The following are confirmed presenters for the 2017 RESNET Building Performance Conference:

Sandra Adomatis
Adomatis Appraisal Service

Sandra is an appraiser, instructor, author, and course developer.  The Appraisal Institute published her book, “Residential Green Valuation Tools” in April 2014.  She spearheaded the development of the AI Residential and Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendums. In July 2016, the Appraisal Institute presented her the Outstanding Service Award.

Sandra is a consultant to builders, governmental agencies, utility companies, real estate agents, and energy organizations. She speaks on the valuation of green features at events such as GreenBuild, IBS, EEBA, ACI, The White House Conference Center, National Association of REALTORS®, National Association of Home Builders, and Appraisal Institute Conferences. 

She was on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory team that produced in 2015, “Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes” and “Appraising Into The Sun.”  You will find her webinar, “6 Things You Didn’t Know About Appraising Green Home Features,” as part of the Online NAR Green Courses.

Sandra authored the study, "What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.,” funded by the District Department of Energy and sponsored by Institute for Market Transformation.

In 2016 the Appraisal Institute presented her with the Outstanding Service Award.

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Jim Amorin
President, Appraisal Institute

Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Austin, Texas, is the 2017 president of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as immediate past president in 2018. He serves this year as chair of the organization’s Executive Committee and chairs its policy-setting Board of Directors.

Amorin served on the AI Executive Committee, National Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, AI Relief Foundation Board of Directors, General Appraiser Council Admissions Committee and Qualifying Education Committee and as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, in addition to region and chapter roles. He was the 2009 Appraisal Institute president, and also has served as national president-elect, vice president and immediate past president.

He received the Appraisal Institute President’s Award in 2012 for work related to the Capstone program as well as work on several project teams. In 2013 he was awarded the Appraisal Institute Education Trust’s Y.T and Louise Lee Lum Award.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and real estate & urban land development, he received an MAI designation in 1992, an SRA designation in 2003 and an AI-GRS designation in 2014. He also has received a SR/WA designation from the International Right of Way Association.

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Will Anderson
Account Manager, ICF

Will Anderson is an account manager and field services technician at ICF. Based in Atlanta, he currently works on the Georgia Power energy rebate portfolio. Will performs QA/QC, provides mentoring, and maintains positive relationships with program participating contractors throughout the state of Georgia. Will is a RESNET HERS Rater, and a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Proctor. Prior to his work with ICF, Will performed home energy assessments in the greater Boston area as a contractor in the Mass Save Program.

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Jacob Atalla
Vice President of Sustainability, KB Homes

Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years of technology and green building experience. He developed KB Home’s “Double Zero” homes.  These ground-breaking homes are designed to produce as much energy as they’re expected to consume, and include energy storage.  At the same time, they recycle greywater, eliminating the need for fresh water in landscape irrigation.  Other recent projects include launching nearly 100 solar-powered communities, and building over 150 LEED certified homes.  Previously, Jacob developed KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide, which provides KB homeowners with information on the relative energy efficiency and estimated gas and electricity costs.

Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).  He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and on the advisory board for TecHome Builder.  In recent years he chaired Orange County’s Urban Land Institute’s Sustainable Communities Council.

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Charlie Bachand
Chief Executive Officer, CalCERTS

Mr. Bachand is the Chief Executive Officer of CalCERTS, Inc.  He holds overall responsibility for all projects and programs initiated through the firm.  He attended Cal Tech and California State University at Sacramento, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Physics and Statistics.  Mr. Bachand works directly with the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Title 24 and Title 20 regulations pertaining to the HERS industry.

Charlie Bachand
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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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Tom Balderston
Principal, Balderston Associates, Seattle

After 25 years as a Green builder, designer, and contractor, Tom was technical lead for with Conservation Services Group in Seattle from 2004 to 2015. He was actively involved in starting up the ENERGY STAR New Homes Program, training auditors and contractors and developing specifications for weatherization and green building programs.  Tom has been a board member of both the NW Ecobuilding Guild and Built Green, and developed the Guild’s “Technical Flash Cards” project, a training resource for green builders and crews.

Balderston Associates has been an active green building consultancy since 2009, providing LEED for Homes, Built Green, Passive House, and ENERGY STAR certifications as well as energy modeling, field testing and training.  Tom is very active in the multifamily and town home markets. He has been training and testing on air sealing, ventilation, and compartmentalization issues for many years.   He is committed to finding practical and innovative solutions to retrofit, design and new construction that bring low energy buildings and net zero homes to a wide market share.

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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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Luke Bertram
Account Manager, ICF

Luke Bertram is an account manager and field services technician at ICF.  He currently works on the Georgia Power portfolio as well as Mississippi’s 4 County Extreme Home Energy Make Over program.
After graduating from Georgia College and State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Luke began his home performance career in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He received his first BPI certification in Phoenix while working with Coconino Rural Environment Corps. (CREC).  Luke led a crew of AmeriCorps volunteers that were focused on bringing energy efficiency to low income homes in Coconino County, AZ.   He then returned to Atlanta and began to serve the Georgia market through low income assessments and third party verification.  Luke has completed a wide variety of third party assessments and inspections including multifamily inspections, large building air barrier testing, BPI assessments and HERS Ratings.  He currently holds his BPI BA, Quality Control Inspector and has been a certified HERS Rater since 2011.

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Rick Blumenthal
Training & Certification Manager, Knauf Insulation

Rick entered the construction industry as an apprentice carpenter in 1971 while he was earning his degrees in Environmental Conservation and Environmental planning.  In 1980 he opened a successful residential construction company that he ran for 33 years building high performance homes, remodels and weatherization retrofits.  During that time he was certified as an Energy Star Verifier, HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, Built Green Verifier and PTCS certified pressure tester.  In 2010 Rick was employed as the Lead Energy and Technical Advisor for Conservation Services Group providing weatherization, audits and services for the Repower Energy Challenge sponsored by the Better Buildings Program in Kitsap County Washington.  In 2013 he was employed by Knauf Insulation as a Building Performance Specialist providing technical knowledge and research to builders, contractors and the Knauf sales team.  Currently, he is the Training and Certification Manager for Knauf.

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Sam Bowles
Newport Partners

Sam Bowles specializes in building industry communications and market research to understand and shape perceptions on building technologies and designs. In his nearly 10 years with Newport Partners he has conducted numerous market research studies, created and implemented communications plans, and developed Social Media initiatives for multiple public and private sector clients. He currently serves as the Communications Director for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program, assisting innovative home builders in the U.S. with social media marketing tools and strategies to increase market share of high performance homes. Sam has an MBA from Columbus State University (2012) and holds a Bachelors from Union College.

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John Broniek
Senior Engineer, Icynene

John Broniek has been involved in improving the energy efficiency and durability of buildings throughout North America since 1990. He has worked as Technical Coordinator for R-2000 Energy Efficiency Home Program technical activities throughout Canada and as a senior building performance specialist for a leading U.S. building science firm acting as lead technical resource for Building America initiatives and senior engineer for private client work. Currently he is Senior Engineer for Icynene Corp. where he provides product use recommendations to all external audiences including designers, applicators and building owners.  In addition, he acts as a building science technical resource to Icynene’s sales team, dealers and community.

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Matthew Brown

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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Rod Buchalter
Vice President of Sales & Market Development, RenewABILITY Energy Inc.

Rod Buchalter is the Vice President of Sales and Market Development for Renewability Energy Inc. He is also the President of the Brantford Home Builders' Association in Ontario, Canada. Rod spent 20 years with Union Gas, a large natural gas utility in Southwestern Ontario, in various Account Management roles working with builders, retailers and HVACS promoting Drain Water Heat Recovery ( DWHR). Currently he develops residential and commercial DWHR programs in partnership with utilities and large production builders like KB Home. Rod graduated from the Business program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1989 with a major in Marketing.

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Bob Burns
Co-Founder and President, Pivotal Energy

Bob Burns is Co-Founder and President of Pivotal Energy Solutions, LLC, a Phoenix-based technology solutions company established in 2011.  Pivotal's Axis platform serves as a data hub for the collection, storage, and sharing of residential energy efficiency data by streamlining the energy rating process and energy efficiency program participation, quality control, and administration, and enabling stakeholders to enhance the value and demand for energy efficient homes.  Prior to starting Pivotal, Bob was Director of Engineering at a global semiconductor company where he and his Pivotal business partner, Steven Klass, developed design, workflow automation, and infrastructure software solutions.  Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Thiel Butner
Principal, Pando Alliance

Thiel Butner is a Principal at Pando Alliance, a mission-driven firm specializing in ratings, green certifications, and investment-grade audits for affordable multifamily housing in Maryland and the surrounding region.  She works closely with all of the major green building programs, coaches project teams through their certifications, and provides technical oversight to her staff.  As a Principal, she remains active in the field, focusing her attention on the most technically challenging programs, including PHIUS+ and ES MFHR.

