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2007 RESNET Building Performance Conference

Conference Presenters Bios

February 17 - 21, 2007
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, CA

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Michael Bachand
President of CalCERTS®, an award-winning CEC approved HERS® provider and Energy Star Partner since 2003. Extensive 20-year background as an executive manager in production housing and light commercial construction and consulting. Educator teaching Title 24 code compliance and related issues since 1998 to jurisdictional building officials, inspectors, architects, builders and related industries. Field research and instruction in methods and materials used for diagnostic testing and inspection of energy features in new and existing construction. Research, development and consulting on insulation inspections for residential construction. Research and development of construction green building methods and processes for over 4 years. Development of training programs for Title 24; construction solid waste management; green building; Energy Star; energy efficient mortgages and non-residential Title 24 HERS requirements.

Steve Baden
Executive Director

Steve Baden has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over twenty five years, including eighteen years with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels, and ten 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.

Douglas G. Beaman
Douglas Beaman and Associates

Doug has over 25 years of experience in the energy conservation field working with builders, architects, HVAC contractors and homeowners. Currently he devotes the majority of his time to training for various energy conservation programs. In the past year the focus has been on the new California Energy Standards including the duct testing requirements for HVAC system change-outs. Doug and his staff conducted nearly 50 classes helping HVAC contractors understand and implement the California duct testing rules.

David Blanke
Manager, New Construction Energy Efficiency Programs
San Diego Gas & Electric/Southern California Gas Company

David Blanke is the New Construction Manager for Energy Efficiency Programs for Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric. For over fourteen years, Mr. Blanke has served as a liaison with the building industry for the utilities and has overseen the design, development and implementation of numerous energy efficiency programs. Prior to this, he was Managing Editor for the Environmental Studies Institute in Santa Barbara. Mr. Blanke holds degrees in Music History from the University of the Pacific and Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Steve Bonanno
Senior Research Analyst
NSTAR Electric & Gas

Steve Bonanno has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than fifteen years, including the last five years working on the statewide evaluation of the Massachusetts residential new construction program. Steve also spent a number of his earlier years forecasting energy and demand usage.

Shagun Boughen
Program Manager/Supervisor of the Residential New Construction Program
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Shagun Boughen is the Program Manager/Supervisor of the Residential New Construction Program and has worked in the energy efficiency field for over five years with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). At her time with PG&E, she has managed various residential energy efficiency programs. Some of which include the residential retrofit appliances, home electronics, and financing programs. Most recently, she has worked on the redesign of PG&E's Residential New Construction program to integrate the California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership.

Steve Byers
EnergySmiths, Inc.

Steve Byers is the President of EnergyLogic, a Colorado based energy services organization primarily serving the residential construction industry. Leaving the Air Force after flying for five years, Steve got involved in the building science industry working for Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta. Relocating in 1997 to Colorado, Steve started EnergySmiths. It's been a labor of love and EnergySmiths grew into the largest energy rating company in Colorado. In 2006, EnergySmiths merged with Built Wright, Inc. to form EnergyLogic.  EnergyLogic also provides quality assurance services to utilities and other energy raters nationwide. Steve serves on the RESNET Board of Directors.

Subrato Chandra, Ph.D.
Program Director, Buildings Research Division
Florida Solar Energy Center Subrato

Chandra, Ph.D. is a Program Director in the Buildings Research Division of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) of the University of Central Florida (UCF). His work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Professional Builder, the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals and the State of Florida Energy Code. He currently directs the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy which has provided technical assistance to factory and site builders that has resulted in over one hundred thousand energy efficient and durable homes. In addition he teaches at UCF and served as a member of the board of the American Lung Association of Central Florida.

Gord Cooke

As a professional engineer, trainer, author and industry consult, Gord Cooke has been an effective and passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality and energy efficiency during the past two decades. Gord brings to his training the logic and integrity of a professional engineer and the passion of one committed to helping the residential construction industry build and sell better homes. Based on homeowner market research he has conducted, Gord has also pioneered new training programs designed to assist builders in the sales and marketing of higher performing, energy efficient homes - helping builders more effectively tell their story to customers and sell more homes. As a practicing professional engineer, Gord has particular expertise in developing innovative HVAC systems designs and indoor air quality solutions for builder clients. With this expertise as a background he is uniquely equipped and talented at taking the complex issues of building science and breaking them into readily digestible elements with practical real-world applications for all audiences. Gord also sits on the Board of the Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA), contributes a monthly IAQ column to HPAC magazine, and is a certified R-2000 Design Evaluator and Trainer.

Stephen L. Cowell
Chairman and CEO
Conservation Services Group
Stephen L. Cowell founded Conservation Services Group (CSG) in 1984 and is the organization's chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Cowell has been the founder and director of numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations during his career. For the past 30 years, Mr. Cowell has been involved in conservation programs around the country and has successfully advocated for energy efficiency as an electric power supply option. He has helped create and build the industry through sound public policy, legislation, development of utility company programs, and establishment of trade ally networks and delivery of cost-effective residential and commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs. Under Mr. Cowell's leadership, CSG has designed and implemented conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies, and other groups throughout the U.S. and has provided water and power conservation services to over one million businesses and households.

Steve Easley
Building Media, Inc.
Steve Easley, President of Building Media Inc. is an internationally recognized construction consultant who specializes in solving building science related problems and helping builders reduce their construction defects and call back costs. BMI provides program design, technical consulting, quality assurance and on-line education for contractors, utilities, government and trade associations. Steve is a spokesperson for the California Energy Commissions "On Line" Internet Video Training Series and the State of Michigan Division of Codes.

Ann Edminster
Owner/Green Building Consultant
Design AVEnues

Ann Edminster, M.Arch., LEED AP v2.0, is an environmental design consultant and educator whose work focuses on investigation and evaluation of building materials and systems. As a current member and immediate past co-chair of the USGBC's LEED Homes Committee, she is one of the principal authors of LEED for Homes. She is also a LEED for Homes faculty member, serves as a consultant to the LEED for Homes pilot implementation team in California (led by Davis Energy Group), is a past member of the LEED Steering Committee, and member and past co-chair of the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group, which creates and refines LEED rating criteria and reference materials and advises on credit interpretations. She was the green building and LEED consultant for the Earthjustice headquarters and Oakland regional office, which was awarded a LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) silver rating in the fall of 2004. She is co-author of Efficient Wood Use In Residential Construction: A Practical Guide to Saving Wood, Money, and Forests, author of numerous technical papers and articles, and has been an invited speaker at dozens of national and regional green building conferences over the past decade. She has both a bachelor's and a master's degree in architecture and has designed more than 100 home remodels.

