2013 Excellence in Building Conference & EXPO

September 24-26, 2013
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix, AZ

Presenter Bios

The following are the bios for presenters at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo:

Sandra Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Service

Sandra Adomatis, SRA is an active real estate appraiser, instructor, course developer, and consultant to North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation.  She is a national speaker on the topic of green valuation.  Sandra is often quoted in media articles regarding the valuation of green buildings.  She wrote the course, “Case Studies in Residential Green Buildings,” “Description of Residential Green Buildings Made Easy,” and “Residential and Commercial Valuation of Solar,” and spearheaded the development of the “Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.” 

Her accomplishments include past president of the West Coast Florida Chapter Appraisal Institute, past Region X Representative and Education Liaison, demonstration report grader and served as Vice Chair of the National Education Committee of the Appraisal Institute for three years.  She is a current member of the Admissions and Designation Qualification Committee (ADQC).  In August 2013, Sandra received the Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr Education Award from the Education Trust Foundation of the Appraisal Institute for her contributions to the education of real estate appraisers.

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Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Lois Arena possesses over 17 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.

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Jacob Atalla, KB Home

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.

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Steve Baden, RESNET

Steve Baden has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over 25 years, including 18 years with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels, and 10 years administering a state energy office. Mr. Baden initiated the "Warm Homes for Alaskans Initiative" which received the "1993 National Award for the Most Outstanding State Housing Program" from the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Steve was also awarded "Lifetime Achievement Awards" from the U.S. Department of Energy and RESNET.

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James Ball, EPA Indoor airPLUS

James Ball has led environmentally sustainable housing initiatives as an on-site construction manager, certification consultant and program developer. James currently acts as a lead technical consultant on EPA's Indoor airPLUS program as well as EPA's Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades. As a green building consultant, James has also worked on LEED, Energy Star and Indoor airPLUS certifications for high-end custom, production, affordable and government projects. He supervised the construction of the first LEED Platinum Habitat for Humanity home in the nation, two Net Zero Energy homes and over 80 other homes at varying levels of LEED certification. James has presented on green building topics at many venues, including Greenbuild and Arizona State University. He has also held leadership roles on committees including the USGBC Arizona Central Branch Governing Council. James is a certified Home Energy Rater, LEED for Homes Accredited Professional and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

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John Barrows, J. Barrows Inc.

John Barrows is President of J. Barrows Inc., a company that has provided construction services, general contracting, construction management, and consultation services for over 30 years. Their projects include historic renovation, remodeling, and new construction not only at home on the East End of Long Island but also Nantucket, Hilton Head, SC, and the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Over the years J. Barrows Inc's projects have incorporated Green Building including geothermal heating systems, passive solar design, photo-voltaics, advanced insulation strategies, and the careful selection sustainable materials.

Recently John founded P3 Builder Group, LLC, a company dedicated to bringing cost effective energy efficient practices to the affordable housing market. The practices are based on the integration of Product, Process, and Performance as developed by Performance Path Solutions, LLC.

John is also a founding partner of Performance Path Solutions, LLC, a company that brings innovative building practices to the building industry through educational programs and innovative products, and provides green and energy conservation consulting services. Performance Path Solutions focuses on providing new building systems, both construction and operational, that will prepare individuals and companies for the rapidly changing building industry.

John is a nationally recognized author and speaker on topics including Green Building, construction and production management, and business management. In addition to presenting his own seminars, he has worked with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to develop and teach courses on Scheduling, Green Building, Green Building Project Management, Building Science, and Estimating. John serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders University of Housing, and the Executive Board of the Long Island Builders Institute. John is the Chairman of the Long Island Green Homes Council and has served as Chairman of the NAHB University of Housing Curriculum Based Education Development Committee and the Business Management and Information Technology Committee.

John holds the designations of Certified Graduate Builder, Graduate Master Builder, and Certified Green Professional. He is a Green Building Verifier and also provides training for Verifiers of the National Green Building Standard. John was awarded the Green Building Individual Advocate of the Year Award by the NAHB in 2010.

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Rob Beach, IBACOS

Rob is a Building Performance Specialist, but his responsibilities cover a wide range. He serves as technical illustrator and graphic artist for IBACOS projects as well as assisting in creating CFD/solid models. He helps to monitor the ongoing testing at our occupied and unoccupied test homes such as the Energy Efficiency Lab Home, and works on process development and optimization for IBACOS research documents. Rob has a Master's degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

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Matt Belcher, Belcher Homes

Matt Belcher is an experienced builder/developer and nationally-recognized consultant, educator and author on the business of green building and development. He has been actively involved in the St. Louis area construction industry for three decades, including six years as a top building codes official. He founded Belcher Homes in 1993, specializing in building energy efficient, sustainable "green" homes and light commercial construction and development management using low-impact, ecologically conscious development practices. He has consulted on large sustainable mixed use commercial/residential developments and is committed to the “whole building” design approach; the philosophy that every decision should be made in the context of what else it may affect in its construction and ecosystem.

As a technical Partner with the University of Missouri's Center for Sustainable Energy and Stormwater Education Center, Mr. Belcher educates building industry professionals and governmental administrators on International Building, Mechanical and Energy Conservation Code structure, methodology and application and promoting building practices shown to create commercial, residential and agricultural buildings and developments that are safer, cleaner, more energy-efficient and better for the environment. Mr. Belcher has also lent his expertise to lobby for and the development of green building legislation, advising on managing legal risks associated with commercial and residential green building as a member of Construction Dispute Resolution Services National Panel of Green Construction Specialists.