Thiel graduated from Prescott College with BA in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Ecological Design and is currently pursuing an MBA at Hood College.  She actively serves on RESNET’s Multifamily sub-committee, participating in the Sampling and Performance Testing task groups.

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Steve Byers

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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Allison Bygott
Group14 Engineering

Allison Bygott, P.E., L.C., LEED AP has over 12 years of experience in the building energy field, with a specialty in lighting systems.  She leads Group14’s lighting commissioning efforts and has reviewed and commissioned dozens of multifamily projects and other commercial buildings.  She also works with teams during design to optimize lighting system energy performance and functionality.

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Chris Carradine
Executive Vice President, Business Development, ecobee

Chris Carradine is Executive Vice President, Business Development at ecobee where he is responsible for strategic partnerships for utility, commercial and OEM customers. ecobee was the first company to launch a WiFi connected thermostat and today is on a mission to create smarter products that are beautifully designed, easy to use, provide comfort and savings for families and are good for our planet. Chris has a long track record of driving strategic change to help organizations deliver on financial, social, and environmental performance targets. Prior to ecobee, Chris was Chief Operating Officer at Jantzi Research Inc., a top ranked investment research firm specializing in the performance of global securities with a social mandate. Chris also spent time at not for profit where he helped secure $50MM in funding to develop what is now recognized as the leading International Center for the Development of Cities. Chris has held other North American Sales and Marketing roles managing teams of 4 to 4000 staff.

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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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Brian Christensen

Brian Christensen has more than 20 years of engineering experience, 16 years as a HERS Rater and 8 years on the REM software team. Initially tasked with breaking the software repeatedly before each new release (all in the name of teamwork), he now provides the building science side of implementing features in REM.  Also, as a LEED® for Homes™ Green Rater & QAD, he has extensive experience in multifamily residential projects.  In these LEED roles, he provided field testing, engineering support, and project management to support energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability.  Brian served on the original RESNET Multifamily Working Group, and serves now in the RESNET MF Subcommittee to develop a multifamily HERS standard.

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Matt Christie
Senior Project Manager, TRC Energy Services

Matt Christie is a TRC Associate Director with expertise in energy efficiency and energy use reduction for the built environment using a whole-building approach. He has program management and technical experience in program design; program implementation; energy modeling and simulation; home performance energy audits; data and process analysis; and heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Matt was the primary designer of the California’s Advanced Homes Program for both the 2013 and upcoming 2016 Title 24 Energy Codes. Additionally, Matt works in the Pacific Northwest coordinate and align voluntary green certification programs around regional goals.  Matt is Chair of the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) and a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) for residential buildings.

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Thomas Cochran
Energy Inspectors Corporation

Thomas Cochran first became involved with Sustainability in design, operations, and construction when he joined Energy Inspectors Corporation, the largest home energy rating company in the nation.  He began his career with the Energy Inspectors Corporation in 2009 as an energy efficiency consultant. He is now the Vice President of the Arizona Division and has excelled in projects involving Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, Green Building, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Energy Conservation related to homes, multifamily and commercial projects. 

He served as the Chair of Residential Green Building Committee from January 2013 through July 2015 and has had a focused effort on improving the valuation of green and energy efficient features by appraisers along with other accomplishments. The committee’s purpose has been to support professionals in the Arizona housing industry to design, build, renovate, and sell environmentally sustainable homes. In 2015 he was elected to the board of directors for the USGBC Arizona Chapter for the 2015-2017 term.

He holds certifications for HERS Rater (RESNET), LEED for Green Homes Rater (USGBC) and Sustainable Building Advisor (Sustainable Building Advisor Institute).

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Matthew Cooper
Senior Vice President, PEG

Mr. Cooper is the Senior Vice President of PEG. Mr. Cooper’s twenty seven years of expertise in the evaluation, design and control of the built environment have helped to establish PEG as an industry leader and innovator; providing utility and municipal demand side control programs as well as code compliance inspections and new construction third party program implementation. PEG currently operates in 27 states as licensed Mechanical Engineers and is a RESNET Provider, BPI Accredited Contractor, ICC/NAHB National Green Building Standard Verifier and USGBC LEED for Homes Provider. PEG is a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and a 2016 NGBS Green Partner of the Year.

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Charles Cottrell
Vice President, Technical Services, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association,

Mr. Cottrell is the Vice President of Technical Services for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, the association that represents the fiber glass, rock and slag wool manufacturers. Its role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation as well as encourage safe production and use of these materials.    Charles’ primary responsibility is to represent the insulation industry’s interests in the energy, building and mechanical codes and standards arena.  Prior to joining NAIMA in 1998, Mr. Cottrell worked for the National Association of Home Builders in their building codes division and a mechanical contracting firm where he designed and oversaw the installation of commercial HVAC systems.  He has owned a construction company whose primary business was residential construction and commercial building maintenance.  After graduating from Virginia Tech where he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a helicopter pilot for eight years.

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Glenn Cottrell
Managing Director, Builder Solutions, IBACOS

Glenn is directly responsible for all aspects of IBACOS’ work with homebuilders. This work includes the development and delivery of construction Best Practices® knowledge tools, content, and technical consulting services to leading homebuilders nationwide. The PERFORM® program, as it is named, increases a builder’s bottom line by improving the builder’s quality and performance.

Glenn helped lead the ground-up development and expansion of BuildIQ®, the building industry’s first online education system for production homebuilders, and has spoken at many industry conferences on the subject of adult learning. In 2014, he began a journey into quantifying the true cost builders pay for quality—both investments made to ensure good quality as well as the price paid due to poor quality. His unique insight and perspective have opened opportunities with many of the nation’s largest production homebuilders.

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Shawna Cuan
Managing Director of Energy Efficiency and Energy Education, Utah Energy Office

Shawna has spent the last seven years in the energy sector, where she has focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy security topics.  On these subjects, she has provided research and analysis to policy development and implementation to education and outreach for academics, all levels of government, non-profits, the private sector, utilities, and the military.  She has extensive experience managing projects, contracts, and senior to junior staff.  Prior to joining the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development as the Managing Director for Energy Efficiency, Education, Renewables, and Alternative Transportation, Shawna worked for the U.S. Navy as a research analyst, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy Global Environmental Governance Project, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Public Policy with an emphasis in Environmental Regulation and Policy from Georgetown University.

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Emelie Cuppernell
HERS Provider Manager, Performance Systems Development

Emelie has leveraged her background in physics to become an expert building scientist. Her foundation in field-based activities has honed her skills in building analysis and software modeling. She conducted a two-year long research project on cooling systems in Massachusetts that included a comprehensive inspection of 80 homes with data monitoring.

Emelie is President of the Northeast Home Energy Rating Systems Alliance, a RESNET certified Rater, Trainer and Quality Assurance Designer, NAHB green verifier, EPA universal refrigerant handler, and holds two BPI certifications. 

She manages the HERS Provider division of Performance Systems Development and oversees quality assurance for more than 70 raters.

Emelie is currently project manager for developing a local home energy rating and disclosure program incorporating the HERS Index in Tompkins County, New York.

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Wes Davis
Vice President, Quality Assured Programs, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Wes Davis serves as the Vice President of the ACCA Quality Assured Programs supervising contractor accreditation efforts, recognizing quality contractors and HVAC system quality installations.  Wes serves on technical committees for the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.  He has over 20 years’ experience in the HVAC industry.  He was a licensed HVAC contractor in South Carolina, wrote Bob’s House, serves on RESNET’s Standards Management Board, and has helped develop several ANSI-recognized standards.

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Stephanie DeZee

Stephanie earned her BA at CalState San Marcos in 2009 and has worked with RESNET since 2010.

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Jordan Doria
Vice President, Marketing and Communications, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Mr. Doria is Vice President, Marketing and Communications for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. In this capacity, Mr. Doria develops the implements the marketing and communications strategies to support fiberglass, rock and slag wool insulation products for NAIMA’s core audiences of residential and commercial builders, specifiers of institutional and industrial processes, engineers, architects and consumers.

Prior to joining NAIMA, Mr. Doria spent four years as Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for Ingersoll Rand’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, working to support public policy on issues related to building codes, energy efficiency and standards. He is also the former Government Relations Manager of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.

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Rick Duncan
Technical Director, Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)

Technical Director, Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)

Technical Consultant, ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, Spray Foam Coalition

Rick brings more than 20 years of experience in technical marketing, building science, and product development and product management to deliver new materials and applications to the construction market.   Drawing from previous experience as an engineering professor at Bucknell University, Rick simplifies complex building envelope issues and clearly describes solutions for wide-ranging audiences including design professionals, code officials, builders, contractor and building owners.   As technical director for SPFA, he oversees the SPFA’s Building Envelope, Roofing and Safety Committees which develop technical documents for the SPF industry.  His role as technical consultant for the Spray Foam Coalition includes advising their Research and Codes and Standards workgroups, and managing a portfolio of research projects.   He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University, MSME from Bucknell University and a BSME from the University of Maryland.  Rick is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a certified BPI Building Analyst.

