Presenter Bios

EEBA High Performance Home Summit

October 10-12, 2017
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, Atlanta, GA

Presenters

The following are confirmed presenters for the EEBA High Performance Home Summit:

Chrissi Antonopoulos
Research Scientist, PNNL

Chrissi Antonopoulos is an energy research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division. She focuses on analysis of green building technology diffusion in the commercial building sector, valuation of energy efficient residential homes, and website development for energy efficient programs. Chrissi has lead research tasks focusing on code development for renewable energy technologies, and market forecasting of green building in the commercial sector. Chrissi is the operations manager for the Department of Energy's Building America Solution Center. Chrissi has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master's of Urban Studies with a focus on energy technologies and sustainable development, from Portland State University.

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Michael Baechler
PNNL

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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Robert Burns
President & CEO, Pivotal Energy Solutions

President and CEO of Pivotal Energy Solutions, a technology company and provider of the AXIS software platform, a cloud-hosted program administration and workflow tool for the validation, consolidation, and sharing of energy efficiency and green building data.

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Greg Cobb
Founder, iEngineer, LLC

Greg Cobb was the founder of iEngineer, LLC. Headquartered in Phoenix, iEngineer provides HVAC design services throughout the U.S. With a focus on energy efficiency, iEngineer has designed thousands of HVAC systems for Energy Star, Environments for Living, DOE Zero Energy Ready and other above-code homes using Manual J, S & D design techniques. Through Mr. Cobb’s leadership, iEngineer has developed the capability to rapidly provide custom HVAC designs based upon the unique options and solar orientation of each home for production builders. Cobb has also helped develop intelligent fresh air ventilation systems to meet ASHRAE 62.2 that are low-cost, energy efficient, shift ventilation load to off-peak hours and manage inbound humidity. Mr. Cobb has been a speaker at EEBA, RESNET, EPA and DOE conferences on a variety of HVAC topics. Mr. Cobb has spent 20 years working with entrepreneurial organizations as a CEO/CFO, board member, investor and advisor for public and private high-growth companies. Mr. Cobb has a JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, as well as a B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University.

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Gord Cooke
Construction Instruction

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.

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Glenn Cottrell
Managing Director, Builder Solutions

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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Mike Courtney
Product Services Coordinator, Lennox Industries

Mike Courtney is the Product Service Coordinator for IAQ Residential Controls at Lennox Industries.

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Andre Desjarlais
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.

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Jordan Doria
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.

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Laura Dwyer
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.

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Philip Fairey
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.

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Geoff Ferrell
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.

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Tom Flanagan
LEED Quality Assurance Manager, EnergyLogic

Tom Flanagan LEED® Quality Assurance Manager; EnergyLogic, Inc. Tom Flanagan manages LEED certification and LEED quality assurance for EnergyLogic.

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Asa Foss
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.

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Michelle Foster
Vice President, Home Innovation Research Labs

Vice President, Innovation Services for Home Innovation Research Labs, which develops and administers the National Green Building Standard and its suite of programs nationwide.

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Dean Gamble
Advanced Energy

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.

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Chris Gibson
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.

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Becky Gjerde
New Construction Marketing Manager, Honeywell

Becky Gjerde is the New Construction Marketing Manager for the Honeywell EES Homes Americas business. Her focus is creating innovative programs to serve the builder market. Becky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from St. Cloud State University.

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Alex Glenn
Advanced Energy

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.

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Patti Gunderson
Home Innovation Research Labs

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.

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Curtis Harrington
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.

 

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Shaun Hassel
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.

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Mike Hess
Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Buildings, Panasonic USA

Mike Hess, PE, LEED Fellow, is a licensed mechanical engineer. He leads Panasonic’s Smart & Sustainable Buildings team, and also supports their CityNOW initiatives for smart and sustainable cities. He has worked on more than 100 LEED certified projects, including net zero energy and water experience. Mike has expertise in sustainability and LEED consulting, energy modeling, commissioning, water re-use, renewable energy, micro-grids, energy storage, and intelligent control systems. He has also developed codes and incentives for municipalities, and corporate standards for private organizations, to help define their sustainability and energy initiatives. Mike also previously served on the US Green Building Council National Board of Directors. Mike has experience working with multiple stakeholders to achieve transformational smart city results. This includes helping to design the micro-grid at Pena Station NEXT in Denver, where Panasonic, Denver and Xcel Energy have partnered with others to create a carbon neutral community.

