October 10-12, 2017
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, Atlanta, GA
The following are confirmed presenters for the
2017 EEBA High Performance Home Summit:
Research Scientist, PNNL
Chrissi Antonopoulos is an energy research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division. She focuses on analysis of green building technology diffusion in the commercial building sector, valuation of energy efficient residential homes, and website development for energy efficient programs. Chrissi has lead research tasks focusing on code development for renewable energy technologies, and market forecasting of green building in the commercial sector. Chrissi is the operations manager for the Department of Energy's Building America Solution Center. Chrissi has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master's of Urban Studies with a focus on energy technologies and sustainable development, from Portland State University.
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Michael Baechler 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
Senior Engineer, Education & Technical Assistance, Southface Institute
Mike is a senior engineer responsible for energy efficiency training throughout the Southeast. He has taught and developed materials for numerous presentations and workshops covering residential and commercial high performance buildings, including IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 energy codes, Duct and Envelope Tightness Verification, LEED AP and Green Associate exam preparation, EarthCraft House for new and renovated homes, EarthCraft Light Commercial Professional, RESNET Home Energy Rating System, Building Performance Institute, Weatherization and ENERGY STAR v3.
Partner, McKinney Builders
Jim helps oversee strategy, finance and communications for McKinney Builders. He and Mac joined forces in 2012. Prior to his current role, Jim was a banker to home builders and developers for 28 years. Jim has a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and a MBA in Real Estate from Georgia State University. Jim is passionate about high performance homes, timeless architecture and building communities that look as good 100 years from now as they do today.
Their company is the current and historical leading builder in Serenbe where they have built nearly 50 homes in their tenure. Other communities include Pinewood Forrest and the Gardens at Arbor Springs. Both the Gardens and Pinewood Forrest are communities of high performance homes, 100% of which will be anchored by Geothermal.
Territory Manager, Emerson
Executive Director, Atlanta Beltline
Builder of Better Communities Through Public-Private Partnerships
* Experienced non-profit and for-profit leader who applies business acumen to align strategy and operations, drive organizational efficiency, and ensure sound financial management.
* Established fundraiser who engenders donor confidence, distills complex details, and diversifies revenue sources.
* Creator of effective societal systems who identifies and leverages the complementary strengths of multiple organizations from different sectors to deliver innovative, nationally recognized programs that unlock human potential.
* Cultivator of strategic partnerships who connects with racially, economically, institutionally and politically diverse stakeholders.
President & CEO, Pivotal Energy Solutions
National Director of Strategic Sourcing, Pulte Homes
Chuck Chippero is a purchasing and supply chain professional with over 15 years of experience in residential construction. Today, he is the National Director of Strategic Sourcing at PulteGroup, Inc. As President and General Director of Pulte Home Sciences, he led the development and implementation innovative residential building technologies. Chuck has over 20 years of operations, supply chain and engineering leadership experience in the automotive industry both in the United States and abroad.
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.
Managing Director, Builder Solutions
Glenn is directly responsible for all aspects of IBACOS’ work with homebuilders. This work includes the development and delivery of construction Best Practices® knowledge tools, content, and technical consulting services to leading homebuilders nationwide. The PERFORM® program, as it is named, increases a builder’s bottom line by improving the builder’s quality and performance. Glenn helped lead the ground-up development and expansion of BuildIQ®, the building industry’s first online education system for production homebuilders, and has spoken at many industry conferences on the subject of adult learning. In 2014, he began a journey into quantifying the true cost builders pay for quality—both investments made to ensure good quality as well as the price paid due to poor quality. His unique insight and perspective have opened opportunities with many of the nation’s largest production homebuilders.
Program Manager, ORNL
Andre Desjarlais André Desjarlais is the Program Manager for the Building Envelope Systems Research Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been involved in building envelope and materials research for over 40 years, first as a consultant and, for the last 25 years, at ORNL. Areas of expertise include building envelope and material energy efficiency, moisture control, and durability. Desjarlais has been a Member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) since 1987 and serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation and D08 on Roofing. He is the past Chairman of ASTM Committee C16 and was awarded the title of Fellow in 2011. He has served as the chairman of ASTM’s committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO). He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1991 and serves on Technical Committees TC 4.4 on Thermal Insulation and Building Systems, TC 1.8 on Mechanical Insulation Systems, and TC 1.12 on Moisture Control in Buildings, and is past Chairman of TC 4.4. André is also a founding director of the RCI Foundation.
Craig Drumheller is the Director of Construction Codes & Standards for the National Association of Home Builders. He has been involved in code development and energy research for over 18 years.
In the last code cycle, Craig authored three successful proposals that permit ducts to be buried in attic insulation.
