October 10-12, 2017
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, Atlanta, GA
The following are confirmed presenters for the
EEBA High Performance Home Summit:
Michael Baechler is a Senior Program Manager in the Energy and Engineering Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He has been at PNNL since 1984. Prior to that Michael was a building auditor and inspector and helped to design the deployment program for the City of Portland's energy policy. Mr. Baechler has worked with the Building America Program since 1998 on research projects and on documenting best construction practices across the program. He co-chaired the 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. www.pnnl.gov
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President & CEO, Pivotal Energy Solutions
As a trainer, author and industry consultant, Gord has been an effective and passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality and energy efficiency during the past two decades across North America. Gord brings to his training, his technical and mechanical background, the logic and integrity of a professional engineer and the passion of one committed to helping the residential construction industry build and sell better homes. Based on his homebuyer market research, Gord has pioneered a new training program designed to assist builders in marketing and selling their high performing, energy efficient homes by communicating their value to their customers. Gord's building science training curricula covers the gamut from creating and delivering basic and advanced building science principles through managing indoor air quality and HVAC system design, to an intensive technical sales and marketing workshop.
Managing Director, Builder Solutions
Product Services Coordinator, Lennox Industries
Mike Courtney is the Product Service Coordinator for IAQ Residential Controls at Lennox Industries.
Program Manager, ORNL
Andre Desjarlais André Desjarlais is the Program Manager for the Building Envelope Systems Research Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been involved in building envelope and materials research for over 40 years, first as a consultant and, for the last 25 years, at ORNL. Areas of expertise include building envelope and material energy efficiency, moisture control, and durability. Desjarlais has been a Member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) since 1987 and serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation and D08 on Roofing. He is the past Chairman of ASTM Committee C16 and was awarded the title of Fellow in 2011. He has served as the chairman of ASTM’s committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO). He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1991 and serves on Technical Committees TC 4.4 on Thermal Insulation and Building Systems, TC 1.8 on Mechanical Insulation Systems, and TC 1.12 on Moisture Control in Buildings, and is past Chairman of TC 4.4. André is also a founding director of the RCI Foundation.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications, NAIMA
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.
Dupont Building Innovations
Ms. Dwyer manages the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, a national network of experts who shape insights, tools and resources to help members of the building industry navigate the changing future. Central to her role is harnessing the knowledge and skills of DuPont Building Innovations professionals to deliver enhanced value to customers by sharing best practices in building science and application knowledge.
Ms. Dwyer was named manager of the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center in 2011 after two years as the North American Residential Marketing Manager for DuPont's Building Envelope and Surfaces businesses. From 2002 to 2006, she helped create the DuPont™ StormRoom with Kevlar® business and served as the Residential Channel Manager for DuPont™ Weatherization Systems. During this time, Ms. Dwyer became a voting member of NAHB's Energy Subcommittee, a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Board of Directors, and an active participant in Green Builder Media's Emerald Circle. She is also a member of the IECC – Commercial Energy Code Committee for the upcoming 2012/2013 Code Development Cycle.
Ms. Dwyer joined DuPont as a process engineer for the Automotive Finishes plant, during which time she was the Color Technology Product Manager, Marketing Communications Manager and then New Business Development Manager for the OEM/Fleet Finishes business. She joined the DuPont™ Tyvek® Construction business in 1999 as Western Regional Manager and National Retail Center Manager until 2001 when she moved to the DuPont™ Corian® and DuPont™ Zodiaq® business as Regional Remodel Sales Manager.
Ms. Dwyer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Building Science Research, Florida Solar Energy Center
Philip Fairey 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 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. Philip 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.
Chief Technology Officer, Mandalay Homes
Geoff Ferrell is Chief Technology Officer for Mandalay Homes, the nation’s highest volume builder of the DOE’s program for Zero Energy Ready Homes. Geoff oversees Mandalay’s home innovation, implementation, and strategies to improve efficiency, durability, health, and comfort, while maintaining market competitiveness. Geoff studied Aeronautical Science at Riddle Aeronautical University, in disciplines including engineering and aerodynamic performance. In 2003 Geoff shifted careers, and entered the home building arena working for Suncor as a construction manager in Prescott, Arizona. In 2013, Geoff began his career with Mandalay Homes. Geoff’s speaking engagements include RESNET Conferences, Tech Home Builder Summit, EEBA, and Arizona Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Workshops. In his free time, he pilots the company airplane and spends time with his wife and three children.
