The following are confirmed presenters for the 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference:


Larry Acker
ACT INC. D’MAND KONTROLS SYSTEM

ACT Inc. develops and manufactures electronic Hot Water D’MAND KONTROL® Systems for the distribution of potable hot water for residential, commercial and multi-family buildings both existing and new construction. ACT Inc. products have been tested by Oak Ridge National Laboratories, funded by the US Dept. of Energy and received a Certificate of Recognition in 2001 for their savings of both water and energy.\

Acker has been involved in the study and research of energy & water conservation products for the last 45 years. Acker has invented several sustainable products and is consider a leading authority on Hot Water Distribution Systems. Larry coined the term “STURCTURED PLUMBING®” currently being applied to residential and commercial buildings. He has worked with the building industry for over 40 years and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001.

Acker has been a featured speaker at several national and international conferences such as ASHRAE, IAPMO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and the SB-08 International Energy Conference in Melbourne Australia in 2008 and the Australian Master GREENPLUMBERS Conference in Australia in 2005. Acker has written articles that have appeared in National Trade Magazines over the last 15 years on sustainability for residential buildings.
DESIGNED FOR TODAY, DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE

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Ben Adams
MaGrann Associates

Ben Adams leads program design for MaGrann Associates, a residential energy engineering and consulting company based in the New Jersey.  Over more than 25 years, his program development experience has ranged from comprehensive energy education and retrofit initiatives to the design and implementation of residential new construction programs for numerous states and utilities.  Since 2003, Ben has been a Board Director of RESNET, as well as Chair of its Quality Assurance Committee and a participant in numerous working groups (most recently for development of multifamily rating guidelines).  He also sat on the Board of Directors of Affordable Comfort (ACI) from 1996 to 2008, and again from 2011-2013.  He is a frequent participant in regional and national strategy sessions addressing residential energy issues, particularly related to whole-building approaches.  He began his career in energy efficiency program development at the New Zealand Ministry of Energy in 1982.  He has an MBA from Drexel University and a B.S. from the University of Canterbury.

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Sandra Adomatis
Adomatis Appraisal Service

Sandra K Adomatis is an active real estate appraiser, instructor, author, and appraisal course developer.  She received her appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1985 and immediately became active in the Appraisal Institute.  Sandra authored the “Residential Green Valuation Tools” published April 2014, by the Appraisal Institute. 

Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA owns Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, FL. She provides appraisal services including residential, multifamily, condominiums, vacant land, and small commercial uses in Charlotte County, FL.  Through Advanced Energy of Raleigh, NC and General Electric’s Appliance and Lighting Division, she uses her appraisal skills to serve as a consultant in the area of the valuation of energy efficiency and green building technology.  Those consulting skills also serve a number of builders needing assistance in understanding the appraisal process.

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Sean Armstrong
Redwood Energy

Sean Armstrong, with his partner Michael Winkler, has led the design of more Zero Net Energy (ZNE) housing than any other designer in North America, starting with America's first 50% ZNE apartments (2006), then the first 100% ZNE apartments (2012), and among 2015's projects is the largest ZNE subdivision yet built (fall 2015). Sean started ZNE design early, teaching as a 19 year old the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, where pedal powered laptops, a natural refrigerator and parabolic solar cookers work alongside one of America's first grid-tied solar arrays (2001). Sean got into the ZNE business as part of his 12,000+ hours as Project Manager with the affordable housing developer Danco Communities, and then the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Arcata. It was at Danco that Sean worked to implement the California Utility Allowance Calculator (CUAC), which is the strongest financial tool for creating enough financing for ZNE construction. Sean grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and his wife farms in Arcata--should you call for professional reasons, you may hear baby livestock being cared for next to his home office.

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Conrad Asper
Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

Conrad Asper is the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) Manger for PG&E. Prior to joining PG&E in 2013, Conrad served  three and a half years as Executive Director of Efficiency First California, a trade organization that trains and advocates for California's pioneering home performance contractors.  In his capacity as Executive Director, Conrad also oversaw the implementation of the SMUD Residential Home Performance Program.

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Jacob Atalla
Vice President of Sustainability, KB Home

Jacob Atalla is Vice President of Sustainability at KB Home, where he leads KB’s initiatives to make every home it builds more environmentally friendly.

Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years’ experience with technology and green building.  He draws on this deep expertise to create innovative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.

Jacob worked on the development of KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide (EPG), which for the first time provides homeowners with HERS Index Score and estimated gas and electricity costs for every KB home.

Recent projects include the introduction of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; building over 3,500 homes with solar from coast to coast; building the most WaterSense labeled homes in the nation; and building over 100 LEED certified homes.

Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home, the only national homebuilder to do so since 2008. 

KB Home received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, one of the highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  KB Home also received the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation awards (Zero Energy Ready) in 2011, 2012 2013, and 2014, and WaterSense Partner of the Year awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA).  He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and the advisory boards of Orange County’s Urban Land Institute, and TecHome Builder.

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Bob Axelrad
Senior Policy Advisor, Indoor Environments Division at EPA

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.

Since Bob joined EPA in 1980, he has held a number of positions focused on hazardous waste, indoor air quality, and children's health issues. As the first director of EPA's Indoor Air Division from 1988-1995, Bob was responsible for the development of much of EPA's original policy and guidance on indoor air quality, including the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance and EPA's work on secondhand tobacco smoke, which led to publication in 1992 of its landmark risk assessment classifying secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen.

From 1998 to 2001, Bob served as co-chair of the Asthma Workgroup of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children and co-authored Asthma and the Environment, A Strategy to Protect Children.  From 2002 to 2009, Bob lead an EPA-wide effort to integrate EPA’s programs for K-12 schools, including chairing the EPA-wide workgroup that developed voluntary guidelines for the siting of new school facilities, issued in 2011.

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Michael Bachand
CalCERTS

After an extensive 20-year career in residential construction, green construction practices development, energy code training, research and development for field verification and diagnostic testing of energy features, Michael founded CalCERTS, Inc. and was approved as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Provider in CA in 2003.  Since that time, he has developed CalCERTS, Inc. into the leading HERS Provider in CA, and the only approved HERS II Provider for Whole House Ratings and Audits.  Mike has brought many improvements to HERS rating practices and HERS Registry functionality and is an industry leader in digital processing of data.  Mr. Bachand regularly advises the California Energy Commission on the Title 24 HERS Regulations and works with them and the various utilities to support the HERS industry.  His firm has won Energy Star awards for excellence every year since 2005.  He continues to be a recognized leader in the HERS industry in training, education, industry and workforce development and innovation. Mr. Bachand sits on the Compliance Improvement Advisory Group; he is a committee member of the Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA) To Code Committee; he is a past member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Building Energy Consultants; he is the Chairman of the Board of USNRG, Inc., an industry outreach non-profit organization, and he sits on the Board of the Building Performance Center, Inc. which promotes Building Science education and outreach.

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Steve Baden
Executive Director, RESNET

Steve Baden has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over twenty five years, including eighteen years with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels, and ten years administering a state energy office. Mr. Baden initiated the "Warm Homes for Alaskans Initiative" which received the "1993 National Award for the Most Outstanding State Housing Program" from the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Steve was also awarded "Lifetime Achievement Awards" from the U.S. Department of Energy and RESNET.

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Leslie Badger
Senior Energy Analyst, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Leslie Badger is a Senior Energy Analyst with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.  She has worked in the energy efficiency industry for over 15 years in various capacities including data analysis, data systems administration, marketing coordination, and program and project management.  Her analytical work includes residential energy modeling, energy codes and most recently building energy labeling and benchmarking. She has been a contributing author on analyses of baseline studies.

Prior to coming to VEIC in 2007, she was a Systems Administrator at Northern Power Systems, responsible for the administration and support of data servers, systems, and end users. She took that position after serving for two years as Marketing Coordinator. She began her energy career at Honeywell DMC Services, where she was an Energy Auditor, a QA Assistant, Project Coordinator, and Program Manager. She is an advanced user of REM / Rate.

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Mike Barcik
Senior Engineer for Technical Services, Southface

Mike Barcik is a Senior Engineer for Technical Services at Southface.  With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and lead thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He's active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,400 individuals in RESNET's Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program and in 2010, helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 IECC.  Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M, and Homes as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs. He recently helped author Decatur Georgia's High Performance Building Ordinance which requires 3rd party certification for new single-family, multi-family, and commercial projects.

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Dave Bell
EFL-VP of Building Science, Masco Home Services

David has been with Masco Home Services for over 12 years, and is currently the VP of Building Science for Masco Home Services and the Environments For Living Program. The Environments For Living program is a building science based program which promotes a systems approach to home construction. The program focuses on the envelope and HVAC system to provide for homes that are durable, safe, comfortable, and energy efficient. To date the program has over 175,000 homes enrolled with the great majority also being Energy Star Homes. During David’s time as the VP of Building Science Masco Home Services has grown its performance testing footprint to become one of the largest HERS rater networks in the United States, conducting testing for code, HERS index, Energy Star and the EFL program.   Prior to coming to Masco he was the VP – National Builder Program for EIC Corporation, managing the Certainteed High Performance Home Program. He also spent 20 years with Pennsylvania Power and Light in various positions in their residential Marketing & Energy Services Department. David is a member of the RESNET Board and also a member of the EEBA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dave attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA graduating with a degree in Marketing. In addition he has an Associates Degrees in Plumbing and Heating technology.

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John Bell
Business Development and co-Founder, Greyter Water Systems

Greyter Water Systems offers smart solutions that save money by reducing the water and waste water demands of commercial and residential buildings by up to 35%.

John has been actively involved in the water conservation and greywater recycling industry since 2009. As a sustainable renovator and energy evaluator, Bell has worked in the construction industry for nearly a decade, project managing renovations and new builds. A former sports broadcaster, Bell has over a decade of television experience, which included hosting World’s Greenest Homes, which featured some of the most sustainable builds around the world (HGTV Canada/Daily Planet Green U.S.A). John is regularly sought out as a featured speaker at conferences and trade shows such as the North America Water Reuse Conference, Sustainability Applied, OCWA Technology Showcase and the Ontario Home Builders Association.

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Clarke Berdan
Sr. Technical Services Leader, Owens Corning

Dr. Clarke Berdan has been with Owens Corning’s Science & Technology Center since 1981.  He is currently the Senior Technical Services Leader for the insulation products businesses.  His group operates from within the Insulation Marketing organization with strong ties to the Corporate Sustainability organization and thus provides the businesses his team support with a view to products and applications through the lens of sustainability.  They are very active in industry standards and code language development.

Dr. Berdan’s experiences cross a wide range of product and process development as well as process and building modeling.  Much of his work has focused on the understanding of the physical operations of building envelopes from the theoretical through to the practical aspects of the transport phenomena that exist in the built environment.  Product development is very important, but to enhance the success rate, it must come from a systems approach that understands what problems are needed to be solved and how products work as integral parts of systems over their useful service life.

Dr. Berdan received his doctorate degree from the California Institute of Technology, majoring in Chemical Engineering.  And his bachelor’s degree is from the University of California at Berkeley in the same discipline.

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Chuck Berry
California Advanced Homes Program

I  started with the California Advanced Homes Program because I felt it was an opportunity to help make the residential new construction industry in San Diego County and throughout the state of California more energy efficient and therefore not only more cost effective for its inhabitants but also more sustainable. My background is in architecture and I’ve worked in both the residential and commercial sectors. I have a passion for advanced construction strategies and am thrilled to be engaged in the conversations taking place that will lead the state of California to net zero energy residential construction by 2020. When I’m not working, you can find me surfing at a local beach break or climbing at a nearby crag.

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Michael Berry
Senior Manager, ICF International

A Senior Manager for ICF International, using his knowledge of investor-owned public utility, federal and state funded energy efficiency programs Mr. Berry provides guidance and oversight on the national energy efficiency environment. Mr. Berry has worked in the energy conservation and building industry for over 15 years; he holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License and has managed programs that served the single and multi-family housing market such as Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR Program on behalf of the Joint Management Committee (JMC), the Department of Energy (DOE) Region 1 Weatherization Programs, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in Boston, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Mr. Berry is the Chair of the Green Building Council (GBC) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Greater Boston’s (BAGB). Mr. Berry presents technical trainings on energy efficient construction, energy efficient programs and Energy Codes across the Commonwealth and Nationally. In 2009 Mr. Berry was named one of the “Top 30 under 40” by the National Association Home Builders. Mr. Berry attended Bridgewater State University and is currently attending Harvard University for a Certificate in Sustainability/Environmental Science.

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Troy Bevilacqua
Senior Account Manager, SunPower

Troy Bevilacqua is currently a Senior Account Manager within the New Homes business unit at SunPower and has been employed by SunPower since 2007. The SunPower Corporation designs, manufactures and delivers highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. SunPower New Homes was created in 2005 and has installed over 17,000 high efficiency solar systems on more than 440 subdivision developments across the United States. Established in 1985, SunPower has corporate offices in San Jose, Calif., with regional offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.

Troy has over 30 years of residential and commercial construction experience in site management, purchasing, product design & development, and design studio operations. He has worked for major Northern California developers and builders, both private and publically held. 

He is a Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, a GreenPoint Rater, and was a contributor to the Build It Green and StopWaste.org green building Rating Manuals. He has also worked as a trainer for Build It Green conducting consumer and professional seminars on their behalf.

He holds a degree in Construction Management and an active committee member of the Building Industry Association’s Bay Area Chapter and a member of RESNET. Troy is a Northern California native and currently lives in Santa Rosa, Calif. with his wife and two sons.

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Laureen Blissard
Technical Director, Green Builder Coalition

Ms. Blissard holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois and has built a successful 25-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 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™ as well as City of Chicago Self-Certification Architect and City of Chicago Registered Energy Professional (REP). 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.

Additionally, Laureen is the principal of an architecture and energy consulting firm called LTLB Envirotecture that specializes in sustainable commercial work, new certified green homes, residential additions, existing home retrofits for aging in place clients, and providing rater services for a multitude of green building programs including Energy Star Multi-Family High Rise.