Executive Director, Buckhead Community Improvement
Jim Durrett, an Atlanta native, directs all activities of the CID. Jim has been promoting smart growth development and livable communities since 1996, when he left his hydrogeology practice and went to work at the Georgia Conservancy. From there his career took him to the Metro Atlanta Chamber where he was VP of Environmental Affairs, to the Urban Land Institute where he was founding executive director of ULI Atlanta, and to the Livable Communities Coalition where he was founding executive director. Jim is an avid bicyclist, a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the Regional Leadership Institute and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, and serves on several boards, including MARTA’s board of directors. Jim and his wife, Pat, have two adult sons.
Dupont Building Innovations
Ms. Dwyer manages the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, a national network of experts who shape insights, tools and resources to help members of the building industry navigate the changing future. Central to her role is harnessing the knowledge and skills of DuPont Building Innovations professionals to deliver enhanced value to customers by sharing best practices in building science and application knowledge.
Ms. Dwyer was named manager of the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center in 2011 after two years as the North American Residential Marketing Manager for DuPont's Building Envelope and Surfaces businesses. From 2002 to 2006, she helped create the DuPont™ StormRoom with Kevlar® business and served as the Residential Channel Manager for DuPont™ Weatherization Systems. During this time, Ms. Dwyer became a voting member of NAHB's Energy Subcommittee, a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Board of Directors, and an active participant in Green Builder Media's Emerald Circle. She is also a member of the IECC – Commercial Energy Code Committee for the upcoming 2012/2013 Code Development Cycle.
Ms. Dwyer joined DuPont as a process engineer for the Automotive Finishes plant, during which time she was the Color Technology Product Manager, Marketing Communications Manager and then New Business Development Manager for the OEM/Fleet Finishes business. She joined the DuPont™ Tyvek® Construction business in 1999 as Western Regional Manager and National Retail Center Manager until 2001 when she moved to the DuPont™ Corian® and DuPont™ Zodiaq® business as Regional Remodel Sales Manager.
Ms. Dwyer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Building Science Research, Florida Solar Energy Center
Philip Fairey has more than 30 years of experience in building science research at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) where he has served as Deputy Director of FSEC since 1990. He has had primary responsibility for more than 30 major building science research contracts totaling more than $14 million. Philip has extensive expertise in combined heat and moisture transfer in buildings; heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems; building energy efficiency; humidity and moisture control; indoor air quality (IAQ); energy codes and standards; computer simulation and modeling; and building energy-efficiency rating systems. He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed technical papers and more than 100 technical reports. Philip is also an active member of ASHRAE where he currently serves as a voting member of SSPC 62.2 on Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings and SSPC 90.2 on Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings. He also serves on the International Standards Organization’s TC163 WG4 on Energy Performance of Buildings. Philip has been a member of the RESNET Board of Directors since 1998 and has served as President of RESNET twice, once from 2004-2006 and once from 2008-2010. Philip is currently a member of RESNET’s ANSI-accredited Standards Development Committee 300 and is Chairman of RESNET’s Standards Management Board.
Chief Technology Officer, Mandalay Homes
Geoff Ferrell is Chief Technology Officer for Mandalay Homes, the nation’s highest volume builder of the DOE’s program for Zero Energy Ready Homes. Geoff oversees Mandalay’s home innovation, implementation, and strategies to improve efficiency, durability, health, and comfort, while maintaining market competitiveness.
Geoff studied Aeronautical Science at Riddle Aeronautical University, in disciplines including engineering and aerodynamic performance. In 2003 Geoff shifted careers, and entered the home building arena working for Suncor as a construction manager in Prescott, Arizona. In 2013, Geoff began his career with Mandalay Homes.
Geoff’s speaking engagements include RESNET Conferences, Tech Home Builder Summit, EEBA, and Arizona Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Workshops.
In his free time, he pilots the company airplane and spends time with his wife and three children.
LEED Quality Assurance Manager, EnergyLogic
Tom Flanagan LEED® Quality Assurance Manager; EnergyLogic, Inc. Tom Flanagan manages LEED certification and LEED quality assurance for EnergyLogic.
Technical Director, LEED for Homes
Asa Foss Technical Director, LEED for Homes Asa Foss is the technical director responsible for the implementation of residential LEED standards.
Vice President, Home Innovation Research Labs
Dean is the technical manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, which he has helped support, define, and implement for 15 years. With over 1.7 million homes certified, ENERGY STAR is the nation’s largest voluntary residential market transformation program, delivering cost-effective energy-efficient homes while improving their durability, comfort, and quality.