LEED Quality Assurance Manager, EnergyLogic
Tom Flanagan LEED® Quality Assurance Manager; EnergyLogic, Inc. Tom Flanagan manages LEED certification and LEED quality assurance for EnergyLogic.
Technical Director, LEED for Homes
Asa Foss Technical Director, LEED for Homes Asa Foss is the technical director responsible for the implementation of residential LEED standards.
Vice President, Home Innovation Research Labs
Dean is the technical manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, which he has helped support, define, and implement for 15 years. With over 1.7 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.
Director of Marketing and Business Development, Owens Corning
Chris Gibson is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Owens Corning. He is directly impacting growth through his leadership at driving the profitable design, construction and marketing of high performance homes. Throughout his career, Gibson has led the corporate, marketing and innovation change strategies of leading organizations within the building materials and hardware industries. He joined Owens Corning in 2013. Prior to Owens Corning, Gibson led the turnaround of a luxury architectural, interior design and marketing services company as its President and CEO. He has held senior leadership positions for manufacturing companies--leading change through new venture and business model development, e-commerce and product innovation. As a marketing strategy consultant, Gibson built an analytical consulting practice that led to the creation and growth of several marketing strategy products. In that role, he had a positive impact on the strategic and tactical marketing practices for companies such as DuPont, James Hardie, Sherwin-Williams, and Armstrong World Industries. Mr. Gibson represents Owens Corning as a Board of Trustee for the Leading Suppliers Council of the NAHB and serves as a Board member for EEBA—The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance.
Alex Glenn designs, develops and conducst high-quality training programs for the construction industry. He delivers building science and energy efficiency seminars at industry conferences. He is passionate about professional education techniques and assisting people with strategies for success. Alex is proud to be part of the Applied Building Science team that helps the building industry by providing training, consultation, research, and program development to improve buildings across the nation.
Home Innovation Research Labs, http://www.homeinnovation.com/
As part of the building science team at Home Innovation Research Labs, Patti studies construction materials, methods, and equipment to improve energy efficiency and performance in residential construction. The work she manages for clients like HUD, NREL, and DOE provides opportunities to explore both innovative and time-tested concepts to identify, develop, and/or improve upon critical paths to maximize a home’s performance.
Current areas of study include energy modeling, high-performance building envelopes, moisture performance of walls, constructability issues, and aging-in-place and building accessibility. Patti continues to manage work on the Extended Plate and Beam (EP&B) wall system, a landmark technology developed by Home Innovation with a team of other industry leaders.
Patti’s background is in sustainable HVAC design and she has extensive experience with computer-based calculation tools, energy modeling, BIM, design documentation, and construction administration. She is a licensed professional engineer and part of Home Innovation’s NGBS Green team, and honed her mechanical systems design skills with SGJJR working on projects like the Washington College of Law at American University and the Brock Environmental Center for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Patti’s designations include LEED AP and Certified Passive House Consultant.
Senior Engineer, UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center
Curtis Harrington is a Senior Engineer at the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center with over eight years of experience in research and technology development focused on energy efficiency in buildings. He has served as project manager on seven ventilation and envelope sealing related projects, primarily for the Californian Energy Commission and DOE the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. His work on aerosolized sealing of envelopes was featured in the CEC PIER 2013 annual report for excellence in state-sponsored energy efficiency research.
Trainer and Consultant, Advanced Energy
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Shaun has over 12 years of experience providing training, facilitation and consulting services to national utility programs, conferences and private businesses, with a focus in the areas of construction best practices, program design and quality management. Shaun annually plans and develops curriculum, webinars and in-person training workshops for residential construction stakeholders, real estate professionals, appraisers and others. He has brought his experience in construction and management to clients while being based in the Northwest for the last ten years. In addition to training and consulting, he excels at conducting industry related market research and drafting reports of trends in energy efficiency program design.
