EEBA Board

EEBA's Board of Directors is a body of elected or appointed building science professionals who jointly oversee and strategize the activities and operations of EEBA. Learn more about the nomination process.


A world where everyone can live in a healthy, safe, durable, energy efficient home.


To continue as the pre-eminent provider of building science education.



CR Herro

Meritage Homes

Scottsdale, AZ

C.R. Herro is the Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Meritage Homes. C.R. earned a Bachelors of Science at Arizona State University in Physical and Life Science, Masters in Environmental Policy from Governors State, and Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.  CR is on the RESNet Strategic Positioning Task Force, Board of Directors for the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, technical committee for the Leading Builders of America, and has been a speaker at the National Home Builders Association, Arizona State Department of Housing, Arizona Corporation Commission, the ASU School of Construction, Energy Star, Solar Power International, and Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference,

Meritage’s Extreme Energy Efficient Homes received the 2010 Pubby Award from Green Homebuilding Magazine for Community of the Year, and the National Association of Home Builders 2011 EnergyValue Housing Award and NAHB’s Research Center’s 2011 People’s Choice Award.


Executive Committee

Laura Dwyer

Dupont Building Innovations

Wilmington, DE

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.


Executive Committee

Dave Bell

Environments for Living
Daytona Beach, FL
The Environments For Living® program is an initiative of Masco Home Services, Inc., a Masco company. The program was launched in 2001, in response to a growing need for professional services to support regional and national home builders in applying building science and energy-efficient construction practices in the field.


Executive Committee

Robert Broad
Pulte Homes | Las Vegas, NV
Robert Broad is the Director of Purchasing for SoCal and Las Vegas Divisions. Mr. Broad has worked for Pulte for 14+ years in a variety of roles, including Customer Service, Construction Management, Building Science, Research and Development, Product Design, and Purchasing. Prior to joining Pulte's Las Vegas operations, Robert spent seven years with the Pulte Home Sciences division. As a founding member, he helped develop and patent innovative technology for production home building. Mr. Broad has degrees in Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Construction Engineering. He has been an active participant in the DOE Building America Program, a committee member for BOCA, served on the committee for ICC-ES SIP Acceptance Criteria and the structural committee for the SNBO 2006 and 2009 ICC/IRC code adoption.

Board Members

Lois Arena

Steven Winters Group

Norwalk, CT

Lois Arena possesses over 15 years experience in the building science field. She has extensive experience with new and existing residential buildings including on-site testing and diagnostics, design assistance and energy modeling. Awards presented to her clients include the New Millennium Builder Award and Gold Energy Value Housing Award from the NAHB. Lois has co-authored and presented training programs about energy efficient building practices to professionals in all sectors of the building industry. As a licensed remodeling contractor, she focused on an integrated systems approach to building incorporating both energy-efficient and green building technologies.

Lois is currently employed by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. where she works on the Department of Energy’s Building America program and conducts advanced systems research. She received her M.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado’s Building Science Program and holds Passive House, BPI and RESNET certifications.



Jacob Atalla

KB Home

Los Angeles, CA

Jacob Atalla is Senior Director of Sustainability at KB Home. He leads the way in realizing KB’s sustainability goals of making every home it builds more environmentally friendly, and all aspects of its construction and business operations increasingly sustainable.

Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years of technology and green building experience, which form the foundation of his creative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.

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

Recent projects include building the first WaterSense labeled home in the nation; the launch of over 20 new solar-powered communities in Southern California; the introduction of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; and building over 50 LEED certified detached and attached homes. Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home.

KB Home received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012; one of the highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA. In addition, KB Home received the Builders Challenge, Maximized Energy Performance awards from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 and 2012, and WaterSense Partner of the Year award in 2011, as well as a US Green Building Council LEED for Homes award in 2011.

Previously, Jacob worked 10 years at The Planning Center, followed by 6 years as a consultant to several developers and builders on residential and mixed-use projects in California, Idaho, and Hawaii. Jacob serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and chairs the Urban Land Institute’s Orange County/Inland Empire Sustainable Communities Initiative Council.


Michael Baechler


Richland, WA

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.