Director of Marketing and Business Development, Owens Corning
Chris Gibson is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Owens Corning. He is directly impacting growth through his leadership at driving the profitable design, construction and marketing of high performance homes. Throughout his career, Gibson has led the corporate, marketing and innovation change strategies of leading organizations within the building materials and hardware industries. He joined Owens Corning in 2013. Prior to Owens Corning, Gibson led the turnaround of a luxury architectural, interior design and marketing services company as its President and CEO. He has held senior leadership positions for manufacturing companies--leading change through new venture and business model development, e-commerce and product innovation. As a marketing strategy consultant, Gibson built an analytical consulting practice that led to the creation and growth of several marketing strategy products. In that role, he had a positive impact on the strategic and tactical marketing practices for companies such as DuPont, James Hardie, Sherwin-Williams, and Armstrong World Industries. Mr. Gibson represents Owens Corning as a Board of Trustee for the Leading Suppliers Council of the NAHB and serves as a Board member for EEBA—The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance.
Alex Glenn is a trainer and consultant with a specialty in the design and delivery of high-impact educational products. He has built a 15+ year career as a training professional with expertise in energy-efficiency, sustainable building, and instructional design. Alex provides leadership in the residential marketplace while supporting cross-team initiatives including program design, technical consultation, account management, and business development.
His background includes 10+ years delivering Building Performance Institute trainings and providing technical support for contractors in existing home programs including the Home Performance with Energy Star program. He has helped hundreds of remodeling contractors learn the principles of building science to analyze energy use, operate diagnostic equipment and identify improvement opportunities that lead to the implementation of high-quality retrofit work.
Alex’s passion for lifelong learning and personal development has fueled his interest in social media, digital marketing and content marketing strategies. He is an avid study of online tools and techniques that can be utilized in professional education to facilitate learning and behavior change. He also maintains multiple industry certifications and active membership in various professional organizations. Alex is eager to help move the construction industry forward by providing training, consultation and program design for partners, stakeholders and national utility programs.
Home Innovation Research Labs
As part of the building science team at Home Innovation Research Labs, Patti studies construction materials, methods, and equipment to improve energy efficiency and performance in residential construction. The work she manages for clients like HUD, NREL, and DOE provides opportunities to explore both innovative and time-tested concepts to identify, develop, and/or improve upon critical paths to maximize a home’s performance.
Current areas of study include energy modeling, high-performance building envelopes, moisture performance of walls, constructability issues, and aging-in-place and building accessibility. Patti continues to manage work on the Extended Plate and Beam (EP&B) wall system, a landmark technology developed by Home Innovation with a team of other industry leaders.
Patti’s background is in sustainable HVAC design and she has extensive experience with computer-based calculation tools, energy modeling, BIM, design documentation, and construction administration. She is a licensed professional engineer and part of Home Innovation’s NGBS Green team, and honed her mechanical systems design skills with SGJJR working on projects like the Washington College of Law at American University and the Brock Environmental Center for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Patti’s designations include LEED AP and Certified Passive House Consultant.
Senior Engineer, UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center
Curtis Harrington is a Senior Engineer at the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center with over eight years of experience in research and technology development focused on energy efficiency in buildings. He has served as project manager on seven ventilation and envelope sealing related projects, primarily for the Californian Energy Commission and DOE the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. His work on aerosolized sealing of envelopes was featured in the CEC PIER 2013 annual report for excellence in state-sponsored energy efficiency research.
Trainer and Consultant, Advanced Energy
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Shaun has over 12 years of experience providing training, facilitation and consulting services to national utility programs, conferences and private businesses, with a focus in the areas of construction best practices, program design and quality management. Shaun annually plans and develops curriculum, webinars and in-person training workshops for residential construction stakeholders, real estate professionals, appraisers and others. He has brought his experience in construction and management to clients while being based in the Northwest for the last ten years. In addition to training and consulting, he excels at conducting industry related market research and drafting reports of trends in energy efficiency program design.
Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Buildings, Panasonic USA
Mike Hess, PE, LEED Fellow, is a licensed mechanical engineer. He leads Panasonic’s Smart & Sustainable Buildings team, and also supports their CityNOW initiatives for smart and sustainable cities. He has worked on more than 100 LEED certified projects, including net zero energy and water experience. Mike has expertise in sustainability and LEED consulting, energy modeling, commissioning, water re-use, renewable energy, micro-grids, energy storage, and intelligent control systems. He has also developed codes and incentives for municipalities, and corporate standards for private organizations, to help define their sustainability and energy initiatives. Mike also previously served on the US Green Building Council National Board of Directors. Mike has experience working with multiple stakeholders to achieve transformational smart city results. This includes helping to design the micro-grid at Pena Station NEXT in Denver, where Panasonic, Denver and Xcel Energy have partnered with others to create a carbon neutral community.
