn enjoys working for EnergyLogic, a company that embraces new and improved ways of doing things. He feels it is important to share best practices with other energy professionals and, in turn, help strengthen our energy future.
Jim Petersen Consulting, LLC
Jim specializes in Residential Construction Research & Development and Quality System Development. For the past 12 years Jim managed the R&D process to improve the quality, cost, and durability of PulteGroup’s Del Webb, Centex and Pulte homes. He also managed PulteGroup’s energy efficiency efforts, worked with partners to develop new products and processes, and managed the issue resolution process. As a Mechanical Engineer with 30 years of experience in the design and development of engineered components and systems Jim has a unique background for the homebuilding industry.
Jim serves on the RESNET Board of Directors.
During the next term on the RESNET Board I look forward to expanding RESNET’s role with the inclusion of HERS in the 2015 IECC. Code recognition requires that we continue the work already in process to make all our processes more robust.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ben Polly is an engineer in the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He works in the Residential Buildings Research Group and his primary research activities are related to software validation, building simulation input collection methods, and optimal energy retrofit packages.
Senior Building Specialist
Senior Building Performance Specialist
Duncan has more than a decade of experience at IBACOS assisting builders and developers with implementing high performance housing using Building America research results.
He has worked with interdisciplinary teams of internal staff and external partners, including engineers, architects, builders, trades, state energy offices, utilities, and HERS raters, to undertake research related to high performance homes.
Research activities include advanced research for the next generation of zero energy homes, research for houses with 30% - 50% whole house energy savings, research on strategies for retrofit of existing homes, business processes for cost-effective delivery of high performance homes, quality management for production homebuilders, and creation and execution of building performance standards for master planned community developers.
Duncan plays a strategic role within Building America and participates in the Building America QA/QC working group. He has presented at various residential homebuilding conferences such as IBS, PCBC, Greenbuild, Building Energy, EEBA, and Affordable Comfort, and has conducted training for builders, designers, and trades.
Previously, Duncan was a Partner at Spectrum Design Collaborate, LLC, and a Program Manager for the Energy Crafted Home Program with Northeast Utilities. He is a Registered Architect in New York and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design.
David R. Roberts
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dave Roberts is a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He currently supports DOE Building America Program technical activities, including the National Residential Efficiency Measure Database, the Building America Field Data Repository, and research into energy analysis accuracy. Dave has been working in the area of energy efficiency in buildings since 1989 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. He has expertise in building energy simulation, building science and software development. Prior to joining NREL, Dave worked for Architectural Energy Corporation where he led energy simulation and software development projects, and served as product manager for the REM/Rate™ home energy rating software.
Mike Rogers is the President of OmStout Consulting, LLC. A nationally recognized expert in residential energy-efficiency, he works with contractors and programs to strengthen contracting businesses and to scale sustainable market approaches to improving homes.
Previously, Mike was with ABM Energy and was the Senior Vice President with GreenHomes America (an ABM subsidiary). For almost 20 years, he has worked on energy-efficiency from individual homes to policy at the state and federal levels. Mike has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and meetings in the energy-efficiency, green building, and indoor air quality industries. Mike had an 11-year affiliation with the U.S. EPA and was the lead developer of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
Working with other industry leaders and subject matter experts, we can help you strengthen your contracting business to improve profitability and grow or refine and deliver your program to better reach your contractor delivery-force and ultimate improve homes.
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 most recently, an energy-efficiency consultant. Presently, at ICF International, Mr. Ruggiero works as a Technical Specialist offering support to a wide range of federal, state and utility clients. His work includes Codes and Standards trainings, developing renewable energy program design standards, and designing and managing demand-side management multifamily high-rise programs and projects. Mr. Ruggiero holds a B.S. from Northeastern University. He also holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License, is a LEED Accredited Professional, a certified HERS Rater and is an AEE Certified Energy Auditor.
Residential Program Manager
Colorado Energy Office
Peter Rusin is the residential program manager for the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). He received a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in 2008. Prior to work at the CEO, Peter oversaw Denver’s Healthy Home / Healthy Kids program.
Currently, he works on a variety of programs to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy during the home buying process, including expansion of the Green MLS to over 97% of Colorado, overseeing valuation studies, and developing the Colorado Energy Saving Mortgage Incentive.