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Mark Braby
Business Development, Enphase Energy

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Darrell Brand
Southern California Gas Company

Darrell Brand joined Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in 2003. He has held numerous positions working in the Customer Programs Energy Efficiency Division and since 2007 has been specifically involved in the development and implementation of various residential-focused efforts. In 2013 he assumed management of the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) on behalf of SoCalGas.

CAHP is a statewide program intended to help the residential building industry design and develop more environmentally friendly communities and support State efforts for new homes to reach Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020. It highlights best practices in energy efficiency, green building and sustainability, and offers generous financial incentives to help builders and architects create environmentally friendly, energy-efficient communities for potential home buyers.

SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.1 million consumers through 5.6 million meters in more than 500 communities.  The Company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.

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Larry Brand
R&D Director, Gas Technology Institute

Larry Brand is an R&D Director at the Gas Technology Institute working in the area of building systems research, codes and standards, and technology deployment.  He has over 30 years of experience managing natural gas R&D programs and new product development for private and public companies.  He has served as the principal investigator for many R&D programs sponsored by the Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and natural gas utilities. Mr. Brand has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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Martha Brook
California Energy Commission

Martha Brook is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of California. She has worked at the California Energy Commission for 24 years, where she has gained experience in long-term energy demand forecasting, building energy efficiency standards, and research and development of energy efficient technologies for residential and commercial buildings. Martha most recently led the efforts to update the residential and nonresidential compliance software for the 2013 Standards. Martha’s professional experience outside the Commission includes mechanical engineering design and software development for energy management systems.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the California State University at Humboldt in Environmental Resources Engineering.

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Matthew Brown
APA

Prior to Joining APA-The Engineered Wood Association in July 2014, my career in the construction industry began over 10 years ago as the Design and Quality Manager for Accent Homes Inc. a production builder in northern Indiana. This position gave me a significant amount of knowledge on the home building industry in general. I managed many aspects for the company from drafting and design to customer walk-thru and warranty service. I always had a great interest in the building code and joined the Indiana Builders Association’s Code Review Committee.  Joining this committee gave me knowledge of code development and the code development process. At the time the committee was reviewing the energy code provisions of the code, this immediately caught my interest. I soon moved into the energy rating industry, working as Director of Research and Development for Energy Diagnostics Inc. a rating firm in Northern Indiana, servicing Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. I was involved in code development, training and education in all three states, and soon became known as the “go to” energy code guy. To expand my knowledge I became involved with the energy codes at the national level attending ICC hearings and becoming an ICC Certified Residential Energy Code Inspector and Plans Examiner as well as a HERS Rater, and Certified Green Professional (CGP). In Joining APA-The Engineered Wood Association, I work to educate the wood industry on the impacts of energy efficiency and educate the Raters, Code Officials and Builders on the advantages of wood construction for energy efficiency and sustainability.

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Mike Browne
Founder, Advanced Building Analysis

Mike Browne holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Brown University. He is the founder of ABA. As more and more energy efficiency alternatives become available, Mike is excited to be able to help home builders quantify their options and take advantage of the best construction practices and the best funding assistance programs available(tax credits, rebates, grants and energy efficient mortgages). Mike is a RESNET certified Energy Rater as well as the first 2012 NGBS accredited Verifier in Massachusetts. He is also a certified PHIUS+ Rater and LEED for Homes Rater, and has trained in Infrared Imaging and Building Science at the world training headquarters of FLIR in Billerica, MA.
Mike is also President and board member of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET accredited HERS Provider that specifically serves independent HERS Raters working in Massachusetts.

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Jose Buendia
Program Manager, Residential Energy Efficiency Segment of Southern California Edison (SCE)

Jose Buendia is a Program Manager within the Residential Energy Efficiency Segment of Southern California Edison (SCE).  He joined SCE in 2008 and has worked on initiatives aimed at enhancing the promotion and delivery of energy efficiency programs in hard to reach segments such as commercial small business, mobile home communities and the multifamily market segment. Jose has managed the Multifamily EE Rebate Program since 2009 and is currently managing the implementation of the SCE’s Multifamily Rebate Programs. 

He is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, and is also a certified BPI Building Analyst.  His background includes over 15 years of experience in Management, Customer Service, Sales, and Marketing.  Since joining SCE, he has increased collaboration with property management firms, community, business and trade organizations.

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Steve Byers
EnergyLogic

I get up every day (nearly) excited to come to work and lead the incredible staff of professionals at EnergyLogic. I am truly a lucky person to have this job and be one of the leaders of this organization. EnergyLogic is based in Colorado and serves a wide variety of clients in the residential and light commercial energy efficiency and sustainability spaces. In short, we help make buildings better.

I started out my professional life as a pilot in the Air Force after graduating from the Air Force Academy. That experience prepared me for a great deal in life but not for meaningful employment outside of the wild blue yonder. Fortunately, I stumbled into energy and sustainability and spent several wonderful years at Southface Energy institute in Atlanta before striking out on my own in Colorado. With my wonderful wife, Wynne Maggi, we started a company which eventually morphed into EnergyLogic. I’ve been blessed along the way to have learned a tremendous amount from a wide variety of people and thus far none of my mistakes has sunk either myself or the company. In fact, EnergyLogic is a leader in our industry, an innovator and we pride ourselves on doing things the right way.

I’m also blessed with a pair of talented daughters, a great community and the great hope that I will continue to find new and exciting things to do in this life.

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David Carolan
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Solid Green Companies

For 30 years, David has worked to ensure customers get their projects finished on time and on budget. His experience includes home building, home renovation, running a real-estate organization and serving as CEO and CFO for several successful technology businesses including accounting software, ACH payment processing, e-commerce engines and local merchant marketplace community building.

David currently serves as Chief Catalyst and Founder of Solid Green Companies and is a Board Member of the Net Zero Energy Coalition.

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Rejoy Chatterjee
Creative Copywriter, Fourth Dimension

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.

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Carl Chidlow
Winning Strategies Advocates

Carl is a principal at Winning Strategies Washington (WSW), a mid-sized, bi-partisan lobbying firm.  Carl has over two decades of political experience working on Federal campaigns at the Senate and Presidential levels.  Prior to joining WSW , Carl was a partner in a small government affairs firm for 5 years.

Carl served as Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee from 2006-2009.  His tenure at the DNC allowed him daily interaction with senior members of the Obama campaign team, many of whom have gone on to hold important policy positions in the White House and Executive branch agencies.

Prior to his work at the DNC, Carl served as a senior campaign aide to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.  He has also worked on Senate campaigns in Missouri, Georgia and Washington State.  Carl also had the opportunity to work for Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 campaign for President.

He is a former staffer of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and maintains strong ties with many Senate Chiefs of Staff.

Carl and his family live in northern Virginia.  He is a member of the Foundation Board of Directors for Westminster Presbyterian Church of Alexandria.  Carl served as an enlisted infantry solder in the Army National Guard of New York and Maryland, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1996.  He attended Syracuse University receiving a bachelor of arts in American Studies in 1991.

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Matt Christie
Senior Project Manager, TRC Energy Services

Matt Christie is a Senior Project Manager with TRC Energy Services. Matt has a depth of experience designing and managing utility incentive programs across the residential market sector, including design of the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP). He also supports the development of California’s Title 24 energy code. Matt holds a Master’s of Science in engineering from Dartmouth college with a focus on energy efficiency, building science, and energy modeling. His program design approach focuses on whole-building energy use and Zero Net Energy initiatives.

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Stuart Cline
Project Manager, Thomas Porter Architects

Prior to his interest in architecture and affordable residential design and construction, Stuart was an independent consultant and energy engineer to both Honeywell, Inc. and Johnson Controls completing numerous performance-based construction projects with energy saving guarantees in the Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan areas.  He has been involved in commercial, institutional, and municipal applications of measurable energy conservation practices for over 25 years.  His background includes utility rate analysis, lighting design and digital controls, DDC design for HVAC systems, and geothermal heat pump design.

As an architectural project manager for 17 years, Stuart is currently completing work with NeighborWorks Toledo Region in a 40- home package that utilizes seven complementary home styles he designed that are appropriate for the historic neighborhood in which they reside. 

For the Toledo Olde Town (TOTCO) and the Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital Legacy District Project in Toledo, Ohio, his immediate task was to design affordable homes that were historically complimentary to the existing home styles of this 100 year+ designated inner-city neighborhood while incorporating the latest in advanced construction techniques, maintaining high standards in the performance of the systems designs and maximize the use of energy conservation means and methods.  

Stuart’s personal goal with these homes was that they needed to exceed the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Enterprise Green Communities design criteria, be independently tested and certified Energy Star® 5+ with a RESNET/HERS rating of 60 or better, exceeding IECC 2012 standards currently written, yet to be adopted legislatively in the state of Ohio.  

In his effort to exceed standard industry codes or practices, Stuart has helped prove that engineered affordable home design can maximize energy efficiency and provide aesthetic appeal and average a RESNET/HERS rating in the lower 40’s.

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Mike Collignon
Executive Director, Green Builder Coalition

As Executive Director of the Green Builder® Coalition, Mike engages in national and state-level advocacy, co-produces quarterly research reports, and publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter, a monthly member publication and a monthly feature in Green Builder® Magazine. He has presented at RESNET, EEBA, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Better Buildings: Better Business, Green Building Focus, and the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference. Mike has also delivered testimony at the IECC and IgCC final action hearings.

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Gord Cooke
President, Building Knowledge

Gord Cooke is president of Building Knowledge and a Professional Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry.  An educator, industry consultant, and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting solutions in an easily understood and practical real-world manner.  Gord shares his insights with passion as he advocates better building practices, and methods for simultaneously improving the energy efficiency, health, comfort and durability of new and existing homes.

Combining building science principles and strong, effective communication skills, with his training and technical background, Gord has presented workshops to building industry audiences at conferences across North America.

Gord was an IAQ trainer with CMHC and part of their International Building Technology Transfer Team. He is also a certified R-2000 and ENERGY STAR Design Evaluator and trainer, and a certified EEBA  “Houses That Work” presenter in the US. He is an active participant in technical and regulatory committees and is a frequent contributor of articles to industry publications.

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Lance Coyle
President, Appraisal Institute

M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA, of Dallas, is the 2015 president of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as immediate past president in 2016. He serves this year as chair of the organization’s Executive Committee and chairs its policy-setting Board of Directors.

Coyle served as president of the North Texas Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (2000) and was a member of the Region VIII Committee for multiple years. He was a member of the national Board of Directors (2003-05) and served as chair of Region VIII (2005). Coyle served as chair of the Appraisal Institute’s Education Committee (2009-10) and until his election as vice president was chair of AI’s Strategic Planning Committee.

He was a reviewer of two Appraisal Institute books – “Market Analysis for Real Estate” and “Real Estate Damages” — and was part of the development team for the Advanced Concepts course. He received the Appraisal Institute’s regional “Volunteer of Distinction” monthly honor in 2010.

Coyle has been involved in the real estate appraisal profession for 30 years. He is principal of Coyle Realty Advisors, a Dallas-based real estate services firm engaged in fee-based investment property valuation, analysis, research, expert witness testimony and counseling. He currently concentrates on providing support in real estate litigation cases, and has been a guest lecturer and author for several eminent domain conferences.

Coyle graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

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Walter Cuculic
National Sales Manager for Builder Programs, SolarCity

Walter Cuculic is an engineer, LEED AP and former general contractor with +20 years experience in the commercial and residential construction industries. Currently, Walter is the National Sales Manager for Builder Programs SolarCity, the nation’s leading clean energy company providing solar power to homes and businesses across the U.S.  Over the past 3 years, Walter has led SolarCity to become the premier solar partner for new home builders across the U.S.  SolarCity currently works with more than 80 home builders in 300 communities.

One of Walter’s first accomplishments at SolarCity was to partner with Shea Homes, one of America's largest privately owned new home builders, as part of their SheaXero program (The No Electric Bill Home).  Since partnering in 2012, Shea and SolarCity have sold thousands of “No Electric Bill Homes”.   

Prior to joining SolarCity in 2011, Walter worked for the PulteGroup, the nation’s largest home builder.  While at Pulte, Walter helped to develop their energy efficiency and green building strategies and launched the PulteGroup’s first solar communities.  Additionally, Walter led the development of Pulte’s first LEED for Homes project, Villa Trieste.  The Villa Trieste project was the largest platinum LEED for Homes project in the nation at the time, consisting of over 150 homes, and was a Department of Energy research program aimed at reducing peak energy.

From 2009 to 2013, Walter served on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council representing the home builder industry.  Walter has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

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Stephen Davis
CEO, Sustainable Consulting Group

Stephen Davis has worked in and around the insulation and construction industry for 30 years. A recovering HERS Rater, Stephen is the CEO of Sustainable Consulting Group, LLC. Sustainable Consulting Group is a small firm concentrating on building science consulting as well as integrating emerging technologies into the built world.  Prior to Sustainable Consulting Group, Stephen was the Director of Engineering for Demilec spray foam. While at Demilec he was responsible for product development and support, building science support, and technical assistance as well as fielding calls from raters, architects, engineers, code officials, contractors and homeowners. Previous to Demilec he was with MASCO Corporation’s Environments For Living program as a Regional Program Manager. While with EFL, Stephen liaised with raters and builders all over the US working on energy efficiency programs such as EFL, ENERGY STAR, Building America and others. In his various roles, Stephen has worked or consulted on projects throughout the US, Canada, and more than 15 countries on 5 continents. Outside of the building performance arena, Stephen is also the Founder and Principal of Davis|Jones Design Group which is a specialty firm concentrating on creating stunning presentations for businesses of all sizes and types.

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Wes Davis
Vice President, Quality Assured Programs, ACCA

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.

