Board of Directors

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.

 

Officers

President
Gene Myers
Thrive Home Builders
Denver, CO

 

Gene is owner and CEO of Thrive Home (formerly New Town Builders), Denver’s leader in building green, energy efficient production homes and recent winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award.

Gene has served on numerous state and local housing groups and currently serves as a member the board of directors of Denver Civic Ventures and the Challenge Foundation.  He has served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Housing, the Boards of Housing Colorado and the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and co-chaired Denver’s Housing Task Force. His company is Denver’s largest builder of for-sale affordable housing.

As a production builder in the Stapleton community, New Town Builders has logged a number of firsts in Colorado and the Denver Area including:

Nationally, New Town Builders has been recognized as EPA’s Millennium ENERGY STAR® Builder, EPA’s Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality, Green Building Magazine’s Green Home of the Year and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grand Winner for Innovation in Housing.

  • First to offer standard solar panels
  • First to construct all of its homes with Colorado beetle-kill lumber
  • First to offer a Zero Energy option on all its single-family homes
  • First production homes with Zero Energy as a standard feature
  • First Department of Energy Challenge Home, which broadens criteria to include indoor air quality and water conservation

Nationally, New Town Builders has been recognized as EPA’s Millennium ENERGY STAR® Builder, EPA’s Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality, Green Building Magazine’s Green Home of the Year and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grand Winner for Innovation in Housing. 

Gene Myers

Past President
Greg Cobb
iEngineer, LLC
Phoenix, AZ

 

 

 

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.

Past President
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.

www.meritagehomes.com

CR Herro

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.

www.dupont.com

Laura Dwyer

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.

www.mascohs.com

Dave Bell

Board Members

Michael Baechler
PNNL
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.

www.pnnl.gov

Michael Baechler

Glenn Cottrell
IBACOS
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

www.ibacos.com

John Edwards
3M
St. Paul, MN

Bio Coming Soon

www.3M.com

John Edwards

Bill Fay
Energy Efficient Code Coalition | EECC
Washington,  DC

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.

thirtypercentsolution.com

 

Dean Gamble
EPA ENERGY STAR Certified Homes
Washington, DC

Dean Gamble 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.
Chris Gibson
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.

Tom Hines
APS
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.

www.aps.com

Tiffani Irwin
Habitat for Humanity International

Tiffani Irwin found herself on a Habitat job site 25 years ago, and has been engaged with the mission ever since.  She has over 20 years of hands-on experience in home construction, and served as a general contractor with Habitat affiliates for over 14 years.  As an early member of the “Green Team,” HFHI’s earliest focus on sustainable and energy efficient construction, Tiffani was an early adopter of sustainable building practices.  Since 1990, Tiffani has worked on homes with dozens of affiliates, domestically and internationally, and overseen construction of over 100 Habitat homes that were certified to a sustainable program.    She has been with HFHI since 2009, as the Manager of Partners in Sustainable Building.  In her current role, Tiffani manages the efforts around best practices for sustainable new construction and work on existing homes.  

www.habitat.org

 

Martins Pecholcs
Accella Polyurethane Systems, LLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Martins Pecholcs is the Mountain States Regional Accounts Manager for Accella Polyurethane Systems, LLC representing the BaySeal product line. He’s been an integral part of the BaySeal team for the past 13 years, working hands-on with builders, architects, engineers, code officials and contractors. Marty has 25 years of residential construction experience as a luxury custom homebuilder in New York and Utah. This background helps Marty work more effectively with builders who want energy efficiency and sustainability without sacrificing aesthetics. The job site brings constant challenges; Marty’s field experience allows him to solve specific problems in specific locations.

As a former builder, Marty understands the pressures to stay on top of local and national codes and keep current on design trends while being mindful of costs. He works directly with builders, designers and subcontractors to optimize BaySeal’s spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation as part of a whole-house building approach.

Marty is a six year veteran of the United States Navy; he served as an anti-submarine warfare In-Flight Technician on the P-3 Orion aircraft.

www.baysealsprayfoam.com

Claudette Hanks Reichel, Ed.D.

Professor, Extension Housing Specialist and
Director, LaHouse Resource Center

 

Dr. Claudette Hanks Reichel is Professor and Extension Housing Specialist with the Louisiana State University AgCenter. She spearheaded and serves as Director of LaHouse Resource Center, a public exhibit of multiple high performance housing solutions and regional hub of Louisiana Extension’s sustainable housing educational outreach programs. The vision of LaHouse is to shape our future with resource-efficient, durable, healthy, convenient and practical homes for the southern climate and natural hazards.

Since 1981, Dr. Reichel has developed numerous educational outreach materials, programs and delivery systems relating to housing and building science, including energy-efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, hurricane and flood resilience, universal design and others. She has authored more than 100 Extension publications, including the Building Your High Performance Home – Southern Region Homeowners Guide book. She has received 12 national and state level awards for program excellence or impact, was twice a featured speaker at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and has presented at numerous national and regional events.

Jim Shelton
Panasonic
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 james.shelton@us.panasonic.com.

www.panasonic.com/ventfans

Jim Shelton

Todd Usher
Addison Homes
Greer, SC

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.

 

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.

www.drwastchak.com

Daran Wastchak

 

Advisory Members

Gord Cooke
Air Solutions, Inc.
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.

Gord Cook