Peter also manages the Colorado Energy Office efforts to rebuild above code and more resilient after the floods that struck Colorado in September of 2013.
Robert J. Sahadi
Director, Energy Efficiency Finance Policy
Institute for Market Transformation
Bob leads IMT's work to develop and expand energy efficiency financing solutions for homes and commercial buildings. This includes legislative initiatives such as the SAVE Act, a proposal co-developed by IMT to factor energy cost savings into residential underwriting standards and home appraisal practices.
He has held senior positions at Fannie Mae, where he was vice president of product development and vice president of mortgage-backed securities. While at Fannie Mae, Bob oversaw the development of the corporation's energy-efficient mortgages and green innovations, including Smart Commute for location efficiency, HomeStyle for renovation lending, and a patented protocol to measure residential energy efficiency. He also managed the Home Counselor Online business platform, which served more than 2,000 housing counseling agencies nationwide.
Bob has held multiple positions in the federal government, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the Executive Office of the President, and at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, where he was chief economist. He has an MBA in finance and an M.A. in economics from the University of Cincinnati.
Director of Products
Architectural Energy Corporation
Robert Salcido is the Director of Products 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 15 years and has been working in the area of energy efficiency in buildings since 1992. He has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University in California as well as a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. Mr. Salcido is the product manager for the REM/Rate home energy rating software and REM/Design home energy analysis software.
Jeffrey L. Sauls
Jeffrey is a home energy efficiency professional whose experiences include providing energy ratings for new residential construction, performing energy efficiency and combustion safety diagnostics for existing homes, and advising both builders and homeowners on topics of building science and home performance. He currently provides building science consulting, training for various home energy professional certifications, HVAC design, and operates the quality assurance program for Energy Vanguard’s HERS rater providership.
Jeffrey’s certifications include: RESNET HERS Rater, RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, BPI Certified Professional® -- Building Analyst & Envelope, BPI Field Proctor, and LEED for Homes AP.
Director of Training Development
Home Energy Partners
Isaac Savage is the Director of Training Development for Home Energy Partners in Asheville, NC. Isaac lives with his wife and daughter in an old 60's brick rancher, anxiously awaiting the day that "re-doing the HVAC system" makes it to the top of the to-do list.
In the meantime, he develops and customizes training curriculum for the building science & HVAC community, performs HVAC design services for contractors across the US, and grows the network of industry experts that distribute their training content on the Home Energy Partners training platform.
Carissa L. Sawyer
Sustainability Program Manager
Carissa is the LEED for Homes 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.
Joseph C. Schambach
Joe Schambach has worked at ICF International in support of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program for one year and has experience in residential energy efficiency, commercial energy efficiency, and energy modeling. Mr. Schambach earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.
Jonah H. Schein
Technical & Certification Coordinator, New Homes
WaterSense- US EPA
Jonah Schein is the Technical & Certification Coordinator for New Homes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® Program. He has overseen the technical development and implementation of the WaterSense New Homes specification as well as the new homes certification system since their inception. Prior to joining EPA in 2008, Mr. Schein served as the Director of Outreach for Earth Day Network (EDN) where he was responsible for a number of initiatives to promote water efficiency through green building strategies in the United States and Middle East. Mr. Schein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Ethics and a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Environmental Management from Indiana University as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
Senior Project Manager
Conservation Services Group
Michael Schofield currently oversees projects across New England, supervising LEED certification and ENERGY STAR® (Homes and High-Rise) ratings of CSG’s new construction projects. He directs project managers on building methods and strategies to make improvements cost effective, to create more durable buildings, and to transform the market. Schofield’s work is focused primarily on multifamily and public housing authority projects. He is certified as LEED faculty and a trainer for ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3. From 2010 through 2012, he delivered trainings on the Energy Code and Smart Building Practices to code officials, builders, and design professionals across Massachusetts.
Schofield holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Energy Analysis & Policy from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License, and is a certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP).
Principal / Director of Builder Relations
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.
Certified National Appraiser
Carlton has been developing and facilitating appraisal industry education across the US for 15 years. Mr. Segars is proficient in appraising properties for FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) and has supported green initiatives in South Carolina. where he performs valuation services for financial and real estate organizations. Carlton will serve as lead instructor for GEM’s Green Appraiser Course; scheduled for roll out the 1st quarter of 2014 in targeted regions.