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Susan Davison
California Center for Sustainable Energy

Susan Davison has held leadership roles in developing innovative, high-profile, environmental and sustainability programs in California.  During her tenure at CSE, she has been responsible for the oversight, development of various real estate and finance efforts for the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership, including the expansion of the California PACE map and the Clean Energy Finance database.  Susan currently is responsible for the implementation of various initiatives under the Energy Upgrade California Statewide Financing Energy Pilots authorized by the CPUC.  With more than 17 years in the industry, she has extensive experience in the contractor marketplace. 

Prior to joining CCSE, Susan’s oversaw all the residential contractor-based home improvement programs at Build It Green, including strategic coordination for the highly successful Energy Upgrade California Program.  Her work efforts included coordinating with utilities and local governments to develop innovative and cost-effective programs that work for homeowners, contractors, and the industry.  Susan started her career at EDAW/AECOM, an international planning firm with offices in Southern California, where she held a key role in the early design of proprietary tools that measure horizontal and vertical sustainable design impacts.  She has worked on large-scale community development programs that are successful in the marketplace, and which have received prestigious awards for their planning efforts.

Professional affiliations include membership in the American Planning Association, as an AICP, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  Susan is a founding member of ULI’s Orange County/Inland Empire, Sustainable Communities Initiative Council.  She has a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies + Planning from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainability.

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Mike DeWein
Leidos

Mike joins Leidos as Manager of Special Projects in its Energy Engineering Division, and supports management and business development operations from the Albany, NY office.  He has over 30 years’ experience as a national and regional leader in Energy and Building Code technical support, advocacy and implementation project management, as well as providing guidance to efficiency projects ranging from Home Performance QA monitoring and training to Community Energy Management.  To amplify Leidos’ capacities in energy efficiency and leverage his national network of industry and state agency partnerships, Mr. DeWein is helping grow the Leidos Energy Engineering Division building codes expertise, bringing his expertise to bear on Utility, State SEP, Energy and other Codes and Efficiency efforts. A national expert and 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. In Illinois, Mike has a long track record, having successfully working with the City of Chicago Codes Office to develop and adopt its first Commercial Energy Code, supported the adoption of Illinois’ first statewide energy code, and managed statewide training, outreach, local and statewide advocacy.  He worked to develop the Metro Mayors’ Caucus (MMC) energy code implementation efforts 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, as manager of the Cornell Energy Systems manufacturing and distribution businesses, and as an accomplished proposal writer.  Mike has served on the Energy Code Advisory or Technical Committees of numerous States, and on code development Committees including the ICC – SEHPCAC, ASHRAE 189, and currently, the CBEI Existing Commercial Building “Change of Occupancy” proposal development project in Pennsylvania, and was on the original HERS Council Technical Committee developing the original Guidelines.

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Nathaniel Dick
Program Manager, NSTAR Electric and Gas

Nathaniel Dick is a Program Manager with NSTAR Electric and Gas, a Northeast Utilities company, where he works with developers and design teams to achieve energy efficiency through Mass Save's New Construction Services Program for Commercial & Industrial projects.  He primarily focuses on the multi-family high rise sector along with hotel, retail, grocery, and industrial projects.  Prior to working with NSTAR, he worked for seven years in the Mass Save Home Energy Services program with Conservation Services Group, working primarily with residential retrofit projects for 1-4 family buildings.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on policy from Colby College and is an AEE Certified Energy Manager.

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Neall Digert
Vice President of Product Enterprise, Solatube

Neall Digert, Ph.D., MIES, Vice President of Product Enterprise for Solatube International, Inc., has over twenty-nine years of consulting and education experience working in the energy/lighting/daylighting design and research fields, specializing in the design and application of advanced lighting and daylighting systems for commercial building applications.  He possesses a unique technical background in optical daylighting systems, architectural daylighting solutions, and advanced energy and lighting strategies.  As Solatube’s Vice President of Product Enterprise, Dr. Digert draws upon his expertise in the design and consulting arenas to build public awareness of new optical daylighting technologies, guide future product developments and refinements, develop new global sales and marketing strategies, and pioneer new design and application tools and protocols to support the successful integration of optical daylighting products into today’s commercial, educational, and industrial buildings.  Dr. Digert’s technical background encompasses illumination engineering, building energy engineering, and the psychology of perception relative to luminous environments.  Dr. Digert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering, a Master of Science degree in building energy/civil engineering, and a Doctorate in building energy/civil engineering, all earned at the University of Colorado.

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Brett Dillon
The Dillon Group

Brett founded Dillon Consulting (now IBS Advisors) because his purpose, his reason for existence on this planet, is to help other people succeed in becoming the best person to fill the role that their own purpose demands.

He saw a parallel need for business to do that as well-to become the best at what they were designed for.

Brett’s background is as varied as the services IBS Advisors provides.

Raised in a home building industry, Brett kept trying to run away from his vocation. For over a decade, he worked in law enforcement, as a private investigator specializing in surveillance, a security consultant in Central America, a professional submission fighter, and a pro-wrestler.

No matter how hard he tried, he always kept coming back to building and renovating homes.

Passionate about social justice, Brett finished his homebuilding career working as the Construction Director for the Habitat of Humanity affiliate in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But it was at a conference in Jacksonville, Florida, that he was confronted with a new paradigm that shifted him away from doing things the way they’ve always been done.

Thanks to Janet McIlvaine and Graham Davis, he transformed the way the affiliate built their homes. This saved money while improving comfort, durability, indoor air quality, and performance.

Brett went on to work for Southface in their local green building program EarthCraft House. He was the first Regional Program Manager, taking that program out of Atlanta to deployment state-wide in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. Brett was also one of their lead trainers for energy code workshops, HERS Rater training, and Building America workshops.

Brett left Southface to work with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a non-profit that specialized in urban redevelopment and revitalization. As the Development Program Manager, he was responsible for quality control. While there, he developed construction specifications for high performance homes.

After Brett left CNE, Dillon Consulting (now IBS Advisors), was formed.

Brett is a member of the RESNET Board of Directors, where he serves as the secretary on the Executive Committee and as the Chair of the Technical Committee and the RESNET ANSI Standards Development Committee. He also serves on the RESNET ANSI Standards Management Board. Brett is a RESNET-credentialed Quality Assurance Designee and a Rater Trainer, as well a a USGBC LEED for Home faculty member.

All of these experiences prepared Brett for achieving his life purpose: improve the lives of others.

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Doug Donovan
CEO and Co-Founder, Interplay Learning

Doug is the CEO and Co-Founder of Interplay Learning, the leader in 3-D simulation training and testing products in the professional trades industry.  Currently more than 15,000 students and professionals are using Interplay products to advance their technical skills. Doug’s background includes launching two software companies and Echo Mountain, a Colorado ski area. 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.

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Fiona Douglas-Hamilton
SEEC LLC

Fiona is the founder of SEEC LLC, a green real estate consulting, valuation and education firm located near Olympia, WA whose mission is to bring transparency to the market for high performance homes.  SEEC develops and delivers green value continuing education courses to appraisers and real estate brokers across multiple states, while partnering with state, regional and national organizations to develop market transparency programs.  In 2007, Fiona established the PNW’s Green Building Value Initiative and speaks regularly at the national level on green valuation and real estate, most recently for the EPA’s webinar series.

Fiona holds her WA Real Estate Instructor license, as well as being a Certified Distance Education Instructor. She has been instructing on green real estate and valuation since 2006 and served three years as president of the NW EcoBuilding Guild.  She is a faculty member for the EMERGE Leadership Project and is a regular contributing author for NAR’s Appraisal Insight.  Fiona has a background in commercial development and residential green building that spans twenty years.

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Scott Doyle
Director of Field Services Division, EnergyLogic

Scott Doyle is the Director of Field Services Division for EnergyLogic Inc., a Colorado based energy services organization primarily serving the residential efficiency sector. The Field Services Division houses four distinct but related business units: New Residential, Commercial, Multifamily/LEED, and Existing Homes. Scott joined the industry as a HERS Rater in 2003 after an early career in commercial and  industrial recycling. Since that time, he has performed inspections for code compliance, Energy Star compliance, and third party quality assurance on well over a thousand new and existing homes across a variety of construction types and climate zones. In 2007 he became a Residential Energy Services Network certified Quality Assurance Designee and Trainer. In 2008, he became a BPI Building Analyst, trainer, and field proctor. In 2013, he became one of only a handful of individuals to obtain the new Quality Control Inspector Advanced Certification from Building Performance Institute.  Scott has trained and mentored hundreds of energy professionals across the United States. He has served as a volunteer Subject Matter Expert assisting with multiple industry certification exam revisions.  Scott currently serves on the RESNET Training and Education Committee, Chair of the National Rater Exam Working Group, and is a nationally-recognized lecturer for the rating industry.

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Tushar Dutta
Sustainability Project Manager, LINC Housing

As Sustainability Project Manager, Tushar helps LINC Housing further its goals of achieving the highest industry standards in sustainability and energy efficiency. He oversees energy and water efficiency projects being completed on LINC’s portfolio and oversees energy and water data collection, monitoring, and analysis. His work is helping to develop SEED Partners, LINC's mission-driven energy and water services company aimed at providing similar project management services to other owners of multifamily housing. Tushar also assists with project research, feasibility analysis and efforts to secure sustainability project funding.

Tushar has a diverse background in energy efficiency program management, urban planning, and commercial real estate management. He has served as a consultant to municipal governments on several energy efficiency programs funded by DOE, the California Energy Commission and investor-owned utilities including Southern California Edison. Tushar received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from USC.

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Steve Easley
Steve Easley & Associates Inc.

Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners.  His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability, performance, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs.

Steve’s mission is helping industry professionals build & remodel structures that are durable, energy efficient, healthy and comfortable to live and work in.  He has more than 30 years of industry experience, performing thousands of jobsite quality surveys and presenting building science seminars around the world with an annual audience of 8-10,000 industry professionals.

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Todd Ebner
President, Solid Green Companies

Todd has built a 25+ year career in the software industry, including the building, deploying, operating and managing of a large scale internet residential property maintenance marketplace solution fueling growth from $100 Million to $350 Million within three years.   He has been recognized for providing innovative technology that revolutionized the inspection industry utilizing smartphone technology to prove accuracy of photographic inspection data.

His career includes the marketing and selling of large scale enterprise software solutions and the implementation of manufacturing and distribution systems. Todd has helped numerous companies improve market share and grow revenue while reducing process complexity and costs.

Todd currently serves as President of Solid Green Companies and is on the supplier Board of RESNET.

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Laurel Elam
RESNET

Laurel Elam has been RESNET’s Conference Coordinator since 2010 and Quality Assurance Manager since 2013.  Previous to joining RESNET Laurel was a project manager with the Appalachian State University Energy Center. She graduated from Appalachian State University, with a degree in Appropriate Technology and a minor in Sustainable Development. The main focus of her work at the Energy Center was specific to promotion of residential energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR Homes. She is the co-author and designer for the Affordable Passive Solar Planbook for North Carolina and was the coordinator of the annual NC ENERGY STAR Conference.

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Steve Ellison
Senior Manager, ICF International

Steve’s passion for energy efficiency began in 1977, when as an eager 12 year old he built his first “above code” dog house (an A-frame with R-11 vaults).  After a few short stints in the construction and education sectors, Steve has been actively working in the areas of energy/energy efficiency/sustainability since 1996. His past credentials include being a RESNET qualified HERS Rater/QA Designee, as well as a BPI Building Analyst Professional.  Now, as a Senior Manager with ICF International, Steve is currently involved with various residential and commercial DSM programs in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri and South Carolina, where he is continuously helping his utility clients navigate through the ever changing DSM landscape.

Having received three degrees from the University of Texas, Steve is an avid Longhorn who bleeds burnt orange through & through.  In his “down” time, Steve and his wife can usually be found at volleyball tournaments or track meets cheering on all five of their children in their athletic pursuits.

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Philip Fairey
Deputy Director, Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)

 Philip Fairey has been a member of the RESNET Board of Directors since 1998 and has served as President of RESNET twice, once from 2004-2006 and once from 2008-2010. Philip is currently a member of RESNET’s ANSI-accredited Standards Development Committee 300 and is Chairman of RESNET’s Standards Management Board.

Philip has more than 30 years of experience in building science research at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) where he has served as Deputy Director of FSEC since 1990. He has had primary responsibility for more than 30 major building science research contracts totaling more than $14 million. Philip has extensive expertise in combined heat and moisture transfer in buildings; heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems; building energy efficiency; humidity and moisture control; indoor air quality (IAQ); energy codes and standards; computer simulation and modeling; and building energy-efficiency rating systems. He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed technical papers and more than 100 technical reports.

Philip is also an active member of ASHRAE where he currently serves as a voting member of SSPC 62.2 on Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings and as chairman of SSPC 90.2 on Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings.  He also serves on the International Standards Organization’s TC163 WG4 on Energy Performance of Buildings.

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William 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.  Since 2007, he has led the 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.  EECC’s campaigns have helped boost the efficiency of the International Energy Conservation Code by at least 38% and have 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.

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Tom Flanagan
EnergyLogic

Tom is a QA and LEED for Homes specialist at EnergyLogic. He got his start in the construction industry swinging a hammer for his uncle’s home remodeling company. Tom has been rating new homes under the LEED for Homes and EnergyStar rating systems since 2010, and has experience working with all construction types – from custom single family to mid-rise multifamily. With his background in the construction world, Tom’s specialty is working with and training trade contractors onsite to ensure there is full buy-in across the spectrum with the requirements of the LEED process.

Relevant Experience
• A certified HERS Rater since November, 2011 and has performed ratings on over 300 new homes. This includes modeling each of these homes with REM/Rate.
• Has worked on over 100 LEED homes, including International projects, in consulting and field verification.

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Laurie Ford
Vice President Operations, Newland Communities

Ms. Ford is Vice President, Operations for the Triangle market.  She provides leadership in the areas of strategic project planning, asset management and project acquisitions.  She possesses over 20 years’ experience in the acquisition and development of mixed-use and master planned communities throughout the United States. For the 10 years prior to joining Newland, she consulted on a national basis to land developers, home builders and investment entities through her company Ford Revelations, Inc. Additionally, she acted as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, overseeing project planning and positioning efforts for the company’s master-planned communities.  Ms. Ford has attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

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Ashley Fowler
ICF International

Ashley Fowler is an associate at ICF International supporting ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and several utility programs across the country. Ashley has four years’ experience in building energy modeling and residential energy efficiency policy development. Ms. Fowler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

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Laura Franke
Managing Director, Public Financial Management, Inc.