As an EPA Energy Star Partner and EPA Indoor Air PLUS partner, Mr. Belcher has built homes that provide proven performance through review and testing. Mr. Belcher is also a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program and its new Builder’s Challenge Program where homes demonstrate construction that is at least 30% above International Energy Conservation Codes. Mr. Belcher is able to include this experience in his residential commercial and agricultural building along with his code training and consulting.

Mr. Belcher serves on the National Association of Homebuilders Board of Directors and NAHB's Energy and Building Codes and Standards sub-committees and is incoming Chairman of the NAHB Green Building sub-committee, where he advises on incorporating sustainability into International Building and Energy Conservation Codes. He also serves on the Executive Board of Directors of The Green Building Initiative and participated in the oversight of the development and implementation of the Green Globes Commercial green building criteria.

Mr. Belcher was the 2007 President of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. He has served on its Building Codes Committee for sixteen years including seven as Chairman. He chaired both the 2006 NAHB National Green Building Conference in Albuquerque NM and the 2007 Conference held in St. Louis, which is the nation’s leading educational conference on residential green building, remodeling and development. He was instrumental in helping to organize the St. Louis HBA's award winning green building effort and has served as its chair for the past six years. In addition, he assists other HBA's around the country in training and developing green building programs. This experience led him to organize and chair the Annual Greening Midwest Communities conference to educate Builders, Remodelers, Municipal Officials and others associated with the industry to educate and promote the economic advantages of green building and development practices.

Mr. Belcher was elected by the Board of Directors of the International Code Council to serve on the Energy and Water Committee for development of the new ICC International Green Construction Code for the 2011 term. He also serves on the steering committee of the Canadian based Net Zero Energy Home Coalition to develop a North American Net Zero Energy Home Standard. He is also working with ACTIVE HOUSE in the development of their European based standard and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in the Development of the "Green Star" Green Building Standard in China.

In 2008 Mr. Belcher testified to the U.S. House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee on Climate Benefits of Improved Building Energy Efficiency.

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Rod Buchalter, RenewABILITY Energy Inc.

Rod Buchalter has been the Residential Sales Manager for Renewability Energy Inc. since the fall of 2009.  He is currently the 2nd Vice President and former President of the Brantford Home Builders' Association.

Rod spent 20 years with Union Gas, a large natural gas utility in Southwestern Ontario in Account Management roles working with builders, retailers and HVACS.

Rod graduated from the Business program at McMaster University in Hamilton in 1989 with a major in Marketing.

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Greg Cobb, Sonoran Air

Greg Cobb is the President and 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.

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Adam Cohen, Structures Design/Build

As an active design/builder and green building expert, Adam Cohen is a principal partner in Structures Design/Build, LLC and Passiv Structures, LLC. In the United States, Mr. Cohen is a leader in commercial Passivhaus design and construction. He designed and built the first US Passivhaus public school and currently has six Passive House projects on the ground with four more in design including five commercial projects. Mr. Cohen is recognized as a national leader in the Passivhaus movement and has presented technical papers at both national and international Passivhaus conferences. His leadership in commercial Passivhaus design has made him a sought after speaker, consultant and teacher of advanced courses in Passivhaus ultra-low energy design.

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Gord Cooke

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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Walter Cuculic, SolarCity

Walter Cuculic is a former general contractor and LEED AP with +20 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction industries. Currently, Walter is the National Manager of Homebuilder Programs for SolarCity, one of the largest clean energy companies in the country.   Over the past two years, Walter has led SolarCity to become the largest solar installer for the new home building industry with an estimated 2,000 new homes to be completed this year.

Prior to SolarCity, Walter was the National Director of Sustainability for the nation’s largest homebuilder, PulteGroup. While at Pulte, Walter helped to develop their green building strategies at a national level.  Additionally, Walter led the development of the Villa Trieste community in Las Vegas Nevada, the largest LEED for Homes Platinum in the US at the time, consisting of over 150 homes.

Walter Cuculic currently serves on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council representing the home builder industry and has an MBA from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

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Bill Dakin, Davis Energy Group

Bill Dakin, P.E., Director, Engineering, has served on the Davis Energy Group staff since 1993.  He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.  Bill oversees DEG’s design consulting and building energy analysis services.  His experience in the energy field includes work in both the wind and solar energy fields before moving over to energy efficiency.  Bill is a skilled building energy analyst and also manages utility and government sponsored research and design projects, and provides critical design and analysis support for DOE’s Building America program.

Bill’s expertise is in the building science approach to energy efficiency and zero net energy design. He has spoken frequently on the topic and teaches classes on zero net energy mechanical systems.

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Mick Dalrymple, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability

Mick Dalrymple manages the research work of Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability on the Energize Phoenix project, a $25MM federally-funded program to upgrade downtown Phoenix existing buildings and homes for significant energy efficiency. Dalrymple launched into the green building and sustainability movement in 2001 when he co-founded the Arizona Chapter of the US Green Building Council. He served two terms on the national board of USGBC. His diverse background includes co-founding a.k.a. Green Environmental Building Supplies and a.k.a. Green Services, creating a green building television series that PBS sought to air nationwide, helping write ICC-700 the National Green Building Standard, and remodeling his own home to achieve a 75% energy use reduction. As a higher education lobbyist, he played a major role in creating a statewide financial aid system for university students and as an associate partner in a large internet consulting firm, he developed IT strategies for Fortune 100 clients.