John C. Semmelhack
PHIUS+ Rater Manager
Passive House Institute U.S.
John Semmelhack is the PHIUS+ Rater Manager for the Passive House Institute U.S. 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.
Partner Operations Manager
EPA, ENERGY STAR Certified Homes
Zak Shadid is the Partner Operations Manager for the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. He has worked in a variety of roles for the program over the past 8 years. His background is Environmental Science and Policy and he holds a bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to working with the ENERGY STAR program, Zak owned his own business in the Chicago area.
American Green Home Real Estate
John Shipman is Principal of American Green Home Real Estate and Energy Efficiency Management, Inc.; A REALTOR® and a National Association of REALTORS® and California Association of REALTORS® Green Designation Trainer. Both American Green Home Real Estate and Energy Efficiency Management, Inc. is well known for its commitment and expertise, in Green Real Estate; green education, training and business development consulting. Additionally, John is a California HERS Building Performance Contractor (HERS-BPC); California General Building Contractor; BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and BPI Trainer-Proctor(BPI-Efficiency First, California-CBPCA); Program Coordinator and Instructor, for California State University, Long Beach, Continuing and Professional Education Department’s Green and Sustainable Building Certificate Program; A Creator of and Trainer for; Build It Green’s and Energy Efficiency Management, Inc’s. Certified Green Real Estate Professional Program® (CG-REP®); Trainer and GreenPoint Rater; Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Trainer, CalCERTS, Inc. John’s company Energy Efficiency Management, Inc. is an approved Energy Upgrade California Contracting Company and Certified California HERS Rating and GreenPoint Rating Company. John is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.
Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC)
David Siegel, 53, CAE, IOM, is Executive Director of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). BATC is a 501c6 trade association representing builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers in the Twin Cities market. BATC’s mission is to help its member businesses grow through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. Its vision is to be the leading voice for builders and remodelers.
With some 1000 members, BATC is one of the top six local builders associations in the country by membership and top three in revenue. BATC is known for producing the Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase twice annually. In addition, BATC offers a green building recognition program known as Minnesota’s Green Path and a nonprofit 501c3 BATC Foundation providing housing for those in need.
In his role as Executive Director of the Association, Siegel manages a staff of 15 full-time employees and works with the Board of Directors in an effective staff-volunteer partnership to guide BATC toward fulfillment of its mission and vision through a strategic plan.
Prior this position, which Siegel has held for 2 ½ years, he served as Executive Vice President of the Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations, and President & CEO of their parent company, Hospitality Minnesota, as well as Executive Director of the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation. Siegel has more than 25 years of Association management experience.
In 1995, Siegel earned a certificate of graduation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institutes for Organizational Management (IOM) at the University of Delaware. The professional development program provides a six-year certification opportunity for association and chamber of commerce executives. In 2002, he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Siegel currently sits on the Board of the National Association of Home Builders Executive Officers Council. He is a past president of the Maine Society of Association Executives and the International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE). In his prior position, he served on the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, which is a gubernatorial appointment, and served on its Public Policy Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA) and on the University of Minnesota Tourism Center advisory board and on its Development Subcommittee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Tourism Association and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland, Maine. He is a past leader with the Boy Scouts of America, having served as both a Cubmaster and Den Leader. He has also coached youth basketball and baseball.
Siegel has earned awards from the Executive Officers Council of NAHB, the Midwest Society of Association Executives, the International Society of Hotel Association Executives, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland, ME for projects in which he was involved in such areas as newsletters, magazines, government affairs, marketing efforts and association governance.
Siegel is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. He worked as a reporter for the Daily Journal in International Falls, Minnesota, and as editor and managing editor of a cluster of weekly newspapers covering the southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has also served as Public Information Coordinator for a suburban Minneapolis school district. Siegel and his wife, Michelle, have two children and reside in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
Brett C. Singer
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Dr. Brett Singer is a staff scientist in the Residential Building Systems and Indoor Environment Groups at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding and controlling air pollutant exposures in homes, synergistically
improving energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality during energy retrofits, combustion appliance safety, and health-based ventilation standards. He has co-authored over 40 scientific journal articles and dozens of other reports and conference papers.
