BE 14: Speaker Bios

BE 14 Workshop and Session Speaker Bios

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John Abrams

John Abrams

John Abrams is co-founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, a 37-year-old employee owned design/build and renewable energy company in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. John’s book “Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place” was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2008.

Speaking In…

Thriving in a Generative Enterprise
BE Bottom Lines
(Workshop)

Steve Adamczyk

Steve Adamczyk

Speaking In…

Affordable, Net Zero Modular – Chasing The Golden Trifecta, Scraping Knees Along the Way

Robb Aldrich

Robb Aldrich

Robb Aldrich received his Masters from the Building Systems engineering program at the University of Colorado. Since 2000 he has been with Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA), a building systems research and consulting firm in Connecticut, Manhattan, and Washington, D.C. At SWA, Robb has researched many residential building systems, and he helps clients design and build homes nearing “zero energy” – effectively integrating energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Co-chair of Track 5 – High Performance Mechanicals

Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer

Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer

Carlos brings over twenty years of experience working in the lighting industry as an engineer, salesman and manager. After working for Ruud Lighting (now Cree) as international sales manager, he took over the responsibilities of the international sales division of the former Lightolier/Genlyte group. After Philips’ acquisition of Genlyte in 2007, he completed the integration of Genlyte’s international sales force into Philips North America in the US, Mexico, Dubai and Puerto Rico. In 2009, after leaving Philips and following his interest in sustainability, advanced building controls and new lighting technologies, he obtained the LEED AP and CEM certifications and started Alonso-Niemeyer Consulting Engineering Services to focus on the emerging energy efficiency industry. Formerly a Program Manager with NSTAR for the Energy Efficiency Services, developing and implementing an outreach program directed to architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, lighting designers and large chiller manufacturers, Carlos now works at Reflex Lighting Group. Carlos area of responsibility was large new construction and served as chairman of the Massachusetts Lighting Committee in behalf of the Utilities in the State.

Speaking In…

Shining a Light on LEDs

Amelia Amon

Amelia Amon

Solar & wind products by designer Amelia Amon have been producing power since the 1990s. Her clients include Aris Energy, Ben & Jerry’s, Solar One, Sunworks, NYS Energy Research & Development (NYSERDA), the IBEW, the Smithsonian National Museum of Design, the Institute for Policy Studies, NYU, and numerous science & environmental centers

Amelia has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of NESEA, was co-founder of O2/NY international network for ecologically-concerned designers, board of the NY Solar Industries Assoc. and Chair of the NY Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Speaking In…

Emerging/Game Changing Technologies (moderator)

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson

Speaking In…

Using Structural Insulated Panels in High Performance Buildings (Workshop)

Alden Andrade

Alden Andrade

Alden earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. His professional background includes study of the construction process and building codes. Alden also has sales engineering experience which has allowed him to act as a knowledgeable interface between company & client as well as a proficient team member. Coupled with an enthusiastic desire to learn, Alden has propelled to early success at Stephen Turner Inc

Speaking In…

Megawatts To Go Before We Sleep (session chair)

Steve Antonini

Steve Antonini

Steve Antonini is Technical Manager for Weatherization and Heating at SMOC, a private-nonprofit company that provides services to low-income households in Mass. His credentials include BPI Building Analyst, Green Jobs Academy Trainer, former HERS Rater, Commercial Energy Program Manager, and Certified Energy/Water Auditor in three states. He also evaluated dairy farms, commercial and industrial buildings, multifamilies, and the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

Speaking In…

House & House+ as a System

Jennifer Atlee

Jennifer Atlee

Before joining the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, Ms. Atlee was the Research Director at Building Green where she helped guide the company’s in-depth independent research, wrote articles for Environmental Building News and other trade magazines, established performance specifications for GreenSpec, and was a frequent speaker on green materials. Ms. Atlee also served on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Technical Committee. Ms. Atlee received a BS in Environmental Science from Brown University, and a dual MS in Technology Policy and Materials Science & Engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to her employment at Building Green, Ms. Atlee held positions at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, the MIT’s Material Systems Laboratory, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Speaking In…

Product Transparency – The Brave New World


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Lynne Badgett

Lynne Badgett

Lynne has 2 engineering degrees and over 25 years of industry experience. From a Petroleum Engineer trying to maximize oil production, she has come full circle to managing Wright Builder’s design process for green residential buildings which minimize the use of fossil fuels. Lynne has been actively involved in the Energy Star and LEED certified development at Village Hill, managing design development, city site planning permits/approvals, MassDev submittal/approval process, customer sales, and evaluating building energy usage after occupancy.