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Christopher Dymond
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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Amy Dzura
Energy Code Program Associate, SEEA

Amy Dzura is currently SEEA’s Energy Code Program Associate and has held this role since 2014. She engages with all of SEEA’s 11 states to provide technical assistance and support to foster increased coordination between involved parties regarding their state energy code adoption, implementation and compliance practices. Prior to joining SEEA, Amy served in the AmeriCorps program and worked at Advanced Energy. She has a Master’s of Architectural Studies degree from the University of Florida, as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as being a LEED GA and a HERS rater.

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Isaac Elnecave
Senior Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Mr. Elnecave has spent 15 years as both an engineer and energy policy analyst. Currently, Mr. Elnecave is the Senior Policy Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) with responsibilities that focus on the building energy codes program. Prior to arriving at MEEA, Mr. Elnecave managed the appliance efficiency standards and building energy codes programs at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships where he was responsible for promoting the adoption and effective implementation of both these policies through the development and dissemination of technical and policy related information. He was actively involved in the recently adopted stretch code in Massachusetts where he worked closely with the Executive Office of Energy and Environment to develop the stretch commercial code. Before this, Mr. Elnecave worked as a policy advocate for the Michigan Environmental Council where he promoted policies and reviewed permits with the aim of cleaning up the dirty coal fired powered plants that dot the region. The first half of his career was spent as a civil engineer focusing on the structural retrofitting of older buildings to help them withstand earthquakes.

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Justin Erickson
President, E3 Energy

Justin G. Erickson is the co-owner and President of E3 Energy LLC, a building science company in Flagstaff, Arizona. E3 Energy is a leader in the high performance building industry in the Southwest, providing consultation, testing and certification to contractors to increase the efficiency, healthfulness and safety of homes.  E3 Energy LLC is a provider and rater for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes Program, HERS, EPA Energy Star program, EPA airPLUS program, and a Green Rater for LEED for Homes program.  E3 Energy also works with the cutting edge builders and building scientists in the industry, designing and testing building techniques for the 21st century.  E3 Energy builders have received national recognition and awards.

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Richard Faesy
Principal / Co-Founder, Energy Futures Group

Richard Faesy is a principal and co-founder of Energy Futures Group in Hinesburg, Vermont.   As a Certified Energy Rater and LEED Accredited Professional, he specializes in residential buildings, technologies and markets, with a focus on residential new construction and retrofits, energy rating and labeling, ENERGY STAR Homes, building codes, energy efficiency financing, green building and effective energy efficiency policy, program design and implementation.  He currently works with clients in California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  He as a founding RESNET Board member and served from 2000 through 2010, including a term as president.  Prior to founding EFG, Richard worked at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation for 21 years and was a builder before then.

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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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Geoff Ferrell
Mandalay Homes

Geoff Ferrell is Chief Technology Officer at Mandalay Homes.  Headquartered in Prescott Arizona, Mandalay Homes is the nation’s largest builder of Department of Energy, Zero Energy Ready Homes.  As CTO, Geoff Ferrell develops and maintains specifications for all home certification programs.  In addition, heads the evaluation and testing programs for all new technologies and processes Mandalay incorporates into their homes.  As a national leader in Energy efficient, Healthy, Durable, homes; Mandalay Homes is constantly evaluating new emerging products to improve our homes and deliver them at a competitive price point with other builders.  Geoff’s primary focus is researching and evaluating trends, technology, and processes to bring them to the production building market in a cost effective and customer beneficial way.

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Tom Flanagan

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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Asa Foss
Technical Director, LEED for Homes

Asa Foss is the technical director responsible for the implementation of residential LEED standards.

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Michelle Foster
Vice-President, Innovation Services, Home Innovation Research Labs

Michelle Desiderio works with builders, architects, remodelers, and other housing professionals to remove barriers to innovation by leveraging Home Innovation’s unparalleled knowledge and experience in market analysis and building science research. Michelle oversees NGBS Green, the certification program based on the National Green Building Standard.  The program certifies new and remodeled residential buildings and communities of all sizes and has transformed the market for green certified homes.

Michelle’s work has focused on market-based solutions that solve environmental issues without compromising housing affordability.  Michelle developed Fannie Mae’s Smart Commute Mortgage, revamped the Energy Efficient Mortgage, and developed a methodology to calculate the carbon reduction from efficient homes so that they could be sold on the emerging greenhouse gas market.

Michelle has a Masters in Urban Planning and Environmental Studies from the University of Virginia and a BS in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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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. As a building science 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 and effective sales trainings are offered by utility companies, builder and Realtor associations, “Green” businesses, and NFP organizations throughout the US. He has created energy saving programs for the US Government – Dept of Defense/US Army and is managing a High Performance Homes program for the Colorado Energy Office. Mr. Gamboa is also an inductee into the Built Green Hall of Fame and recipient of several US Government Sustainability Awards.

When not working, Mr. Gamboa is also the proud father of four, carpenter, musician and lifelong athlete. He volunteers helping people with special needs and enjoys coaching high school football.

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Aaron Gary
Director of Delivery and Quality Assurance, US-EcoLogic | TexEnergy Solutions

Aaron Gary is the Director of Delivery and Quality Assurance for US-EcoLogic | TexEnergy Solutions.  US-EcoLogic | TexEnergy Solutions was founded in 2002 to provide the knowledge and guidance needed for implementing the sustainable and green building strategies that best meets our clients' needs.

Aaron is a RESNET-credentialed Quality Assurance Designee and a Rater Trainer, as well as an ICC Commercial and Residential Energy Code Inspector and Plans Examiner.  He is also certified as a LEED Accredited Professional for Homes and BD&C, LEED for Homes Green Rater, LEED for Homes QAD, National Green Building Standard Verifier and a Green Globes Professional.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a graduate degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech.

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Paul Gay
Quality Assurance Manager, TexEnergy/ US Eco logic

A native of London, England; Paul has been with TexEnergy/ US Eco logic since 2008.  Currently based out of the firms Charlotte NC Office, he is the Quality Assurance Manager for the nation wide Multi Family Division. Having “been in the Building Game one way or another” for over 30 years, Paul embraces the challenge of helping the Multi Family Team and their clients turn the Green Dream into a practical reality.

Paul is a RESNET QAD/Trainer. He is also a LEED AP, Green Rater and QAD, is Residential/Commercial IECC certified, is a NGBS 2008/2012 Green Verifier and was certified as a FSEC Class 1 Rater. His time with TexEnergy also included Single Family/Multi family Field inspections and Home Energy Audits.

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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 Gillett
Energy Inspectors

John Gillett has worked for 14 years at Energy Inspectors helping to build the companies operational capacities across 5 western states. Over that time period the company has provided 3rd party inspection services for over 200,000 production homes.

With a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable consulting, the company now works with 18 of the top 20 homebuilders in one or more of their markets throughout the United States.
Currently employing over 120 personnel, Energy Inspectors has grown to become one of the preeminent building science consulting firms in the nation under Mr. Gillett’s stewardship.

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Matt Gingrich
Energy Diagnostics

Matt Gingrich has worked at Energy Diagnostics for nearly twelve years, as a Rater, Green Verifier, and QAD. During his time at the Midwest based firm, he has seen the evolution of the industry, and the impacts of energy efficient construction. In 2015 he was elected to the RESNET Board of Directors, and currently holds a Rater Representative seat. He is the co-chair of the RESNET Emerging Leadership Council, and is looking forward to recruiting new members for the group.

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Jon Girod
Quail Homes

Jon Girod is the owner and builder at Vancouver Washington-based QUAIL HOMES where he's proudly manned the helm for over 20 years. Quail's custom homes are independently third party certified to be highly efficient; utilizing all the latest technology focusing on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, water conservation methods, and the procurement of locally sourced eco-friendly building materials. The home building methods and business philosophy at Quail Homes has earned them numerous awards including Green Builder of The Year and Healthiest Companies of Southwest Washington. Quail continues to build their high performing custom homes in Southwest Washington and the Greater Portland Oregon Metropolitan area.

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John Godden

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

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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Kathy Greely
Sr. Vice President, Program Services, Performance Systems Development

Throughout her thirty-year career, Kathy has worked in many sectors of the energy efficiency field, from research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to college campus programs to community/non-profit approaches. As Senior Vice President of Program Services for Performance Systems Development (PSD), Kathy is responsible for leading PSD’s growing energy efficiency program team and providing oversight to the design, management, and implementation of energy efficiency programs and services across multiple states. In Pennsylvania, Kathy and her team served in an integral role in developing the residential efficiency industry across the Commonwealth through the development of the award winning statewide ENERGY STAR New Homes and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, PA Home Energy.

When not working to improve the efficiency of the built environment, Kathy enjoys spending time with her two grown daughters, and traveling, and has visited over 22 countries across the globe, bringing home both incredible memories and a growing repertoire of culinary skills. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from La Salle College, and has recently relocated back to her hometown in Philadelphia.