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Aaron Holm
CEO, Blokable, Inc.

Aaron Holm founded Blokable in March of 2016 with a mission to make housing accessible and affordable for everyone. His experience leading business and product teams includes spearheading product management for Amazon’s first two physical retail businesses, Amazon Go and Amazon Books. In 2012, Aaron co-founded Mylio, a software startup creating solutions to protect and organize large libraries of personal photographs and memories. He was also founder of GLOBALedit a global leader in digital media software and services, where he built a world-class team and customer base including NBC, Warner Bros, Victoria’s Secret, Sony Pictures, Gap / Old Navy, CBS, and Publicis.

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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 they built ENERGY STAR homes through Advanced Energy’s SystemVision program. They built the first Net-Zero Energy Home in North Carolina in partnership with Appalachian State University in 2005. They 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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Patrick Huelman
University of Minnesota

Pat Huelman is an Associate Professor in Residential Energy and Building Systems with the University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as Coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with the University of Minnesota Extension.  He is a lead faculty member for the Residential Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a co-investigator for hygrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility.  Pat is the Principal Investigator and Project Lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America Teams.

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James Jackson
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.

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Roderick Jackson
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.

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Aaron Johnson
US EPA

Aaron Johnson Aaron Johnson works with the homes team in the Indoor Environments Division of US EPA. He has a background as a third party verifier and consultant in new residential construction, as well as diagnosing health and comfort issues in existing homes. Aaron is a qualified RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, Rater Trainer, and Building Performance Institute Quality Control Inspector

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George Karayannis
Vice President CityNOW, PanasonicEnterprise Solutions

George Karayannis has over 25 years of emerging technology and sustainable solutions sales, marketing and business development leadership experience at Fortune 100 firms & high-tech startups. Mr. Karayannis currently leads Panasonic’s CityNOW business in North America. Mr. Karayannis previously held leadership positions at Schneider Electric, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, and several high tech startups. He also co-founded a grassroots non-profit organization developing a sustainable national energy policy, was elected as a town councilman, and served on an ICBM launch crew in the US Air Force. Mr. Karayannis has authored a book on the new ISO 37120 standard for Smart City indicators, is restoring a 100-year old opera house to LEED Gold, has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a BA from the University of Dayton, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Abe Kruger
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.

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Dr. Joe Lstiburek
Building Science Corp.

JOE LSTIBUREK Joseph Lstiburek holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Building Science. While still an undergrad, Dr. Lstiburek ran his own home building company; during his Master’s degree, he developed the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers. Other formative experiences include developing the Canada-wide Super Energy Efficient Housing R-2000 program and serving as senior engineer on commercial construction projects for Trow in Toronto. Dr. Lstiburek founded BSC in 1989 and he has been a key figure in establishing BSC as one of the most influential, innovative, and respected building science firms in North America. Dr. Lstiburek is also an acclaimed educator who has taught thousands of professionals over the past three decades and written countless papers as well as the best-selling Builder Guides. Fittingly, the Wall Street Journal has described him as "the dean of North American building science." He has a joy for telling tall tales to his protégés and audiences.

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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. 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.

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Erik Makela
Senior Associate, 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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Ryan Miller
Director, North Carolina Building Performance Association

Executive Director of North Carolina Building Performance Association, a non-profit RESNET-accredited Rating Provider and advocate for policy, legislation, and marketing in the interest of its members.

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Stephen Myers
Thrive Home Builders

Stephen Myers is the Vice President of Process Control & Improvement at Thrive Home Builders. He began his career in media relations and marketing & communications, working in the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Stephen obtained a Master’s Degree in Finance at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2010. Immediately prior to joining the Thrive team, he worked in mergers & acquisitions for Dish Network, working on more than $2.8 billion in transactions.
Since joining the team in 2014, Stephen has run the Sales and Marketing department at Thrive, helping to achieve revenue growth of 80% from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was named Vice President of Process Control and Improvement, tasked with the additional responsibility of implementing organizational change initiatives throughout the company.