David Eishen
Energy Efficient Green Building Institute

David Eishen is the Director of the Energy Efficient Green Building Institute. The Institute is a partnership between the Department of Energy, Building America Program, and Cedar Valley College, part of the Dallas County Community College System. The Institute is developing a new two year degree program for the Residential Building Performance Specialist targeting the home energy rating and green rating professions. This new two year degree program will be offered nationally beginning August 2006. David Eishen with a background as a mechanical contractor has been teaching occupational education for over thirty years. He is currently working with RESNET in the areas of education and testing.

Richard Faesy
Project Manager
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Richard works as part of the Planning and Evaluation Team at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in Burlington, Vermont. He specializes in residential buildings and technology, with a focus on new construction, green building, home energy ratings and energy efficiency financing. He is involved with clients in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, the U.S. EPA, U.S. Green Building Council and others. He has been active nationally in many Home Energy Rating System (HERS) / Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) efforts including starting and managing the Northeast HERS Alliance, and working with the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Rated Homes of America, the HERS Council, the National Collaborative on HERS and EEMs and other initiatives. He has also been involved with numerous energy policy efforts including the adoption of Vermont's first Energy Code, development of a Vermont residential mechanical ventilation standard, and development of the Vermont Builds Greener rating system. Richard was featured in a national Dateline/NBC story on energy efficiency in 2001 and was also awarded RESNET's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Philip Fairey
Deputy Director
Florida Solar Energy Center

Philip Fairey is the Deputy Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). In 1980, Mr. Fairey initiated the building science research program at FSEC. Since then, he has had primary responsibility for 30 major building science research contracts totaling more than $11 million. He has extensive experimental and analytical expertise in the fields of moisture transport and control, pressure and air flow control, indoor air quality (IAQ), building envelope systems, cooling and dehumidification systems, natural ventilation systems, energy-efficient building design, industrialized housing systems, utility Demand Side Management (DSM), building energy-efficiency rating systems, and computer simulation and modeling. Mr. Fairey conceived and developed the Florida Building Energy-Efficiency Rating System and led the development of EnergyGauge, a user-friendly, windows-based software tool for code compliance, energy ratings and economic analysis. He is a affiliate member of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and served as a member of the National HERS Council Technical Committee and the Technical, and Accreditation Committees of NASEO. He currently serves on the Florida Building Commission Energy, Technical Advisory Committee and on a number of RESNET committees where he was chairman of the Training Providers Accreditation Committee, Co-chair of the Standards Drafting Committee and Chairman of the Software Accreditation Subcommittee on the rating method. He is a founding member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).

Rob Falke
National Comfort Institute

Rob Falke is the President of National Comfort Institute, an HVAC training, support and certification organization. NCI has trained and certified over 6,000 HVAC professionals to effectively measure and improve installed HVAC system performance. This group tests, diagnoses and renovates over 250,000 systems a year and is the nation's largest HVAC verification organization. Through the NCI organization, Mr. Falke has authored, patented and trademarked methods for their certified technicians to measure and rate the installed efficiency of heating and cooling systems. His organization has gathered this data and produced research revealing an alarming gap between assumed HVAC efficiency and field measured system efficiency. He has developed standards and procedures over the past 15 years that are taught in over 100 NCI public seminars a year enabling HVAC professionals to perform live testing to determine installed HVAC system efficiency. "Doc" Falke has become one of the HVAC industry's favorite writers as he offers a constant stream of ‘how-to" and opinion articles through industry publications, conferences and the National Comfort Institute website and membership organization. He has been a presenter numerous trade conferences and is known as the father of residential air balancing. He credits his success to developing curriculum that brings physics and science to a level that any technician can take into the field and effectively implement the following day. Ninety-five percent of NCI's training, testing and system renovation work that results from the training are performed voluntarily, without rebates, outside of government and utility efficiency programs.

Gabe Farkas, B.Sc., BA.Sc
Vice President of Engineering
Icynene, Inc.
Gabe Farkas is the developer of the Icynene Insulation System the first all water blown spry applied insulation system with the aim of reducing the atmospheric damage and providing a healthy indoor air environment. Mr. Farkas is an active member of a number of building science related organizations and committees. He is a licensed professional engineer since 1980 and has spent the last 20 years in the building science field developing products, new methodologies and applications.

Andrew Fisk
Senior Project Manager
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Andrew Fisk is a senior project manager in the Residential Energy Affordability Program at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Ken Fonorow
Florida H.E.R.O.

Ken Fonorow is president of Florida H.E.R.O., a building science consulting firm. Ken has been a leader in the field of applied building science for over 25 years. His broad based experience as energy analyst, technical advisor and problem solver, along with his results oriented practical approach, has resulted in some of the nation's most successful examples of energy efficient and healthy homes and developments. He works in partnership with builders and developers on projects that have resulted in national recognition such as NAHB Energy Value Awards, EPA Energy Star Builder of the Year and the SEBC Grand Aurora Award for Energy Efficiency.

Mathew (Mat) S. Gates
Residential Science Resources, LLC

As Co-Founder and Building Science Consultant at Residential Science Resources, LLC, Mat consults and leads activities with home builders in the private sector and community action programs. Utilizing the Whole House Systems Approach to home construction, he helps turn scientific theory into common practice. Mat is involved with many facets of builder education programs, including: cost benefit energy analysis, code interpretation, research into innovative systems technology, systems engineering and integration design, HVAC system sizing and design, field testing and inspection, on-site implementation and training, and troubleshooting. He also works with home rehabilitation partners to integrate energy efficiency and durability into the retrofit market. Mat's background is in light construction and residential home inspection. Mat earned a Bachelor's of Science in Residential Building Science & Technology from the University of Minnesota.

Brian Gitt
CEO/Executive Director
Built It Green

As CEO/Executive Director of Build It Green, Brian directs green building programs and initiatives that promote healthy, energy and resource efficient buildings in California. He combines passion and extensive experience working in the environmental and construction industries. Brian was instrumental in organizing and launching a diverse network of building industry stakeholders committed to mainstreaming green building including the Public Agency Council, Builders Council, Suppliers Council, Real Estate Council, and Non-Profit Network. Brian is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Green Building Professional. In 2003, the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a national fellowship program recognizing leaders in the environmental field, awarded Brian a two-year fellowship. Brian received his education in ecological design and environmental studies at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

John B. Godden, B.E.S.
Alpha-Tec Consulting and Construction

  • Principle of Alpha-Tec Consulting and Construction (20 years in business)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies at University of Waterloo
  • Experienced carpenter and framer
  • Registered R2000 builder (15 Houses)
  • 3 houses retrofitted to the R2000 standard
  • Designer / Builder of "Clearsphere" CHBC EnviroHome (
  • R2000 Quality assurance professional (R2000 certified inspector and blower door tester)
  • ENERGY STAR® / EnerGuide advisor to Mason homes
  • Build Canada Team member with 4 large GHBA builders
  • Member of GTHBA
  • Member of HRAI (Cert. Residential Air System Design technician and HRV installer)
  • ENERGY STAR® Builder's Trainer and course designer
  • CMHC healthy home builder
  • Co-designer and developer of ENERGY STAR workshop for builders in Ontario
  • Taught the 1 day ENERGY STAR pilot course for ENERGY STAR advisors at OHBA
  • Technical committee member for ENERGY STAR

David B. Goldstein
Co-Director of Energy Program
Natural Resources Defense Council

David B. Goldstein has worked on energy efficiency and energy policy since the early 1970s. He currently co-directs NRDC's Energy Program. David B. Goldstein initiated and directed research on how urban structure affects the usage of automobiles, and originated the Location Efficient Mortgage to implement the results. David B. Goldstein received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of its Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002 and is the recipient of the California Alumni Association's 2003 Award for Excellence in Achievement. Dr. Goldstein has been instrumental in the development of energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances that are currently in effect at the regional and national level in the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.