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Neil Grisby
Residential New Homes Program Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Neil manages the Residential New Homes program at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and works with utilities across the region to support local builders and Rating companies. Neil started working for a public utility in Tacoma, Washington in 2005 and gained experience in designing, planning, and implementing energy efficiency programs along with public outreach and education. Neil holds an Urban Studies degree from the University of Washington and currently resides in Portland Oregon.

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Fred Grubbe
Chief Executive, Appraisal Institute

Frederick H. Grubbe, CAE, MBA, has served as chief executive officer of the Appraisal Institute since June 1, 2007. He has more than 30 years of management experience in nonprofit and government-related organizations.

From 2001-06, he served as president and chief executive officer of the National Fraternal Congress of America (now the American Fraternal Alliance), an association for fraternal benefit societies, where he was responsible for overseeing business and membership operations. Previously, Grubbe served as chief operating officer for the Education Resource Group, an international management training company that trains agency managers in the life insurance and financial services industries. He also was CEO of the THINK FIRST Foundation, an international organization dedicated to preventing and creating awareness about brain and spinal cord injuries.

From 1993-96, Grubbe served as director of strategic planning and special programs for the Million Dollar Round Table. And from 1989-93, he served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush, with presidential appointments as deputy director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs and deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, both of which followed two years as the U. S. Department of Transportation’s White House Liaison and special assistant to the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC.

Grubbe received an MBA from the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. He also successfully completed the advanced strategy program, Building and Implementing Growth Strategies, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He served as 2014-15 chair of the Board of Directors of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and also served as immediate past chair (2015-16), vice chair (2013-14) and secretary-treasurer 2012-13). He was a member of the Forum Board of Directors 2009-12. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

In his spare time, Grubbe is a professional jazz musician and has performed with jazz greats Louis Bellson and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

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Lucas Hamilton
Manager, Building Science Applications, CertainTeed Corporation

Lucas is a Physicist w/ 30 years of experience in construction and construction products manufacturing. His expertise includes forensic building envelope diagnostics and testing having participated in the investigation, evaluation and repair of thousands of buildings of all construction types, development of non-intrusive construction analysis equipment and techniques, research and development of construction materials, and he is a practitioner of a variety of building performance simulation software. He holds patents for moisture detection electronics as well as innovative adaptive building materials.

For the past ten+ years Lucas has been providing advanced technical sustainability and building science support to designers, builders, contractors, and owners as a service of Saint-Gobain and its construction materials manufacturing business CertainTeed.

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Peter Harding
Home Energy Technologies

Peter Harding is the President and Founder of Home Energy Technologies and is a RESNET-certified Quality Assurance Designee and Green Rater. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and is also a past-President of the Northeast HERS Alliance, the professional organization serving HERS Providers, Raters and others involved in home energy ratings in the northeast USA. Prior to founding Home Energy Technologies Peter consulted to leading consumer goods companies on strategies to accelerate their supply chains..

Home Energy Technologies is a RESNET-accredited Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Provider based in Connecticut offering residential energy certification and consulting services to developers, builders and homeowners. Certification programs include ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, the National Green Building Standard and Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credits.

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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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Jeff Hewitt
Lockton Affinity, LLC

Jeff has been with Lockton since 1993. Jeff is a seasoned Program Executive responsible for maintaining client relationships and coordinating program services for his clients. He is committed to providing the best service in the industry to his clients.

He works with a diverse group of clients consisting of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including National Rifle Association, Dickey’s Barbecue, FASTSIGNS, Home Advisors and Forest Landowners Association. His vast experience in the insurance industry enables him to effectively assist his clients in managing comprehensive insurance programs designed to meet their specific needs.

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Clinton Heyn
Pivotal Energy Solutions

Clinton has over 11 years of experience with home energy ratings, energy rating quality assurance, voluntary building programs, national energy rating and program standards, and related technology. Clinton served as the national quality assurance manager of RESNET, where in addition to providing approval and compliance reviews for rating providers, he contributed to RESNET standards and policy including working to align with other national and regional oversight bodies and contributing to the roll out of the first RESNET national buildings registry. Clinton’s current role with Pivotal Energy Solutions includes strategic planning, training, project management, software specification and testing, and user support. He wants to help meld building science, business compliance, and information technology to make the building performance industry more efficient.

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Michael Hobbs
President, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy

Michael Hobbs, MAI, SRA, LEED GA, is President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, a multidisciplinary real estate appraisal and consulting firm.  Two decades ago, an architect introduced Michael to the field of sustainable materials, energy-efficient design and high-performance construction and since that time he has focused on advancing market awareness of “green appraisals” and quantifying the impact of healthier home environments.
Michael works with municipalities, utility companies, Realtors®, developers, builders, architects and homeowner advocates to create and implement practical regulatory policies while accelerating the adoption of high-performance real estate construction based on real-time market analysis, recognition of tangible owner benefits, and fundamental science.  His real estate appraisal focus is on green, energy efficient, and net-zero residential and commercial properties nationally having appraised ENERGY STAR, Passive House, Net-Zero and high-performance properties.
Michael is a sought-after public speaker who is currently working with several RESNET rating firms to construct a national ‘green’ housing index to amplify consumer awareness and speed adoption of high-performance and energy-efficient homes through national media publication.
Contact Info:
Twitter: #PahRoo

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Rob Howard
Performance Construction Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating

Rob Howard is Performance Construction Manager with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. He provides training and technical support to builders, remodelers, architects, and engineers on variable refrigerant flow cooling and heating systems for residential applications.

Rob has over fifteen years of experience in the performance construction industry. He is the former Director of Construction at Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley where he built ENERGY STAR homes through Advanced Energy’s SystemVision program. He built the first Net-Zero Energy Home in North Carolina in partnership with Appalachian State University in 2005. He also built the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in North Carolina in 2016.

Rob became a HERS Rater in 2006 and started a company called Home Energy Solutions to provide green building consulting and home performance contracting in Western North Carolina.
He is an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and a renewable energy technologies diploma from North Carolina State University.

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Rebecca Hudson
Manager, ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Program

Rebecca Hudson currently manages the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Program. She has been with the ENERGY STAR program for more than six years during which time she has also worked on Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, provided technical support for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, and redeveloped the ENERGY STAR Home Advisor. Rebecca graduated from Yale University with a BS in Chemistry and Physics and from Columbia University with a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy. She is currently the vice chair of RESNET’s Multifamily sub-committee.

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Nick Hurst
US Environmental Protection Agency

Nick Hurst is the Program Manager for EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program. He is a BPI Building Analyst and LEED AP (Homes), and he holds a Master of Science in Technology concentrating in Building Science. Formerly a home builder, remodeler, trainer, and consultant, Nick now coordinates residential IAQ initiatives in EPA’s Indoor Environments Division, supporting industry professionals in building, verifying, and marketing high performance homes

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Brent Jacobs
Dow Building Solutions

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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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Mark Johnson
Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development, International Code Council

Mark A. Johnson brings 30 years of management experience to his position as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development for the International Code Council.  Mark is responsible for the management and oversight of product and business development, marketing, publications, sales, training and education, certification and testing, customer service and order fulfillment.  Additional duties include serving as the Council’s business liaison with organizations including ASTM International, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA), McGraw-Hill and Underwriters Laboratories Inc.  Previously, Mark served as President of ICC Evaluation Service, LLC, a subsidiary of the Code Council. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Science in engineering, both from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Ron Judkoff
Architectural Engineer, Building Energy R&D, NREL

Ron Judkoff currently holds the position of Chief Architectural Engineer in the Buildings Research Program at NREL. Previously, he held the positions of Director of the NREL Buildings and Thermal Systems Center and Principal Program Manager for the NREL Buildings Research Program. He has published more than 100 papers in the peer-reviewed and popular literature. He led an International Energy Agency multinational task on developing validation methods for building energy simulation software and is the author of the section in the 2005 and 2013 ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals on Model Validation and Testing.  Judkoff also has the following relevant experience:
• Energy-design of ultra-efficient and zero-energy award winning buildings. Contributed to the NREL RSF (a 350,000 ft2 zero energy building), the NREL SERF, the NREL Visitors Center, the NREL TTF, and the Zion National Park Visitors Center, among others (see Awards).
• Past chair of ANSI/ASHRAE SSPC-140 Committee on validation of building energy software.
• Developed a validation methodology (BESTEST) that is the basis of the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs.
• Developed a method for testing model calibration techniques (see BESTEST-EX reports).

• National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, 1978 to present: Chief Engineer, May 2013 to present; Principal Program Manager, Building Energy Program, Nov. 2008 to May 2013; Director of the NREL Center for Buildings and Thermal Systems, Feb. 1996 to Nov. 2008; Senior Architectural Engineer, Building Energy Research, March 1978 to Feb. 1996.
• Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, Architectural Engineer, 1977 to 1978.
• Steele Point Development Co., Tortola, BVI, Construction Manager, 1976.
• US Peace Corps, W. Africa, Construction Manager, 1971 to 1973.