Laura Franke is a Managing Director with PFM, the nation’s largest independent financial advisory firm.  Laura leads the firm’s Environmental Finance practice which is focused on providing financing solutions for environmentally friendly projects that may utilize tax-exempt debt. Services to clients include consulting, transaction advisory, and financial program management (including Property Assessed Clean Energy and On-Bill programs) along with traditional debt issuance. Since joining PFM, she has provided information to clients and colleagues nationwide regarding the relevance of Environmental Finance opportunities as a cross-specialization that works across all specialty practice groups. These efforts have resulted in special assignments with new and existing PFM clients.  Laura’s understanding of client goals related to energy savings initiatives, combined with her expertise in financing structures that utilize unique incentives and structures has provided meaningful solutions to a wide variety of client types nationwide.

Prior to joining PFM, Laura had her own financial advisory firm from 2008 to 2011, and previously worked as an investment banker for over 20 years with Piper Jaffray & Co. and George K. Baum & Co.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University.

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Dean Gamble
Technical Manager, ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program

Dean is the technical manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, which he has helped support, define, and implement for over a decade. With over 1.5 million homes certified, ENERGY STAR is the nation’s largest voluntary residential market transformation program, delivering cost-effective energy-efficient homes while improving their durability, comfort, and quality.

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Todd Gamboa
President, Building Trust LLC

Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC, has been in the building industry for almost 30 years, managing private and public homebuilding companies. He is considered a champion in the field of “Green” and energy efficient home building and remodeling. As a consultant and public speaker, he has trained thousands of builders, architects, contractors, code officials, appraisers, and REALTORS® across the country.

He has launched and managed energy efficiency programs for state and federal governmental agencies and utility providers. His interactive high energy trainings are offered by utility companies, builder and Realtor associations, “Green” businesses, and NFP organizations throughout the US. He is currently creating energy saving programs for the US Government – Dept of Defense/US Army and managing a High Performance Homes program for the Colorado Energy Office. Mr. Gamboa is also an inductee into the Built Green Hall of Fame.

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Rick Gazica
Manager, ICF International

Rick Gazica is a Manager at ICF International with more than 10 years of experience in residential new construction.  During his time with ICF International, he has launched 5 separate new homes programs on behalf of utilities in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania.  In addition to his work with utilities, he also supports the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program nationally.  He is the corporate account manager for the top 20 production builders and is also the technical training lead for the program as well as a subject matter expert for the client.  Prior to working with ICF, he worked at NVR as a project and costing manager in Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He received his Bachelors degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University in 2004.

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John Godden
CRESNET

John Godden has over 30 years of experience as a home and heating system designer and a hands-on builder with projects that include the “Clearsphere”, a CHBA EnviroHome. A graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, John is a leading energy-rater and consultant for Better than Code, ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide and LEED for Homes programs. John co-designed ENERGY STAR workshops for builders and advisors in Ontario and regularly delivers seminars on air-tightness, better building practices, and green sales and marketing.  John is the President of the Canadian Residential Energy Service Network (CRESNET) and the founder of the Sustainable Housing Foundation. He was a member of the national technical committee that developed the LEED Canada for Homes program.

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David Goldstein
NRDC

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. He was a founding director of the Institute for Market Transformation, 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.”

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Andy Gordon
Energy Specialist, 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.

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Scott Grefsheim
Senior Product Engineer, Aprilaire

As a Senior Product Engineer for Aprilaire, Scott Grefsheim brings over 21 years of experience in the residential HVAC industry. After graduating with a B.S.M.E. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and after a brief stint with an AE firm designing commercial HVAC and plumbing systems, he joined Aprilaire as a Product Testing Technician and then quickly moved to Product Engineer to assist with the launch of the first Aprilaire zone control system. Since then, Scott has been involved in most of the HVAC accessory products for Aprilaire including Zone Control Systems, Thermostats, Air Cleaners, Dehumidifiers and most recently, Ventilation Products. Scott has assisted with the launch of three new product lines by developing product specifications, testing to ensure those specifications have been met and seeing development to launch. In his role, he has become familiar with a multitude of codes, requirements and standards related to product performance, application and safety.

Scott has written many of the product installation/operation manuals and product application guides for Aprilaire products. He has presented numerous training webinars for both internal staff and contractors and published a technical white paper on electronic air cleaners, making him uniquely qualified to present technical information in an understandable, usable format.

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Charlie Haack
Senior Associate, ICF International

Charlie Haack is a consultant with ICF International, where he works on residential energy efficiency policy development, energy code development , and utility energy efficiency program implementation. Charlie has provided technical programmatic support for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program since 2010. Prior to joining ICF International, Charlie served as ASHRAE’s public policy intern in Washington, DC. Charlie is a BPI certified Building Analyst and LEED accredited professional.

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Jamie Hager
Green Building Specialist, Southern Energy Management

A Certified Green Professional, HERS Rater, National Green Building Standards Verifier, LEED H AP, LEED Green Rater, LEED Provider QAD, Passive House Rater and National Green Building Standards Partner of the Year, Jamie has her head wrapped around the residential green building certification industry.  She has been excited to be part of the Team that continues to keep NC in the top 5 states in the country for certified green homes.  As the Green Building Programs Manager at Southern Energy Management, she enjoys engaging builders and developers on and off site to help them identify cost saving, healthy, market focused strategies to improve the durability and energy performance of their homes and communities.  Wrapping up her 12th year in the construction industry, Jamie is excited about housing's future in sustainable energy solutions.

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Sophia Hartkopf
Senior Project Manager, TRC Energy Services

Sophia Hartkopf is a Senior Project Manager with TRC Energy Services. Sophia manages two California multifamily whole-building programs on behalf of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Multifamily Upgrade Program and California Multi-Family New Homes (CMFNH). Sophia has over eight years’ experience working with multifamily building professionals on energy efficiency projects throughout the state of California. Sophia holds BPI Multifamily Building Analyst and Build it Green Certified Green Building Professional certifications.

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Amanda Hatherly
Director, New Mexico Energy$mart Academy at Santa Fe Community College

Amanda Hatherly is the Director of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy at Santa Fe Community College and the Principle Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant that is creating innovative simulations for learning building science concepts. She also teaches courses in energy efficiency, environmental health and healthy homes at Santa Fe Community College and Boston Architecture College.

Amanda is on the board of the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders’ Association and Energy Out West. She is on the National Center for Healthy Housing Curriculum Committee and the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission. She oversaw the successful Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) accreditation of all four home energy professional programs at Santa Fe Community College.

She has a graduate degree in Educational Technology, specializing in adult online course design.

Amanda is regularly invited to speak about energy efficiency, green building and healthy homes issues around the country including the MIT Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

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Shawna Henderson
Blue House Energy

Shawna Henderson, based out of Nova Scotia, Canada, has worked in the field of energy-efficiency and housing since 1992, as principal of Abri Sustainable Design. In 2008, she started Bfreehomes Design Ltd. Her experience with the R-2000 and EnerGuide for Houses (ecoENERGY) programs, coupled with research carried out for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Natural Resources Canada, provides the backbone of Bfreehomes consulting services. A new company, Blue House Energy was hatched in 2012, to provide interactive comprehensive, online education for trades, renovators, contractors, and energy efficiency professionals (see www.bluehouseenergy.com).

Shawna works with eight to fifteen individual clients each year on a wide variety of projects: load-bearing straw bale homes, double-wall new construction, standard stick framing and deep energy retrofits of existing houses. In addition, she has designed integrated renewable energy systems for several clients. Shawna has the ability to bring cutting-edge industry knowledge to builders and homeowners in an understandable and informed manner.

In 2007, Shawna served on the Selection Committee for CMHC’s EQuilibrium House Initiative. In 2010, she served on the Information Subcommittee for the EnerGuide for Houses Rating System Upgrade. She has presented at many conferences including Nova Scotia’s EnerHouse (1999, 2007, 2009); CMHC’s first national Affordable Retrofit Conference (2009) and Affordable Comfort Institute’s National Conference (2008, 2010). In 2011, she worked with NRCan to develop a transferable presentation for builders on solar thermal space and water heating systems for the pilot project of Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) Initiative in London, Ontario.

Currently, Shawna is co-chair of the Education Activation Team for the Net Zero Energy Home Coalition and is a member of the Trilateral Green Building Construction Task Force, led by the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). She is an invited observer on the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Net Zero Energy Council, and the US Department of Energy (DoE) Building Science Task Force.

Ms. Henderson is also a published author of books on sustainable housing: Deep Energy Retrofits for Cool Climate Houses, (in progress), The Cool Climate Solar Home Design Manual, Earthscan Publishers, 2010; The Canadian Solar Home Design Manual, Solar Nova Scotia, 2009; The Maritime Solar Shelter Manual, Solar Nova Scotia, 1992.

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Bridget Herring
Associate, Mathis Consulting Company

Bridget Herring has over 4 years experience in environmental outreach and education including campaigns pertaining to university green building and resource management policies, regional air quality education programs, city public transit planning and energy code education.  She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental education, and a minor in political science.  As an associate for Mathis Consulting Company, she has conducted an aggressive outreach campaign and provided on-site support for energy code education to building professionals across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  She has participated in research and cost analyses in support of the efforts to improve energy codes and standards at both the state and national level.  Bridget was an active participant in the development of the latest edition of the IECC, reviewing code proposals and providing technical support on the ground to voting members at the final action hearings.  She engaged a diverse group of stakeholders to participate in targeted trainings on Florida’s building codes and policies.  Bridget participated in South Carolina’s Energy Advisory working group on the cost analysis and comparison of the 2006, 2009 and 2012 IECC.  She was an active participant in the development of the second edition of the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code.  She has co-authored papers and presented at ACEEE on improved educational structures in support of energy code adoption and implementation as well as the efficiency potential in Western North Carolina’s manufactured housing stock.

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CR Herro
Meritage Homes

C.R. Herro is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Meritage Homes, a large-volume national home builder. CR leads their Energy and Innovation Program, which combines design, energy efficiency, water management, sustainability, and new technologies to establish a new standard in home building that provides better comfort and healthier air as well as less cost to own and operate.  In the last three years, Meritage has received numerous awards, including the EnergyValue Housing Award, Best Green Building Program Award, NAHB Builder of the Year and the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award, recognizing ongoing industry leadership.

C.R. earned a Bachelors of Science at Arizona State University in Physical and Life Science, a Masters in Environmental Science from Governors State, and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. CR serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, the RESNet Standards Development Committee, the Board of Directors for the Green Chamber of Commerce, the Technical Committee for the Leading Builders of America, and the Ibacos Best Practice Research Alliance. 

CR is a dynamic public speaker, who is convinced building higher-performance homes can win market share and improve profit performance. He has appeared before numerous groups nationally as an advocate to advance the industry, encourage rational regulations and bring associated stakeholders together toward adopting credible improvements to the function, performance, and long term value of new homes.

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Bob Hitchner
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Nexus eWater

Bob Hitchner joined the US-Australian trans-national company, Nexus eWater, to lead sales and marketing as it launched its eWater Recycling System – the world’s first Home Water & Energy Recycler.   The eWater Recycling System can process and recycle the two constituent components in a home’s grey water:  The water itself, which is treated to the near-potable standards of NSF-350, and the energy (heat) that is embedded in the water.  Prior to joining Nexus, Bob headed up marketing and sales functions at two different gas tankless water heater brands, Noritz America Corporation and Rheem Manufacturing.  An avid student of business globalization, Hitchner invested his early career years as a consultant in Japan.  He is an East Asian Studies graduate of Harvard University and fluent in the Japanese language.

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Michael Hobbs
President, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy

Michael Hobbs is the President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary real estate appraisal and consulting firm.  PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy is the only Midwest appraisal firm staffed with multiple certified appraisers possessing significant experience in the high-performance, sustainable, and energy efficient segments.  For more than 20 years, Michael has utilized his real estate investment, management, development and appraisal experience to guide clients through their real estate projects to achieve success.   Michael is an Illinois state-certified real estate appraiser who completed the Valuation of Sustainable Buildings curriculum by the Appraisal Institute.  He regularly performs court testimony as an expert witness in various local, state and federal courts.  Michael has been active in guiding the profession on “green valuation” issues and challenges while providing education and research on green policies and appraisal practices in the Midwest. His focus is on green, energy efficient, and net-zero residential and commercial properties.  He holds the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute, the LEED Green Associate, an accreditation of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the RAA designation from the National Association of Realtors.  In addition to real estate appraising, Michael is an instructor, columnist, author, and national speaker addressing the topics of real estate investing, real estate appraisal and sustainable and energy efficiency's impact on property appraisal values.  He is a guest lecturer at Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, DePaul University and  Harold Washington University.  When Michael is not speaking and writing on real estate and green building, he focuses on investing and entrepreneurship.  He is a board member of The Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Chicago Chapter, a global network of more than 10,000 business owners in 60 countries.

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Mike Hodgson
ConSol

ConSol is a California corporation based in Stockton, California. ConSol provides broad experience with energy efficiency, retrofit, and green program design and management; building audits and training. ConSol also offers leading-edge research and energy consulting in systems and technologies to improve sustainability of new and existing buildings.

Mike Hodgson founded ConSol in 1983.  He brings over three decades of experience in making new and existing buildings more energy efficient.  He has positioned ConSol as the builder’s energy advocate at the local, state, and national level, working extensively in energy and green codes, program management and market transformation.

Hodgson led the development and implementation of energy efficiency and green market transformation programs.  Hodgson has been awarded the National Green Advocate award by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), U.S. Department of Energy’s Technical Assistance Award, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® Award, the Pacific Gas & Electric’s Energy Efficiency Services Excellence Award and the California Community College Teacher of the Year Award. 