Bruce D. Gough
Energy Building Group Ltd.

  • President, Energy Building Group Ltd., formed in March 1982, offers consulting services and plan evaluations, tests and inspections for R2000, Super E, and Energy Star New Homes.
  • A leading Canadian consultant in the fields of residential energy efficiency, building science, building construction and research for more than 25 years.
  • Mr. Gough was the principal consultant for the development of the technical specifications for the ENERGY STAR New Homes Program in Ontario over the winter of 2004-05
  • Mr. Gough is acting President of the newly formed Residential Energy Services Network of Canada.

Dr. Jay Hall
Consultant, US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes
Building Knowledge

Dr. Jay Hall has twenty years of experience in sustainable building design and development. He is an expert in market transformation, building energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. He was educated in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. In 1987, he earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. For the last 15 years, he has worked as a consultant with to the US EPA's ENERGY STAR family of programs. Since 1995, he has consulted to the EPA's ENERGY STAR for Homes Program. And for the last year, he has been a consultant to the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program. He currently works for Building Knowledge, whose mission is to develop and promote educational tools to improve the performance of homes.

Tom Hamilton
Managing Partner
Energy Concierge Services, Inc.

Tom Hamilton has over 10 years of direct experience in managing one of the largest HERS Providers in the country. While as the Executive Director of the HERS Provider Tom transformed organization from a small outfit entirely funded by utilities into a self-sufficient, $1 million nonprofit while simultaneously growing the number of raters from 50 to more than 700 and performed more than 25,000 verifications in 2005. Tom is also credited for developing HERS Mobile™, the first PDA software tool for the HERS rating industry - a feat that garnered national press, including the cover of Mobile Enterprise magazine. Tom also has several years experience in the mortgage banking industry at various senior level positions for lending and secondary marketing.

Bruce Harley
Technical Director
Conservation Services Group

Bruce Harley, Technical Director of Conservation Services Group in Westborough, MA, is involved in management, research, design consulting, and HERS policy development. His extensive hands-on experience informs his trainings on building science, energy efficient construction, energy codes and ratings, HVAC, air quality and moisture. His book, Insulate and Weatherize, was published in September 2002 by The Taunton Press. Bruce is the current Secretary of the RESNET Board and chair of the RESNET Technical Committee.

John L. Hockman
JL Hockman Consulting, Inc.

John L. Hockman, B.E.S., has designed energy efficient housing and advanced residential mechanical systems for over twenty-five years. He won Canada's Energy Efficiency Award in 2000 for the design of a super energy efficient environmentally "green" home in Winnipeg. John, an HRAI instructor for over fifteen years, has delivered ventilation training across Canada and the United States.

Kim Hooper
Program Manager - ENERGY STAR HOMES
TXU Electric Delivery

Kim Hooper has been the program manager for the ENERGY STAR Homes Program for the last three years. She has worked for TXU Electric Delivery for over sixteen years and has over ten years experience in the energy efficiency area. Kim has built energy efficient homes for the past 25 years and became a certified HERS rater in 2002. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Management.

Bion D. Howard
Principal Consultant
Building Environmental Science & Technology

Howard provides technical design-support services focused on mainstreaming sustainable construction and remodeling practices. His 30 year career focus is implementing energy efficiency; renewable energy applications; superior indoor environmental quality; and enhanced building standards and codes. Prior to entering private practice, he served with U. S. EPA and professional / research groups. US EPA: helped formulate EnergySTAR® programs, especially the New Homes program. Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC: developed the "Building Codes Assistance Program" (BCAP), improved model energy standards and codes; a founding member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Prior to service at the Alliance, served as NAHB's Energy Program Manager and a Senior Energy Analyst, NAHB Research Center. Member of ASHRAE since 1982, he served on Standard 90.2-1993 committee (1987-1993); ASHRAE President's ad-hoc Task Force on Energy Policy (1990-1991); and several building-science related technical committees. Member of USGBC, serves on LEED® Energy & Atmospheres Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Member RESNET; serves on the Technical Committee. Non-profit board service includes: Affordable Comfort Inc., ASES, EEBA, NFRC, and SBI Council. Education: M.S. (Environmental Science) from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and B.A. (Environmental Studies) from the University of Redlands, CA; plus coursework at M. I. T. (Solar energy systems analysis) and Penn State University.

Knut Hoyer
Head of Product Development - Gas Analysis
Testo AG - Germany
Knut Hoyer is the Head of Product Development for Gas Analysis at Testo, AG - a global leader in handheld instrumentation with headquarters in the Black Forest of Germany. Knut is responsible for the development of all instruments used in and around heating systems and in industrial gas analysis applications. He has been with testo for over 15 years and is a graduate engineer in product engineering. Knut participates in several technical committees involved in instrumentation and energy efficiency standards in Germany and across Europe, including the European Building Performance Directive. His latest development is a new measuring system that evaluates and optimizes the total heating system performance with respect to the heat load of the entire building using real-time measurements.

Ron Hughes
HERS, Inc.

Ron is a certified energy rater who has been involved with home energy rating systems since 1987 and energy audits of HUD Public Housing and multi-family properties under USDA/Rural Development since 1990. Established in 1995, HERS, Inc. has grown from energy efficiency consulting and energy audits to now include handicapped accessibility inspections and capital needs assessments of multifamily properties primarily in Arkansas.

Mark Jansen
Energy Efficient Homes Midwest

Mark Jansen administers the Energy Efficient Homes Midwest program that conducts energy ratings in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Previously Mark administered the Energy Rated Homes Midwest program that conducted over 10,000 energy ratings in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Energy Rated Homes Midwest has received the EPA Energy Star "Ally of the Year Award" for Technical Support in 1998 & 1999. He began the program during his thirteen year tenure with the Indiana Department of Commerce, Energy Policy Division. Prior to working for state government Mark performed over 5000 residential energy audits under contract to a local utility in Indianapolis. He attended Jordan Energy Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mark is the past President of Energy Rated Homes of America and is a member of the Energy Subcommittee of the National Association of Home Builders and RESNET Board of Directors.