Masters in Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, 1977; Bachelors, Tufts University, 1969.
Publications Highlights
Over 100 technical papers, reports, and articles published by NREL, refereed journals, professional societies, and popular science magazines (available for free download at

Awards and Recognitions
• R&D 100 Award 2013 for Development of DEVAP: Desiccant-Enhanced Evaporative Cooling
• R&D 100 Award 2005 for Development of the TREAT with SUNREL energy audit software in collaboration with New York State ERDA
• AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Building Award 2001 for energy design of the Zion National Park Visitors Center
• ASHRAE Technology Award 1st place 1999 for energy design of the NREL TTF lab building,
• 1991 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for developing a method to rapidly evaluate the thermal performance of manufactured buildings resulting in a large increase in the cost effectiveness of retrofits for the National Low Income Weatherization Program
• Patent for a new kind of air conditioner that works on water and a salt solution
• Patent for a device to protect buildings from bio and chemical aerosol attacks
• Copyright for the SUNREL building energy simulation software         
• Federal Energy Saver Showcase Award 2002 for energy design of the Thermal Test Facility
• Federal Energy and Water Management Award 2001 for energy design of the Zion National Park Visitors Center

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Roger Kainu
Energy Analyst & Regional Solutions Representative, Oregon Department of Energy

Roger serves as an Energy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy, primarily operating in the residential sector.  Roger has an extensive background in both public and private sector energy efficiency, and specializes in policy and program design and implementation.  With ODOE, Roger is the lead for Oregon’s Home Energy Scoring Program, which involves continuous engagement with stakeholders to develop a strategy to deliver effective home energy scoring to consumers.  Roger is also a Program Manager for Oregon’s Appliance Standards, analyst for Oregon’s building energy code, and provides technical resources to inform Oregon’s Residential Energy Tax Credit Program.  Roger has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, as well as an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Finance and Real Estate.

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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 and with some of the leading HERS Rating Providers to understand their needs and develop HERS Rating software solutions.

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Nate Kleist
Chief Design Engineer, Energy Diagnostics, Inc.

Nate Kleist is a Purdue alumnus (Boiler Up!), HERS rater, IHCDA weatherization auditor, is ICC certified and specializes in energy codes and design.  He has spent the last seven years fine tuning his expertise in the home energy rating industry at Energy Diagnostics, a Midwest rating firm based in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.  Nate works with and trains builders, code officials, design professionals and contractors on energy codes and industry best practices.   He specializes in current IECC, and is involved in future development of energy codes.  Nate has worked under several different variations of the 2009, 2012 and 2015 IECC, giving him a unique and robust look at the state adoption process, along with the benefits and concerns of each code and corresponding amendments.

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Nikki Krueger
Industry Manager, Therma-Stor

Nikki Krueger is the Industry Manager for Therma-Stor’s residential moisture control products lines, including Ultra-Aire whole house ventilating dehumidifiers, Santa Fe freestanding dehumidifiers and CrawlGuard encapsulation products. Involved in the indoor air quality industry for over 15 years and has worked with several organizations including: ACCA, the NAHB Research Center for Green Approved Products, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Build, Earth Advantage, La House Home Research Center, and EarthCraft. She is a RESNET certified home energy rater, has completed the comprehensive training for the green home verifier accreditation administered by the NAHB Research Center, and the professional development training course on ASHRAE 62.2 Standard. She is an active member of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Association, currently serving as vice chair of the building envelope committee, as well as on the certification and safety committees.

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Tei Kucharski
Florida Solar Energy Center

Tei Kucharski joined the staff of the Florida Solar Energy Center as the program coordinator for the Florida Energy Gauge Office in March of 1998.   Her tasks include marketing Energy Gauge® software to consumers, builders, real estate professionals and mechanical systems professionals, the training of new raters, educating diversified groups about the rating system and maintaining the ratings database.   In addition, she has also conducted workshops and performed technical support for the now defunct Department of Community Affairs in Florida dealing with both residential and commercial energy code to building officials, HVAC contractors, and builders.  Ms. Kucharski has more than 37 years’ experience in preparing residential and commercial energy calculations and load calculations for builders.  She is a Certified HERS Rater, RESNET Qualified QA, RESNET Qualified Trainer, Certified Florida Commercial Energy Rater and a certified residential building contractor, inactive.  Over the past years at FSEC she has provided numerous trainings to utilities and other groups.   She has served on the RESNET Training and Education Committee and now serves on the RESNET Certification Testing Advisory Committee.  In addition in the past, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Housing Coalition, a non-profit affordable housing advocate for 10 years.

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Preston Kuckuck
Performance Insulation

Preston has worked for over 6 years in the efficiency sector as a HERS Rater, BPI Tech, LEED Green Rater and now serves as Director of Sales with Performance Insulation & Energy Services.  Preston’s experience in sales, Rating/Verification, HVAC design have helped him to develop and support exciting new packages for Performance Insulation, helping to make Performance one of the top contractor service companies in Oregon in both New Construction and existing homes.

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Jason La Fleur
Founder, Eco Achievers

Jason La Fleur founded Eco Achievers in 2007 to help owners, builders, architects and developers realize that incorporating green building practices is not only achievable but also rewarding. Jason oversees client services helping project teams develop design and construction strategies to build better-performing buildings. Additionally, he directs education programs and helps project teams throughout the upper Midwest build third-party verified green homes that meet LEED and ENERGY STAR standards.

Active locally, Jason is active in the community,  helping found and direct the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois chapter’s annual GreenBuilt Home Tour. He is a national speaker on topics related to residential green building, building science, and healthy construction practices, receiving USGBC Illinois chapter’s “Green Speak” and Chapter Leader Awards. He is also an active member of the Passive House Alliance of Chicago.

As an experience speaker and educator, Jason LaFleur instructs on the Appraisal Institute’s green building courses, LEED, GreenStar, Building Science topics. As a practitioner he works with multifamily clients that want durable Class A buildings with minimal operating expenses, and single family clients pursuing zero energy. He is credentialed LEED for Homes Green Rater, NGBS Green Verifier, RESNET rater, PHIUS+ rater, and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC).

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Jonathan Lang
Technical Expert, Knauf Insulation

Jonathan Lang serves as a technical expert for Knauf Insulation, specializing in building assemblies, energy efficiency planning, and climate zones. He’s a talented technical communicator and trainer, with strong expertise in the building-as-a-system concept. He began in the Industry in 2009 earning an Associate of Applied Science from Cincinnati State in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. In 2015 he was chosen as the Commencement speaker for Cincinnati State’s 2015 graduation ceremony.  He is certified with the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst / Envelope Professional/ BPI Rater/ DOE Qualified Assessor. He is a staunch supporter of the “Green Collar Workforce” and has performed Over 500 comprehensive Home Energy Assessments.

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Roger Lange
Vice President, Bonded Builders Warranty Group

Roger Lange, Vice President 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 a whole home energy use guarantee to put behind their energy efficient construction.

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Kerry Langley
Loan Originator, PrimeLending

Mr. Langley has been a professional mortgage banker for the past 30+ years. With a career focused on new construction & renovation financing, Mr. Langley has personally negotiated over $1.3 Bill in residential mortgage loans. Over the years, Mr. Langley has held various positions in the loan production side of the business, ranging from Sales Manager to Sustainable Lending Manager.

While working in a sponsorship role with the sustainable building professionals at the “EarthCraft House” / SouthFace Institute in Atlanta (2008), Mr. Langley was challenged to develop a financial solution to help give the EarthCraft Builders a marketing advantage to help them sell the certified energy efficient homes that they were building. After completing numerous certification trainings with the EarthCraft staff and their builders, Mr. Langley discovered what would become the focus of his life’s work. Borrowing the concept of “whole house” used in High Performance Building, Mr. Langley developed a software program that he refers to as “High Performance Lending ®”. High Performance Lending ®, also referred to as HPL, analyses each and every financial variable associated with purchasing and owning a home.  It takes these variables and develops comparison modeling which estimates the Total Cost of Owning each type of home. Armed with the HPL software program, in the fall of 2009, Mr. Langley introduced the program to the few builders that were still building to the EarthCraft standards in the southeastern US. In early 2010, Mr. Langley’s team started working with one of the few remaining EarthCraft builders, a company located in Charleston, SC. Over the following next eighteen months, Mr. Langley and his team closed 118 of the 119 homes that this builder built and sold ($35-$40 mill in closings)

In the years since the initial rollout of the HPL program, the functionality of the HPL software has been enhanced to include analysis of homes ranging from new to existing homes, from conventionally powered homes to homes with renewable energy systems, and from homes with pre-renovation HERS ratings of 181, to homes which score a True Net Zero. Today Mr. Langley is building a dual track national pilot program with his employer, PrimeLending; one focused on opportunities in the new construction market , and the second which is focused on partnering with the residential real estate community to share the incredible financial benefits associated with transforming existing homes to High Performance / Sustainable Homes. In both pilots, as well as Mr. Langley’s residential origination business, the concept of Total Cost of Ownership (aka TCO™) is the highlight of the conversation.