Dalrymple, a produced feature film screenwriter, is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s MIM program and Arizona State University’s MBA program, and studied Electrical Engineering, Math and International Relations at the University of Arizona, graduating with High Distinction. The Business Journal of Phoenix named him Green Pioneer in 2009 and AZ Magazine named him one of the Valley of the Sun’s “most intriguing” people.

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Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A native of Woonsocket RI, he earned a degree in Aeronautics with an option in fluid mechanics from Boston University in 1973.

Desjarlais joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1991 as a mechanical engineer.  In 1998, he was promoted to group leader of the Building Envelopes Group.  In 2000, the group was increased to include the Building Materials Group and an additional staff member researching radon issues with buildings. In 2006, the group was grown again with the addition of the Building America research staff.  This staff was later spun off into a new group in 2008.

Prior to joining ORNL, Desjarlais was Manager of Testing Services at Holometrix, Inc. (formerly Dynatech R/D Company).  At Holometrix, Mr. Desjarlais oversaw the technical, marketing, and administrative performance of a contract laboratory and analyses business specializing in the thermal performance of materials and systems.

Desjarlais has been a Member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) since 1987 and serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation, E06 on Building Systems, and D08 on Roofing.   He is the past Chairman of ASTM Committee C16.  He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1991, 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 presently Chairman of TC 4.4 and Research Chairman of TC 1.8.

Since 1992, Desjarlais has been a member and Past Director of the Single Ply Roofing Institute (SPRI) Technical Committee and Board of Directors.  He also has served as a Member and Director of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) since 1993.  Desjarlais is the ORNL representative and former Chairman of the Federal Roofing Committee and past Member of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).

Desjarlais and his wife Nancy live in Knoxville, TN with their three children.

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Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates Inc.

Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs. Services provided include job site quality analysis, design review, educational seminars, mediation and product consulting. Steve is nationally known for his cost effective, practical approaches to building high performance structures and quality assurance. Steve's mission is helping industry professionals build structures that are durable, energy efficient, healthy and comfortable to live and work in. He has more than 30 years of industry experience. He has performed thousands of jobsite quality surveys and presented numerous building science seminars to construction professionals around the world with an annual audience of 8-10,000 industry professionals. He is a frequently requested speaker because of his practical approach to building science, his dynamic speaking style and his unique ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms that can be integrated into practice.

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Jeff Farlow, Pentair

Jeff Farlow is the Program Manager of Energy Initiatives for Pentair Water Pool and Spa, the world’s largest manufacturer of swimming pool equipment. He is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on energy conservation opportunities in swimming pools.

Jeff leads efforts to educate home raters and performance contractors on evaluating swimming pool energy savings.

Additionally, he works with electrical utility companies to develop incentive programs that promote energy efficient pool equipment. His professional expertise is regularly sought from municipalities and state energy organizations on energy legislation, and the development of building codes for efficient pool equipment and construction.

He has over 20 years’ experience training and implementing energy conservation programs with motors and variable speed drives. Jeff represents Pentair on the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)-10 Pump Standards Committee, APSP-15 Pool Energy Efficiency Standards Committee, as well the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) C840 Committee for Pool Energy Efficiency.

Jeff is a graduate of the US Naval Nuclear Engineering Program. He spent 6 years in the US Navy aboard submarines where he served as an electrician and nuclear reactor plant operator.

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William Fay, The Building Energy Efficient Codes Network and The Energy Efficient Codes Coalition

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.

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John Felty, Salt River Project

John is the Manager of Water Relationships at Salt River Project. He has worked at Salt River Project for fifteen years in a variety of capacities including telecom, land, and water. As an Arizona native, John has always been interested in water and sustainability issues, and has enjoyed matching that passion with his current role. He participated in the Arizona Blue Ribbon Commission on water reuse; is serving on the Public Affairs Committee for the Colorado River Water Users Association; and is a board member of the Multi State Salinity Coalition. He has a degree in History from Arizona State University, and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 34. He lives in Gilbert with his wife and three boys.

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Dean Gamble, EPA

Dean has been supporting the ENERGY STAR New Homes program for over a decade. Now at EPA, he's the support lead for the program's technical guidelines. In his current role, he makes extensive use of his expertise in building science principles, energy efficient technologies, and parametric building simulation to inform policy and program design. Past project work has also included the development of multi-sector greenhouse gas marginal abatement curves, building efficiency offset protocols, and residential demand-side management programs.

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Alea German, Davis Energy Group

Alea German is a Senior Engineer for Davis Energy Group. Focusing on technology assessment and whole building energy use optimization; she performs analysis and evaluation of energy efficient technologies in buildings using a combination of energy modeling and data monitoring. She is proficient in multiple modeling programs including EnergyPlus, BEopt, EQuest, EnergyPro, and Energy Gauge. Alea has worked in the energy field since 2006 and was previously employed by RLW Analytics where she conducted measurement and verification of energy incentive programs throughout the country. Additionally, she has experience with field surveying and testing of energy efficiency measures both in retrofit and new construction applications.

Alea earned her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Mo Glancy, City of Phoenix

As Deputy Planning & Development Director, Mo Glancy manages the inspections group responsible for inspecting all residential, commercial and associated infrastructure construction within the City of Phoenix.  He is a licensed structural engineer, and has helped lead the municipal code adoption process through several code cycles, including the 2012 International Codes.