Greg Cobb

Sonoran Air

Phoenix, AZ

Greg Cobb is the President & CEO of Sonoran Air, Inc.  Sonoran Air provides HVAC system engineering, installation and warranty services to residential new construction builders in the Southwest.  The Company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.  With its focus on energy efficiency, the Company has designed and installed thousands of HVAC systems for Energy Star homes.  Through Mr. Cobb’s leadership, Sonoran Air has developed the capability to provide HVAC designs and installations based upon the unique solar orientation of each lot for production home builders.  Sonoran Air has also developed a fresh air ventilation system to meet ASHRAE 62.2-2010 that is low-cost, energy efficient and shifts ventilation load to off-peak hours.  Mr. Cobb has been a speaker at EEBA, RESNET and EPA conferences on the implementation of Energy Star v3.0 for HVAC engineers and contractors.  Mr. Cobb has spent over 15 years in entrepreneurial finance as a CEO/CFO, board member, investor and advisor for public and private high-growth companies.  Mr. Cobb has a JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University.

Glenn Cottrell

Pittsburgh, PA
With more than 18 years of experience at IBACOS, Glenn supervises the team of building performance and research specialists to help the homebuilding industry deliver high performance homes. He is directly responsible for many large corporate accounts including the company’s 17-year research partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy under the Building America program. Glenn is a member of the management team and, as such, is directly involved in establishing corporate objectives and strategic alliances. Glenn’s diverse experience with IBACOS has included home automation systems research, web-based software development to expedite home search and selection, project management of research demonstration homes, and business operations. Prior to his current position, Glenn oversaw company resources in finance, legal, HR, IT and office administration. Additionally, Glenn served as business development manager for sister-company, BuildIQ, where he oversaw the implementation of web-based training strategies for large-volume builder clients. Glenn has shared his knowledge and experiences in advanced building, sales automation, process improvement and employee development at several industry conferences and workshops including the International Builders’ Show, Affordable Comfort Conference, EEBA – Excellence in Building Conference, and the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference. Education: • Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 1993 Affiliation(s): • Board member, Neighborhood Development Ventures • Board member, South Side Local Development Company

John Edwards

St. Paul, MN
Bio Coming Soon

Bill Fay

Energy Efficient Code Coalition | EECC
Washington D.C.
William Fay concurrently leads two broad-based national coalitions advocating for building energy efficiency:

The Building Energy Efficient Codes Network (BEECN), which focuses on national initiatives before Congress, federal/state/local governments, the media and others; and

The Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC), which works within the ICC's national energy code development process and authored "The 30% Solution," which will employ available, "state-of-the-shelf" technologies to boost the 2012 energy efficiency codes for homes by 30%.

With over 28 years in the nation's capital, Fay has organized, managed, and led industry trade associations and national coalitions. He has a strong background in energy, environmental, transportation, tax and natural resource policy and regulation. His experience on Capitol Hill included working in both the US Senate and House of Representatives, with Members of Congress who served on the Senate Appropriations, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment & Public Works, and Finance Committees and the House Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources and Agriculture Committees.

Tom Hines

Phoenix, AZ
Tom Hines is a residential energy efficiency expert with more than 15 years of experience working with over 30 utilities nationwide. He holds a masters degree in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. Since 1998, Mr. Hines has managed residential energy efficiency programs for Arizona Public Service Company (APS), based in Phoenix Arizona. In this position, Mr. Hines works closely with local builders and contractors to help provide information and education on energy efficient practices and building science principles. Mr. Hines promotes energy efficient heating/cooling contractors through the APS Qualified Contractor program, energy efficient lighting through the APS residential ENERGY STAR lighting program, and energy efficient homebuilders through the APS ENERGY STAR Homes program.

Martins Pecholcs

Bayer Material Science
Salt Lake City, UT
Bio Coming Soon

John Litten

Southwest Gas
Phoenix, AZ

John Litten is the manager of Service Planning and New Business Development Phoenix Division for Southwest Gas Corporation. Mr Litten has been with SWG for 26 years and has extensive experience working with homebuilders and land developers. Mr. Litten has helped develop and manage energy efficient residential programs since the early 90’s.