Since it’s inception, Mr. Langley has originated approx. $100 mil in residential loans using the High Performance Lending ® program.

On a personal note, Mr. Langley and his wife of 32 years live in Atlanta, Ga with their two Golden Retrievers (Moses & Gracie). The Langley’s have two married adult children and two grandchildren. When not working, Mr. Langley enjoys Power-walking, cooking BBQ on his Big Green Egg’s, Fly Fishing and an occasional round of Golf.

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Les Lazareck
Founder, Home Energy Connection

Les Lazareck, CEM is a building performance expert focused on maximizing the comfort, health, safety, energy efficiency and durability of both commercial and residential buildings through his company Home Energy Connection, LLC founded in 2006. Prior to becoming a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Les established Nevada’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2009, HomeFree Nevada/EnergyFit Nevada. He is a licensed Nevada Energy Auditor and approved trainer by the Nevada Real Estate Division; Certified Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rater (HERS), Rater Trainer and Quality Assurance Designee; Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, Envelope, Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Professional, Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Trainer and Proctor. He is a member of the Nevada Energy Code Collaborative, Association of Energy Engineers, Solar NV, the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Solar Energy Society and a former member of the Governors Workforce Development Board. Les earned his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara focusing on alternative energy design. He volunteered his expertise with UNLV’s Solar Decathlon design teams (2013 and 2017) and their 2015 Race to Zero design. Mr. Lazareck lives in a net zero electric home and is committed to ensuring building owners get the performance their building was designed.

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John Libonati
Vice President Government and Public Affairs, Owens Corning

John Libonati has served in Washington, DC as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Owens Corning since 1999. His broad Federal policy work has included tax, trade and energy policy with focus on energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings.

Prior to his tenure with Owens Corning he completed a distinguished 22 year career in the United States Secret Service. His career included selection to the Presidential Protection detail from 1981 through 1985 and as the Agency’s liaison to the CIA, NSA and FBI.  He was later selected for a Senate legislative fellowship, serving as staff on both the Senate Appropriations and Senate Judiciary Committees. He was selected to the Director’s staff as the agency’s Director of Congressional Affairs where he served until his 1999 retirement.

A strong proponent of voluntarism, John has served on the non-profit Boards of Director, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Center for Victims of Crime and currently serves on the Board of non-profit  Washington DC-based middle school, The Washington Jesuit Academy. He is currently an active volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence which provides highly trained service dogs for people with disabilities.

A graduate of St. John’s University in New York City with a BA in Government and Politics, he resides in Northern Virginia.

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Brian Lieburn
Research Scientist, Dow Building Solutions

Brian has a B.S. degree in Industrial Education from University of Wisconsin – Stout. The majority of his professional career was spent in production home building in Ohio and North Carolina. He joined The Dow Chemical Company in 2010.   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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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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Justin Mackovyak
Energy Efficiency Consultant, ICF

Justin Mackovyak is an energy efficiency consultant with ICF. With a specialized background in residential construction, he is currently supporting a number of utility-based demand side management programs including ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes and Smart Thermostats.  Additionally, Justin is the QA/QC lead for the Eastern region and oversees the quality assurance efforts for all programs implemented by ICF. 

Prior to ICF, Justin worked for several award-winning construction firms in roles ranging from project management to estimating and executive management. Focusing on high-end custom homes, his projects often included the latest building science and energy efficiency techniques.
Justin is a RESNET HERS Rater, Energy Smart Contractor, Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Building Analyst, Envelope Specialist, and licensed home improvement contractor.  In his free time he can usually be found outdoors with his wife, son, and Labrador retriever.

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Eric Makela
Cadmus Group

Eric Makela, Senior Associate,   is the team lead for the Codes and Standards team at Cadmus Group.  Eric’s building energy codes expertise spans 30 years, numerous states, and countries as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Fiji, and India. Makela served on the ICC IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles, and 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 25% increase in efficiency over earlier codes. As a partner in Britt/Makela Group, Eric oversaw commercial and residential energy code compliance studies for 4 states and 4 large cities.  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.  Over his career Makela has trained in over 20 states to the building, design and enforcement industry in a variety of venues.  Makela was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. He 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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Bruce Manclark

Bruce is a nationally recognized leader in residential energy efficiency technical training, implementation of conservation programs, quality control testing and consulting on energy efficiency. Bruce joined CLEAResult in 2012 after partnering on many programs. Bruce had previously owned an energy services company, Delta T, specializing in the implementation of residential energy conservation programs and services, energy audits and inspections and the delivery of technical training to energy auditors, inspectors, HVAC contractors and community college students

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Joe Medosch
Owner, Energy & Environmental Consulting llc

He provides practical “universal” training and communication skills to professionals like yourself. He is a Comfort Consultant Trainer, providing solutions on home performance applications.

He developed energy management curriculum for Technical College System of Georgia, and was the Energy Manager at University of Georgia, Tifton campus.

His certifications include:  BPI Proctor - Building Analyst & Envelope Professional, Infiltration & Duct Leakage, ICC- Commercial & Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner and Residential Building Inspector, NABCEP PV Certified, Inactive HERS Rater and IAQ Professional.

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Jim Meyers
Director of Buildings Efficiency Program, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)

Jim Meyers is Senior Associate, Director of Buildings Efficiency Program for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), where he works on building energy code advancements. Jim is responsible for conducting analysis, preparing case studies, evaluating new and emerging technologies for buildings and supporting the adoption of state-of-the-art building energy codes through education.

Jim has worked in multiple sectors of the energy field by starting his working career in the generation of power via fuel cells and more recently through energy efficiency of the built environment and new construction. Jim has also worked as a regional manager in the insulation industry, the technical director of an energy rating provider, program manager for a RESNET software, and in the software and defense industries.

Meyers is a CGP, a LEED Green Associate and former certified Energy Rater-Trainer-QA Designee. He has provided energy code technical trainings, compliance software training, building science trainings, and HERS Energy Rater trainings. Jim actively participates in International Code Council (ICC) committees and is active with local ICC, USGBC, AIA and other association chapters.

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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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Jay Murdoch
Director of Industry & Government Affairs, Owens Corning

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Jeff Myron
Florida Solar Energy Center

Jeff Myron is a software/systems engineer with the EnergyGauge USA and Summit software products. EnergyGauge USA is a RESNET accredited software tool used in residential energy modeling, HERS ratings, ENERGY STAR, DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes, IECC, Manual J, improvement analysis and federal tax credit.  EnergyGauge Summit software is used in commercial building modeling. Both software tools utilize the detailed hourly simulation in the DOE2 engine.

He is the Software Planning and Test Director with the EnergyGauge residential building rating software products. He is also the Director of the online EnergyGauge QA Automation System for HERS providers and raters. This high productivity system offers 24 hour access to automated error checking of ratings, automated upload to RESNET and automated report generation in minutes.

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Frank O’Brien-Bernini
Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Owens Corning

Frank O’Brien-Bernini is vice president and chief sustainability officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites.

His role encompasses global accountability for Owens Corning’s sustainability strategy development and implementation, including: operations sustainability/environmental, health and safety (EH&S); product and supply chain sustainability; building science; corporate medical/wellness; product stewardship and toxicology; and the company’s science and technology center in Granville, Ohio. 

In more than 30 years with Owens Corning, he has held various leadership positions, including chief R&D officer. Prior to joining Owens Corning, O’Brien-Bernini ran a solar design/build firm.

O’Brien-Bernini is a frequent speaker on topics related to sustainability and has addressed multiple conferences, has been quoted in many industry reports and publications, and currently serves on several boards.

He is an alumnus of one of the nation’s first interdisciplinary sustainability programs – Center for Resourceful Living – at North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts). He went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, where his research focus was solar energy.

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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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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 Loveland, CO where he enjoys hiking, camping, watching football and basketball and especially spending time with his 4 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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Andy Popp
Manager, Energy Efficiency, Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Energy

Professional Experience – Recently oversaw the development of the Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan. Over the last six years has focused on improving energy efficiency related to residential, manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the State of Missouri. During that time was instrumental in the development and oversight of over 150 successful energy efficiency projects across the state. With over 30 years of project management experience, has made presentations to many segments of the Missouri economy on energy efficiency and Missouri’s program development that would result in significant long-lasting impact on those segments. Prior to coming to the Division of Energy, was Operations Manager for a manufacturing facility leading over 200 employees in day to day operation of the facility. During that time was responsible for all segments of plant operation including planning, P&L, purchasing, manufacturing, processing, continuous improvement, warehousing and shipment of products, and plant safety. Has a demonstrated record of cost reduction in all phases of manufacturing including production development and process improvement strategies.

Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additional coursework has included Profiles in High Performance, Measurement Quality, Statistical Management Systems, Managing for Continuous Improvement, Managing by Objectives, and Team Facilitation.

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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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Paul Raymer
Chief Investigator, Heyoka Solutions

Paul H. Raymer has been working with building science for more than forty years, and he has developed and brought to market more than twenty products.  He has taught building science courses to diverse audiences from home inspectors and weatherization specialists to architects and engineers.  He is the author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2010), Recalculating Truth (a novel) (Salty Air Publishing, 2014), Residential QCI Handbook (Salty Air Publishing, 2015) and has published articles in “Northeast Sun”, “Smart Home Owner”, and “Home Energy”.  He was a member of the LEED EA Technical Advisory Subcommittee, BPI’s Standards Technical Committee, and is Subcommittee Chair for Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation of the NREL SWS.  He is BPI Envelope, Building Analyst, Heating Professional, AC/Heat Pump, and Healthy Home Evaluator certified and a certified HERS Rater. He is an IREC and an IREC/ANSI assessor, IREC Certified Master Trainer and he is a full member of ASHRAE (a voting member and secretary of the 62.2 SSPC), a former board member of the Home Ventilating Institute (Chair of the IAQ Committee), and the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).

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Susan Reilly
Principal / Energy Team Leader, Group14 Engineering

Susan Reilly, P.E., LEED AP, started Group14 Engineering in 1992.  She has over 25 years of experience in building energy engineering, and is recognized as a national expert in building energy modeling.  She has worked on a broad portfolio of building types including residential and multifamily buildings.  Her work has also entailed research on fenestration, including skylights, and their impact on residential and commercial energy performance.

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Ken Riead
Senior Consultant / Trainer, Accurate Rater Network

Ken Riead is the owner/manager of Doff Industries and primary developer of and the virtual online tradeshows. He is currently on the BIM-R committee of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD).

Ken Riead has been well known in the fields of energy conservation, renewable energy and environmental practices for over 30 years.  His focus has been on promoting education for both consumers and professionals.  During his tenure on the board of the Colorado Thermal Insulation Association, Ken helped write the first set of energy codes for Denver, which were later enacted into law.  He also served on the board of the Denver Solar Energy Association.  While at DSEA he helped organize the first Denver Passive Solar Home tour, which eventually evolved into the National Sustainable Homes Tour.

Ken Riead worked in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the Director of the Denver Energy Conservation Laboratory and taught energy conservation courses at the Red Rocks Solar program, which at that time was the largest solar program in the United States with over 500 students.  He has worked or consulted for several energy utilities, including Intermountain Rural Electric Association, the City of Independence, Missouri Power & Light and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.   Ken is the recipient of many energy and environmental awards and recognitions.

Professional Positions:

Board Member – Historic Green Group of the US Green Building Council

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Sharla Riead
Owner/Managing Member, Accurate Rater Network

Sharla Riead provides training, certification programs, and quality assurance oversight for national energy efficiency and green building programs.  She has been in the field since 1979 and is a recognized leader in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable technology, energy efficiency and green construction.  Ms. Riead runs a RESNET accredited Training and QA Rating Providership as well as a USGBC LEED for Homes Providership and RESNET Contractor Education and Qualification (CEQ) Providership.  As a Building Scientist, she consults with builders, trades, code officials, energy professionals and program sponsors with an emphasis on energy efficiency, building durability and occupant health and safety. As a Certified Home Energy Rater and NGBS Green Verifier, Ms. Riead works closely with builders, architects and home buyers to ensure their green goals are met.  Sharla has been working for close to a decade participating in software development, workforce guidelines creation, curriculum writing, job skills and competencies creation, pilot studies, and business modeling to crack the nut of the $200 billion dollar residential deep energy retrofit market. Sharla Riead is committed to integrity, impartiality, and the best building science can offer.

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Dave Roberts
Group Manager and Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University

David joined NREL in 2008. David is the Residential Buildings Research Group Manager. He currently supports DOE research activities including the Building America program. David 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 science, building energy simulation, and software development.
Prior to joining NREL, David 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.

Contact Information:, 303-384-7496

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Sydney Roberts
Senior Research Engineer Commercial Sustainability Services, Southface

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Anthony Roy
Director, Policy and Partnerships, Earth Advantage

Anthony Roy is the Director, Policy & Partnerships at Earth Advantage. Anthony oversees the organization’s research, education, and policy portfolios. He works with key collaborators on transformational projects at the intersection of the energy efficiency and real estate industries. Prior to joining Earth Advantage, he was a senior consultant with YRG sustainability consultants in New York City and Seattle. While at YRG, he was the primary sustainability consultant on several large-scale international community development projects. Anthony began his career at the City of Portland before moving to Ecos Consulting (now Ecova) where he was a senior manager. He received a BA degree from Northwestern University and a degree in International Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (UK).

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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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Elliot Seibert

Elliot Seibert is an environmental specialist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch, focusing on technical development and quality assurance. Mr. Seibert came to EPA with eight years of experience in the residential energy efficiency industry managing thousands of single family and multifamily HERS ratings, ENERGY STAR and green building certifications as a HERS Rater and HERS Quality Assurance Designee. As a mechanical engineer by training, he has a thorough knowledge of building science and has supported mechanical system design, building system commissioning and comprehensive energy audits.

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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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Todd Sims
Manager of Building Energy Program, National Association of State Energy Officials

Todd Sims serves as the National Association of State Energy’s Manager of Building Energy Program. In this capacity, Mr. Sims provides leadership to the 56 governor-designated state and territory energy offices on a variety of building energy policies and programs including, building energy codes, residential labeling and retrofits, ENERGY STAR, benchmarking, and countless others.

Prior joining NASEO, Todd was a Program Associate with the Institute for Market Transformation. While there, he was instrumental in the passage of RE-188 which included the ERI Path in the 2015 IECC.

He is from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a degree in Political Science.

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Brett Singer
Indoor Environment Group Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brett C. Singer, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist and the Indoor Environment Group Leader in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division and a Principal Investigator in the Whole Building Systems Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Dr. Singer conceives and leads research projects related to air pollutant sources, physical-chemical processes, and pollutant exposures in both outdoor and indoor environments, aiming to understand these systems for the purpose of developing effective control strategies. The recent focus of Dr. Singer’s work has been indoor environmental quality and risk reduction in high performance homes. This work has the goal of accelerating adoption of IAQ, comfort, durability, sustainability, and resilience measures into new home construction and retrofit practices. Key focus areas of this work are low-energy systems for filtration, smart ventilation and mitigation approaches to indoor pollutant sources including cooking. Dr. Singer co-developed the population impact assessment modeling framework (PIAMF). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Brad Smith
Energy Code Compliance Specialist, City of Fort Collins

Brad is the Energy Code Compliance Specialist working with Fort Collins Utilities and the Fort Collins Building Department. He has many years of experience in the energy services sector as a residential HERS Rater for new construction and home efficiency audits on existing homes. Along with his RESNET HERS Rater certification he holds certifications as ICC Residential Energy Inspector & Plans Examiner, Energy Star certified Rater, and has extensive training and experience as a BPI Building Analyst, TYVEK Certified WRB Installer/Warranty Certification and City of Fort Collins HVAC System Performance testing.

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Tommy Spain
Field Manager and QA Designee, SkyeTec

An integral member of the SkyeTec team since 2009, Tommy Spain has held the positions of Wind Mitigation Assistant Program Manager, Field Inspector for Weatherization Program, and is now the Field Manager and QA Designee of SkyeTec’s Energy Inspection Services. Tommy is a Nationally-Certified RESNET Home Energy Rater, and a Certified Quality Assurance Designee. In the Weatherization program Tommy ensured proper installation of energy saving measures. Tommy is a registered Quality Assurance Designee and helped SkyeTec become a provider. Tommy uses his knowledge of energy improvements to help educate building professionals on what they can do to lower the energy bills of their customers. Tommy is a graduate of The University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.

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Frank Spevak
Marketing and Sales Manager, The Energy Conservatory

Frank Spevak is the marketing and sales manager at the Energy Conservatory.

The Energy Conservatory (TEC) manufactures precision diagnostic equipment used to solve comfort, energy use, durability and air quality problems in buildings.

He is responsible for all aspects of sales, both direct and through distribution. Also responsible for all aspects of marketing including web development and management, advertising both print and online and brand management.

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Bill Spohn
President, CEO, TruTech Tools, LTD

BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering, University Of Rochester
Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania

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, an Inc. 5000 award winning test instrument web store.

He regularly teaches technically complex topics to a wide range of audiences on the applications of testing and measurement instrumentation in building science, Indoor Air Quality, 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 and technical education.