Building Efficiency Resources (The BER)
Eurihea Speciale has over twenty years of residential construction, weatherization, and home performance construction experience and was the owner and sole proprietor of a successful construction, renovation and home performance company for seventeen years. Eurihea has completed inspections on over 500 homes as a RESNET certified Home Energy Rater and Quality Assurance Designee since 2009. Eurihea has also performed numerous trainings as a HERS Rater training instructor, ENERGY STAR version 3 instructor, and has performed multiple live and recorded online training seminars for the Northeast HERS Alliance and other BER affiliates, and has presented at two past RESNET Conferences on topics such as energy modeling and ENERGY STAR. He currently serves the energy efficiency industry as the President of the Northeast HERS Alliance and on the RESNET Quality Assurance Committee.
Kathy Spigarelli has been the RESNET education coordinator since 1998. As the education coordinator, Ms. Spigarelli assists in designing curriculum, coordinating workshops and delivering training of lenders and other housing and residential energy efficiency professionals on the market benefits of residential energy efficiency financing. Kathy has 20 years of experience in adult education including programs for the Fayetteville Arkansas School District, Tyson Foods, Inc., Levi Strauss, Campbell Soup, and Vlasic Pickles.
Nancy St Hilaire
Home Energy Group
Nancy St. Hilaire is the co-owner, Operations Manager and Quality Assurance Designee for the Home Energy Group, LLC based out of Charleston, SC. Home Energy Group started as a HERS Rating company and has expanded into being a HERS Provider, HERS Training organization, and a LEED for Homes Provider. Nancy started off as a HERS rater and, as the business expanded, became the Quality Assurance Designee for both the RESENT providership and the LEED for Homes providership as well as a HERS Rater trainer. Nancy is on the RESNET Training and Education committee as well as being active within the USGBC.
Claude L. St. Hilaire
Home Energy Group
Claude St. Hilaire holds an A.S. in Architectural Design and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He is the President of Home Energy Group which is a high performance home and Green Building consulting company working with home owners and home builders to construct environmentally responsible homes since 2005.
Claude is a certified HERS rater, BPI Building Analyst, BPI Shell Specialist and a LEED for Homes Green Rater. He has been training students to become HERS Raters and BPI Building Analysts since 2009. He speaks regularly at energy efficient and green building seminars and conferences throughout South Carolina.
Prior to this, he worked for over 17 years in industrial manufacturing, where he was a Department Manager for a Fortune 200 company working to increase their efficiency and profitability utilizing the latest technologies available.
Dennis J. Stroer
Performance Rater Certification by NATE
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.
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 31 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.
Senior Building Science Consultant
John Tooley is one of the nation’s leaders in the area of building science technologies. Hailed as a visionary in energy efficiency, Tooley has diagnosed and repaired more than 5,000 homes. He has participated in the weatherization of more than 10,000 homes. He is recognized for his contributions to many of the largest utility and building programs in the nation.
Before joining Advanced Energy in 1996, Tooley led a number of companies dedicated to preserving the state of Florida through quality building practices. These companies included Natural Florida Homes, Natural Florida Retrofit, Star Insulation, Home Energy Reviews of Orlando (HERO) and Infrared Services and Inspections.
Today, John Tooley is responsible for business development with the organization’s Applied Building Science team. Regarded as a pioneer in the world of energy efficiency, Tooley trains builders and contractors throughout the United States and frequently gives keynote addresses at national conferences.
Leading Builders of America
Clayton Traylor joined the LBA staff following five years with Centex Homes where he served as Director of Government & Industry Relations and Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, Clayton was responsible for the companies’ political, legislative and regulatory activity at the federal, state and local level. Clayton also spearheaded Centex’s energy efficiency initiatives.
Before joining Centex, Clayton was a Senior Staff Vice President at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) responsible for construction codes, land use and state and local government relations.
Building Science Consultant
David Treleven is a building science consultant and the technical working group coordinator at Advanced Energy. Treleven joined Advanced Energy in 2009 after finishing a Master’s Degree in Building Construction with a concentration in Sustainable Construction at the University of Florida. Currently at Advanced Energy, he provides technical support for SystemVision™, ENERGY STAR New Homes Program, Enterprise Green Communities, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, and various other projects. In addition, Treleven provides in-field trainings for contractors, trades and raters on code, program standards, weatherization and how to assess buildings and structures for new and existing homes throughout the country.