Business Development Manager, Emerson Residential/Commercial Solutions
James Jackson is a Business Development Manager for Emerson Residential/Commercial Solutions. He is a recognized expert is residential and commercial HVAC, with over 1,000 building assessments under his belt. At Emerson, James supports energy efficiency and demand response programs as well as develops additional opportunities in the utility and energy efficiency market. He supports product development for connected devices to align with energy programs and opportunities, and with contractors as they transition to HVAC performance monitoring.
Building Envelope Systems Research team, ORNL
Dr. Roderick Jackson is the group leader for the Building Envelope Systems Research team and the sub-program leader for Building America research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He also was the technical leader for the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project. Under his leadership, AMIE brought together expertise from multiple research teams across ORNL, partners from industry, and the U.S. Department of Energy. After earning his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Jackson returned to Mississippi and started his own construction company with his father in 2003. He completed his master’s degree while running the business but decided to leave the company in 2005 to pursue his doctorate degree and a growing interest in energy technology and policy. That interest led him to ORNL in 2009, where he began doing research and development in the Buildings Technology Research and Integration Center. He holds a BS, a MS, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Construction Industry Educator, CEM, LEED AP Homes + ND
Abe Kruger honed his expertise in sustainable construction over the last 13 years as a contractor, educator, and consultant in the residential construction industry. He trains construction industry professionals across the country on sustainable building practices. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated energy efficiency programs for over thirty electric and gas utilities, including ENERGY STAR new homes, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, low-income weatherization, and HVAC tune-up programs. He has numerous industry accreditations, including Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, LEED Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Trainer and Rater. Abe is the cofounder of SK Collaborative, which provides consulting, design reviews and charrettes, training, and building certification under LEED for Homes, EarthCraft House, ENERGY STAR, the National Green Building Standard, and Enterprise Green Communities. SK Collaborative is currently certifying over 7,000 units of single- and multifamily housing. He is the coauthor of the first residential green building textbook, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Delmar/Cengage Learning) and one of the lead authors of the LEED for Homes Version 4 Reference Guide.
Building Science Corp.
Newport Partners LLC
Jamie Lyons is a mechanical and environmental engineer with two decades of experience in high performance buildings and energy efficient technologies. As Technical Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program, he maintains the program specs, trains and assists builders, raters, and architects, and coordinates with efficiency programs.
Director, North Carolina Building Performance Association
Building Codes Expert, Newport Partners
Senior Mechanical Engineer, SWA
Founder, Black River Design
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 successful research for new and existing high-performance homes. This includes overseeing the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home voluntary label program for leading edge home builders and the Building America Solution Center that disseminates the latest innovations and best practices to housing industry stakeholders. 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 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 has been 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. He is a published author and has prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.
Vice President of Homebuilding Operations, Thrive Home Builders
Bill Rectanus is currently the Vice President of Homebuilding Operations for Thrive Home Builders in Denver, Colorado. His responsibilities include the management and oversight of the construction, purchasing and customer service departments. In addition to his daily responsibilities Bill is also responsible for the implementation of Thrive Home Builders’ “High Performance Building Initiative”, its advancement, and research and development of new systems and technologies. Bill is very active in the Denver homebuilding industry serving on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and formerly as Chairman of the Flatirons Building Council. In addition Bill has been a session speaker at many industry and energy efficiency conferences.
Group Manager & Senior Engineer, NREL
Strategic Engineer and Sustainability Leader, Southface
Sydney G. Roberts, Ph.D. is a strategic engineering and sustainability leader at Southface with over 15 years experience creating market-leading programs, adding value and saving resources. National subject matter expert in building science and resource efficiency, sustainability, workforce training, and greenhouse gas reduction. Diverse skills and experience ranging from creating and directing the U.S. DOE Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center to leading commercial and residential research at Southface. Serving on the HPC & BPI Boards of Directors, the IREC Committee on Standards, and additional industry thought leadership positions.
Technical Coordinator, EPA
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 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 through analytics, modeling, and benchmarking. 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.