He currently serves as chair for the California Building Industry Association’s Energy Subcommittee, and the National Association of Homebuilders’ Energy and Green Builder Subcommittees.  He is also a founding director of the California Association of Building Energy Consultants.

Hodgson holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of California at Davis.

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Roy Honican
Residential Services Coordinator, Blue Grass Energy

Roy Honican has been the Residential Services coordinator at Blue Grass Energy in Nicholasville since January 2002, after a long career in the electrical and HVAC industries. In his present position, Roy is responsible for residential energy efficiency, including Energy Smart Builder and Touchstone Energy Living programs. Other industry-related actives include, Midwest Residential Energy Conference Chair, RESNET Board of Directors and Touchstone Energy Residential Energy committee. Roy holds certifications as a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, a HERS Rater, a RESNET Green Rater and has a Green Advantage Residential Certification. He was named the HBAL Associate of the Year in 2010. Roy’s personal mission in life is to help people and his passion is energy efficiency.

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Cardice Howard
Operations Manager, Garland Insulating

Cardice Howard has been with Garland Insulating serving as Operations Manager since 2012. Ms. Howard brings more than 20 years’ experience in the insulation industry and leads our safety and training programs in addition to directing operations. Previously, Ms. Howard was with Vice President of Select Insulation & Drywall where she was honored with the “Contractor of the Year” award under the Certified Insulation Program. Ms. Howard started her career in the early nineties with Garland Insulating as Scheduler and then Production Manager before continuing to progress her career with large national consolidators Builders First Source and United Subcontractors Inc. (USI).

Ms. Howard is heavily involved in the industry and serves on the board of directors for the High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP) organization, a collaboration of major insulation manufacturers working together to create a unified training credential for insulation contractors. As a leading expert on production training, Ms. Howard was also tapped to work exclusively with RESNET to develop an online software application for field insulation technician training which was released nationally at the 2014 RESNET Conference. She also holds a host of technical and building science credentials including BIBs, Certified Performance Home, CertaSpray, Forticel and HPIP Platinum Level certifications.

Ms. Howard earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Rob Howard
Sustainable Building Specialist, Habitat Humanity International

Rob Howard is a Sustainable Building Specialist with Habitat for Humanity International. He previously served as Construction Manager at Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity where they built over fifty ENERGY STAR certified homes through Advanced Energy’s System Vision program. They also built the first Net-Zero Energy Home in North Carolina in partnership with Appalachian State University. In 2006, Rob became a RESNET 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. Rob is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

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Peter Hubbe
Account Manager, ICF International

Peter Hubbe is an Account Manager for the MassSave Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program of the Joint Management Committee of Massachusetts utility companies and energy efficiency service providers.  He is working with Program Administrators and ICF team members implementing an “Energy Savings Initiative”.   This initiative will provide Program Administrators with a picture of the opportunities and challenges that a new program implementation will bring.  Additionally, Peter provides outreach and support to builders and developers of new homes as well as providing support to HERS raters. 

Peter has 20 years’ experience in the energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic fields.  He has provided LEED for Homes and HERS rating services to builders and developers. He has provided Solar PV training to electricians and coordinated sales and installation of solar photovoltaic systems to Massachusetts homeowners and home builders.  He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

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Nick Hurst
ICF International

Nick Hurst supports the EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program and WaterSense New Homes Program with partner engagement, training, and technical support.  Nick holds a Master of Science in Technology concentrating in Building Science and is also a BPI Building Analyst and LEED GA.  As a former home builder, remodeler, and educator, he coordinates a team of consulting contractors at ICF International that assist industry professionals in building and verifying high performance homes.

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Aaron Husak
Balanced Comfort LLC

Aaron Husak is focused on the improvement of comfort, health and efficiency for homes and businesses by promoting energy conservation and efficiency through diagnostic assessments.  In 2006, Husak started his career in energy by making cold calls for solar and worked his way up to sales and marketing manager with a team of 5 full time solar sales persons.  Since then he has started 2 businesses performing home and business assessments and has traveled throughout California training contractors and industry professionals on Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst standards.  He is passionate about helping people understand the danger of carbon monoxide and improving quality of life through conservation and efficiency.

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James Jackson
Instructor, ICF International

ICF International instructor, James Jackson has over 15 years of experience in the field of energy efficiency and electric distribution. He is a certified BPI Building Analyst-Envelop Professional, RESNET HERS Rater, Level 1 Thermographer, and has completed the ACCA EPIC instructor training for HVAC design. James has also worked in the HVAC industry as a designer/installer and has experience working in the new home construction industry. Over 12+ years working for an electric utility, James worked on multiple energy efficiency projects to include agricultural/industrial demand side management, HVAC demand side management, home energy audits and new construction consulting. James is a seasoned trainer, presenting at conferences such as RESNET and ACI, providing a real world perspective on the materials covered. He also conducts residential HVAC design classes for utility programs.

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Linda Jeng
Market Development and Technical Support, Dow Building Solutions

Linda is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Applied Science and Chemical Engineering.  She has more than 24 years experience with Dow in the chemicals and construction industry with a focus on material science, application development and building performance.  She is a Building science expert on insulation products, thermal and moisture performance of building envelopes, and air sealing solutions.  For the past 5 years, she is a registered continuing education trainer with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth - Bureau of Construction Codes.  Linda is currently on the RESNET Technical Standard Calculation Sub-Committee.

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Dallas Jones
President, Green Training USA

Dallas Jones, President of Green Training USA, is a nationally recognized educator and developer of education materials, with 30 years and 10,000+ hours of classroom teaching experience.  Dallas developed online and/or classroom training curriculum for more than twenty courses on topics related to indoor air quality, radiation science, energy-efficiency, building analysis, building performance, commercial lighting assessment and quality assurance.  Recent projects include course development, design and online delivery of the High Performance Insulation Professional’s Certification Curriculum and online producer of SPFA’s Spray Polyurethane Foam Certification Courses.  For the last four years, Dallas has been retained as a subject matter expert for Home Depot At Home Services. He is a member of the RESNET Training and Education Committee and served as a group leader for the development of the RESNET Chapter 7 Energy Audit Standards and EnergySmart Contractor Guidelines. His certifications include: HERS Rater, Rater Trainer, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, BPI Approved Field Examiner, BPI Certified Quality Assurance Inspector, ASNT Level 1 Certified Thermographer, and NEHA Certified Radon Measurement and Mitigation Specialist and Educational Instructor.

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Achilles Karagiozis
Director, Building Science, Owens Corning

Dr. Karagiozis is Director, Building Science at Owens Corning.
He is responsible for leading, shaping, driving, educating and training others in energy efficiency and green building science at Owens Corning. His activities involve feeding Owens Corning’s innovation pipeline with customer-inspired and building science-informed solutions.

Previously, Dr. Karagiozis was a distinguished research and development engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He was in charge of research performed at ORNL in heat, air and moisture performance of buildings.

Dr. Karagiozis is one of the leading building scientists in North America. He has been performing building science research for the past 20 years, trained more than 1000 professionals in moisture design, and championed and assisted in the development of innovative material systems and concepts. Research activities have been concentrated in energy efficiency, healthy, durable and sustainable building designs, housing integration issues, wireless route sensing, whole building performance applications, heating, ventilating and air conditioning of buildings and hygrothermal performance of envelopes.

Dr. Karagiozis is still involved in the WUFI-ORNL development team, working closely with ORNL and Fraunhofer Institute. He was the U.S. representative for IEA Annex 55 on Retrofit Analysis in Buildings, and is involved in a number of ASTM E06 technical committees and ASHRAE TC 4.4, and SPC 160. He has also developed three or four of the world's most advanced hygrothermal models worldwide (WUFI, MOISTUREEXPERT, LATENITE family). As an expert in the area of Moisture Engineering, he has solved many hygrothermal designs and retrofit challenges, and has developed multiple design guidelines for various envelope systems. Dr. Karagiozis is the author of more than 120 technical papers and reports related to moisture

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Cy Kilbourn
Co-founder and Director of Engineering, Ekotrope

Cy Kilbourn is co-founder and Director of Engineering at Ekotrope, a software company that helps building designers make smart energy decisions and reduce construction costs.  He spent time at Brown University and M.I.T. developing the patented optimization algorithms behind Ekotrope software and lead the development effort to establish Ekotrope as a RESNET accredited HERS rating software.  Since then, he has worked with some of the largest builders in the country to help improve their energy design strategies.

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Gary Klein
President, Gary Klein and Associates

Gary Klein, President of Gary Klein & Associates has been intimately involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1974. One fifth of his career was spent in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the rest in the United States. Mr. Klein has a passion for hot water: getting into it, getting out of it and efficiently delivering it to meet customer's needs. After serving 19 years with the California Energy Commission, he has provided consulting on sustainability since 2008. Mr. Klein received a BA from Cornell University in 1975 with an Independent Major in Technology and Society with an emphasis on energy conservation and renewable energy.

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Abe Kruger
SK Collaborative

Abe Kruger honed his expertise in sustainable construction over the last 10 years as a contractor, educator, and consultant in the residential construction industry. He trains construction industry professionals across the country on sustainable building practices. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated energy efficiency programs for over thirty electric and gas utilities, including ENERGY STAR new homes, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, low-income weatherization, and HVAC tune-up programs. He has numerous industry accreditations, including Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, LEED Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Trainer and Rater.

Abe is the cofounder of SK Collaborative, which provides consulting, design reviews and charrettes, training, and building certification under LEED for Homes, EarthCraft House, ENERGY STAR, the National Green Building Standard, and Enterprise Green Communities. He is also the coauthor of the first residential green building textbook, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Delmar/Cengage Learning).

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Roger Lange
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.  The most recent innovation for Bonded Builders has been development of the revolutionary Residential Energy Guarantee product providing builders with an energy use guarantee to put behind their energy efficient construction.

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Ria Langheim
California Center for Sustainable Energy

As a member of the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Research and Analysis team, Ria Langheim provides program evaluation and research that informs decision-makers and market stakeholders about the impacts of energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation programs and policies. Prior to joining CSE,  she worked with a renewable energy consulting company in Germany and Boston on a range of energy projects encompassing PV, wind power, mini-combined heat and power, enhanced geothermal systems and smart grid applications. Ria has an M.S. degree in environmental science and policy (Clark University) and an M.A. degree in English philology, business administration and public law (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg).

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Ken Levenson
475 High Performance Building Supply

Ken Levenson graduated from Pratt Institute in 1989 and has been a registered architect in New York State since 1993. Ken became a Certified Passive House Consultant in 2010, incorporating the Passive House standard into projects, including several historic building renovations in "Brownstone Brooklyn".   In 2011, frustrated with the lack of available high-quality building materials and know-how in the building supply industry, Ken became a founding partner in 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to providing those products that help transform green building into high-performance building across the US.   Ken is also a founding board member of New York Passive House, the National Passive House Alliance and the North American Passive House Network. Ken regularly lectures on the Passive House standard and building science.

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Brian Lieburn
Residential Applications Development Leader, Dow Building Solutions R&D

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, customer service, product design, purchasing and estimating for Sovereign Development Corporation. 

He currently holds the title Residential Applications Development Leader within Dow Building Solutions.  His work at Dow has centered on new product and application development. He is affiliated with several building code organizations & standards committees. He has authored external publications and has given numerous presentations.

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Tony Liou
Principal Engineer and President, Partner Energy, Inc.

As Principal Engineer and President, Tony is responsible for all operations and sales for Partner Energy. Tony began his career as an Aerospace Engineer with Northrop Grumman. He later worked for Siemens Building Technologies where he was responsible for customer acquisitions, engineering design, and estimating for building automation and controls, fire-life safety and security systems. After graduating from business school, Tony worked as a Senior Associate Director for a private equity firm in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to founding Partner Energy, Tony was a sales and marketing manager for a local energy services company.

Tony holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University where he graduated cum laude and a MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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Michael Lubliner
WSU Energy Program

Michael Lubliner has worked in the energy conservation and renewable energy field for over 35 years, starting his career as the Pacific Northwest regional distributor for Grumman, Bio-Energy Systems and other renewable energy products. In 1983, Lubliner began working for the Washington State Energy Office and then the WSU Energy Program, where he helped develop, implement, evaluate and refine the Northwest Power Planning Council’s Model Conservation Standards, state energy codes, and Super Good Cents site-built and manufactured housing programs. He works in support of Washington State and national energy conservation programs, including Building America and ENERGY STAR.

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Dan Lutz
Building Performance Specialist, Knauf Insulation

Dan consults and educates builders, architects, and energy raters on energy efficiency and sustainability, working primarily in the South. His expertise is in applied building science, with particular focus on improving design and implementation of high-performance residential enclosures. Prior to joining Knauf Insulation, Dan worked at Advanced Energy, where he managed field operations for both new construction and retrofit programs. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Anna, and two young children. Dan enjoys gardening, Duke basketball, and is conducting a deep energy retrofit of his 1924 Craftsman bungalow.

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Jamie Lyons
Newport Partners, LLC

Jamie Lyons is a mechanical and environmental engineer with two decades of experience in high performance buildings and energy efficient technologies.  His areas of focus include technical support for high performance building programs; R&D on emerging technologies; training of industry groups; strategic planning; and codes/standards development.  Jamie routinely works with different industry groups including federal agencies (US DOE; US HUD); utilities, builders, energy raters, manufacturers, code officials, and housing non-profits on energy-related projects.  For the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program, Jamie manages the technical specs, trains builders and raters, and supports partnerships with states and utilities.  Jamie is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland, a member of ASHRAE, and holds a BS from the University of Virginia (Mechanical Engineering) and an MS from Johns Hopkins University (Environmental Engineering).

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Ethan MacCormick
Technical Lead, Performance Systems Development

Ethan MacCormick has been with Performance Systems Development since 2003 as an Energy Rater/Building Analyst, software developer, Home Performance Contractor/Manager, and extensively as a Building Science trainer. He is a BPI field super-proctor, a RESNET trainer, and has presented on home performance, software, and training at several conferences. Ethan is the chief technical lead for PSD’s Efficiency Programs deployment team. Prior to joining PSD, he built homes professionally since the early 1980s.