Founder & CEO
Peter is Founder & CEO of Energy Circle, where he works with several hundred raters, energy auditors, home performance contractors, renewable installers and HVAC companies in 47 states. He and his team provide services to help contractors excel on the web, in marketing and in business operations. He is an expert in marketing home performance and a leader in the use of social media. He speaks frequently about marketing specifically for energy efficiency contractors at RESNET, ACI, NESEA, BPI, EGIA and AIA conferences and events
Brad Turner, from Southface Energy Institute, is the Training Program Manager for the Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center, a U.S. Department of Energy WAP Training Center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Brad and his team are responsible for delivering classroom and field training to all Weatherization Professionals and many Home Performance Contractors across the State of Georgia. Brad currently serves on the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) Standards Technical Committee. He is a BPI Proctor and holds 10 BPI Certifications, including all four of the new National Home Energy Professional Certifications. Brad also manages the BPI and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® programs at Southface. He holds a Georgia Real Estate license as well as a Georgia Residential Contractor’s license, and he owned and operated his own residential construction company prior to his employment at Southface.
Senior Program Manager
Performance Systems Development
Mike Turns currently manages the implementation of the FirstEnergy Energy Efficient New Homes programs in Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as QA/QC and benchmarking activities for the PECO Smart Multifamily Solutions program. Previously, Mikewas the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University. While, at the PHRC, Mike managed the largest provider of residential building code training in Pennsylvania. He is also an expert in the residential portions of the International Energy Conservation Code, having developed and taught numerous training programs, webinars, and online courses. Mike is also well-versed in other aspects of building codes including many provisions that are similar or identical to items contained in ENERGY STAR's thermal enclosure, HVAC, and water management checklists. Mike holds a Master's degree from Penn State with a thesis focused on assessing and reducing energy consumption in new homes. He is a LEED Green Associate, NAHB Certified Green Professional, and certified residential energy inspector/plans examiner.
Todd Usher has built his business on a solid green foundation. Armed with an MBA from Clemson University, he established Addison Homes in 2002 as the first – and thus far only – Upstate South Carolina company that certifies 100% of its homes to Energy Star®, EarthCraft House™ and/or DOE Challenge Home standards. He is currently building Greenville’s first ZNE-ready community, which includes the county’s first mainstream Zero Net Energy home.
Todd’s exclusive focus on high-performance homes has earned industry recognition such as HBA Greenville’s Bridge Award for Green Building (2013), NAHB’s Green Advocacy Award (2011), EarthCraft House Gold Award (2011), HBA Greenville’s Builder of the Year (2009) and EarthCraft House Regional Builder of the Year (2007), just to name a few.
Todd is a member of the Best Practices Research Alliance, a collaborative effort to foster innovation in high-performance construction and smart energy homes, and he serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science & Management. He advocates high-performance building standards for Greenville’s Habitat for Humanity, serving as an energy-efficiency consultant and third party rater to certify 15-20 of the non-profit’s homes per year to Energy Star standards.
Dedicated to community service, Todd is Treasurer of Greenville Forward, a group dedicated to enhancing the community’s quality of life, and also serves on the board of Trees Greenville, a group dedicated to planting trees in Greenville County.
Todd was named NAHB’s Master Certified Green Professional of the Year in 2012. Other credentials include GMB, CGB, MCGP, CGP, CAPS, SC Certified Master Builder and LEED AP.
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.
Senior Building Systems Engineer
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Gayathri Vijayakumar is a Senior Building Systems Engineer at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., a RESNET Accredited Quality Assurance Provider. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Engineering Science and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management. Gayathri, an ASHRAE-certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, HERS Rater, and RESNET QA delegate, currently provides technical support to the EPA's Multifamily High Rise program and has over 8 years of experience working on ENERGY STAR certified multifamily high rise buildings and providing quality assurance to HERS raters working with builders to earn the ENERGY STAR for single family and low-rise multifamily buildings.
Energy Center of Wisconsin
John’s decades of field experience as a home performance consultant, mechanical contractor and researcher helps the Energy Center create stronger connections with allies and customers. John currently drives all of the residential and commercial content development for Energy Center University, which is highly rated by customers and nationally-recognized. He develops trade ally education programs for large utilities and stays actively engaged with field research to inform his program and education insights.