Panasonic, National Sales Manager for Panasonic Home & Environment Company
Suzanne Shelton is president and CEO of Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications agency focused exclusively on energy and the environment. Her vision is that every home and building in America is energy responsible and sustainability is ordinary – and she leads Shelton Group in creating a market advantage for the organizations that are creating that sustainable, responsible future. Shelton’s clients include Consumer’s Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Kohler, CertainTeed Insulation and ExxonMobil Chemical.
With 25 years of experience under her belt, she’s a pro at helping her clients build brand affinity, market products and start movements. She speaks regularly at conferences, guest writes for the likes of Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz, and has been quoted in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other top media outlets.
Staff Scientist & Indoor Environment Group Leader, LBNL
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 matrix appointment 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. A major focus of Dr. Singer’s work is indoor environmental quality and risk reduction in high performance homes, including accelerating adoption of IAQ, comfort, durability, sustainability, and resilience measures into new home construction and retrofit practices. Key focus areas are low-energy systems for filtration, smart ventilation and mitigations of pollutants from cooking. Dr. Singer earned his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Leading Builders of America
Todd Usher built Addison Homes on a solid green foundation. A Clemson University graduate who worked eight years in the chemical industry while renovating houses on the side, he determined that a personal commitment to sustainable principles – complemented by well-defined processes and procedures -- could form the cornerstone of a residential construction firm.
In 2002, Addison Homes became the only company in South Carolina to certify 100% of its homes to high-performance standards such as Energy Star and EarthCraft House, and, most recently, U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home. And over the past years, working within a somewhat conservative, southern culture, Addison Homes has emerged as one of the region’s most recognized companies in high performance building.
As the first builder in the U.S. to earn NAHB’s Master Certified Green Professional designation, Todd freely shares his expertise with the building industry. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science and Management, where he encourages the next generation of builders to pursue residential green building. Todd is also a frequent guest speaker in courses within the Sustainability Science Major at Furman University. Todd volunteers on several boards including Trees Greenville and the National Association of Home Builders where he is the Education Chair for the SC Home Builders Association.
Todd’s advocacy on behalf of sustainable design and construction has been recognized with multiple awards, including USGBC-SC Chapter’s Leadership in Green Building Award, NAHB’s Green Advocacy Award and Master Certified Green Professional of the Year. Addison Homes’ projects have garnered honors such as the DOE’s Housing Innovation Award, EarthCraft House Project of the Year, SC Pinnacle Award, and several Southern Home & Garden Bridge Awards for Green Building.
Ed Vineyard, P.E. - Mr. Vineyard is the Group Leader, Modeling and Simulation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with over 35 years of experience in the research and development of high-efficiency appliances, HVAC systems, and distribution systems. Previously, he was the Director, Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL. He has published more than 90 technical papers and reports involving all aspects of improving efficiency for residential and commercial building equipment. He is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), program chair of TC 8.4, Air-to-Refrigerant Heat Exchangers, and a member of TC 6.3, Central Forced Air Heating and Cooling Systems. Prior to this, he served as chair of TC 7.1 Domestic Refrigerators and Food Freezers. He has received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, the ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, and is an ASHRAE Fellow. As part of a team at ORNL, he also received the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy 23 Award for the second highest rated project in DOE history. In 2011, Mr. Vineyard led an effort to develop a gas engine driven heat pump that received an R&D 100 Award. In 2013, he received a second R&D 100 Award for his work with the development and commercialization of a ground source integrated heat pump. Mr. Vineyard was a member of a team that received the 2017 Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Award, the highest international award in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration field.
Dr. Iain Walker
Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
National Director, U.S Department of Energy Building America Program
Senior Product Manager, NEEA
Building Science 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 22 years of experience working directly for both a contractor and a Rating company; performing energy audits; Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting;analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. After 15 years working directly in the field, Dan transitioned to the consulting side of the business, working for Fluid Market Strategies/CLEAResult. Dan currently provides staff management, Building Science consultation, QA/QC design, code evaluation, stimulating market channels, and training; presentation services for a variety of utility and Home Certification Programs across the country.
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