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Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur

As a Certified EcoBroker,  RE/MAX Excalibur Realty, Jan works to assist clients with energy efficient features; understanding ways to save energy, live a healthier lifestyle, re-use materials, and lower utility costs.  Jan is also a Volunteer Committee Chairperson, Residential Green Building Committee (RGBC), US Green Building Council, (USGBC) AZ Chapter, since 2009.   Past projects with RGBC include green home tours, REALTOR® Expo booths to provide awareness of green homes; co-creator of the “The Value of Green” panel discussion 2012; EEBA Annual Conference 2012, DIRTT Environmental Solutions 2012; Energy Summit, Arizona School of Real Estate & Business 2013; and greening the Arizona Regional MLS 2009 and 2012; winning the RE/MAX “Above the Crowd” award in 2012.

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Bruce Hanson, Garbett Homes

Bruce Hanson is the senior construction manager for Garbett Homes, one of Utah's most successful production home builders and the first to offer geothermal and solar technology on homes as a standard feature. Bruce Hanson has more than 33 years' experience managing construction and construction sales, and has managed construction for Garbett Homes for more than eight years. Since 2009, he has guided the company's transition to building high performance single and multi-family homes. Currently, Garbett Homes scores between 27 and 50 on the HERS index, and meets Energy Star 3.0 and Build America Builder's Challenge standards. Bruce is a certified Green Builder.

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C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes

C.R. Herro is the Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Meritage Homes. C.R. leads Meritage's Energy and Innovation Program which combines design, energy efficiency, water management, sustainability, and new technologies to establish a new standard in home building that provide better comfort, healthier air, and cost less to own and operate. In the last three years, Meritage has received numerous awards, EnergyValue Housing Award, Best Green Building Program, Builder of the Year and the US EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award recognizing ongoing leadership.

C.R. earned a Bachelor of Science at Arizona State University in Physical and Life Science, Masters in Environmental Science from Governors State, and Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. C.R. is on the RESNet Standard Development Committee, Board of Directors for the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Board of Directors for the Green Chamber of Commerce, technical committee for the Leading Builders of America, and IBACOS' best practice research alliance. C.R. speaks nationally to advance the industry, regulations, and associated stakeholders in adopting credible improvements to the function, performance, and value of new homes.

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Tom Hines, Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

Tom Hines is a residential energy efficiency expert with more than 15 years of experience working with over 30 utilities nationwide. He holds a Master's 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.

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Patrick H. Huelman, University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

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 and a co-investigator for hygrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Pat is the Project Lead for NorthernSTAR, one of DOE's new Building America Teams.

Pat has been extremely active in professional education for the home building industry and is recognized for his "systems approach" to improving overall housing performance, with a focus on energy efficiency, long-term durability, and healthy indoor air. With more than 30 years in the field, Pat brings extensive experience and expertise in energy-efficient design and construction, innovative building systems, moisture management strategies, and residential indoor air quality.

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Achilles Karagiozis, Owens Corning

Dr. Karagiozis is Director. Building Science at Owens Corning. He is responsible for leading, shaping, driving, educating and training others in energy efficiency and green building science at Owens Corning. His activities involve feeding Owens Corning’s innovation pipeline with customer-inspired and building science-informed solutions.

Previously, Dr. Karagiozis was a distinguished research and development engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He was in charge of research performed at ORNL in heat, air and moisture performance of buildings.

Dr. Karagiozis is one of the leading building scientists in North America. He has been performing building science research for the past 20 years, trained more than 1000 professionals in moisture design, and championed and assisted in the development of innovative material systems and concepts. Research activities have been concentrated in energy efficiency, healthy, durable and sustainable building designs, housing integration issues, wireless route sensing, whole building performance applications, heating, ventilating and air conditioning of buildings and hygrothermal performance of envelopes.

Dr. Karagiozis is still involved in the WUFI-ORNLdevelopment team, working closely with ORNL and Fraunhofer Institute. He is the U.S. representative for IEA Annex 55 on Retrofit Analysis in Buildings, and is actively involved in a number of ASTM E06 technical committees and ASHRAE TC 4.4, and SPC 160. He has also developed three or four of the world's most advanced hygrothermal models worldwide (WUFI, MOISTUREEXPERT, LATENITE family). As an expert in the area of Moisture Engineering, he has solved many hygrothermal designs and retrofit challenges, and has developed multiple design guidelines for various envelope systems. Dr. Karagiozis is the author of more than 120 technical papers and reports related to moisture.

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Mike Kernagis, Passive House Institute US

Mike Kernagis is Co-Founder/Program Director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). PHIUS provides professional trainings and certifications for design and building professionals, PH project and product certifications, and general education of the public in regards to PH design and construction techniques. Kernagis was one of the first American builders to adopt and build to the Passive Building Energy Standard. In 2005, he served as construction manager on the first Passive House projects built by the non-profit Ecological Construction Laboratory. He now directs PHIUS business affairs and oversees the educational and membership programs of PHIUS.

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John Koeller, Koeller & Company

John Koeller is principal of Koeller & Company, based in California and providing engineering and environmental consulting services since 1973. He is a registered professional engineer with extensive experience in and focus on water-efficient technologies and products. Internationally recognized as a specialist in these fields, Mr. Koeller is a consultant to numerous North American water authorities and private sector firms on emerging water-efficient products and technologies. Since 2006, he has been an advisor-consultant to the U.S. EPA's WaterSense program, where he evaluates and recommends the latest product designs and technologies for future labeling by the program.

Mr. Koeller is currently a member of six different ANSI U.S. national plumbing standards committees, where he represents the water utilities' efficiency interests. For Canada, he is a member of the Canadian Standards Association B45 Technical Committee responsible for developing and adopting plumbing standards for that country.

Mr. Koeller is the past vice-chair (2004-2009) of the LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group for the U.S. Green Building Council. He is also active as a committee member for several green building codes and ASHRAE building standards.