CEO, Blokable, Inc.
Aaron Holm founded Blokable in March of 2016 with a mission to make housing accessible and affordable for everyone. His experience leading business and product teams includes spearheading product management for Amazon’s first two physical retail businesses, Amazon Go and Amazon Books. In 2012, Aaron co-founded Mylio, a software startup creating solutions to protect and organize large libraries of personal photographs and memories. He was also founder of GLOBALedit a global leader in digital media software and services, where he built a world-class team and customer base including NBC, Warner Bros, Victoria’s Secret, Sony Pictures, Gap / Old Navy, CBS, and Publicis.
Performance Construction Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Rob Howard is Performance Construction Manager with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. He provides training and technical support to builders, remodelers, architects, and engineers on variable refrigerant flow cooling and heating systems for residential applications.
Rob has over fifteen years of experience in the performance construction industry. He is the former Director of Construction at Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley where they built ENERGY STAR homes through Advanced Energy’s SystemVision program. They built the first Net-Zero Energy Home in North Carolina in partnership with Appalachian State University in 2005. They also built the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in North Carolina in 2016.
Rob became a HERS Rater in 2006 and started a company called Home Energy Solutions to provide green building consulting and home performance contracting in Western North Carolina.
He is an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree and a renewable energy technologies diploma from North Carolina State University.
University of Minnesota
Pat Huelman is an Associate Professor in Residential Energy and Building Systems with the University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as Coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with the University of Minnesota Extension. He is a lead faculty member for the Residential Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a co-investigator for hygrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Pat is the Principal Investigator and Project Lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America Teams.
CEO, DSi Engineering
As President of DSi-Digital, Mr. Hughes is tasked with leading the design and implementation of VIZZ, a new form of technology that offers a "smarter way to visualize and live life, where we live, work and play." Mr. Hughes has also been responsible for the concept and design of the intelliModel line of software products, which have worked toward revolutionizing the methods used for building design and construction management. His accomplishments as an industry innovator and leader have been acknowledged through continual industry recognition, requests for speaking engagements and numerous awards.
Mitch Hughes is an active member of his community and church who believes that positive community impact can be realized by both the individual and the business.
Specialties: Business Operations and Management, Structural Engineering, Cold-Formed Steel Design, Tilt-Up Concrete Analysis, Software Design
National Purchasing Director, PulteGroup
Brian Jamison is a purchasing, supply chain, and construction professional with over 26 years of experience in residential construction. Today, he is the National Purchasing Director for Mechanical and Finish categories at PulteGroup, Inc. As part of his responsibilities he leads Pulte’s Zero Net Energy and Connected Home initiatives.
Aaron Johnson Aaron Johnson works with the homes team in the Indoor Environments Division of US EPA. He has a background as a third party verifier and consultant in new residential construction, as well as diagnosing health and comfort issues in existing homes. Aaron is a qualified RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, Rater Trainer, and Building Performance Institute Quality Control Inspector
Construction Industry Educator, CEM, LEED AP Homes + ND
Abe Kruger honed his expertise in sustainable construction over the last 13 years as a contractor, educator, and consultant in the residential construction industry. He trains construction industry professionals across the country on sustainable building practices. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated energy efficiency programs for over thirty electric and gas utilities, including ENERGY STAR new homes, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, low-income weatherization, and HVAC tune-up programs. He has numerous industry accreditations, including Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, LEED Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Trainer and Rater. Abe is the cofounder of SK Collaborative, which provides consulting, design reviews and charrettes, training, and building certification under LEED for Homes, EarthCraft House, ENERGY STAR, the National Green Building Standard, and Enterprise Green Communities. SK Collaborative is currently certifying over 7,000 units of single- and multifamily housing. He is the coauthor of the first residential green building textbook, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Delmar/Cengage Learning) and one of the lead authors of the LEED for Homes Version 4 Reference Guide.
Dr. Joe Lstiburek
Building Science Corp.
JOE LSTIBUREK Joseph Lstiburek holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Building Science. While still an undergrad, Dr. Lstiburek ran his own home building company; during his Master’s degree, he developed the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers. Other formative experiences include developing the Canada-wide Super Energy Efficient Housing R-2000 program and serving as senior engineer on commercial construction projects for Trow in Toronto. Dr. Lstiburek founded BSC in 1989 and he has been a key figure in establishing BSC as one of the most influential, innovative, and respected building science firms in North America. Dr. Lstiburek is also an acclaimed educator who has taught thousands of professionals over the past three decades and written countless papers as well as the best-selling Builder Guides. Fittingly, the Wall Street Journal has described him as "the dean of North American building science." He has a joy for telling tall tales to his protégés and audiences.