Commercial Business Development Manager, LEED AP
Mr. Warren partners with builders, contractors, and developers to reduce risk and liability from indoor air quality and moisture issues on construction projects, ranging from single family homes to large-scale, multi-family and mixed use projects. As a LEED professional, John facilitates client education and delivery of service offerings such as Moisture Management & Quality Control, Air Barrier Testing, and green building/energy efficiency program implementation. John incorporates energy, building and indoor environmental science knowledge and experience to provide the most efficient and effective solutions for new construction projects.
D.R. Wastchak, LLC
Daran Wastchak is the President of D.R. Wastchak, LLC, a firm based in Tempe, Arizona that 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, also providing LEED for Homes, IECC and Low Income Housing Tax Credit services for single and multi-family projects. Daran has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University as well as a Master’s degree and PhD in Public Administration from ASU. He is a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Board of Directors, including serving as RESNET Board Secretary and Vice President as well as Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee.
Daran R. Wastchak
D.R. Wastchak, LLC
Daran Wastchak is the President of D.R. Wastchak, LLC, a firm based in Tempe, Arizona that 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, also providing LEED for Homes, IECC and Low Income Housing Tax Credit services for single and multi-family projects. Daran has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University as well as a Master’s degree and PhD in Public Administration from ASU. He is a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Board of Directors and served ten years on the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Board of Directors, including as Board Vice President and Secretary as well as Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee.
Bill Webb, MIRM
Bill Webb, MIRM, LLC
Since 1986, Bill Webb, MIRM, has established himself as a most-respected provider of management, marketing and sales improvement systems for home builders, residential land developers and Realtors throughout the United States and Canada. Above all, Bill is dedicated to the preservation of family-owned home building businesses. Bill is certain that having an effective marketing strategy and a strong selling capability offer the best path to prosperity for smaller volume home builders, especially when larger competitors come to town.
Bill Webb is a graduate of the Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bill also holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business at UNC. He is a past elected President of the Institute of Residential Marketing of the National Association of Home Builders.
Bill is the author of Understanding Housing Markets and Consumers and The Challenge of New Homes Sales Management, both written for the IRM, and of SWEET SUCCESS in New Home Sales, published by BuilderBooks. His upcoming book, TOTAL MARKETING for Home Builders promises to be a blockbuster. Included will be Bill’s recommendation that serious, documented and cost neutral energy efficiency is the best revenue-building marketing strategy available to home builders today and that tomorrow’s best strategy will be solar-powered.
Bill is an animated and entertaining speaker, who has been sponsored on nationwide tours including television by both General Electric Appliances and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Bill also a frequent and enthusiastic contributor of articles to professional publications. You can reach Bill at 904-206-2028 or via Bill@BillWebbMIRM.com.
Theresa A. Weston, PhD
Dr. Weston leads building science and construction technology research. She has developed and introduced to market many new products and is an
inventor on four U.S. patents. She participates extensively in industry research programs and in standards and codes development. Dr. Weston is on the Board of Directors of the Building
Environment and Thermal Envelope Council of the National Institute of
Building Science, and has served on the Board of Directors of both the Energy
and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) and the Cold Climate Housing
Research Council (CCHRC). She is also active in publishing technical papers
and presenting at construction industry and building science conferences.
Dr. Weston is actively involved with many professional organizations and chairs
technical and standard development committees. She is a member of the executive
committee of the ASTM Committee on the Performance of Buildings and
chairs the sub-committee on Air Leakage and Ventilation. She also is a member
of the ASTM Sustainability Committee. At ASHRAE, she is currently Building
Envelope sub-committee chair for the Standard for Energy Efficient Design of
New Low-Rise Residential Buildings and a past chair of the Technical Committee
on Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance.
Born in Montebello, Calif., and raised in the Hollywood Hills, Dr. Weston earned
a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the
California Institute of Technology. She has worked for DuPont for 27 years.
Senior Research Analyst
Florida Solar Energy Center
Chuck Withers has been part of buildings research at the Florida Solar Energy Center since 1990. He performs field and lab research, and has extensive experience involving evaluation of energy efficiency and indoor air quality issues, including air flow and moisture control problems in buildings. He was involved in identifying outdoor radon as a significant factor causing elevated indoor radon levels, and helped design an innovative way to measure subslab pressure fields in new construction.