He is also co-promoter of Maximum Performance (MaP) testing for water-efficient products, another very successful initiative dealing with product performance. www.MaP-testing.com is now the leading web-based resource in North America for design professionals and consumers when selecting the top-performing water-efficient products for both new and retrofit construction.

As a direct result of his experience with a wide range of cutting-edge water-using products and technologies, Mr. Koeller has been designated as a technical advisor for both the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC) and the international Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) based in Chicago.

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Todd Louis, Tommy Williams Homes

Todd Louis is Vice President of Tommy Williams Homes in Gainesville, Florida.  Mr. Louis oversaw the design, building and marketing of the Southeast’s first Zero Energy production home.

For the past ten years, Mr. Louis has successfully marketed green homes and projects. Prior to his position at Tommy Williams Homes, he served as Sales and Marketing Director for the first 100% Energy-Star neighborhood. 

Mr. Louis regularly provides educational “green tours” and seminars for industry professionals. He received a building achievement award on behalf of Tommy Williams Homes from Department of Energy Secretary, Samuel Bodman for their commitment to energy efficient homes and was also a featured presenter at the 2009 International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, NV. 

Mr. Louis is a graduate of the University of Florida - College of Journalism and Telecommunications. 

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Corbett Lunsford, Green Dream Group

Corbett started a home performance testing company with his wife Grace just as the Great Recession was starting and has learned a lot from the school of hard knocks.

He vividly remembers feeling stressed out and alone as technical and business challenges loomed. He'd be delighted for you to learn from his mistakes and succeed wildly in the business of home performance with the help of great mentorship and excellent training.

Corbett is the founder of Green Dream Group's Building Performance Workshop (a BPI Testing Center), and hosts the Building Performance Podcast (which has featured EEBA's Gord Cooke twice). He also serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Energy Raters & Home Performance Professionals, and authored Home Performance Diagnostics: the Guide to Advanced Testing.

Most well-known nationally for the high-quality technical videos his company produces (www.youtube.com/greendreamgroup), Corbett has also led courses in partnership with municipalities and weatherization organizations, and developed the curriculum for the Chicago Southland EPA Brownfields Job Training Program. In addition to the hundreds of high, middle, and low-income comprehensive home performance analyses he has performed, Corbett has presented at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, the National Healthy Homes Conference, the Center for Green Technology, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and Green Festival.

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Dave Mallay, Home Innovation Research Labs

Dave Mallay's work at the Home Innovation Research Labs is focused on the evaluation and application of residential HVAC and building enclosure systems. Prior to joining the NAHB Research Center in 2008, Dave worked as a design engineer and project manager in the HVAC contracting industry and as a systems and sales engineer in the industrial equipment industry. Dave holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University.

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Michael Mancini, Meritage Homes

Michael Mancini is the Regional Vice President of Purchasing for Meritage Homes. Michael earned a Bachelors of Science at Clarkson University in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering.  Michael is also a registered Civil Engineer in the State of Arizona.

Michael has been directly responsible for the design, development, purchasing and construction of over 1500 Multi-Family Homes and 2500 Single Family Homes across Arizona. In 2007, Michael joined Meritage Homes as the Phoenix Division Director of Purchasing.  In 2010, Michael expanded his role to national level with Meritage Homes, covering 13 divisions in 7 states, tasked with the company-wide implementation of Meritage Homes’ Quality, Performance and Sustainability Program.  In 2011, Meritage set a new national standard in energy efficiency and integrated renewable design in offering cost effective Net Zero Homes throughout the US.

In 2012, Michael became the Regional Vice President of Purchasing, overseeing all purchasing for Arizona, California and Colorado.  Michael also plays an important role in all home product development to ensure cost effectiveness and high customer value.  Responsible for the construction budgets for 2500 homes per year and 50% of the direct construction costs of the company, Michael is focused on operational purchasing standards that create consistency, accuracy and predictability to ultimately drive total cost savings for the company.

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R. Christopher Mathis

R. Christopher Mathis has over 30 years of experience in the building industry, specifically focused on the performance of buildings and building materials, particularly energy performance. Chris holds a Master's Degree in Architectural Science from MIT where his graduate work focused on energy use in buildings. Chris has served four terms on the International Energy Conservation Code Committee. He served on the ICC's Sustainable Building Technology Committee, guiding the development of the first International Green Construction Code. Chris is a founding member of the National Fenestration Rating council and served as its first Director for 4 years. He is an active participant at ASHRAE. He served on the 90.1 standards committee for 10 years, served on ASHRAE's first Code Interaction Subcommittee and currently serves on SSPC 90.2 and the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee. He is also an active participant in standards development at ASTM, serving in various capacities for committees E06 on Performance of Buildings and E60 on Sustainability. He was Principle Investigator on efforts to improve the North Carolina Energy Code by over 30% for residential and commercial buildings that was signed into law in June of 2011. He is co-author of the first version of the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code and principal investigator for development of the second edition of that code. He has authored over 30 articles and technical papers on an array of building science subjects ranging from insulation test methods to new building codes. He has conducted workshops for over 10,000 builders, architects, and others in the building industry on a variety of building science topics. He is a featured speaker and educator at numerous conferences and symposia including GreenBuild, Affordable Comfort, EEBA, and ASHRAE, where he has been recognized as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

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Jim Meyers, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)

Jim Meyers is an energy code expert, code trainer, and code consultant. He has worked on building energy code advancement for the past 11 years, and has focused on the southwest for the past six years. He works with local jurisdictions, state energy offices, local ICC chapters, regional and national organizations such as BCAP, RECA, USGBC, NASEO, and the national laboratories. He is currently the Director of the Buildings Efficiency Program for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).