Colin Jessop
Project Manager

Colin Jessop is a project manager at HMG. He works primarily in energy efficiency program implementation and training for multifamily housing. His program experience includes multifamily incentive programs for both new and existing construction. Mr. Jessop is part of HMG's implementation team for the California Energy Star New Homes Program and HMG's third party program - Designed for Comfort. His responsibilities included project recruitment, building energy analysis, project qualification review, project viability tracking, program development and program marketing. In addition, Mr. Jessop has conducted training sessions with developers, architects, engineers and energy consultants on multifamily energy efficiency strategies and technologies, including analysis of energy efficiency options in the context of the Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Stephen R. Klossner
Advanced Certified Thermography

Steve Klossner is president of Advanced Certified Thermography and has served as one of the national consultants to the health house project since its 1993 inception. His firm has provided testing services for over 10,000 homes across the country, including studies for universities, utilities, state agencies and health departments. He provides training and seminars on indoor air quality and building diagnostics nationally, sharing his extensive experience in combining building science, performance testing and indoor air quality testing. Steve co-authored the Health House performance standards and is currently coordinating the development of a national training program for site inspectors and standards verification testing, as well as developing broad based testing protocols for the residential market.

Robert Knight, Ph.D.
Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc.

Robert Knight, Ph.D., is president of Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc. (BKi) in Oakland, CA, and program director for the California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA). He designed the California Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program in northern CA. Bob is involved in the HUD PATH 36 program to develop new pathways for contractors to move gradually toward full home performance.

Paul Kriescher
Lightly Treading, Inc.

Paul Kriescher is a Principal of Lightly Treading Energy & Design - a Colorado based company that works to better the energy efficiency, safety, environmental impact and comfort of Colorado homes. As a part of his work, Kriescher and his staff perform energy audits, ratings and design consulting and engineering to identify energy-saving measures in new and existing homes. He has served on the board of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and is currently on the Habitat for Humanity for Metro Denver's Plan Review committee and the Denver Home Builder's Association Energy & Environmental Affairs committee. Paul Kriescher has a Masters of Science in Energy Analysis & Policy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Abe Kruger
Project Manager
Southface Energy Institute

Over the last 3 years, Abe has conducted home performance assessments, Home Energy Ratings, load calculations, and taught numerous courses and seminars around the southeast. He is a certified HERS Trainer and Southface Energy Institute's Quality Assurance Designee. Abe is a member of RESNET's Training and Education Committee. He looks forward to presenting at the RESNET Conference again.

Joe Kuonen
Director of National Standards
Building Performance Institute

Joe Kuonen is Director of National Standards for Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI). He has over twenty years experience in diagnostics, ratings, HVAC, training, and sales and contracting of home performance services. Joe has marketed home performance concepts to the public for over a decade by hosting a weekly live call-in radio show on building science and performance services.

Dave Lall
Vice President and General Manager
Demilec USA LLC

Dave Lall is the Vice President and General Manager of Demilec USA LLC the manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam systems such as Sealection™ 500 and Heatlok™. These spray polyurethane foam systems have become synonymous with energy efficiency in modern construction. Dave Lall has been involved with the polyurethanes industry for the last 20 years. Dave is one of the pioneers in open cell spray foam technology and created the product Sealection 500 as well as developing this market in The United States, Canada, and worldwide. He is widely involved with the ICC and takes a prominent role in the energy efficiency culture of American Society for the last 20 years. Demilec USA LLC is a proud sponsor of RESNET.

David Lee
Residential Brach Director
Environmental Protection Agency

David Lee currently is the Director for the Residential Branch, overseeing the ENERGY STAR New and Existing Homes Program. Prior to the ENERGY STAR Program, David was the branch chief responsible for the regulatory program to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals at EPA. Over his career, he has worked in several policy offices with EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services, developing multi-media risk assessments of pollutants, as well as working on social security, pension and social welfare policy. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.

Emanuel Levy
Executive Director
Manufactured Housing Research Alliance

Emanuel Levy is the executive director of the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA). MHRA was founded in 1995 as the research arm of the American factory built housing industry. The organization has over 500 members involved in all aspects of industrialized homebuilding and producing, on average, 250,000 homes per year. Funding for MHRA research is provided by public agencies, industry organizations and individual companies. Under the MHRA umbrella, Emanuel helped design and administers the national Energy Star program for factory built homes, the highly successful US Environmental Protection Agency program that promotes national energy efficiency. Emanuel is an Architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in New York and a Masters degree in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania. In 2000, he was appointed to the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council, has served on National Academy of Sciences committees and has won several awards for his work in advancing building technology.

C.T. Loyd
Energy Star Division Director
The Nelrod Company

With 21 years in construction and modernization experience, Mr. Loyd consistently produces quality work and exceeds guidelines for code enforcement authorities. As Energy Star Program Director for The Nelrod Company, he has conducted a large number of Qualified Energy Audits in California, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Jersey, and Texas in addition to several other areas in the United States. He has over seen the certification of over 7,700 homes under the EPA Energy Star Homes program in Texas. Furthermore, he has completed three Energy Star Plant Qualifications for the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance, certifying each plant's ability to produce Energy Star Labeled Homes. Mr. Loyd is a co-author of The Meter Is Running! A Resident's Guide to Energy Conservation. Mr. Loyd serves on the Quality Control Standards committee for the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) organization, Manufactured Housing Research Alliance Energy Star Homes Manual editing/revision panel, and lead consultant for The Nelrod Company on the EPA, DOE, and HUD task force on Energy Conservation. He is a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute and the Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has extensive experience in identifying energy conservation measures for new construction, as well as existing facilities. Mr. Loyd has conducted trainings for the Kansas Building Science Institute, an accredited HERS/RESNET Training Center. Mr. Loyd is a certified Home Energy Rater, IECC certified inspector, and a certified expert witness for Carbon Monoxide.