Speaking In…

Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

George Baker

George Baker

George developed the 4.5 MW Fox Islands Wind Power Project, the largest community-owned wind project on the East Coast. He holds a part-time appointment on the Harvard Business School faculty, where he was, until recently, the Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration. Before joining VCharge, George served as Vice President for Community Wind at the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine and spent three years spearheading community wind power projects. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard in 1986, but we don’t hold that against him since he’s as good with a soldering iron as he is with Excel.

Speaking In…

Renewable Energy Storage

Barbra Batshalom

Barbra Batshalom

Barbra Batshalom (SPI), is an educator and change agent that works with a wide range of governmental, institutional and private sector organizations to help them institutionalize sustainability and achieve measurable improvements in performance and profitability. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work.

Speaking In…

Green Firm Boot Camp (Workshop)

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Jerry Bauers

Mr. Bauers has over 30 years experience in mechanical, electrical and plumbing evaluation and analysis, design and system commissioning. Jerry has been responsible for the development and execution of commissioning and building optimization projects for laboratories, medical facilities and mission critical spaces.
Jerry’s experience includes design, commissioning, and trouble shooting of educational, hospital and medical support buildings, central plants and regulated facilities.

Speaking In…

Retro-Commissioning – Why, What, and its Value

Tracey Beckstrom

Tracey Beckstrom

Tracey Beckstrom is a Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at New Buildings Institute, responsible for developing and maintaining new and current sponsor relations facilitating the integration of NBI-developed tools, guidance and information into utility/public benefit programs. Tracey started her career in energy efficiency at New England Electric Systems in 1989 as a new construction program manager. Tracey joined the implementation and development group at New England Electric Systems in 1994 where she developed new programs for the new construction market. In 1985 she put her career on hold at New England Electric Systems to raise her family and rejoined the work force in 2008 at NSTAR Gas and Electric Company as a new construction program manager and became the lead of the group in 2010. Tracey has a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts.

Speaking In…

The New Energy Codes and Beyond: How this will affect our Design Practice? (session chair)

Chris Benedict

Chris Benedict

Chris Benedict is a licensed Architect in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington D.C. She is a graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City. Before starting her own architectural firm in 1995, she managed retail, commercial and residential projects for four architectural firms in New York City. Chris is a sought after public speaker and has presented her projects nationally. She teaches about energy efficiency and sustainable practices to Architects, Engineers, students and Contractors.

Speaking In…

From Building Systems to Cities: Setting the Stage

Marcus Bianchi

Marcus Bianchi

Marcus Bianchi is building science program lead with Owens Corning, where he performs building science research. Prior to it, he was a senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he conducted research on deep energy retrofits of existing houses. Marcus has worked on energy efficiency for over 20 years. His research experience includes topics related to thermal sciences, such as building envelope thermal management, fault detection and diagnostics of HVAC equipment, materials processing, and bioengineering. Marcus received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (heat transfer) from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Speaking In…

The Science Behind Insulation: Ignore At Your Peril

Michael Blasnik

Michael Blasnik

Michael Blasnik is an independent consultant who has been working for 30 years to improve residential energy efficiency. His work has focused on understanding the actual performance of buildings using measured data, including performing many large scale billing analyses of retrofit performance. Mr. Blasnik invented zonal pressure diagnostics, developed the SIMPLE building energy model, and is a member of the RESNET technical committee, ASHRAE, and the editorial advisory board of Home Energy Magazine. His current projects include leading the energy impact evaluation of the national Weatherization Assistance Program and working with Nest Labs on their smart thermostat.