Contact Info:

Bill Spohn
TruTech Tools, LTD
2566 Glenwood Dr.
Wexford, PA 15090

Phone: 412-721-5544
Fax: 866-694-8655

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Nancy St Hilaire
Co-Owner/Operations Manager, Home Energy Group, LLC

Nancy St. Hilaire is the co-owner, Operations Manager and Quality Assurance Designee for the Home Energy Group, LLC based out of Charleston, SC.  Home Energy Group started as a HERS Rating company and has expanded into being  a HERS Provider, HERS Training organization, and a LEED for Homes Provider.  Nancy started off as a HERS rater and, as the business expanded, became the Quality Assurance Designee for both the RESENT providership and the LEED for Homes providership as well as a HERS Rater trainer.

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Pasquale Strocchia
Integral Building & Design

With over twenty years of professional experience in the housing sector, Pasquale has been dedicated to High Performance Building since 2005.  As a building performance consultant and Energy Rater, he has worked on over 1,500 homes including both single and multi-family projects.  A growing portion of his projects now consist of Zero Energy Buildings with more than 40 homes  certified for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes program and two Zero Energy Multi-family buildings in development.  Pasquale is the President and founder of Integral building & Design and also serves as an instructor of building science at SUNY Ulster Community College in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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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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Hillary Tipton
Analyst, ICF

Hillary Tipton is an Analyst at ICF who provides partner engagement and technical support for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Seal and Insulate, and Indoor airPLUS programs. She has more than five years of experience in residential energy efficiency, data analysis, and environmental policy. As a certified Building Analyst, she has conducted diagnostic testing on hundreds of homes, while also developing energy efficiency marketing campaigns and training new hires for home improvement contractors. Hillary earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Oberlin College. In her spare time, she enjoys fossil hunting, bicycling, and long-distance running.

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Clayton Traylor

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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David Treleven
Building Science Consultant, Advanced Energy

David Treleven holds a B.A. in biology and an M.S. in building construction with a concentration in sustainable construction. He has worked in the construction field as a laborer, construction manager, HVAC designer, rater and building science consultant. Treleven is currently investigating low-load home HVAC systems, simplified builder-friendly solutions to high performance envelopes, and moisture issues in small footprint homes in mixed-humid climates.

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Mike Turns
Senior Program Manager, Performance Systems Development

Mike Turns is a Senior Program Manager with Performance Systems Development and is responsible for a variety of energy code support and new construction programs. Mike is the principal investigator for the Pennsylvania Residential Energy Code Field Study, a DOE-funded project involving measurement of energy code compliance and training, education, and outreach to code officials, builders, and trade professionals.  He also manages implementation residential new construction programs in six utility operating companies across Pennsylvania. Previously, Mike was the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University. While, at the PHRC, he managed the largest provider of residential building code training in Pennsylvania, and delivered energy code training to hundreds of code officials, builders, design professionals, home performance professionals, and others. Mike is a certified residential energy inspector/plans examiner, and has presented at a variety of state, regional, and national conferences and events.

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Chris Urbanus
Director, Energy Services, Burgess Construction Consultants, Inc.

Chris Urbanus has been in the Home Energy Rating industry for nearly 7 years. His career began as a Rater-in-training at Burgess Construction Consultants, a 3rd party quality and HERS rating company based out of Dallas, TX.  The first year was spent predominantly in the field performing RFI and Rater duties for some of the largest volume homebuilders in the industry. For the next 4 years, Chris served as a HERS Rater/Plans examiner in Burgess’ corporate office, where he reviewed thousands of plans for both energy code and above code program compliance. He has worked closely with both custom and large volume builders to implement cost-effective and marketable strategies for code compliance and beyond.
Chris has transitioned into the Director role for the entire Burgess Energy Services operation where he has served for 2 years.

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Gayathri Vijayakumar
Senior Building Systems Engineer, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Gayathri Vijayakumar is a Senior Building Systems Engineer at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., a RESNET Accredited Rating Quality Assurance Provider. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Engineering Science and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management. Gayathri, an ASHRAE-certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, HERS Rater, and RESNET QA delegate, currently provides technical support to the EPA's Multifamily High Rise program and has over 10 years of experience supporting ENERGY STAR certification of units in multifamily buildings. She currently is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 Multifamily working group and chair of RESNET’s Multifamily sub-committee.

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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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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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Dennis Webb
Vice President of Operations, Fulton Homes

Dennis is the Vice President of Operations for Fulton Homes where he oversees Sales, Marketing, Operations, and the Fulton Homes Design Center.  In his 20 years there he has led the charge of using technology combined with past retail experience to help transform the company into one of the most advanced homebuilders in the country in the areas of customer experience, operations, and marketing.  He has also been instrumental in moving Fulton Homes towards energy efficiency as Fulton Homes was the first builder in the country to have built all of its homes to Energy Star version 3 standards.  Fulton Homes has been recognized as Energy Star’s Partner of the Year and Indoor airPLUS leader award winners each of the past two years, the only builder in the country to do so. Prior to joining Fulton Homes, he was Vice President of Stores for Eagleson’s a men’s clothing retailer owned by Ira Fulton, who sold the business to concentrate on homebuilding.  Before Eaglesons, Dennis had a 20 year retail career with Hart, Schaffner and Marx, where he held increasingly responsible positions of Salesman, Store Manager, Buyer, Merchandise Manager, General Manager, and Store President.  Dennis graduated from Chapman University in Orange, CA, and currently resides with his wife Janis of over 35 years, in Tempe, AZ.  His daughter Laura is the Executive Director of a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, and son Darin is a lawyer in Los Angeles.

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Eric Werling
National Director, U.S. DOE’s Building America Program

Eric Werling has been the national director of the U.S. DOE’s Building America program since 2011. Prior to DOE, Eric launched the U.S. EPA’s Indoor airPLUS home labeling program, helped develop and implement the successful ENERGY STAR for New Homes program, and led development of popular IAQ and Moisture Control guides for EPA and ASHRAE. He holds a MS in Architectural Engineering and a MBA from Penn State, and a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. Eric is also an amateur musician and plays for 2 bands, including the Building Science Boogie Band.

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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
Senior Manager, CLEAResult

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

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Ted Winslow
Product Manager of Building Science, CertainTeed

Ted Winslow is the Brand Product Manager of Building Science, Systems and Technical Marketing for CertainTeed Insulation. He has been involved in the building industry for close to 10 years with various residential and commercial product manufacturers. Ted strives to understand all aspects of building physics and works to develop products, systems and solutions tailored towards the needs of today’s building professionals through continuous engagement with a variety of trade organizations and by providing training for the building industry. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Temple University.

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Gary Wollin
Wollin Group

Gary Wollin has taught efficient building techniques and coordinated commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects nationally and internationally for over 20 years.  Currently the Wollin Group is supporting California Utilities training objectives across the state focusing on Building Energy Science, HVAC Sciences, air flow and refrigeration verification HVAC Load calculations and Dry Climate equipment selection, Other concerns have been developing an realistic training platform that assists students transitioning theory into hands-on practice which led to the development of the MI-BEST unit.

Gary has been involved with the California Energy Code and the HERS program since 2002. He is presently a partner at Wollin Group, and shares the teaching of various aspects of the California Energy Code, HVAC Sizing and Building Energy Science throughout the State. He was one of the lead instructors for CHEERS 2005 – 2012. And the primary developer of the MI-BEST (Mobile Integrated Building Energy Science) Training unit. He brings to each course a balanced overall background of construction that embodies energy efficiency, sustainability, and the energy code. He has a relaxed style that involves his audience and promotes easy comprehension of the topic.

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Amber Wood
Senior Manager, REM/Rate

Amber Wood, P.E. has over 15 years of building energy modeling, sustainability, codes and standards, construction, and research and development experience.  As Senior Manager of REM/Rate at NORESCO, she leads the REM/Rate team, creates a development vision, assists with testing, and provides building science support.  In addition, she authored multiple research reports and guides for designers/builders as well as presented the research findings. Although Amber's primary focus is energy efficiency, she has also been involved in green building as a member of the Energy Task Group of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building StandardTM ANSI development process.   Amber also serves on the RESNET Water Efficiency Rating (WER) Index Modeling and Development of Reference Home Subcommittee.

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Mark Wyman
Program Manager, Energy Trust Of Oregon

Mark Wyman is a Program Manager with the Energy Trust Of Oregon, responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s residential offerings including the New Homes Program, Retail Products Program and On Bill Repayment Financing. Mark has broad public sector and not-for-profit experience within the energy efficiency industry in Oregon as well as New York where he contributed to New York State and New York City’s climate and energy objectives as an employee of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Association For Energy Affordability (AEA). Mark lives and works in Portland, Oregon and enjoys hiking and exploring the majestic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

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Michelle Yuan

Michelle Yuan is a member of ICF’s Commercial Energy team and supports utility sponsored demand side management programs in the residential new construction market. She provides program support to builders and raters as the account manager for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, Delmarva Power and Light, Potomac Electric Power Company, Potomac Edison Power, and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s ENERGY STAR New Homes Programs, and provides program management support to utility clients. She holds a Master of Environmental from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and received her B.A in Government and Environmental Policy from the College of William and Mary. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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