Newport Partners LLC
Jamie Lyons is a mechanical and environmental engineer with two decades of experience in high performance buildings and energy efficient technologies. As Technical Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program, he maintains the program specs, trains and assists builders, raters, and architects, and coordinates with efficiency programs.
Senior Associate, Cadmus Group
Eric Makela, Senior Associate, is the team lead for the Codes and Standards team at Cadmus Group. Eric’s building energy codes expertise spans 30 years, numerous states, and countries as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Fiji, and India. Makela served on the ICC IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles, and now represents the Northwest Energy Codes Group in developing IECC code change proposals. In addition, he represented DOE on a team that developed a commercial code change proposal for the IECC that resulted in a 25% increase in efficiency over earlier codes. As a partner in Britt/Makela Group, Eric oversaw commercial and residential energy code compliance studies for 4 states and 4 large cities. Makela served as a senior member of the U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program where his focus was on outreach and education to states and national stakeholders including the International Code Council, Building Code Assistance Project and the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations. Over his career Makela has trained in over 20 states to the building, design and enforcement industry in a variety of venues. Makela was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. He has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in education from California State University, Sacramento.
President & CEO, PulteGroup
In September 2016, Ryan R. Marshall was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PulteGroup, Inc., among the nation’s most geographically and product-diverse homebuilders with operations in 26 states. The Company serves all major consumer groups through its family of national brands which include Pulte Homes, Centex, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods.
Having managed many of the Company’s largest operations during his tenure, Mr. Marshall has a deep understanding of the homebuilding business. Mr. Marshall most recently served as PulteGroup’s President with responsibility for the Company’s homebuilding operations and its marketing and strategy departments. Prior to being named President, Mr. Marshall was Executive Vice President of Homebuilding Operations.
Other previous roles included Area President for the Company’s Southeast Area, Area President for Florida, Division President in both South Florida and Orlando, and Area Vice President of Finance. In those roles, he has managed various financial and operating functions including financial reporting, land acquisition, and strategic market risk and opportunity analysis.
Mr. Marshall received a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Director, North Carolina Building Performance Association
Thrive Home Builders
Stephen Myers is the Vice President of Process Control & Improvement at Thrive Home Builders. He began his career in media relations and marketing & communications, working in the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Stephen obtained a Master’s Degree in Finance at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2010. Immediately prior to joining the Thrive team, he worked in mergers & acquisitions for Dish Network, working on more than $2.8 billion in transactions.
Since joining the team in 2014, Stephen has run the Sales and Marketing department at Thrive, helping to achieve revenue growth of 80% from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was named Vice President of Process Control and Improvement, tasked with the additional responsibility of implementing organizational change initiatives throughout the company.
Building Codes Expert, Newport Partners
Principle, New Town Solutions
Lew Oliver, an Atlanta-based, urbanist, master planner, and designer, has advanced New Urbanism for a decade. He and his company, New Town Solutions, have been involved in developing land use plans for a number of prominent developments including Pinewood Forrest, Fayetteville, Georgia; Hartness, Greenville, South Carolina; Serenbe; and Town of Vickery, both in Atlanta.
He will share experienced gained from dozens of projects that focus on creating walkable neighborhoods that respect the land and incorporate well-designed, high performing homes.
His neighborhood designs incorporate a European flair to create a lifestyle make it easier to interact with neighbors and reserving about half the land as natural landscape that can be used for passive parks and recreational parks.
Senior Mechanical Engineer, SWA
Srikanth Puttagunta, PE is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at SWA with 14 years of experience in the field of building energy efficiency and sustainability. Through his involvement with the Building America Research Program, Srikanth has an extensive background into barriers and challenges that residential builders and larger-scale multifamily building developers face have in meeting the requirements of code and higher efficiency programs. That knowledge has been disseminated through technical reports, guidelines, and presentations at national conferences and through local AIA presentations. Srikanth has also been involved in the code amendment process in both Connecticut and New York to revise code language to allow for the practical application of the residential code to low-rise multifamily dwellings (air leakage requirements and a sampling protocol). Mr. Puttagunta has provided technical support for numerous certification programs, including EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes, DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes Label, and RESNET’s Performance Testing Subgroup of the Multifamily Workgroup. Srikanth is a Professional Engineer in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, a Quality Assurance Designee for Steven Winter Associates’ RESNET Rating Providership, and a member of ASHRAE. He holds an MS Civil Engineering, Building Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BS Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Srikanth Puttagunta, PE Vice President, Senior Mechanical Engineer Steven Winter Associates, Inc. 203.857.0200 x275 (w) firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder, Black River Design
U.S. Department of Energy
As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of successful research for new and existing high-performance homes. This includes overseeing the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home voluntary label program for leading edge home builders and the Building America Solution Center that disseminates the latest innovations and best practices to housing industry stakeholders. In his prior position, he managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its start in 1996. Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes grew exponentially to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin was recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and has been a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. He is a published author and has prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.