Currently Mr. Litten manages the Phoenix Smarter – Greener – Better homes program that promotes energy conservation, efficiency and sustainable building methods. Mr. Litten also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Contractors Association.


Mike Mongeon

Habitat for Humanity
Mike Mongeon is the Sustainable Building Learning Specialist for Habitat for Humanity International’s Learning and Organizational Development Department in Atlanta.  Mike is responsible for facilitating the design and development of learning opportunities for the Partners in Sustainable Building effort.  This project is a five-year effort between HFHI and The Home Depot Foundation to provide funding and resources to help build 5,000 more energy-efficient and sustainable homes.
Before joining HFHI, Mike was a Healthy Home Consultant with MyGreenCottage, a nationwide builder of custom, environmentally-friendly homes.   He also served as Director of Marketing & Communications for the Georgia Conservancy.  Prior to entering the nonprofit world, Mike ran the knowledge management consulting group for two large U.S. software companies.


Jim Shelton

Palm Harbor, FL

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


Gale Tedhams

Owens Corning
Toledo, OH

Gale Tedhams is the Director of Sustainability, Green Products and Communications, for Owen Corning. She is responsible for leading the company’s global sustainability strategy with a focus on the ongoing greening of the company’s product lines and for communication on Owens Corning’s commitment to sustainability for strategy integration and external information. Building science and accelerating energy efficiency in the built environment are core elements of Owens Corning’s commitment to sustainability.

Gale joined Owens Corning as an environmental engineer with a civil engineering degree from Michigan State University. She has held numerous leadership roles across several businesses and functional areas, including manufacturing leadership in both the United States and Europe and global diversity leadership. Before joining the sustainability organization, she was product and program manager in the Insulating Systems business for Owen Corning, where she was responsible for product quality, new development, packaging, marketing literature and application.

John Tooley


John is one of the most exciting, humorous, and enlightening presenters in the nation. John started building houses in 1979 and by 1982 had begun to diagnosis and retrofit homes across the nation. He has been the principle designer of some of the largest building programs in the nation. John has a refreshing approach to the old adage “do it right the first time.” He presents a real life, blue-collar approach to building science. John consults, and trains thousands of contractors from every trade each year. His messages are filled with solutions for today’s issues, a must hear.

Melissa Wahl

Cobblestone Homes
Saginaw, MI

Melissa Wahl co-founded Cobblestone Homes, LLC, a residential homebuilding company, along with her husband in the early 2000 in the Saginaw Bay region of Michigan.  Prior to opening Cobblestone Homes, Wahls focused on remodeling homes for resale or for rental properties.  Since opening Cobblestone Homes, the company has grown from 5 homes a year to approximately 50 homes a year.  Each home built by Cobblestone is tested for energy efficiency and is verified as 5+ Energy Star certified.  Cobblestone Homes has received awards and recognition including: the Energy Star Grant from the State of Michigan’s Department of Labor and Consumer Services, building a certified American Lung Association Health Home, their market’s first certified Green-Built Michigan Home, has built one of the few homes in the state of Michigan to earn the prestigious green rating of LEED Gold Home Certification, and has built two Net-Zero Energy homes.  Despite the economic challenges facing the state of Michigan, Cobblestone Homes has continued to grow in both number and in efficiency.   Melissa holds a Masters degree in Special Education and an Education Specialist Degree in Administration in Curriculum and Instruction; she also serves on the state Green Built Board.

Daran Wastchak

DR Wastchak
Phoenix | AZ
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 is a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Board of Directors and served ten years on the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Board of Directors, including as Board Secretary and Vice President as well as Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee.  He has been a regular speaker at the EEBA and RESNET annual conferences and guest speaker at USGBC Greenbuild, the NAHB International Builders Show, and ASHI Inspection World conferences.


Advisory Members

Gord Cook

Ontario | Canada
As a professional engineer, trainer, author and industry consultant, Gord Cooke 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. Gord brings to his training 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 homeowner market research he has conducted, Gord has also pioneered new training programs designed to assist builders in the sales and marketing of higher performing, energy efficient homes – helping builders more effectively tell their story to customers and sell more homes.

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