Paul R. MacGregor, Ph.D.
Vice President
Sterling Planet

Dr. Paul R. MacGregor leads the energy conservation and White Tag™ program for Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail provider of renewable energy. He has an extensive energy industry background in energy management systems, generation technologies, energy trading and risk management, mathematical modeling, and information technology. Previously, he founded and served as President & CEO of eTiburon, a firm specializing in online energy optimization systems and remote control and monitoring of Distributed Generation (DG) for commercial facilities. Before founding eTiburon, he was Executive Vice President of Altra Energy Technologies, one of the first and leading providers of on-line (B2B) energy trading exchanges and risk management software. Dr. MacGregor has led numerous leading-edge product developments and managed operations for several Fortune 500 firms, including General Electric (GE) and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He has authored 38 technical papers in four languages in the areas of mathematical modeling and optimization of energy systems including publications for peer review journals of IEEE, ASME and NSF. Dr. MacGregor graduated with the Bachelor, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in electrical engineering as well as a Master of Science in Technology and Science Policy - all from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Eduardo Maldonado
Concerted Action for the Transposition of the EPBD
Prof. Eduardo Maldonado obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1975, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (HVAC and Indoor Air Quality) at Iowa State University in 1982. Currently, he is Full Professor at the University of Porto, where he has been teaching since 1982.  In addition to being an active researcher in the field of thermal sciences and energy efficiency in buildings and HVAC systems in Portugal and in the European Energy R&D programmes, he has also devoted a special attention to the development of policies and regulations for improving energy efficiency in the building sector:

  • Rapporteur of the Portuguese thermal regulations for buildings since 1988.
  • Coordinator of the Portuguese National Plan for Energy Efficiency in Buildings from 2001 to 2004, in charge of preparing updated building energy regulations and launching a mandatory scheme for energy certification for buildings in Portugal. Currently, member of the advisory group for the Building Energy Certification System in Portugal, and in charge of the Training programme for certified building energy auditors.
  • Actively involved, as Portuguese representative, in the technical preparation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in the Energy Group of the EU Council during 2002.
  • Member of the Energy Demand Management Committee of the European Commission, which oversees the EPBD, since 2004.
  • Member of the Energy Advisory Group (AGE) of the European Commission since 2006.

Prof. Maldonado proposed the creation and is the coordinator of the Concerted Action (CA) for the Transposition of the EPBD, 2004-2007. The CA is a forum of the representatives of EU government officials in charge of transposing and implementing the EPBD in their own Member States, namely to find the best technical and non-technical schemes for issuing energy certificates for buildings throughout the EU. The European Commission recently decided to extend the CA work until the end of 2010.

Thomas H. Marston
Vice President
Energy Services Group

Thomas Marston is Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Energy Services Group. He has more then 25 years experience working with residential home owners. Thom started working with Delmarva Power utility customers in 1980 performing energy audits, working with local builders who agreed to build energy efficient homes and promoting heat pumps through a contractor networking association. Thom went to Energy Services Group in 1990 and began marketing the company''s contracting services to new home builders. The company joined the ENERGY STAR Homes program in 1997 and shortly after joined RESNET as a HERS Provider. ESG serves local and national home builders in the 4 state regions that surround Wilmington, Delaware. They also conduct energy audits and correct energy problems in existing homes in this same region.

Randy Martin
R.L. Martin and Associates

Randy Martin has operated his own web development business as R. L. Martin and Associates since August of 1996 specializing in web sites for energy and environmental organizations and companies. He currently maintains over 90 web sites including RESNET's. Prior to going into business for himself he served as Director of Energy Efficiency Services for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. Prior to working for IAMU, he worked for 3 years on residential and transportation efficiency programs for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the Denver Regional Support Office. Before moving to Denver in 1992 he worked for the state energy office in Iowa for nine years.

Bruce Matulich
Executive Director
Electric & Gas Industries Association

Bruce Matulich is the Executive Director of the Electric & Gas Industries Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Bruce has extensive experience in the energy services, and gas and electric utility industries, having spent nearly 30 years developing and managing some of the most extensive energy efficiency programs in the country. Prior to joining EGIA, Bruce was Chief Operating Officer for Energy Innovation Group, served as Executive Vice President at MainStreet Networks, a utility automation and e-services company and led the energy efficiency and demand side management activities at Pacific Gas & Electric, as Director of Energy Efficiency Services.

Vernon McKown
Co-Owner and President of Sales
Ideal Homes of Norman LP

Vernon McKown is Co-owner and President of Sales of Ideal Homes of Norman LP, founded in 1989. He previously served as National Board President for EEBA and on the American Lung Association Steering Committee for the Health House project. Vernon is a frequent presenter at the National Builder's Show and EEBA Conference. He has served on a wide variety of philanthropic and charitable boards. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Vernon and his wife, Ronda, have two children, Macy, 6 years, and Chapman, 2 years. In it's 17th year of business, Ideal Homes built more than 500 new homes per year and $75 million in sales. They are the first Builder in America to get Energy Star for homes under $150,000, and they are also the first Builder in the state of Oklahoma to introduce guaranteed utilities. They have won five National Energy Value Housing Awards and have been recognized for the past two years as one of the 101 Best Residential Construction Companies to work for in the United States. In 2005 and 2006, Ideal Homes was awarded two National Housing Quality Awards, a Silver and a Gold, and in 2007, Ideal Homes is being recognized as America's Best Builder.

Bret Monroe
Monroe Infrared Technology Inc.

Monrow Infrared Technology, Inc. (MITI) has been helping people benefit from using thermal imagers for all applications since 1984. MITI provides Energy Professionals and others, the very popular and versatile Heat Find-IR line of thermal imaging cameras and offers training classes on the use of Thermal IR for all PM applications, including energy and building science investigations. Bret works with Manufacturing and Engineering Personnel on the development of new imaging features for our Heat Find-IR portable cameras and our specialized Process Control, Predictive Maintenance and Energy analysis software, IR/daq. Bret has written and presented papers on the use of thermal imaging at conferences and given presentations for building professionals and companies across the USA. Bret is a member of ASNT, a BPI Certified Building Analyst, is a MITI Level 3 Thermographer and is on the RESNET Task force for developing a National Standard for Energy Audits of Existing Homes.

Courtney Moriarta
Senior Engineer
Steven Winter Design

Courtney Moriarta is a Senior Engineer for Steven Winter Associates, a building performance consulting firm headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut. Ms. Moriarta has over a decade of experience working in the residential energy and building performance industry. Her experience ranges from field testing and installations to her recent tenure as Executive Director of the Building Performance Institute. Ms. Moriarta has inspected thousands of homes, trained building and energy professionals nationwide, and authored technical standards covering a broad range of building performance issues. She is a strong proponent of a holistic approach to building improvements and supporting the contracting trades and technicians responsible for carrying out this work.

Neil Moyer
Principal Research Engineer
Florida Solar Energy Center

Neil is nationally recognized for his expertise in the field of building science and duct system diagnostics. He has inspected miles of duct work, repaired hundreds of square feet of unintentional openings, and tested close to a couple thousand homes and hundreds of commercial buildings. Also, he has worked with numerous homeowners and builders, both residential and commercial, in finding solutions to indoor air quality and moisture problems. In addition, he has co-authored numerous scientific papers and articles relating to both commercial and residential building diagnostics and repair, with an emphasis on uncontrolled airflow and it's effect on building performance. He has been a trainer for many utilities, and at the conferences organized by the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA) and Affordable Comfort.