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Joe Nebbia
Building Codes Expert, Newport Partners

Joe Nebbia is a building codes expert with 15 years of experience in policy and regulatory analysis, including over a decade spent working on buildings and construction related issues. He participates in multiple codes and standards developing processes including the International Code Council, ASHRAE, and state codes. In addition to code development and advocacy, Mr. Nebbia teaches code classes to builders, designers, code officials, and others in multiple states. On a daily basis, Mr. Nebbia answers industry and government official technical questions regarding the International Energy Conservation Code. Mr. Nebbia has led a variety of economic and market research efforts, has authored various housing economics reports, and developed multiple industry roadmaps. A trained meeting facilitator, Mr. Nebbia leads focus groups and has facilitated codes/standards committee meetings. Research topics have included the valuation of energy efficient innovation in homes, home fire sprinkler economics and impacts, disaster housing technical, economic, and social research needs, adoption of innovative technology in affordable housing, and the economic impact of energy efficient retrofit/renovation programs on U.S. businesses. As a technical consultant, Mr. Nebbia has supported the U.S. Department of Energy in a variety of capacities over the past decade, and currently has the honor to serve as the Operations Director for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program. He performed the same function for the predecessor program, the DOE Builders Challenge. Mr. Nebbia holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Hamilton College.

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Srikanth Puttagunta
Senior Mechanical Engineer, SWA

Srikanth Puttagunta, PE is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at SWA with 14 years of experience in the field of building energy efficiency and sustainability. Through his involvement with the Building America Research Program, Srikanth has an extensive background into barriers and challenges that residential builders and larger-scale multifamily building developers face have in meeting the requirements of code and higher efficiency programs. That knowledge has been disseminated through technical reports, guidelines, and presentations at national conferences and through local AIA presentations. Srikanth has also been involved in the code amendment process in both Connecticut and New York to revise code language to allow for the practical application of the residential code to low-rise multifamily dwellings (air leakage requirements and a sampling protocol). Mr. Puttagunta has provided technical support for numerous certification programs, including EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes, DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes Label, and RESNET’s Performance Testing Subgroup of the Multifamily Workgroup. Srikanth is a Professional Engineer in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, a Quality Assurance Designee for Steven Winter Associates’ RESNET Rating Providership, and a member of ASHRAE. He holds an MS Civil Engineering, Building Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BS Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Srikanth Puttagunta, PE Vice President, Senior Mechanical Engineer Steven Winter Associates, Inc. 203.857.0200 x275 (w) sri@swinter.com

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John Rahill
Founder, Black River Design

John Rahill is the founder of Black River Design, Architects of Montpelier, Vermont. BRD was started in 1978 and has grown to an office of 18 people. John’s career has been committed to sustainable and high performance design with an emphasis on durability, aesthetics and occupant comfort. Recently, his firm completed a historic renovation and addition designed to be net-zero water and energy. The project is now in the performance monitoring phase of the Living Building Challenge. John Rahill is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has served as president of the VT Chapter of the AIA and the Solar Association of Vermont. Education Harvard Graduate School of Design Master of Architecture, 1974 Williams College Bachelor of Science, 1968 Memberships American Institute of Architects Past President, Vermont Chapter of AIA Past Director, Solar Association of Vermont

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Sam Rashkin
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.

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Bill Rectanus
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.

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David Roberts
Group Manager & Senior Engineer, NREL

David Roberts — Group Manager and Senior Engineer 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: david.roberts@nrel.gov, 303-384-7496

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Sydney Roberts
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.

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Scott Sanders
Partner, BrightLeaf Homes

Scott started building high performance, energy efficient infill homes under the BrightLeaf Homes brand in 2012 hoping to find the balance between his experiences with large production homebuilders and small non-profit organizations. Scott studied Construction Management at Illinois State University and interned for Centex Homes (now part of the Pulte Group) before moving to Washington DC and working as a Project Manager for Ryan Homes, part of NVR Group, the nation’s 4th largest home builder. After spending a number of years there, he moved back to the Chicago area and worked for a nonprofit organization responsible for assessing and coordinating energy efficiency improvements to low income housing. This opportunity gave him a unique insight into how homes have been built over the past 100 years and how energy efficiency and varying building methods can affect their long-term durability and cost of ownership.