Vice President of Homebuilding Operations, Thrive Home Builders
Bill Rectanus is currently the Vice President of Homebuilding Operations for Thrive Home Builders in Denver, Colorado. His responsibilities include the management and oversight of the construction, purchasing and customer service departments. In addition to his daily responsibilities Bill is also responsible for the implementation of Thrive Home Builders’ “High Performance Building Initiative”, its advancement, and research and development of new systems and technologies.
Bill is very active in the Denver homebuilding industry serving on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and formerly as Chairman of the Flatirons Building Council. In addition, Bill has been a session speaker at many industry and energy efficiency conferences.
Strategic Engineer and Sustainability Leader, Southface
Sydney G. Roberts, Ph.D. is a strategic engineering and sustainability leader at Southface with over 15 years experience creating market-leading programs, adding value and saving resources. National subject matter expert in building science and resource efficiency, sustainability, workforce training, and greenhouse gas reduction. Diverse skills and experience ranging from creating and directing the U.S. DOE Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center to leading commercial and residential research at Southface. Serving on the HPC & BPI Boards of Directors, the IREC Committee on Standards, and additional industry thought leadership positions.
Partner, BrightLeaf Homes
Scott started building high performance, energy efficient infill homes under the BrightLeaf Homes brand in 2012 hoping to find the balance between his experiences with large production homebuilders and small non-profit organizations. Scott studied Construction Management at Illinois State University and interned for Centex Homes (now part of the Pulte Group) before moving to Washington DC and working as a Project Manager for Ryan Homes, part of NVR Group, the nation’s 4th largest home builder. After spending a number of years there, he moved back to the Chicago area and worked for a nonprofit organization responsible for assessing and coordinating energy efficiency improvements to low income housing. This opportunity gave him a unique insight into how homes have been built over the past 100 years and how energy efficiency and varying building methods can affect their long-term durability and cost of ownership.
Scott left that organization in early 2012 and began laying the groundwork to grow BrightLeaf Homes into the best known high performance home builder in the Chicago area. As a National Association of Homebuilders Certified Green Building Professional and Certified Master Builder, Scott had the expertise and ability not only to design the company’s original floor plans and building envelope assemblies, but also to interact with and educate, and of course manage the sub contracted Trade Partners on site during construction. Under the current BrightLeaf Homes brand Scott is responsible for coordinating much of the over-arching business strategy for the company and handles the financial reporting and analysis. Scott’s passion for high-performance building is manifested in the company but rooted in a personal focus on sustainability in his day-to-day living and community involvement.
Technical Coordinator, EPA
Jonah Schein is the Technical Coordinator for Homes & Buildings at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® Program. He has overseen the technical development and implementation of the WaterSense Homes specification and certification system since their inception. He is also responsible for efforts to expand the WaterSesne program's reach in the multi-family and commercial sectors through analytics, modeling, and benchmarking. Prior to joining EPA in 2008, Mr. Schein served as the Director of Outreach for Earth Day Network (EDN) where he was responsible for a number of initiatives to promote water efficiency through green building strategies in the United States and Middle East. Mr. Schein holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Indiana University as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
Director of Sales, Thrive Home Builders
Elitia Schwaderer has been a passionate and influential professional within the new home sales industry for over 16 years, amassing more than $85 million in sales over her career as a salesperson. Elitia’s hard work also lead to being recognized as top sales and customer service professional for several continuous years. Upon joining Thrive Home Builders in 2015, Elitia quickly proved her ability to exceed sales goals while managing multiple communities and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Her exceptional levels of leadership and performance led to her promotion to Director of Sales in 2016. Elitia’s transition into leadership and coaching has led to empowering good sales people to become great sales people leveraging traditional and non-traditional methodologies, while creating ambassadors for Thrive’s brand and values. When Elitia is not with her Thrive team, she enjoys time with her partner, confidant and best friend, Joe as well as their 9 year old pride and joy Eden. On any given weekend, you can find the Schwaderer family appreciating and relaxing in Colorado’s incredible mountain towns.
President, Hedgewood Homes
Pam Sessions is President of Hedgewood Homes. Hedgewood builds homes and neighborhoods in the city and greater region of Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to homebuilding, Pam and her husband, Don Donnelly, own and operate sister companies of Hedgewood in development, real estate sales, and interior design.