Jim has worked in multiple sectors of the energy field by starting with fuel cells and more recently through energy efficiency of the built environment and new construction. Previous to his current position Jim was a regional manager for an insulation trade association where he worked with regional efficiency alliances, state energy offices, and other organizations to support the adoption of advanced energy codes. Prior to this position, Jim was the Technical Director for a HERS Provider in Colorado where he directed the Home Energy Rating program and building energy codes advancement.

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Jackson Moll, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona

Jackson D. Moll currently serves as the Deputy Director of Municipal Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona.  The Association, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders, represents approximately 500 home builders, suppliers, subcontractors and service professionals involved in the home building industry.  As the Deputy Director of Municipal Affairs, Mr. Moll works with municipalities on a wide variety of issues related to construction and development.  Mr. Moll received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA in 2008 and is admitted to practice law in Arizona.

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Mike Mongeon, Habitat for Humanity International

Mike Mongeon is the Sustainable Building Learning Specialist for Habitat for Humanity International. His responsibilities include the design and delivery of learning opportunities for U.S. Habitat affiliates in the areas of sustainable building, aging in place, leadership development and capacity building.

Habitat for Humanity is the 10th largest builder of new homes in the U.S. and believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat builds and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.   Worldwide, Habitat has built or repaired over 600,000 homes and served more than 3 million people.

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Damian Mora, Garbett Homes

Damian Mora is the Energy Coordinator for Garbett Homes. Damian utilizes REM/Rate to perform predictive HERS score modeling for Garbett Homes and other software to determine practicality of energy improvement measures. He works with local utilities, energy raters, contractors and managers to ensure all homes receive their Energy Star ratings and utility rebates. Damian keeps up to date on utility builder incentive programs and applies for state renewable energy tax credits. He holds degrees in Computer Assisted Modeling and Energy Management. Damian is also a HERS Energy Rater.

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Ken Neuhauser, Building Science Corporation

Ken Neuhauser is a Senior Associate at Building Science Corporation. Since 2009, Ken has taken a lead role in BSC's deep energy retrofit (DER) initiatives. As the project manager for BSC's support of the National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot program, Ken has provided design review, technical support and on-site verification to dozens of residential retrofit projects pursuing aggressive energy efficiency targets.

As part of the architectural design team at BSC, Ken participates in designing innovative, high performance building solutions. As a project manager and researcher, he advises developers, builders, design professionals, building owners, and utility representatives about durable, energy efficient, and healthful building practices. Ken’s professional background includes experience in architecture, energy efficiency program design, efficiency program implementation, large building testing, building performance consulting, construction, and economic research.

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Marlo Newman, Energy Wise Home Loan Group

As a Senior Loan Officer at WJ Bradley Mortgage Corp, with a passion for saving my clients money through energy efficiency, I have been assisting home buyers in achieving the American dream for over a decade.

My experience in the banking and mortgage fields has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse client base. What I have gained from this experience is the ability to truly understand my client's needs. I believe that understanding these needs is the most important step in helping you achieve your financial goals. I also understand that you want to feel comfortable entrusting your hard-earned money and financial information to someone new.

In business, it's often hard to tell the difference between the people who are just out for your money, and the people who truly want to help you. My ultimate goal is to find the program that will be most beneficial to you and to help you through this process in an honest, upfront, and respectful way.

At WJ Bradley we offer a vast portfolio of products to fit your situation. If I can't help you reach your goals, or feel confident that the products I am offering won't better your situation, I guarantee that I will be up-front and honest about what I can and can't do for you. Making the loan process easy for you is my job. The most rewarding part of my career is seeing the finished product- *YOUR SATISFACTION*

My Wife Diane, Sons, Steven and Jason reside in Scottsdale, Arizona where we share our home with 2 Vizslas, Mischa and Titus and Diane's Horse Tio. We enjoy taking the dogs on the trail rides, traveling to great destinations, and sharing good food and wine with friends. I am an avid golfer, and Hiker.

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Peter Pfeiffer, Barley & Pfeiffer Architects

Peter Pfeiffer (BS Rensselaer ’78,  M Arch. University of Texas ’83)  is a LEED accredited professional Architect and Building Scientist practicing throughout the United States and Canada.  He has spent the past 30+ years developing high performance buildings and homes.  In 2004, he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for this, and for his life-long commitment to "mainstreaming green building in North America.”  Peter is one of only a half dozen US architects to receive such recognition.

As the founding principal of Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, a firm recognized nationally for its pioneering use of environmentally responsive building design and construction techniques, he continues to push design and performance to its next, better, level. This includes healthy low-toxicity environments in medical facilities and private homes, energy-conserving design and construction, and water conservation for residential and commercial use.  Barley & Pfeiffer Architects have completed over 600 projects nationally since its founding in 1987.  Their work has been published both in the United States and abroad in such diverse venues as the Washington Post, The New York Times, Fine Homebuilding, and Better Homes & Gardens magazine.   On multiple occasions Peter has been a guest on National Public Radio as well as the HGTV network addressing “green” building. 

Fine Homebuilding magazine recognized the firm for having designed one of the top nine most noteworthy homes in America in 1993, as well as “the Greenest home in America” in 2003.  EEBA, the national Energy Efficient Building Association, awarded Mr. Pfeiffer the Conference Chair’s Award in 1994 for his career accomplishments pioneering environmentally sensitive architecture.  The firm also designed and engineered one of the country’s first LEED Platinum-rated homes in 2008 – the highest category offered by the US Green Building Council.