Scott left that organization in early 2012 and began laying the groundwork to grow BrightLeaf Homes into the best known high performance home builder in the Chicago area. As a National Association of Homebuilders Certified Green Building Professional and Certified Master Builder, Scott had the expertise and ability not only to design the company’s original floor plans and building envelope assemblies, but also to interact with and educate, and of course manage the sub contracted Trade Partners on site during construction. Under the current BrightLeaf Homes brand Scott is responsible for coordinating much of the over-arching business strategy for the company and handles the financial reporting and analysis. Scott’s passion for high-performance building is manifested in the company but rooted in a personal focus on sustainability in his day-to-day living and community involvement.

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Jonah Schein
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.

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Elitia Schwaderer
Director of Sales, Thrive Home Builders

Elitia Schwaderer has been a passionate and influential professional within the new home sales industry for over 16 years, amassing more than $85 million in sales over her career as a salesperson. Elitia’s hard work also lead to being recognized as top sales and customer service professional for several continuous years. Upon joining Thrive Home Builders in 2015, Elitia quickly proved her ability to exceed sales goals while managing multiple communities and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Her exceptional levels of leadership and performance led to her promotion to Director of Sales in 2016. Elitia’s transition into leadership and coaching has led to empowering good sales people to become great sales people leveraging traditional and non-traditional methodologies, while creating ambassadors for Thrive’s brand and values. When Elitia is not with her Thrive team, she enjoys time with her partner, confidant and best friend, Joe as well as their 9 year old pride and joy Eden. On any given weekend, you can find the Schwaderer family appreciating and relaxing in Colorado’s incredible mountain towns.

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Robby Schwarz
EnergyLogic

Robby Schwarz Robby Schwarz is Principal and Director of Builder Relations at EnergyLogic - an Indoor airPLUS Rater partner, one of the nation’s leading residential energy efficiency companies, and a leader in innovation for the HERS industry. They promote better buildings by bringing inspiration and innovation to building professionals through builder services, training, software, and leadership in the rating community.

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Brian Shanks
Purchasing Manager, Beazer Homes

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Jim Shelton
Panasonic, National Sales Manager for Panasonic Home & Environment Company

Jim Shelton is the National Sales Manager for Panasonic Home & Environment Company. He has been with Panasonic for over ten years. As National Sales Manager, Jim's responsibilities include developing and maintaining successful business relationships, the recruitment, training, and supervision of sales staff and liaising with suppliers, as well as acquiring new leads, creating business development strategies, keeping up-to-date with market advances, ensuring quotas are met, organizing trade shows and all other marketing functions. Jim leads a team of eleven staff members to meet and exceed demanding sales targets; create strong and long-lasting customer relations. To achieve this, Jim uses his excellent communication skills; ability to motivate and lead; dynamic networking; tireless energy; interpersonal skills; first class negotiation techniques combined with a special interest in consultative selling and strategic marketing. Prior to joining Panasonic Home & Environment Company, Jim worked in sales, marketing and management for Acuity Brands, Thomas & Betts, Hubbell Building Automation, Hughes Supply and Missouri Valley Electric Company. Jim gained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Missouri Western State College. Since then, he has earned numerous continuing education certificates with the American Management Association. Jim lives in Florida with his wife of 26 years; Tina and their three sons and three dogs. When not working, Jim likes to watch movies and football, spend time with his family and stay active at the gym. Jim can be reached at james.shelton@us.panasonic.com.

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Suzanne Shelton
Shelton Group

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.

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Brett Singer
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.

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Colby Swanson
Construction Innovation Scout, Momentum Innovation Group

Mr. Swanson is a leading residential construction expert, innovator, technology scout and serial entrepreneur. He has a 360 degree understanding of the industry working as a framer/builder, building failures forensics expert, utility/insurance consultant, and corporate strategist. It is these unique perspectives that allow Mr. Swanson to see the trajectory of industry trends and product needs many years into the future. Upon graduating with a BS degree in Biochemistry he started his first of six companies, three of which are still active.