Pam received her BFA from the University of Georgia. She studied photography with Ansel Adams and worked with landscape photographer and writer Dave Bohn prior to beginning her homebuilding career in 1985.
Hedgewood strives to adhere to both “Smart Growth” planning and development concepts and environmental “Green” building techniques in construction of their homes and neighborhoods.
Pam has served as chair of the Greater Atlanta Home Builder’s Association, Southface Energy Institute, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, The Forsyth County Branch of the YMCA and the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Georgia Cities Foundation, the Alliance Theater and the Livable Communities Council of Urban Land Institute Atlanta Chapter.
Pam and Hedgewood have received numerous awards including their recognition by Professional Builder Magazine as the “2003 National Builder of the Year”. Pam received the 2004 Argon Award presented to her at the sixth annual Visionary Dinner that is co- sponsored by Southface Energy Institute and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. The Argon Award is given to a Georgia-based business or institution which has made a significant commitment to environmental stewardship. Pam recently received the 2005 Lewis Cenker Award. The Lewis Cenker Award is the highest honor given by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association to an individual who has made a lifelong contribution to the advancement of the homebuilding industry in Atlanta.
In addition to Pam’s homebuilding initiatives, she is wife to Don Donnelly and mother of two children, Ben and Drew.
Purchasing Manager, Beazer Homes
Panasonic, National Sales Manager for Panasonic Home & Environment Company
Jim Shelton is the National Sales Manager for Panasonic Home & Environment Company. He has been with Panasonic for over ten years. As National Sales Manager, Jim's responsibilities include developing and maintaining successful business relationships, the recruitment, training, and supervision of sales staff and liaising with suppliers, as well as acquiring new leads, creating business development strategies, keeping up-to-date with market advances, ensuring quotas are met, organizing trade shows and all other marketing functions. Jim leads a team of eleven staff members to meet and exceed demanding sales targets; create strong and long-lasting customer relations. To achieve this, Jim uses his excellent communication skills; ability to motivate and lead; dynamic networking; tireless energy; interpersonal skills; first class negotiation techniques combined with a special interest in consultative selling and strategic marketing. Prior to joining Panasonic Home & Environment Company, Jim worked in sales, marketing and management for Acuity Brands, Thomas & Betts, Hubbell Building Automation, Hughes Supply and Missouri Valley Electric Company. Jim gained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Missouri Western State College. Since then, he has earned numerous continuing education certificates with the American Management Association. Jim lives in Florida with his wife of 26 years; Tina and their three sons and three dogs. When not working, Jim likes to watch movies and football, spend time with his family and stay active at the gym. Jim can be reached at email@example.com.
Suzanne Shelton is president and CEO of Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications agency focused exclusively on energy and the environment. Her vision is that every home and building in America is energy responsible and sustainability is ordinary – and she leads Shelton Group in creating a market advantage for the organizations that are creating that sustainable, responsible future. Shelton’s clients include Consumer’s Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Kohler, CertainTeed Insulation and ExxonMobil Chemical.
With 25 years of experience under her belt, she’s a pro at helping her clients build brand affinity, market products and start movements. She speaks regularly at conferences, guest writes for the likes of Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz, and has been quoted in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other top media outlets.
Staff Scientist & Indoor Environment Group Leader, LBNL
Brett C. Singer, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist and the Indoor Environment Group Leader in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division and a matrix appointment in the Whole Building Systems Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Dr. Singer conceives and leads research projects related to air pollutant sources, physical-chemical processes, and pollutant exposures in both outdoor and indoor environments, aiming to understand these systems for the purpose of developing effective control strategies. A major focus of Dr. Singer’s work is indoor environmental quality and risk reduction in high performance homes, including accelerating adoption of IAQ, comfort, durability, sustainability, and resilience measures into new home construction and retrofit practices. Key focus areas are low-energy systems for filtration, smart ventilation and mitigations of pollutants from cooking. Dr. Singer earned his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Construction Innovation Scout, Momentum Innovation Group
Mr. Swanson is a leading residential construction expert, innovator, technology scout and serial entrepreneur. He has a 360 degree understanding of the industry working as a framer/builder, building failures forensics expert, utility/insurance consultant, and corporate strategist. It is these unique perspectives that allow Mr. Swanson to see the trajectory of industry trends and product needs many years into the future. Upon graduating with a BS degree in Biochemistry he started his first of six companies, three of which are still active.
Policy Director, Leading Builders of America
Clayton Traylor is a nationally recognized housing policy expert. He has over twenty years of industry experience in both the private and public sector. He is currently a consultant for Leading Builders of America (LBA) a trade group representing the largest homebuilding companies in North America.