Gary Nelson
The Energy Conservatory

Gary Nelson is president of The Energy Conservatory, which he co-founded in 1983, and which is known worldwide as a leader in the design, manufacture, and sales of building performance testing equipment, including the Minneapolis Blower Door and Duct Blaster®. Many of the standard procedures used by building performance technicians to diagnose and measure house and duct leakage were developed by Gary and first published in the operating manuals for Energy Conservatory products. Gary is frequently involved in designing measurement techniques for special situations and has made measurements and diagnosed problems in hundreds of buildings. He is on the board of directors of Affordable Comfort Inc. and is on RESNET's Technical Committee.

Ken Nittler, P.E.
Enercomp, Inc.

Ken Nittler of Enercomp, Inc. is an expert on building energy codes and simulation software. He has been working with building energy codes for over 25 years and is the author of Micropas, the leading residential software for energy code compliance and tax credits in California. In recent years, Ken has been a subcontractor to the California Energy Commission on the 2001, 2005 and 2008 energy standards. Ken is a licensed mechanical engineer in California and has served multiple terms on the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Board of Directors.

Lee O'Neal
NSpects Ltd.

Lee O'Neal is president of NSpects Ltd, a Home Energy Rating & Building performance firm based in Chantilly, Va. (metro Washington, DC). Lee has 24 years experience in residential and light commercial construction and 13 years as a home inspector. In addition to serving as the President of Nspects and overseeing the company's Energy Star certification, building performance analysis and accredited rating provider operations, he also serves on the RESNET Board of Directors, is a consultant to the Arlington County, Va. green home program (Green Choice) and participates in the Build America program for the U.S. Department of Energy. He has appeared in articles in Home Energy magazine, The Washington Post, NBC News 4 (Washington, DC) and interviewed by the New York Times. Lee is on the RESNET Board of Directors as well as having served on the RESNET Quality Assurance and Ethics Committee, RESNET Sampling Standards Drafting Committee, and other sub-committee.

Kelly Parker
Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems, Inc.

Kelly Parker, P.E. is the owner and president of Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems - West, Inc., a national energy, engineering, consulting and inspection firm which has received the EPA Partner of the Year Award for 2001 and 2003 and an EEBA Technical Achievement Award for 2003. Guaranteed Watt Saver has an employee base of over 45 employees devoted to assisting builders and homeowners apply a comprehensive application of building science principles. Kelly has over 15 years experience as a Professional Engineer in multiple states. Clients include municipalities, insurance carriers, builders, architects and numerous private firms and individuals. He has specialized in inspecting and reporting the physical condition and cost of repairing residential and commercial buildings for buyers, sellers, lenders and insurers. For the last thirteen years, he has specialized in energy efficiency of residential structures addressing HVAC design, performance and air infiltration testing and control. Kelly is the current president of the RESNET Board of Directors.

William Parlapiano III
Chief Executive Officer
Building Performance Institute

Prior to joining BPI, Mr. Parlapiano worked on a variety of programs supporting ENERGY STAR® across New York State. Throughout his professional career spanning nearly two decades he has worked in various positions as a mechanical contractor as well as having spent time as an indoor air quality consultant and a marketing consultant. Early in his career, Mr. Parlapiano served in the United States Army, where he worked on a Joint Chiefs of Staff, directed experimental aircraft project. Mr. Parlapiano is a Professional Associate Member, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) where he also serves on the ACCA Quality Installation Committee; Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); Member, International Codes Council (ICC); Member; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); Member; American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM); Deputy Director, Region 2, Secretary, Empire Keystone Association and Hudson Mohawk Chapter President of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES). Mr. Parlapiano also serves on the Board of Directors for ACI, formerly Affordable Comfort. Mr. Parlapiano is a member of the Board of Trustees for North American Technician Excellence (NATE) as well as a member of their Technical Committee.

G. William Pennington
Manager of Building Standards Development
California Energy Commission
Bill has worked in program supervision and management roles at the Commission, most of which related directly to development and implementation of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6), since 1979. For five of those years, he was advisor to the "Scientist" Commissioner, and provided advise to all five Commissioners on energy efficiency issues. He was the manager of the Commission's 2001 (AB 970) Building Standards project and currently manages the 2005 Building Standards project. He also is the manager of the Commission's Home Energy Rating System Program, which has adopted regulations for HERS providers and raters to provide third party field verification and diagnostic testing services required for compliance credit for certain measures in California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards. He has developed the Commission's positions to the National Association of State Energy Offices and U.S. Department of Energy on HERS rating and accreditation procedures, and has participated in the development of the California Energy Star Homes program, which is based on California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards and HERS Program regulations. Mr. Pennington has a B.S. in Business Administration/Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, completed teaching credential coursework at Washington State University, and MBA coursework at California State University, Sacramento.

Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA
Founding Principal
Barley + Pfeiffer Architects

Architect Peter Pfeiffer has spent the past 29 years developing pragmatic high performance building strategies. 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". He is a founding principal of Barley + Pfeiffer Architects, a firm recognized for its pioneering use of environmentally responsive building design and construction techniques. This includes healthful low toxicity environments in medical facilities and private homes, energy-conserving design and construction, and rainwater harvesting for residential and commercial use. Barley + Pfeiffer Architects has 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, Fine Homebuilding, and Better Homes & Gardens magazine. On multiple occasions he has been a guest on National Public Radio 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 awarded Mr. Pfeiffer the Conference Chair's Award in 1994 for his career accomplishments pioneering environmentally sensitive architecture. The National Association of Home Builders honored him as the "National Green Advocate of the Year" in 2003 for his life-long achievements in "mainstreaming" green building. This year Residential Architect cited him as one of the 10 most influential residential architects of past decade.

Patricia Plympton
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

For the last ten years, Patricia Plympton has been with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington DC serving in a variety of roles. Currently, she provides technical assistance to the Federal government's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. She has also managed renewable energy project development for the Federal Energy Management Program and worked with Rebuild America's EnergySmart Schools program. Prior to her experience in the energy field, Ms. Plympton worked as a propulsion design engineer at GE Aerospace. She holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Applied Science, both from Lehigh University.

Jennifer Porter
Policy Analyst
San Diego Regional Energy Office

Jennifer Porter works as a policy analyst at SDREO. She provides legislative and regulatory research, and works with the Executive Director and Director of Operations to plan, analyze, develop and coordinate SDREO policy activities. She provides assistance in energy policy education from SDREO and through the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Energy Working Group. Prior to SDREO, Jennifer worked as a business advocate at all levels of government and regulatory agencies for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her foci were energy, transportation and small business policy. Jennifer has presented on energy policy and educational topics at locations throughout San Diego.