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Clayton Traylor
Policy Director, Leading Builders of America

Clayton Traylor is a nationally recognized housing policy expert.  He has over twenty years of industry experience in both the private and public sector.  He is currently a consultant for Leading Builders of America (LBA) a trade group representing the largest homebuilding companies in North America.
Clayton began his career in housing with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, DC. When he left NAHB in 2005, he was Senior Staff Vice President responsible for state and local government relations, land development and construction codes and standards. 
In 2005, Clayton joined Centex Corporation as Director of Government & Industry Relations.  In this capacity, he led Centex’s lobbying activities with emphasis on tax, mortgage lending and stimulus policies.  He also developed Centex Energy Advantage, the company’s signature conservation and energy efficiency initiative.

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Calvin Trumbo
Building Industry Innovator, Momentum Innovation Group

Calvin Trumbo has been a serial entrepreneur and innovator in the building products industry for more than 25 years. From creating ground-breaking new products and processes to launching new businesses, his many roles have given him critical insight into creating innovative approaches to find and develop profitable products and services. During his career, Calvin has been responsible for corporate strategies, business development, managing P&L, budgeting, sales process improvement, pricing strategies/implementation, market research, customer marketing, and product development/enhancement. Calvin is currently the managing partner with Momentum Innovation Group, helping companies find, develop and commercialize breakthrough products using the latest innovation and business techniques. His portfolio includes work with Johns Manville, Swisslog, CertainTeed Corporation, Huber Engineered Woods and US GreenFiber. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Colorado.

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Todd Usher
Addison Homes

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.

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Ed Vineyard
ORNL

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.

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Dr. Iain Walker
Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Iain Walker Dr. Iain Walker is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and leads Residential Building research in the Whole Building Systems Department. He has more than 30 years of experience as a building scientist and his current work focuses on residential buildings: developing smart ventilation technologies, indoor air quality scoring and rating, deep energy retrofits, design and construction of zero/low energy homes and HVAC system diagnostics. He is an ASHRAE fellow and is Executive Editor of Home Energy magazine. He leads and contributes to many standards and technical committees for ASHRAE (Standard 62.2), ASTM (E779, E1554), RESNET (Standard 380), ACCA and other state and national agencies. Dr. Walker has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University Of Alberta.

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Eric Werling
National Director, U.S Department of Energy Building America Program

ERIC WERLING Eric Werling is National Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. Since 2011, he has worked with Building America partnership teams and DOE national laboratories to transform building science knowledge and innovations into proven best practices for the housing industry and trades. Prior to his DOE service, Eric launched the U.S. EPA’s Indoor airPLUS home labeling program in 2009, and led development of popular Indoor Air Quality and Moisture Control guides and protocols for ASHRAE and EPA. He also helped EPA develop and implement the successful ENERGY STAR for New Homes program from 1995 to 2004, as a consultant with ICF Consulting. He holds a MS in Architectural Engineering and a MBA, both from Penn State University, and a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. Eric currently serves on two ASHRAE standard committees, SSPC 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings, and SSPC 160, Criteria for Moisture Control Design Analysis in Buildings. Eric is also an amateur musician who writes and performs songs about building science to encourage and entertain colleagues and building science professionals.

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Geoff Wickes
Senior Product Manager, NEEA

Geoff Wickes Senior Product Manager for NEEA’s Emerging Technologies group, Geoff works closely with utilities, trade allies and trendsetters to identify and prove out innovative energy-efficient technologies to transform markets. Geoff is currently working on two key markets: Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters and Extended Motor Products (pumps, fans and compressed air) Currently he heads up the Pump Systems Matter board, works closely with manufacturers. Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians (RETA) certification and education committees to bring new approaches to the education, awareness and certification. Geoff’s background in energy efficiency and conservation has included management in the fields of instrumentation, manufacturing, construction, IT and utility market transformation. He was the Director of Commercial and Industrial Programs for Ecos (now Ecova) after that he was the Key Account manager for Cascade Energy in the Energy Management Services group. He holds a BS in Geography and BS Landscape design from Oregon State University, and has been a LEED- 2.0-accredited professional since 2004. In his pastime he enjoys, hiking, camping and all kinds of boating (paddle and sail). He has cruised extensively around Vancouver Island and down in the Sea of Cortez.

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Dan Wildenhaus
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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