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Eric Makela
Britt/Makela Group, Inc.

Eric Makela’s building energy codes expertise spans 25 years, numerous states, and several foreign countries. Makela served on the ICC IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles.  He now represents the Northwest Energy Codes Group in developing IECC code change proposals.  In addition he represented DOE on a team that developed a commercial code change proposal for the IECC that resulted in a 20% increase in efficiency over earlier codes.   Makela served as a senior member of the U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program where his focus was on outreach and education to states and national stakeholders including the International Code Council, Building Code Assistance Project and the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations.  He also was a principal contributor to the 90% Compliance tools development effort which included field training for data collectors.  Makela also oversaw their IECC Code Development effort for both commercial and residential buildings.   Over his career Makela  has trained in over 20 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, to the building, design and enforcement industry in a variety of venues; he has provided technical assistance nationally on energy code related issues to the building, design and enforcement industry for both residential and commercial projects.  He has also participated in, or managed training program development for training programs, tools and documents supporting the IECC including the development of MECcheck and COMcheck tools, IECC Inspection videos, training programs and curriculum development for Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho and Colorado.  Makela also served as the Technical Director for the California Building Codes Institute where he was responsible for training over 500 jurisdictions on enforcement of California’s Title 24 energy code.  He was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and was the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. Eric has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in education from California State University, Sacramento.

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Steve Malon
Malon Insulation Service

Malon Insulation Service Inc. was started in 1972 by my father Don Malon and myself. After I finished High school and went on to trade school and the School of Mines for college courses, Icame into the business full-time with my dad as soon as Ifinished my initial education.

Malon Insulation started out as a very small company with my father and myself with one hired helper and we currently have grown to about 20 employees and work in 7 states. Iam company president in a full time capacity and currently conduct insulation training systems for HPIP, (High Performance Insulation Professionals) Association in the US and Canada. I and my company routinely provide consulting of thermal dynamics and insulation systems for building contractors, architects and engineering firms. We specialize in the unusual thermal and moisture control applications that no one else wants or can do.

Iam currently Vice President of HPIP and will be President of HPIP in 2015- 2016. Iand my company are certified in numerous insulation systems as well as spray foam, the Blow-In-Blanket System and Spider Insulation System and am also trained in HERS ( Home Energy Rating System ) and an Energy Smart Contractor for RESNET.

My company is a certified fireproofing and fire-stopping contractor with lsolatek , Hilti and 3M and we have now been in the insulation and energy conservation field for over 42 years and Iget to learn more about my field every year.

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Bruce Manclark
Director of Training, CLEAResult

Bruce Manclark is a nationally recognized leader in residential energy efficiency technical training, implementation of conservation programs, quality control testing and consulting on energy efficiency.  Bruce has provided more than 300 energy efficiency-related classroom trainings.

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Chris Mathis
Mathis Consulting Company

Chris Mathis has spent the past 35 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to long-term durability and sustainability. Today, Chris and his consulting team focus on working with clients leveraging the knowledge and experience he has gained to improve buildings, building products and the codes and standards that govern them.

Chris received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT, where his work centered on energy use in buildings. He has served since as a Scientist in the Insulation Technology Laboratory at the Owings-Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, was the Director of the Thermal Testing Laboratory for the NAHB Research Center and was the Director of Marketing for Architectural Testing, Inc., a private laboratory specializing in the performance of buildings and building products.
Chris has been involved in state, national and international code development since 1988. He was selected four times to serve on the International Energy Conservation Code Committee of the ICC. He was also selected to be a member of ICC’s Sustainable Building Technology Committee helping to draft a national model code for sustainable buildings. He was recently selected to serve as vice chair of the Development Committee for the 2015 edition of the National Green Building Standard of NAHB.

Chris is a powerful speaker who captures his audiences’ attention and excites their resolve to build better homes. He lives and works near the farm he grew up on in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

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Andrew McAllister
Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Commissioner of the California Energy Commission in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.

Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Elizabeth MCollum
Program Manager, TRC

Ms. McCollum is Program Manager at TRC and has eight years of experience designing and implementing multifamily retrofit programs. She currently manages or supports implementation of whole building multifamily retrofit programs for all four California Investor Owned Utilities. She holds a B.S. in Architecture an M.S. in Sustainable Design. She is also California Whole-House Rater and BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

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Shannon McSwiney
Marketing Director, Newland Communities

Shannon McSwiney, MIRM serves as Marketing Director with Newland Communities, responsible for assembling and directing the marketing strategy in existing and new communities in North Carolina. Her oversight includes brand development, product segmentation, customer research, marketing oversight, competitive analysis, leadership and team development. She has more than 14 years’ experience working in the engineering, construction and development industry. Shannon has been directly accountable for all aspects of marketing management including strategic planning for online, print, radio advertising and social media outlets and excels at driving sales through traditional and emerging marketing techniques. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing/management and advertising from Northwood University as well as a Master in Residential Marketing from the NAHB.

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Chris McTaggart
The BER

Chris McTaggart of Building Efficiency Resources (BER) is the QA/QC manager in support of the PHIUS+ Rater program. BER is a national third-party RESNET QA Provider working with independent rating companies throughout the United States. He recently completed the PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant training program.

His experience in research, analysis and logic developed both through his professional experience and formal education at Michigan State University. His areas of interest are in energy modeling, energy efficiency programs, and Net-Zero energy building projects. Throughout his career as a HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, QAD and Trainer, Chris has served as QAD for three RESNET Rating Providers, performed over 300 HERS ratings, 100+ home performance assessments, and has mentored over 50 Provisional HERS Raters. Additionally, Chris has written a variety of technical articles.

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Joe Medosch
Energy & Environmental Consulting llc

Providing practical “universal” training and communication skills to building profesionals.

A “Comfort Consultant” Trainer, providing solutions on home performance testing and installations. Also a marketing and training consultant to Retrotec Inc. Developed energy management curriculum for
Technical College System of Georgia, and was the Energy Manager at University of Georgia, Tifton.

Certifications include: Energy Auditor, BPI- Building Analyst & Envelope Professional, ICCCommercial
& Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner and Residential Building Inspector, NABCEP PV Certified, Inactive HERS Rater and IAQ Professional.

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Vrushali Mendon
Research Engineer, PNNL’s Building Energy Codes Program

Vrushali Mendon is a research engineer with PNNL’s Building Energy Codes Program. Since joining PNNL in 2010, she has been a core member of the Residential and Commercial Building Energy Codes R&D team and PNNL’s Building Energy Simulation Team. In building energy codes, her primary area of focus is residential buildings and the IECC. She has also conducted large scale simulation analyses for the Army and the Masonry Alliance. More recently, she has been working on the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project and on exploring the peak demand reduction potential of building energy codes with utilities in Nebraska.

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Eric Miller
National Sales Manager, Solatube International, Inc

Eric H. Miller is the National Sales Manager for Solatube International, Inc., where he manages residential sales for the United States and Canada.  Eric educates building material distributors, builders, developers, roofers, and retrofitters about daylighting and solar powered ventilation strategies for single and multifamily homes. Additionally, he guides the company’s proactive strategies to adapt to the evolution of sustainable building codes and policies. Eric has a background in environmental consulting, construction finance, and energy efficient building design/retrofitting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Amherst College. In Park City, Utah Eric became an early adopter of green building and highly insulated construction techniques. He designed and built several insulated concrete form (ICF) and structural insulated panel (SIP) homes. Through these design-build-live experiences, Eric learned how to leverage passive solar orientation, and natural ventilation, and became a voracious student of building science. Concurrently, he dedicated fifteen years to the mortgage banking industry, specializing in guiding owners and general contractors through the process of obtaining residential construction loans. In recent years, in North County San Diego, he pioneered an integrated design/green building construction trade school curriculum for high school students, and also led student teams through the process of performing blower door tests and retrofitting homes for energy/water conservation. Eric is passionate about employing integrated design, (a thoughtful, common sense, return-on-investment based approach) to support the building of better homes and buildings.

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William Miller
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Miller is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience conducting experimental and analytical analysis of vapor compression refrigeration systems, absorption heat and mass transfer, and building thermal envelopes. He has expertise in finite difference heat conduction including mixed convection regimes common in building envelopes. Dr. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Agronomy at the University of Tennessee. He has been a staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 1979 and previously contributed to ORNL programs in Falling Film Absorption technology, and in Refrigeration Relevant professional activities include: Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, ASME, ASHRAE and SPRI. He formerly chaired SPRI’s reflectance committee and ASHRAE’s T.C. 1.2 on Instruments and Controls. He holds a joint faculty position with the UTK College of Engineering, where he teaches part-time in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Department, and he also a lecturer in Architecture and Design.  His current work focuses on developing and demonstrating high performance roof and attic systems.

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Shannon Moe
Vice President of Science and Technology, Kinzler Construction Services

Shannon is the Vice President of Science and Technology at Kinzler Construction Services, an insulation and energy efficiency company based in Ames, IA.  While this sounds like a long and imposing title, it basically means he gets to be the first in the office to try out any cool new toy.  He has been involved in specifying, consulting on, installing, and inspecting insulation and building envelope solutions for the past 15 years and has been an actively working HERS Rater since 2007.

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Dean Moody
Intermountain West Insulation

Dean Moody worked as Production Manager at Intermountain West, Inc. 1996-1997 and became President in 2003. The company now has over 100 employees and four locations, covering Eastern and Central Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. He has served on the Board of Directors for Owens Corning Certified Energy Expert Association, the Washington State Energy Code Task Force TAG Committee, and as President of the High Performance Insulation Professionals Non-Profit National Association.

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Rob Moody
Organic Think

A dedicated husband and father of two wonderful, beautiful, talented, musical young daughters, Rob is a former high school teacher and green builder. Rob is a RESNET HERS Rater, trainer and Quality Assurance Designee, chair of the RESNET Standards Development Committee 200 (Training and Education), LEED AP Homes, International LEED for homes Green Rater, and a former U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Faculty™ and LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group member. He is the creator and co-owner of RESNET JobWerks™, a cost effective, easy to use mobile mentoring, performance assessment tool and dynamic hands-on learning platform. Rob has consulted for the William J Clinton Foundation Clinton Climate Initiative, YouthBuild USA during the DOE Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program, the U.S. Green Building Council and Mathis Consulting. He has authored articles for Green Building Advisor, Fine Homebuilding, Newsweek and the New York Times. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rob is a humble student of photography and saxophone.

Organic Think is a building science consulting, education and cloud software development firm. Organic Think leadership has equal experience wearing a tool belt, delivering effective education and the development of cutting edge - not bleeding edge - digital solutions. As a software creator, Organic Think focuses on thinking differently about the home performance industry. We work with non-profits, educational institutions, manufacturers and other organizations to provide practical strategies for improving the built environment. Organic Think emphasizes practicality and pragmatism to facilitate the market shift to more sustainable building practices. Feasibility and affordability are intrinsic values that we bring to every project. Our educational philosophy, optimistic attitude plus a healthy dose of pragmatism give our projects the best opportunity for viability and success.

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Judy Moran
Architect, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Judy Moran is the California State Architect at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development focusing on housing and community facility projects throughout rural California.  She has over 30 years experience in the plan/design/build field.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Arts and Design, Moran immediately plunged into the world of architecture, including early involvement in “Green and Sustainable” practice at a forward thinking manufactured housing company in Newcastle, California.  Later, Moran founded and was Principal at Pacific Design Studio (later McKay Moran Architects, Inc), a small progressive firm in Sacramento, California specializing in custom home design, commercial and mixed use development and multi-family housing projects with a focus on equitable and efficient design. 

Moran is a California State licensed Architect, LEEP Accredited Professional and formerly was certified as a Green Point Rater by Build It Green.

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Paul Morin
The Energy Conservatory

Paul Morin had 15 years as a carpenter framing new homes before becoming a weatherization auditor in the early 90’s.  Paul worked for over 12 years for the Center for Energy and Environment diagnosing building shell, combustion spillage, and moisture problems in single family and multifamily buildings.  He has worked for The Energy Conservatory since 2009 providing technical support and has developed dozens of presentations and webinars and is currently on the board of the Minnesota Building Performance Association.

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Monte Morris
Director of Construction, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento

Monte Morris, Director of Construction for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, is a 4th generation General Contractor and is currently working on LEED GA accreditation. HfHGS has completed 21 LEED certified homes with 10 Gold and 11 Platinum ratings. HfHGS currently has a 14-home, LEED, TOD (Transit Oriented Development) project underway on Indian Lane in South Sacramento in its third and final phase of construction which is on track to certify at the platinum level. Monte and the HfHGS “Green Team” are now in the design phase of two upcoming infill projects where they hope to once again, LEED certify at the Platinum level.

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John Morton
Program Manager, Southern California Edison

John Morton is the Program Manager for Southern California Edison’s (SCE) California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), Energy Star for Manufactured Housing Program (ESMH) and Sustainable Communities (SC). Since joining SCE he has established strategic alliances with building industry professionals to promote higher participation and help guide the residential construction industry towards building net zero energy.

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Lee O'Neal
MABTEC

Treasurer, Efficient America PAC, elected July, 2011

Principal, Phase 2 Energy, Inc. Phase 2 Energy provides management services to small business in construction and non-profit sectors.

Mr. O'Neal is currently serving as Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Building Technology Energy Centre (MABTEC) a 501c3 private non-profit., located in Ashburn, Va. MABTEC is a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Provider and HERS Training Provider.

Mr. O'Neal is a 3rd generation residential builder, with 24 years experience in residential/ light commercial buildings and land development. Mr. O’Neal spent 13 years in retail store management before going back full time in the construction industry

Mr. O'Neal became certified as a home energy rater in 2001, has certified 16,000 homes for the DOE/EPA Energy Star Program and performed 3,000 + energy audits before his retirement from field work in 2010.