Duncan Prahl
Innovation Programs Leader

Duncan Prahl is a registered architect and the Innovation Programs Leader at IBACOS Inc, a housing research and innovation company in Pittsburgh, PA. His primary responsibility is working with community developers to establish a process by which higher performance housing can be implemented throughout a master planned community. This involves analysis of the goals of the developer, local builder construction methods, development of performance standards, creating processes to implement standards, and supporting builders in the community through training. Additionally, Duncan manages extensive testing and monitoring of home energy performance, and performance of distributed energy systems. He is the program manager of a research program involving onsite power generation systems, including fuel cells and evaluating community scale power generation strategies. This work includes analyzing community scale energy performance, strategies for utilization of distributed energy resources, load aggregation, and characteristics of houses on a community scale. Duncan is also researching the application of Building America principles through state-based efforts in conjunction with Home Energy Rating providers and green building programs. Duncan has served on the Home Energy Ratings System Council's Technical Committee, developing uniform national guidelines for Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS), and on the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium's Infrastructure Committee. Duncan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design.

Sam Rashkin
ENERGY STAR Homes National Director
Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Rashkin has managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its launch in October 1995. Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes has grown exponentially to more than 2,500 builder partners and over 330,000 labeled homes. Currently, he is preparing to introduce a new EPA Indoor Air Quality label for the housing industry. Mr. Rashkin 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 also been responsible for developing and implementing market development programs at the California Energy Commission. Sam has prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; contributed to numerous books; and has appeared on television and radio covering a wide variety of energy topics.

Erik Rasmussen
Technical Education Specialist
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association

Erik Rasmussen, a Technical Education Specialist for COSA (Carbon Monoxide Safety Association), has conducted com¬bustion and carbon monoxide training across North America. Erik has been an independent service contractor and manager for twelve years.

Ed Reeves, BA.Sc
Engineering Manager
Icynene Inc.

Ed Reeves, BA.Sc., is the Engineering Manager at Icynene Inc. He is a licensed Professional Engineer since 1974. He has over 25 years experience in the insulation industry and is focused on the application of materials and the design of buildings to maximize energy performance. This experience relates to a variety of materials in both residential and commercial and Industrial construction.

Armin Rudd
Principal Engineer
Building Science Corporation

Armin Rudd has been a Principal Engineer with Building Science Corporation of Westford, Massachusetts since 1999. He has worked in the field of buildings research and consulting for over 20 years, including 12 years at the Florida Solar Energy Center where he received a Distinguished Researcher Award from the University of Central Florida. While Armin has a wide range of experience in residential and commercial buildings, he has been especially focused on space conditioning systems, ventilation, and product development. He holds 10 U.S. patents. In addition to publishing a recent Ventilation Guide, Armin has authored many technical documents, and is a familiar conference speaker.

David Roberts
Product Manager
Architectural Energy Corporation

David Roberts has been working in the area of energy efficiency in buildings since 1989. He holds degrees in environmental resources engineering and building systems engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. He currently works for Architectural Energy Corporation, a firm specializing in energy information products and services. Mr. Roberts is the product manager for the REM/Rate home energy rating software and REM/Design home energy analysis software.

Steve Saunders
Chief Executive Officer
TexEnergy Solutions, Inc. & Tempo Mechanical Services, Inc.

Steve Saunders is the CEO of TexEnergy Solutions, Inc. and Tempo Mechanical Services, Inc. For 5 years, TexEnergy has been a provider of ENERGY STAR and Energy Code Services to production builders in Texas. TexEnergy Audit is a branch of the company that provides whole house energy evaluation services to existing homeowners in the DFW area. Tempo is an HVAC Contractor providing installation and warranty for production homebuilders and HVAC maintenance, repair and replacement for existing homeowners in the DFW area. The companies are widely owned by the people who work in the business and they operate with a philosophy of "Servant Leadership" - the best leaders lead by serving others.

Robby Schwarz
EnergyLogic, Inc.

Robby Schwarz is a principle with EnergyLogic, Inc. a Colorado based energy services organization primarily serving the residential construction industry. In 1995 after working with a local production home builder trying to determine what of the then new green building materials could be brought into the production building environment Robby was stung by the building science bug. He started a company BuiltWright, Inc. which merged with EnergySmiths at the beginning of 2006 to be come the largest energy rating and building consulting firm of its kind in Colorado. Today EnergyLogic works with builders of all sizes and will soon be offering a more holistic approach to existing home performance.

Brian P. Smith
Project Manager
ICF International

Mr. Smith has more than fourteen years of experience in managing national and regional environmental programs. He has successfully implemented and directed programs across diverse issues including energy efficiency, clean technology transfer, waste prevention, waste management, water conservation, watershed protection, wildlife conservation, and sustainable forestry. During the past five years, Mr. Smith has been managing the regional utility sponsored ENERGY STAR Homes Programs in Texas and Utah. Under Mr. Smith's leadership, the programs have delivered more than 115,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes, achieved annual peak demand savings exceeding 221,000 kW and 284 million kWh, and prevented more than 224 million lbs of greenhouse gases from be released into air. Most recently, Mr. Smith began managing the California and Massachusetts ENERGY STAR Homes Program.

Bill Spohn
HVAC/R Product Manager
Testo, Inc.

Bill Spohn is the HVAC/R Product Manager for Testo, Inc. - a global leader in hand held instrumentation. As such he is responsible for HVAC/R product marketing and technical support for North America. Bill is a graduate engineer with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. Bill has been involved in product development for a number of manufacturers including Fisher Scientific, Bacharach, Inc., and Superior Valve Co. He holds three US patents in instrumentation design. Bill is a member of ASME, RSES and ASHRAE. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Gas Detection and Analysis Committee of GAMA and the President of the OilHeat Manufactures Association (OMA). Bill resides in the Pittsburgh, PA area with his wife six children.

Anthony Stamatopoulos
Building Performance Specialist

Anthony Stamatopoulos is a Buildings Performance Specialist for IBACOS, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA. Anthony's work includes design, engineering, and management of pilot homes and community scale projects. He focuses on HVAC design, whole house modeling, testing and monitoring, load calculations, duct design strategies, and conducts performance testing on pilot homes.

W. Orlo Stitt
Stitt Energy Systems, Inc.

Orlo Stitt is the founder and president of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., which has been designing and building energy efficient custom homes since 1978. Stitt Energy is committed to building environmentally sustainable, 100% Energy Star homes and has won 17 EnergyValue Housing Awards including EnergyValue Builder of the year and the Peoples' Choice Award. Orlo built his first passive solar home in 1971 in Village Soleil, Canada, a subdivision he developed. He now lives with his wife Mary in a near-zero energy home in South Sun Estates, an energy planned and sustainable subdivision he has developed on Beaver Lake near Rogers, AR. He is the past President of Northwest Arkansas Home Builders' Association and has taught seminars on energy efficiency and published and presented technical papers locally and nationally.