The National Association of Home Builders honored Peter as the “National Green Advocate of the Year” in 2003 for his life-long achievements in home building.  He has been an active charter member of both the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee and the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program.

In 2006, Residential Architect cited him as one of the 10 most influential residential architects of past decade.  In 2010, Peter was nominated for the prestigious Hanley Award for his meaningful efforts to advance green building in America.

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Ben Polly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Ben Polly is an engineer in the Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He works in the Residential Buildings Research Group and his primary research activities are related to software validation, building simulation input collection methods, and optimal energy retrofit packages.

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Sam Rashkin, US DOE Building Technologies Program

As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program, Sam's primary role is leading deployment of successful building science research for new and existing homes. This includes developing a new resource tool that will make latest innovations and best practices from world-class research fully accessible to residential new construction and retrofit stakeholders and overseeing a completely revamped DOE Challenge Home voluntary labeling program for leading edge home builders. In his prior position, he managed Energy Star for Homes since its start in 1996.

Under his leadership, Energy Star for Homes grew exponentially to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin was most recently recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York.

During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC's LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA's Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA's Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has authored a new book titled "Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It" that presents a comprehensive strategy for reinventing housing industry at a time of crisis. Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.

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Craig Savage, Building Media Inc.


  • Biology/Computer Sciences, – University of California Irvine (UCI)
  • Construction Management, – University of Idaho
  • Construction Management, – University of Wisconsin


2001 – Present: Founding Partner, Co-President, Building Media, Inc.

  • Purchased Building Media Inc. from DuPont with partner Darren Harris
  • Director of Strategic Marketing and Alliance Development. Responsible for business development, sales, marketing, and on-line training
  • Concept, produced, and managed sales for Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big Showhouses" at IBS 2004-5
  • Sold Building Media to DuPont Corp. 2002; Co-President and CMO of wholly owned subsidiary
  • Started Building Media with Darren Harris and Steve Easley

2000 – 2001: Business Development Director, BobVila.com

  • Created, produced, and sold Bob Vila's showhouse projects and specialty sales

1999 – 2000: Vice President Sales/Marketing/Live Events, JLC LIVE Training Shows

  • Directed sales, increasing exhibit sales from $1.5M to $2.5M as Vice President of Live Events
  • Developed, directed, marketed, and sold three regional trade/ training shows

1996 – 1998: Sales Director, Editor, Manager Info Systems, The Journal of Light Construction Magazine

  • Developed and managed tradeshow sponsorship sales
  • Built a customer relationship management (CRM) system for JLC Sales, raising first quarter 1998 sales 25 percent above their goal
  • Editor, Construction Business Computing Newsletter; Associate Editor, The Journal of Light Construction Magazine

1993 – 1995: Consultative Sales, Berghell Associates

  • Consultative sales of large-scale document imaging/management systems

1980 – 1993: General Building Contractor, Savage Company

  • 15 years building custom homes and 5 years remodeling homes
  • 1986 Winner/Builder of Metropolitan Home Magazine's House of the Year
  • Published three newsletters: Macintosh Construction Forum, Windows on Construction, and Construction Business Computing. Freelance writer, contributed to the following magazines: Macintosh Aided Design, Architectural & Engineering System, Fine Homebuilding, Computer Applications Newsletter, Journal of Light Construction, Remodeling News, Remodeler Magazine
  • Featured speaker at numerous conferences, including NAHB, NARI, CSI, PCBC, Remodelers Show, and AEC Systems
  • Served as an adult education instructor with the University Of Wisconsin College Of Engineering, Department of Engineering Professional Development, and the University of California at Santa Barbara Extension office

Authored the following books: Trim Carpentry Techniques (Taunton Press); Construction Forms and Contracts (Craftsman Books); Quicken for Contractors; QuickBooks Pro for Contractors (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 editions)

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Jonah Schein, EPA WaterSense Program

Jonah Schein currently serves as the technical specialist for new homes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense® Program. He is responsible for overseeing the technical development and implementation of the WaterSense New Homes specifications as well as the new homes certification system. 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 Middle East. Mr. Schein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Ethics from the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Environmental Management from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Kirsten Shaw, AE3Q

As the principal of Advanced Energy Efficiency & Environmental Quality (AE3Q) in Mesa, Arizona, Kirsten Shaw helps local businesses and homeowners enjoy the comforts and economic benefits of energy efficient and healthy buildings. Within only two years of starting AE3Q, the company was awarded the City of Mesa Mayor’s Award for Building a Better Mesa.

Kirsten is an Arizona Licensed General Contractor for Residential and Small Commercial buildings. As an environmental quality and energy efficiency professional with over 20 years’ experience, her passion is improving the sustainability of new and existing buildings through independent, scientific building diagnostics, and renovations that improve the quality of life of the people living and working in those buildings.

Kirsten is a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater, certified BPI Building Analyst, Multifamily Building Analyst, and Envelope Specialist. She teaches HERS Rater classes at Learning Edge, LLC in Tempe, Arizona, as well as BPI certification and continuing education classes at AE3Q. In fact, teaching has been her passion for decades. She holds an Arizona Community College Teaching Certificate in biology and taught science, physics, chemistry and ecology to junior high and high school students before teaching at Arizona State University. It was while teaching at ASU that she discovered her passion for indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency.

As a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), LEED for Homes Green Rater, Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Certified Building Inspector and an EPA Lead Certified Renovator, she evaluates buildings not only for energy efficiency, but also for health, safety and comfort.