Clayton began his career in housing with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, DC. When he left NAHB in 2005, he was Senior Staff Vice President responsible for state and local government relations, land development and construction codes and standards.
In 2005, Clayton joined Centex Corporation as Director of Government & Industry Relations. In this capacity, he led Centex’s lobbying activities with emphasis on tax, mortgage lending and stimulus policies. He also developed Centex Energy Advantage, the company’s signature conservation and energy efficiency initiative.
Building Industry Innovator, Momentum Innovation Group
Calvin Trumbo has been a serial entrepreneur and innovator in the building products industry for more than 25 years. From creating ground-breaking new products and processes to launching new businesses, his many roles have given him critical insight into creating innovative approaches to find and develop profitable products and services. During his career, Calvin has been responsible for corporate strategies, business development, managing P&L, budgeting, sales process improvement, pricing strategies/implementation, market research, customer marketing, and product development/enhancement. Calvin is currently the managing partner with Momentum Innovation Group, helping companies find, develop and commercialize breakthrough products using the latest innovation and business techniques. His portfolio includes work with Johns Manville, Swisslog, CertainTeed Corporation, Huber Engineered Woods and US GreenFiber. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Colorado.
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.
Ed Vineyard, P.E. - Mr. Vineyard is the Group Leader, Modeling and Simulation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with over 35 years of experience in the research and development of high-efficiency appliances, HVAC systems, and distribution systems. Previously, he was the Director, Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL. He has published more than 90 technical papers and reports involving all aspects of improving efficiency for residential and commercial building equipment. He is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), program chair of TC 8.4, Air-to-Refrigerant Heat Exchangers, and a member of TC 6.3, Central Forced Air Heating and Cooling Systems. Prior to this, he served as chair of TC 7.1 Domestic Refrigerators and Food Freezers. He has received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, the ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, and is an ASHRAE Fellow. As part of a team at ORNL, he also received the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy 23 Award for the second highest rated project in DOE history. In 2011, Mr. Vineyard led an effort to develop a gas engine driven heat pump that received an R&D 100 Award. In 2013, he received a second R&D 100 Award for his work with the development and commercialization of a ground source integrated heat pump. Mr. Vineyard was a member of a team that received the 2017 Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Award, the highest international award in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration field.
Dr. Iain Walker
Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Iain Walker Dr. Iain Walker is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and leads Residential Building research in the Whole Building Systems Department. He has more than 30 years of experience as a building scientist and his current work focuses on residential buildings: developing smart ventilation technologies, indoor air quality scoring and rating, deep energy retrofits, design and construction of zero/low energy homes and HVAC system diagnostics. He is an ASHRAE fellow and is Executive Editor of Home Energy magazine. He leads and contributes to many standards and technical committees for ASHRAE (Standard 62.2), ASTM (E779, E1554), RESNET (Standard 380), ACCA and other state and national agencies. Dr. Walker has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University Of Alberta.
National Director, U.S Department of Energy Building America Program
Eric Werling is National Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. Since 2011, he has worked with Building America partnership teams and DOE national laboratories to transform building science knowledge and innovations into proven best practices for the housing industry and trades. Prior to his DOE service, Eric launched the U.S. EPA’s Indoor airPLUS home labeling program in 2009, and led development of popular Indoor Air Quality and Moisture Control guides and protocols for ASHRAE and EPA. He also helped EPA develop and implement the successful ENERGY STAR for New Homes program from 1995 to 2004, as a consultant with ICF Consulting. He holds a MS in Architectural Engineering and a MBA, both from Penn State University, and a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. Eric currently serves on two ASHRAE standard committees, SSPC 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings, and SSPC 160, Criteria for Moisture Control Design Analysis in Buildings. Eric is also an amateur musician who writes and performs songs about building science to encourage and entertain colleagues and building science professionals.
VP Product Management, Lennox International Residential HVAC
John has been with Lennox International for 21 years and amassed broad industry experience with time in product engineering, marketing, sales, business development, service, and technical support with their Commercial HVAC division; as a General Manager with their Service Experts division; and most recently leads Product Management for their Residential division. He received his Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree from The University of Vermont and his MBA from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Senior Product Manager, NEEA
Building Science Manager, CLEAResult
As the Building Science Manager for CLEAResult, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Buildings. Dan has over 22 years of experience working directly for both a contractor and a Rating company; performing energy audits; Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting;analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. After 15 years working directly in the field, Dan transitioned to the consulting side of the business, working for Fluid Market Strategies/CLEAResult. Dan currently provides staff management, Building Science consultation, QA/QC design, code evaluation, stimulating market channels, and training; presentation services for a variety of utility and Home Certification Programs across the country.
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