Dennis Stroer

Dennis Stroer has been an air conditioning contractor since 1975. He owned and managed his own company since 1976. He is NBI certified for Test & Balance, certified by the State of Florida as a Class 1 Residential Rater, new Commercial Rater, and new Public Building Rater. Mr. Stroer sits on the advisory board for the Florida House Learning Center. Past President of the National Energy Raters Association and current President Elect of South Venice Rotary. He is certified by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America to teach Manual J-8, their latest HVAC load calculation program. In 1991 he opened a company called Calcs-Plus. Realizing that there was an increasing need for some one to provide a service that would perform HVAC load calculations and Energy calculations for the HVAC and construction industry for the permitting process. In 1998 he sold his HVAC company and concentrated on building Calcs-Plus. Today Calcs Plus provides a number of related services. They include HVAC load calculations & Energy calculations (residential and light commercial), HVAC system design (residential and light commercial), airside diagnostics, building diagnostics related to infiltration and moisture control, and Class 1 Energy Ratings for the Energy Star Program and the Florida Green Building certification. Calcs-Plus also provides training in various calculation and design procedures related to the HVAC industry.

Todd Taylor
Senior Research Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Todd Taylor is a senior research engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has 20 years' experience developing and analyzing residential energy codes, including HUD's Manaufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards, ASHRAE's Standard 90.2, DOE's various federal and voluntary energy standards, and the Model Energy Code/International Energy Conservation Code. He was a primary developer of DOE's MECcheck/REScheck code compliance software and has managed or contributed to the development of numerous DOE software tools for building energy analysis and/or energy code development. Mr. Taylor also specializes in large-scale simulation analysis, planning and analysis of building energy metering studies, and the computational aspects of analyzing large energy datasets.

Dale Trenschel
Energy Specialist
California Energy Commission

Dale Trenschel has worked at the Commission on various petroleum, renewable and energy efficiency programs since 1978. He has a BA degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and served as project manager of a 2005 report to the Legislature entitled Options for Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings. He is currently the project manager of the second phase of California's Home Energy Rating System program.

Chandler von Schrader
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
Environmental Protection Agency

Chandler von Schrader has been involved in energy efficiency since 1981. Chandler has brought his experience to ENERGY STAR HVAC, Home Performance, and Remodeling energy efficiency endeavors to the ENERGY STAR Existing Homes Program.

Paul Waide
Senior Policy Analyst
Energy Efficiency and Environmental Division
International Energy Agency
Paul is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division of the International Energy Agency, where he is responsible for energy efficiency policy analysis. He has a central role in the agency's work on energy efficiency including fulfilment of the IEA's mandate to assist the G8 countries in developing their plan of action on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development. He provides demand analysis for the IEA's influential long-range global energy scenarios including the World Energy Outlook and the Energy Technologies Perspectives publications and is the principal author of some of the agency's main publications addressing energy efficiency policy, including the recent global lighting efficiency assessment, Light's Labour's Lost: Policies for Energy Efficient Lighting and analysis of the residential electricity sector, Cool Appliances: Policy Strategies for Energy-Efficient Homes. With respect to buildings he is currently coordinating an international assessment of potentials and policies to promote energy efficiency in existing buildings and has organised a series of high-level international policy dialogues in this domain. He is on the board of two international energy efficiency NGOs and of a new international journal, Energy Efficiency. Prior to joining the IEA he worked as an energy efficiency consultant for 14 years wherein he was involved in the promulgation of leading equipment and building energy efficiency programmes in Europe, China, Africa and elsewhere. He has a Ph.D in Applied Energy from Cranfield University and a M.Sc. from the University of Surrey in the UK.

Iain Walker
Staff Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Iain Walker is a staff scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has been involved in building science research for almost 20 years, focusing on ventilation, indoor air quality and energy use in residential buildings. In addition to his research efforts he has contributed to development of buildings related codes and standards for ASHRAE, ASTM, and the State of California. He is also the Executive Editor of Home Energy magazine.

Daran Wastchak
D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C.

Daran Wastchak is the President of D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C., a firm based in Tempe, Arizona which specializing 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, first with the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, then with D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C since its founding in 1999. In addition to articles which have appeared in Home Energy magazine and the Arizona Journal of Real Estate and Business, Daran is a guest lecturer at Arizona State University; Scottsdale, Yavapai and Gateway Community Colleges; and the Arizona School of Real Estate. Daran has also given presentations at the annual conferences for the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA), Affordable Comfort, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and Scottsdale Green Buildings Conference. Daran serves on the RESNET Board of Directors.

Eric Werling
Architectural Engineer
EPA Indoor Environments Division

Eric Werling is an Architectural Engineer with the U.S. EPA's Indoor Environments Division. He co-manages the EPA's pilot New Home IAQ labeling program - the ENERGY STAR Indoor Air Package. He is also developing EPA guidance for moisture control in commercial and public buildings, and is the EPA Project Officer for the EPA funded ASHRAE project to develop an Advanced IAQ Design Guide. He joined the EPA in 2004 after more than 10 years as a consultant for ICF Consulting, where he supported ENERGY STAR programs for the EPA, NY State, and several TX utility clients. He co-authored over 10 professional papers related to building energy efficiency and IAQ, and has served on the Boards of Affordable Comfort, Inc. and RESNET. He holds graduate degrees in Architectural Engineering (MS) & Business Administration (MBA) from Penn State University, and a BS from the US Naval Academy.

Keith Williams
Building Services & Consulting LLC

Keith Williams is the owner of Building Services & Consultant LLC, providing home performance evaluations and assessments for existing homes for the past five years. He has twenty years of experience as an insulation contractor. Keith is a Wisconsin home performance specialist, certified home energy rater, and outreach specialist, providing home performance evaluation trainings.

Larry Zarker
Director of National Development
Building Performance Institute

Larry Zarker brings 25 years of experience in the development and management of programs of certification, accreditation, and quality assurance relating to housing products and building systems. He helped develop an industry-sponsored quality assurance program for product installers as well as numerous programs for the certification of building products. He currently manages the national expansion of the Building Performance Institute's national roll-out of its programs of professional certification and contractor accreditation, along with affiliated quality assurance program.

Joseph Ziegler, CPU, ARM
Vice President - Program Executive
Lockton Affinity, Inc.

Joe Ziegler has been with Lockton Companies for over eight years and has recently become the Program Executive for Lockton Affinity, Inc.'s Professional Liability business. While at Lockton, he has been heavily involved with various types of professional liability insurance and is currently in charge of a number of professional liability programs for clients that include allied health risks, attorneys, property realtors and home energy raters. Lockton Companies is the largest privately held insurance brokerage firm in the United States and provides services and programs to clients all over the country.