She volunteers in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Arizona Chapter Education Committee and the Residential Green Building Committee. She is a member of the national Green Committee for the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). Kirsten presents workshops at indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency professional conferences nationwide.

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Dave Stecher, IBACOS

Dave Stecher leads IBACOS's research effort in innovative space conditioning strategies for low load homes that are economical to install and provide equal or better occupant comfort than traditional methods. Dave has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and seven years of experience in low load building design, implementation, and performance assessment.

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Holly Todd, Habitat for Humanity

Since 2009, Holly Todd has held the role of Green Building Specialist with Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, and recently Habitat for Humanity of Kentucky. Holly has over 20 years in the building industry including positions such as operations manager with Think Green Midwest and as the owner of EmKenn Homes Inc. EmKenn Homes was responsible for the construction of over 50-custom homes built and two residential subdivisions. In addition to these positions, Holly is a certified HERS rater, BPI analyst, LEED for Homes Green Rater, QA / Trainer - Advanced Energy EPA class Energy Star, an Energy Star Partner/Builders Challenge Partner, member of RESNET, and on the Enterprise Green Communities National Advisory Board.

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John Tooley, Advanced Energy

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.

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Daran Wastchak, D.R. Wastchak, LLC

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.

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Bill Webb, LifeStyle Homes

Bill Webb, MIRM, is a leading provider of management, marketing and sales improvement systems for home builders, land developers and Realtors throughout the United States and Canada.

He is a past President of the NAHB Institute of Residential Marketing and is the author of two of the Institute’s qualifying educational courses, IRM 1: Understanding Housing Markets and Consumers, and IRM 4, The Challenge of New Home Sales Management.

Bill’s best-selling book is Sweet Success In New Home Sales, published by BuilderBooks.com.

Bill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from the U.N.C. Graduate School of Business. He is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker.

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Theresa Weston, DuPont Building Innovations

Dr. Theresa Weston conducts building science research and product development for DuPont Building Innovations. Theresa has developed and introduced to market many new products. She participates in industry research programs and in standards and codes development. Theresa has over 20 years' experience in materials and fiber development and is an inventor of four U.S. patents. Theresa has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Theresa is on the Board of Directors of the Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council of the National Institute of Building Science, and has previously served on the EEBA Board of Directors. Additionally, she is actively involved with many professional organizations, including ASHRAE and ASTM, for both of which she has chaired technical and standard committees.

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Dan Whitmore, Hammer and Hand, Inc

Dan Whitmore has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor and builder, with additional stints as a designer, consultant and FEMA Inspector. His introduction to high-performance building came at an early and impressionable age when, in 1977, his family built an award-winning Solar Home in Oklahoma where he grew up. As designer, builder and Certified Passive House Consultant he completed one of the first Passive Houses in Washington State.

As a part of the Hammer and Hand, Inc. team he concentrates on project development and implementation in the Seattle market. Among his current projects are two Passive House residences and several high performance remodels. Additionally he is an Instructor for the Passive House Institute US and its new Builders' Training program, a founding member and current Treasurer of Passive House Northwest and a board member of the Passive House Alliance-US.

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Dan Wildenhaus, Fluid Market Strategies

Dan Wildenhaus is the Senior Building Science Specialist for Fluid Market Strategies and also serves as the Technical Coordinator for Seattle’s Community Power Works for Home and Small Business programs. Mr. Wildenhaus also provides Building Science consultation, training, and presentation services as the Technical Manager for Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes. Mr. Wildenhaus has over 18 years of experience working directly for contractors, doing energy audits, weatherization repairs, and consulting and analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market.

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Justin Wilson, Construction Instruction

Justin’s diverse background in the building industry began over 17 years ago. He is a managing partner with Construction Instruction, which provide a wide range of services including; training and education, building performance assessments and vetting building products. Justin has helped create the largest web and mobile app for the construction industry, providing state of the art construction details, interactive assembly animations, and building science information. His area of expertise is in creating highly advanced energy efficient buildings through high performance process integration, implementation and testing. He draws upon his experiences in the field of applied building science to design quality enclosures and mechanical systems and to guide the construction of durable, healthy and low energy buildings. His objective is to assist our industry in the development and delivery of cost effective net zero energy buildings. Justin has developed and delivered presentations on technical building matters for nearly 10 years throughout North America. 

A few of the recipients of Justin’s seminars include the US Green Building Council, Built Green Colorado, The National Association of Home Builders, National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Enterprise Green Communities, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, USGBC and the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA). 

When Justin is not conducting seminars he can be found working closely with a broad range of builders. Justin enjoys the challenge of solving building issues and finding creative solutions to complex problems. His one-on-one custom consultations enable builders to implement energy efficiency, advanced building science and green building practices into their custom homes, production homes or commercial buildings. He also works with manufacturers vetting new building products by performing a thorough analysis of the product’s quality, usability, compatibility and relevance in the field. He has been involved in the construction of over 20 Net Zero Energy Homes (NZEH). 

He worked on the design and production operations for industry award-winning McStain Neighborhoods. While there he developed numerous initiatives in building durability, indoor air quality, energy & thermal efficiency, water & lighting efficiency, advanced mechanical systems and environmental material considerations. Due to his research Justin was also tapped to participate in the design & construction of the Building America project house as well as the national award-winning research project home, The Discovery House.

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David Wolf, Owens Corning

Dave Wolf currently leads product development initiatives for Owens Corning's residential insulation business, with emphasis on the air sealing of buildings. He has also held various technical leadership positions in support of OC's reinforcement and masonry products businesses, including both process and product development initiatives.

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