Mr. ONeal became a member of The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), a 501c3 public non-profit in 2001, an accreditation and standards writing organization for energy efficiency. Lee has served on varies committees, was elected to the RESNET Board of Directors in 2004 currently serving his 10th year; Elected to the RESNET Executive Committee as Treasurer in 2005 and
has been re-elected yearly and now serving his 9th year as Treasurer.

Currently serves as chair of RESNET Ethics and Appeals Committee.

Mr. O'Neal has served on two committees for the Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA)

Married, two children and one grandson.

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Edward Osann
Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Ed Osann is a Senior Policy Analyst with NRDC’s Water Program.  He oversees an 8-member team working to advance regional, state, and national policies and technologies that improve the efficiency of water use.  He served as Director of Policy and External Affairs for the Bureau of Reclamation from 1993 to 1996, and has extensive experience in state energy and water policy development as well, having contributed to legislation on energy efficiency, renewable energy, air quality, water conservation, and green buildings in the states of Maryland and California and in the District of Columbia.  In 1996, he established Potomac Resources, a consulting practice specializing in state and federal policies that promote energy and water efficiency.  He served as coordinator for the Steering Committee for Water Efficient Products, a coalition of manufacturers, water utilities, and environmental organizations successfully advocating for the creation of EPA’s WaterSense program.  Previously, Ed was director of the Water Resources Program of the National Wildlife Federation, where he worked to reform federal water resources projects and to develop new policies for urban and agricultural water conservation, including national efficiency standards for plumbing products.  He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University and a BS in International Relations from Georgetown University.  In 2010, Ed received the Mike Moynihan Excellence Award for statewide innovation in water conservation from the California Urban Water Conservation Council.  In 2013, Ed was appointed to the 7-member Independent Technical Panel on Urban Conservation established by statute by the California Department of Water Resources.

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Abhijeet Pande
TRC Solutions

Abhijeet Pande brings expertise in the fields of architecture, energy efficient design, and building science research. In his role as Associate Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Mr. Pande applies his expertise to energy policy research, energy analysis of buildings, codes and standards enhancements, emerging technologies, occupant comfort research and analysis, and distance learning projects. Mr. Pande is an experienced policy analyst with keen insights into the policy, regulatory and market forces that shape energy policy across the country. Mr. Pande oversees projects that include emerging solutions for energy efficiency programs such as Zero Net Energy (ZNE) and deep energy retrofits.

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Laura Parsons
Project Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy

Laura Parsons is a senior project manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy. She manages residential and commercial energy efficiency outreach programs funded by the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership.  Previously she managed a DOE Better Buildings pilot program using community-based social marketing to promote home energy upgrades to military and veteran families and a behavior-based energy savings program for low and moderate-income families in the City of San Diego. Laura has a degree in mathematics and is certified as a Building Analyst and Envelope Professional from the Building Performance Institute.

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Glenn Pease
Manager of Quality Assurance, EnergyLogic

Glenn Pease is the Manager of Quality Assurance for EnergyLogic and serves as a trainer and mentor for HERS Raters across the country. He has a hand in teaching a variety of courses for RESNET HERS Raters that includes ENERGY STAR V3, SketchUp for Raters, Multifamily HERS Ratings, Tips and Tricks of REM Rate, and Tips and Tricks on the New Home Builder Tax Credit. Glenn began his career at Southface Institute in 2007, where he worked as a HERS Rater in the EarthCraft House program.  He expanded his roles to include providing technical support for homeowners and contractors in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, and assisted with various training roles during BPI and RESNET Trainings.  At EnergyLogic, Glenn has expanded his training repertoire and worked with rating companies across the country to assure compliance with the RESNET Standard and provide technical assistance along the way. Glenn applies his strong background in technical support and experience in the industry to help mentor and guide energy raters, utility program administrators, and independent RESNET QA Providers. Glenn now resides in Berthoud, CO where he enjoys hiking, camping, watching football and basketball and especially spending time with his 2 year old son.

“One of the many perks of working with EnergyLogic is the company culture of being on the cutting edge. Having a company culture that embraces new and improved ways of doing things keeps it fresh and exciting. It is especially important that we add this value to our clients who share a common goal of putting efficiency on the forefront of our everyday lives. Anything we can do to make efficiency more tangible, marketable, and visually appealing strengthens our energy future.”

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Jim Petersen
VP, Research & Development, Lennar

Jim is the VP, Research and Development for Lennar Ventures. Key responsibilities developing new technologies for residential construction and residential solar, energy code development, and building science.

For the previous 12 years Jim managed the R&D process to improve the quality, cost, and durability of PulteGroup’s 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 33 years of experience in the design and development of engineered components and systems Jim has a unique background for the homebuilding industry.

Jim serves as President of the RESNET Board of Directors.

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Bethany Profaizer
Strategic Marketing Advisor, Energy Circle

Bethany is the Strategic Marketing Advisor at Energy Circle, a web marketing firm exclusively dedicated to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry. She and her team assist hundreds of efficiency contractors, raters, sustainable builders and HVAC companies across 49 states with marketing strategy, websites, strategic content, SEO, and lead generation. She uses her experience in B2B and B2C marketing to find the best ways to communicate the important and sometimes nuanced messages of home performance. And she is passionate about connecting efficiency companies with realistic solutions that provide the highest return on investment. Bethany received her BA in Communications from Harding University in 2005.

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Ari Rapport
Director, Research Initiatives IBACOS

Ari leads IBACOS’ Research Initiatives team. IBACOS Research Initiatives partners with state and federal governments and other industry stakeholders to research, develop and integrate new building technologies and methods into the homebuilding and home retrofit industries.

Ari has ten years of experience performing Home Energy Rating System (HERS) home energy ratings per Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Standards, and works with homebuilders to certify homes under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ENERGY STAR for New Homes program. He is a champion for the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

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Sam Rashkin
Chief Architect, U.S. Department of Energy

As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. This includes helping lead DOE’s world-class research program, Building America and overseeing the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home voluntary labeling program for leading edge builders. In his prior position, he managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its start in 1996.  Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes grew exponentially to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin was most recently recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York.  During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects.  He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the homeownership experience. Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.

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Bill Rectanus
Vice President of Homebuilding Operations, New Town Builders

Bill Rectanus is currently the Vice President of Homebuilding Operations for New Town Builders.  His responsibilities include the management and oversight of the construction, purchasing and customer service departments.  In addition to his daily responsibilities Bill is also responsible for the implementation of New Town Builders’ “High Performance Building Initiative”, its advancement, and research and development of new systems and technologies. 

Bill has been in the residential construction industry for over 17 years and has supervised the production of large apartment complexes to semi-custom homes. Bill began his building career in the apartment industry with Camden Property Trust before he moved into building single family homes with a local Denver builder.  He has worked for New Town Builders for 8 years starting as a Project Manager and moved up to Area Construction Manager and Manager of Building Systems before assuming his current leadership role.

Bill has been very active in Denver homebuilding industry serving on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and as Chairman of the Flatirons Building Council. In addition Bill has been a session speaker at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the NAHB Green Building Conference, the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference and the ACI National Home Performance Conference.

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Dave Roberts
Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dave Roberts is a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he serves as Group Manager of Residential Buildings Research.  NREL Residential Buildings Research focuses on accelerating the adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies and practices into the U.S. home building and retrofit markets and leads the DOE Building America Program.  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.

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David Ruggiero
ICF International

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. Presently his work includes supporting the DOE Better Buildings Challenge 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.

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Isaac Savage
The Energy Partners

Isaac Savage is an ACCA-certified EPIC trainer for Manual-J, S, D, & T. He travels just about anywhere to provide live trainings and has also created an extensive assortment of online HVAC design courses. For the past 13 years, Isaac has built a successful building performance contracting firm, The Energy Partners, that services both residential and commercial clients, with jobs ranging from low-income HUD housing to state prisons and college campuses nationwide.  His intimate understanding of building performance contracting brings a unique twist to his HVAC trainings, enabling participants (and perhaps their customers) to see what they can deliver to homeowners in a new, more valuable light. He currently lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, 2 year-old daughter, and is expecting another child in June of 2015.

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Carissa Sawyer
Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)

Carissa is LEED® Certification Reviewer with Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and has been with the organization since November 2014. Carissa reviews LEED Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance project submittals and provides technical support for the LEED for Homes Rating System. She has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. She became a Certified Energy Manager in March 2012 and a Colorado Licensed Professional Engineer in October 2012.

Carissa has also distinguished herself as one of the USGBC Faculty™ members by being highly trained in both green building practice and instructional methods. She has taught several courses on LEED and LEED for Homes, specifically, she has taught Homes 401 over twenty times. Carissa is a LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee and Green Rater.

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Jonah Schein
Technical Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Program

Jonah Schein is the Technical Coordinator for Homes & Buildings 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 and certification system since their inception. He is also responsible for efforts to expand the WaterSesne program's reach in the multi-family and commercial sectors. 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 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Indiana University as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Robby Schwarz
Principal / Director of Builder Relations, EnergyLogic

Robby Schwarz is a principle with EnergyLogic, Inc. a Colorado based energy services organization primarily serving the residential construction industry.  For the last 20+ years he has worked in the building performance, applied building science and system thinking field helping Builders, Code jurisdictions, and Homeowners understand how their houses perform. Currently Robby is Director of Builder Relations for EnergyLogic; the largest energy rating and building consulting firm of its kind in Colorado.

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Allen Sealock
Technical Director, ZIP System Sheathing & Tape

Allen Sealock is the Technical Director for ZIP System Sheathing & Tape.  He has spent the last seven years in Research & Development working on the creation of building materials for High Performance Homes.  Prior to that he worked in the manufacturing side of the wood products industry.  He has also been through HERS and Passive House Consultant training.

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Zak Shadid
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.

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Kelsey Shaw
Sustainability Consultant, Partner Energy, Inc.

Kelsey Shaw serves as a client representative for Partner Energy’s multifamily residential market, with a special focus on sustainability requirements for financing programs such as Tax Credits and Bonds. She has helped multifamily developers take hundreds of projects through Green PNAs, Energy Audits, Code requirements and LEED and other green rating certification programs. In addition, Kelsey has facilitated hundreds of thousands of dollars in rebates for her clients through various utility incentive programs in several states including California, New Jersey and Maryland. Within California, Kelsey has developed an expertise in rebate program offerings, eligibility and requirements for a broad range of utility providers including PG&E, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Kelsey holds a BA from Princeton University where she graduated magna cum laude and a MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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Alan Shedd
Director, Residential and Commercial Energy Programs, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Alan C. Shedd, P.E., CEM is the director of residential and commercial energy programs for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives – the national brand of America’s electric cooperatives.  He holds a degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics with an Energy Engineering Certificate from Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is a registered professional Mechanical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager.  His professional experience includes commercial and institutional energy management, energy analysis, and HVAC system design in the U.S. and Europe.  Experience includes air-, water- and geothermal-heat pumps, unitary and central chiller systems, and waste heat recovery.  Mr. Shedd also conducts professional education programs and evaluations of energy utilization, HVAC, service water heating and environmental technology issues. 

He works with local and state student groups to develop electric vehicles and bring EVs into the classroom.  Working with Green Power EMC’s R&D committee, he helped start the Georgia Sun Power for Schools program that helps students learn about solar photovoltaic systems.  Over three dozen small grid interactive PV systems with internet-based data collection systems have been installed at schools around the state.

He is co-author of several publications and technical papers on water heating, end-use technologies, energy conservation, and analysis.  He contributed materials used in design manuals prepared by the Electric Power Research Institute, US Army and Navy, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, and the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  Mr. Shedd co-developed microcomputer based commercial water heating simulation tools.  He serves on the Cooperative Research Network’s Energy Innovation and Renewables and Distributed Energy Advisory Groups.  He converted his Toyota Prius to a plug-in hybrid and has driven over 150,000 miles with great gas mileage.

When he’s not doing engineering stuff, he likes to race sailboats.

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Troy Sherman
Director of Marketing and Product Management, Evolve Technologies LLC

Troy Sherman is a serial entrepreneur, product developer and the Director of Marketing and Product Management at Evolve Technologies LLC - an enterprise dedicated to helping  people Enjoy More and Use Less.  As a company co-founder, he has spent the past 9 years immersed in the study of Behavioral Waste while developing technologies to simply and cost effectively conserve without asking people to make behavior changes or sacrifices.  Troy has authored multiple white papers and conducted primary and secondary research on the topic.  As a result of his work, he has become and expert on shower-based Behavioral Waste and associated topics including, but not limited to bathing habits and efficient showerhead design. Evolve Technologies' products and its ShowerStart Technology are currently used as measures in the largest energy efficiency and weatherization programs throughout the United States. In his free time, Troy love's coaching and watching his two daughters play competitive soccer.

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Clint Shireman
Knauf Insulation

2012 graduate of Indiana University. I began working as a carpenter and independent contractor renovating foreclosed homes after college. As a carpenter I was fortunate to pick up several different skills in a short time (everything from framing, painting, landscaping, to insulation.) I began working with Knauf Insulation in 2013 as a field trainer, where I have been using my experience to help train builders and contractors on home performance. Since joining Knauf I have become certified as a RESNET field rater and trainer for all of Knauf’s systems partners.

Knauf’s outlook on sustainability and improving energy performance with proper building science continues to be a great fit for me, and I am excited to be in the position to help further the knowledge of HPIP contractors.

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Kristen Simmons
ICF International

Kristen Simmons is a consultant with ICF, where she develops and manages a Massachusetts multifamily energy efficiency incentive program. Ms. Simmons is an architect from Boston, Massachusetts and is one the founders of Passive House New England. Since receiving her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida, Ms Simmons has focused on residential and institutional projects which include adaptive re-use, historic preservation, and sustainable design components. Ms. Simmons is also the principal of her own firm, Kristen Simmons Architects; selected projects include the Catbird House Deep Energy Retrofit (to be completed in 2012) and Trinity Church in the City of Boston Restoration and Renovation, while at Goody Clancy, (2002-2006). She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP BC+C.

