Houses That Work™ EEBA Certified Trainers

EEBA selects its trainers based on their experience in the building industry, commitment to building performance education and ability to present the content in an easy to understand, interactive style. Trainers attend regular update training sessions to assure consistency in information presented, updates on technology & product advances and to review resource materials. To learn more about our trainers click on any one of the following:

Trainers Accreditations

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.

Justin Wilson

Justin’s diverse background in the building industry began over 17 years ago.  He is a managing partner with Construction Instruction (Ci), 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.

Tony Grahame

Until June of 2010, Tony was the director and a professor of Residential Building Technology at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, for fourteen years. In the past seven years his RBT program has been awarded six Gold National Association of Home Builder’s Energy Value Housing Awards for Green Building and Energy Efficiency in both the custom and affordable house categories-moderate climate. The YC RBT program also received the 2008 USGBC Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Award for Community Colleges, and the 2008 ‘Brian Michelson Superior Design Governor’s Affordable Housing Award’ - Arizona. In January 2010, his RBT program won not only another Gold NAHB EVHA award for Affordable Housing, but also the ‘People’s Choice Award,’ and the ‘Builder of the Year Award.’ Unprecedented! No school has ever won these awards. It has always gone to a high performance volume or custom builder. Tony teaches students to design, manage, and build crafted, healthy, safe, comfortable, durable, environmentally responsive houses using appropriate, climate-specific materials, systems and technologies. The program emphasizes building science principles as they apply to mainstream construction practices. Currently, Tony has a joint teaching appointment at Moultrie Technical College and University of Georgia/NESPAL (an Agricultural Energy Research Laboratory), in Tifton, Georgia. He is certified by the Energy and Environmental Building Association as a Master Builder, and as a Certified Trainer for EEBA’s ‘Houses That Work’ educational program. He has built houses that have received every national energy, IAQ, and/or green building certification: Energy Star +, EFL-Platinum/Green, DOE/BA/Builder’s Challenge-Net Zero Energy, USGBC/LEED for Homes-Platinum, NAHB-Green Model Home, ALA-Health House and EPA-Indoor Air Quality Plus. In a building career that has spanned 40+ years he has built, and/or helped to build, hundreds of houses throughout North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Arizona. He has held general contractor licenses in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona. His company consults, supervises, and builds select green custom homes when time permits. In addition to presenting ‘Houses That Work’ workshops in Arizona, New Mexico and Georgia, he has presented to numerous local and state organizations on building codes, energy efficiency, green building, applied building science, healthy houses, weatherization, and renewable energy. He also has twice presented at the National Association of Home Builder’s International Builder Show. Tony has an insatiable desire to learn and teach so he is constantly researching and reading, and attends select building conferences, workshops, seminars, and expositions as frequently as possible to stay current with cutting-edge building technologies. He has current certificates in building science (Building Science Corp.), weatherization (RESNET) and (BPI), and solar (NABCEP), etc… He constantly tells his students “never stop learning,” “always prepare yourself for opportunity,” and “what about the concept of making money and doing the right thing.”

Mark Laliberte

Mark teaches, consults and speaks to over 7,000 builders, architects and consumers each year. His primary focus is on energy efficient construction practices and systems approach building. Mark presents at EEBA, Affordable Comfort, NAHB, Healthy Indoor Environments Conference, Andersen Window Corp. and The American Thoracic National Conferences. Topics include: airtight construction practices and techniques, indoor air quality problems and solutions, ventilation system design, building pressure regimes, improving building durability, and marketing high performance homes and buildings. Areas of Expertise: Energy efficient construction practices and systems approach building. Residential and light commercial construction. Sizing and installation of ventilation systems. Moisture and vapor flow control methods. Various insulation systems and site verification of building performance. Optimizing mechanical systems and integrating system variations. Marketing the performance built home.

Joe Lstiburek

JOSEPH LSTIBUREK is a principal of Building Science Corporation and a former custom homebuilder. He is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture related building envelope problems and indoor air quality. He is the developer of ADA (the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers) and the author of the U.S. DOE Handbook on Moisture Control as well as the special contributor to the EPA guidance document on Mitigating Indoor Air Quality problems in commercial buildings. He is an expert in the area of rain penetration, air barriers, vapor barriers, air quality, durability, and construction technology. He is a building science researcher affiliated with the Centre for Building Science, University of Toronto and a former national Director of Research of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada.

Tex McLeod

With over 30 years in housing and energy conservation Tex is one of North America's leading presenters on energy, housing and indoor air quality. Tex delivers training across Canada, the US and has traveled on behalf of CMHC's International Training Team to South America, Russia and China. Tex is a past board member of EEBA, and has presented at many US venues including: Colorado, Alaska, North Carolina, Nevada, California, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, Oregon and Washington DC. In addition to delivering training, Tex has also worked to develop training materials for a variety of clients including: EEBA / EPA, CMHC, Ontario Hydro, NRCan, Atlantic Home Warranty and Ontario First Nations Technical Services. Tex was also part of the original team that put together indoor air quality workshops for CMHC as well as the EEBA IAQ workshop.