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Dominic Sims
Chief Executive Officer, International Code Council (ICC)

Dominic Sims, CBO, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Code Council (ICC). ICC is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. As CEO, he reports to the ICC Board of Directors and is responsible for the operation and financial performance of the association. 

Sims has served the Code Council as its Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President.  He has served on and/or chaired numerous national Committees and Task Forces across a span of topics, including code development, membership, government affairs and most recently sustainability.

Prior to his work with the Code Council, Sims served as the CEO of the Southern Building Code Congress International and guided its consolidation with the two other regional code organizations that formed the ICC in 2003.  Sims is also a past member of the SBCCI Board of Directors. Before joining SBCCI, he was Executive Director of the Palm Beach County, Florida, Planning, Zoning and Building Department, which had responsibility for comprehensive development, construction, licensing and compliance activities for a high-growth region in the United States.  

Having worked in the building safety field since 1983, Sims has held numerous positions, both elected and appointed at the federal, state and local level.  Notable experience includes his service as a Councilman/Vice Mayor in Jupiter, Florida and vice chairman of the Governor’s Building Code Study Commission, which helped formed his view of how important it is to be active in public policy discussions concerning building safety.

Sims earned degrees from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach Community College.  He and his wife reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Brett Singer
Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brett C. Singer is a Staff Scientist in the Energy Technologies Area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a Deputy Leader of the Indoor Environment Group and co-leader of Indoor Air Quality research in the Residential Building Systems Group. Dr. Singer's conducts research to support standards and identify best practices for improving and protecting indoor air quality in energy efficient homes.

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Kathy Spigarelli
Deputy Director, RESNET

Kathy Spigarelli has been with RESNET since 1998. She first served as the RESNET Education Coordinator and is now the RESNET Deputy Director.  Kathy was previously the Director of Adult Education for the Fayetteville, Arkansas School District.

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Bill Spohn
TruTech Tools, LTD

Bill has designed, marketed and sold a wide array of test and measurement products in the last twenty-five years. Bill was design-engineering manager at Bacharach, Inc. for 10 years and HVAC Product Marketing Manager at Testo, Inc. for 10 years. Since 2009, he has managed and is now President, CEO and majority owner of TruTech Tools, LTD.

He regularly presents technically complex topics to a wide range of audiences on the applications of testing and measurement instrumentation in building science, weatherization, and HVACR. 

He has worked on BPI, RESNET, GAMA, AHRI, OMA, RSES, NATE, and ACCA Technical Committees, and holds three US patents in instrumentation design. He also consults in instrumentation design, development and application along with expert witness work on HVAC equipment, heat exchanger, carbon monoxide and related issues.

Bill is majority owner of www.TruTechTools.com, co-owner of www.FieryChill.com and runs a consulting business, William P. Spohn, LLC, which engages in HVACR Expert Witness work, technical education and e-commerce consulting.

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Barbara Spoonhour
Western Riverside Council of Governments

Barbara Spoonhour, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs, has been with the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) since 2001 and oversees the Energy and Environmental Programs at WRCOG.  She has over 17 years’ experience in local government and has spent most of the past 3 years in developing and implementing the WRCOG and California HERO Programs, which are the largest active Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) in the nation.  To date, over $1.4 billion in residential applications have been approved and over 15,000 projects totaling over $280 million have been completed.  The HERO Program is active in 137 municipalities in the Counties of Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Mono, Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Stanislaus, and Ventura, with an additional 48 jurisdictions due to launch in March 2015.

Other Programs that Ms. Spoonhour oversees include:

  • Western Riverside Energy Leader Partnership, which is a public-private partnership with Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company that promotes jurisdictional leadership for the promotion of energy efficiency.
  • Western Riverside Clean Cities Coalition which is a public-private partnership to promote the use of alternative fuels, vehicles, and advanced technologies.
  • Solid Waste and Recycling Programs which assists WRCOG’s member jurisdictions with meeting their AB 939 requirements.

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Kelly Stephens
SunRiver St. George

Kelly has been heavily involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years.  He was instrumental  in making the Sun River Development  100 percent 5 Star Energy Homes for the last 12 years. Recently dropping the Energy Star and embrassing the RESNET Network. Kelly has served on
numerous Boards and currently serves on the Southern Utah Home Builders Association as a State Board Representative. He was President of SUHBA in 2011 and has been elected as President of the Utah State Home Builders Association  for 2015.

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Amber Stewart
Manager, ICF International

Amber Stewart is a Manager at ICF International supporting a number of voluntary EPA new construction programs including ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, and WaterSense. For over 10 years, Amber has worked in the residential construction industry to promote and advocate for the adoption of green building practices. Her support of these programs includes project management, marketing support for production builders, and sales training. Amber has been a speaker at numerous national conferences across the country including the RESNET Conference, the Midwest Energy Conference, and NAHB’s National Green Building Conference and as presenter for webinars. Prior to joining ICF, Amber was employed in the home building industry in sales and marketing positions. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management and Master’s degree in Housing at Virginia Tech.

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Chris Stratton
Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Chris is a Senior Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he investigates matters related to the building science of residences. His research topics include residential HVAC commissioning, home performance retrofits, and kitchen ventilation.  Chris is a technical editor for Home Energy magazine and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

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Dennis Stroer
Calcs Plus

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.

In 2013 he served and plaid a major role on a committee developing the NATE-RESNET Certification. The certification is for HERS Raters and demonstrates their knowledge of HVAC installation and operation. The committee finished their work in 2013 and beta testing was conducted through RESNET educational providers. The results of the testing were reviewed in early 2014. 

Goals

Bridging the gap between energy raters and HVAC contractors becomes a priority in order to achieve a quality HVAC installation. For this to successfully happen, the energy rater must have a good understanding of the HVAC system and the obstacles the HVAC contractor has to overcome in order to install an efficient HVAC system. The HVAC contractor must learn to have trust in the energy rater and consider the rater a team player.

He is writing a standard for energy raters to spot test HVAC systems and ultimately be included in RESNET Mortgage Industry National HERS Standards.  Much of what will be in this standard will be based on the comments he receive from the results of the beta test for the NATE RESNET certification that was  finished in 2013.  He hopes to have a draft of the Standard before the 2015 conference.

The NATE RESNET certification test is not easy, the energy rater must consult a verity of manuals and standards in order to pass the test. He would like to assist in developing study guides and presentations to help the rater better understand the intent of the certification and become proficient in verifying HVAC system installation.

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Steve Sutter
President, Energy Performance Partners, LLC

Steve Sutter is the President of Energy Performance Partners, LLC (EPP) an energy rating and auditing company based in Toledo, Ohio.  In the years since its founding in 2008, EPP has grown to provide energy performance testing and design services for builders of affordable housing, single family dwellings, multi-family buildings, and apartments in the Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan markets.  The science of buildings in general, and what it takes to provide affordable comfort to building occupants, has always fascinated Steve and each day seems to bring a new adventure.

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Z Todd Taylor
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mr. Taylor is assisting in the development of proposed revisions to the ASHRAE Standard 90. His work has centered on the analysis of the impact of thermal mass on the energy performance of buildings and the development of compliance procedures for the Standards. Mr. Taylor is also performing comparative analysis to determine the energy and economic impacts of various residential standards. Commercial Building Energy Metering: Mr. Taylor is assisting with the coordination and quality control of meter installations in the Bonneville Power Administration's building energy metering project. Commercial Building Energy Analysis: Mr. Taylor is involved in conducting building characteristics surveys and energy audits of commercial buildings in the BPA's metering project.

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Dan Tempas
Building Scientist and Engineering Technical Support, Dow Building Solutions

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.

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Marcia Tolentino
Outreach Sr. Project Manager, Build It Green

Marcia Tolentino, Realtor, is Build It Green’s Real Estate Outreach Sr. Project Manager.  Her focus is to engage and educate the real estate community on the topic of energy and resource efficient homes.

Marcia designed, developed as well as implemented the SoCalREN Green Real Estate Initiative in Southern California.  Through her efforts, approximately 1000 Real Estate Professionals attended the Green Real Estate Certification training in which 500+ Realtors received the National Association of Realtors Green Designation.

Marcia’s 25 years sales experience provides her with the ability to advise realtors and mortgage lenders on how to use their knowledge of green homes to build relationships and deliver value to their clients.  These efforts also help to increase program participation for Energy Upgrade California.

The real estate community is key to moving the green real estate initiative forward.  Until the topic of green homes become more commonplace, continued training is required.

Marcia believes that a more comfortable, healthier green home are for everyone and is attainable by all!

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John Tooley
Senior Building Science Consultant, Advanced Energy

John has been a Senior Building Science Consultant since 1996, and he is regarded as a pioneer in the world of energy efficiency. John focuses on designing, researching, developing and promoting products that enhance energy efficiency in residential and commercial building. He conducts training programs for builders and contractors throughout the United States. John has diagnosed and repaired more than 5,000 homes to date.

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Clayton Traylor
LBA

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.

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Peter Troast
Energy Circle

Peter Troast leads the Energy Circle team and is a passionate advocate for the home performance industry. He drives innovation for the Energy Circle suite of web and marketing tools built exclusively for companies in the home performance, HVAC, insulation, energy rating and low energy building sector. He contributes to the popular Energy Circle blog for home performance professionals nationally and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on topics of energy efficiency marketing and communications, use of social media and energy monitoring.

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Dru Vagale
Development Director, Fourth Dimension

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.

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Rob Vieira
FSEC

Mr. Vieira has over 20 years of experience in hot, humid climate buildings research. He has led research efforts in residential auditing and field evaluation projects, survey and statistical work, and computer simulation and analysis. Rob has directed FSEC’s residential EnergyGauge software development teams. EnergyGauge is used for calculating code compliance and conducting energy and economic analysis. He has presented over 40 workshops and seminars on sustainable development and energy-efficient construction to developers, builders, designers and others in the energy & environmental & development fields. Rob has written papers for diverse audiences, e.g., Transportation Quarterly, Florida Planning, and ASHRAE Transactions, and was the primary author of one book, Energy-Efficient Florida Home Building. Rob served as the chair for the organizing committee of the 501C3 Florida Green Building Coalition and currently sits on the board of directors. The Coalition brings together people from industry and environmental concerns to create incentives and voluntary standards for designating green homes, green land developments, green commercial buildings and green cities and counties. Rob has a B.A. in Physics, an M.S. in Applied Solar Energy and an MBA.

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Iain Walker
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Iain Walker  is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and leads the Residential Building Systems group.  He has more than 20 years of experience as a building scientist and his current work focuses on Indoor Air Quality, retrofits, Zero/Low Energy Homes and HVAC systems in residential buildings.  He is an ASHRAE fellow and serves on several ASHRAE Standards committees. He is Executive Editor of Home Energy magazine.  He is the task group leader for ASTM standards committees on range hood performance, building and duct system air leakage and sealant longevity and serves on Building Performance Institute, RESNET and ACCA Technical Committees, and provides leadership and technical input to many local, state, national and international bodies.

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Meghan Walsh
USDA Rural Housing Service

Meghan Walsh is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently completing a Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Finance at Georgetown University.  Ms. Walsh ran her own architectural firm, MW Architecture, for 9 years prior to joining USDA Rural Development in 2009. She has been on the architecture school faculties at Catholic University and Howard University in Washington, DC, teaching architectural design studios.  She also spent several years developing and managing Axis Mundi, a non-profit 501c3 organization that she founded that offered Design/Build studios in Brazil for university students, where she and her students built sustainable, creative infrastructure projects.

She is currently a key resource for issues related to energy-efficient and healthy buildings in rural areas at USDA rural housing and works on various interagency efforts with HUD, EPA, DOE and other Agencies.

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Daran Wastchak
DR Wastchak

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.

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Theresa Weston
Technical Fellow, Dupont

Dr. Weston leads building science and construction technology research. She has developed and
introduced to market many new products and is an inventor of 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 committee Vice-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 over 25 years.

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Dan Wildenhaus
Sr. Building Scientist, CLEAResult

As the Sr. Building Scientist for CLEAResult, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Buildings. Dan has 20 years of experience working directly for a contractor; doing energy audits and Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting and analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. Dan also provides Building Science consultation, training and presentation services for a variety of programs across the country.

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Dave Wolf
Sr. R&D Program Manager, Owens Corning

Dave currently leads product development initiatives for Owens Corning’s residential insulation business, with emphasis on the air sealing and insulating of buildings.  He has also held various technical leadership positions in support of OC’s reinforcement and masonry products businesses, including both process and product development initiatives.  His expertise is in the areas of heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics and building science.  He holds 6 U.S. patents with 7 pending.  He has authored 7 external technical papers and 15 internal technical papers.   He received the Owens Corning Innovation Award in 2002, 2009, 2012 and was a finalist in 2007.  Prior to joining Owens Corning, Dave received his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1993.

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Barb Yankie
Green Building Consulting

Barb Yankie founded Green Building Consulting and Homes + as an independent rater and is the President of both.  She started in the Energy Efficiency industry in 1999 and expanded into the Green and Sustainable area in 2004.  Barb is currently a member of the RESNET National Board of Directors and has served on the Infrared Scanning Standard Task Force, the Strategic Positioning Task Force, the Infrared Standard Drafting Committee, and the Green Rater Certification Task Force.

Green Building Consulting is a consulting, training, and verification company for energy efficiency and green programs. It is a HERS Rating Provider, LEED for Homes Provider, Enterprise Green Communities Technical Advisory (TA) Provider, Energy Star Rating Company, Passive House US Rater and Consultant Company.

Barb is currently a HERS Rater, RESNET Green Rater, LEED Green Rater, NAHB Green Verifier, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater Mentor, USGBC Faculty Member, LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee (QAD), and LEVEL II Infrared Thermographer (ASNT Compliant).  Some additional current and past affiliations include Energy Star Partner, Habitat for Humanity Partner, BPI Technical Advisory Committee member, NAHB Energy Value Housing Award and Builder of the Year Award Judge,  ACI Core Conference Committee Member, Home Builders Association member and a Licensed Realtor.

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