Speaking In…

Fun with Home Performance Data

Steve Bluestone

Steve Bluestone

Steven Bluestone is a partner in The Bluestone Organization, a real estate development, general contracting, and property management firm founded by his grandfather in 1927. He studied architecture and passive and active solar energy systems, earning a B.S. in environmental science from Marlboro College. Since entering the construction and development business, he has focused much of his time on researching and implementing green building design.

Speaking In…

Rebuild or Retreat: Coastal Resilience

Jon Braman

Jon Braman

Jon Braman provides building portfolios with strategic energy consulting to save energy and reduce costs. He works with Bright Power’s EnergyScoreCards™ software and team of experienced energy engineers to help property owners, managers and programs identify opportunities and take action. Jon has experience in energy auditing, large-scale benchmarking studies, green building consulting and energy monitoring and management. Jon’s extensive research on green buildings appears in Greening our Built World: Costs, Benefits and Strategies (co-authored with Greg Kats, Island Press, 2009).

Speaking In…

Multifamilies for (those of us that no longer want to be) Dummies

Chris Briley

Chris Briley

Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at Briburn, where he and his partner practice “architecture for life” specializing in energy-efficient, environmentally friendly design. He is also an Advisor and blogger at greenbuildingadvisor.com and co-host of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. Chris is an enthusiastic participant and part-time moderator for the Building Science Discussion Group in Portland, Maine, a founding member of the USGBC Maine Chapter, and a founding member of PassivhausMaine.

Co-chair of Track 1 – Homes

Howard J. Brown

Howard J. Brown

Howard J. Brown is a leading thinker, educator, and visionary at the nexus of business, environment, design, and social responsibility. Co-author of Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Leader Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation & Competition, Howard is an expert in guiding organizations to align business and environmental practices and deliver more value while using resources most strategically. Throughout his career as an educator at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, a colleague of renowned systems thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, and a successful entrepreneur, Howard has applied his bold ideas and solutions related to environmental, economic, and social sustainability to advance a better, more prosperous world.

Speaking In…

Dematerializing Buildings – Building Better with Less

Larissa Brown

Larissa Brown

Larissa Brown, PhD, AICP is Director of Community Planning and a Senior Associate at Goody Clancy. The firm received the American Planning Association’s 2013 National Excellence Award for a Planning Firm. Ms. Brown has led comprehensive planning, visioning, revitalization, open space, and housing projects incorporating sustainability and resilience for public, private, and nonprofit clients nationwide, including work in New Orleans, Boston, Miami, and Baltimore. She is a graduate of Princeton University and holds graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, the Conway School of Landscape Design, and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy of Tufts University.

Speaking In…

Rebuild or Retreat: Coastal Resilience

Nora Brownell

Nora Mead Brownell

Nora Mead Brownell is co-founder and Principal of ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC and serves on the boards of National Grid, PLC, ONCOR, Comverge, Spectra Energy Partners, Times Publishing Company, and Tangent. In May 2001, Ms. Brownell was confirmed as commissioner of the FERC where she served until June 2006. As a commissioner, she was an advocate for development of regional transmission organizations, national energy infrastructure development and wholesale power markets. Prior being a commissioner, she served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from 1997-2001. Ms. Brownell is the former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Speaking In…

Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030

Brian Butler

Brian Butler

Brian is a general contractor who founded Boston Green Building in 2007. His passion is for high performance, high comfort, healthy buildings that sacrifice nothing, yet demand little to no energy over their lifespan.

Speaking In…

Deep Energy Retrofits: Full Value Proposition


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Melissa Caldwell

Melissa Caldwell

With 25 years experience in marketing and sales in cutting edge technologies, including Internet DNS and telecom, Melissa now manages the Wright Builders’ customer interface and project advancement scheduling, working closely with the estimators and sales team to ensure timely production of project budgetary and scope information. Melissa also manages the development and execution of presentation, advertising, website content and materials and project proposals.

Speaking In…

Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

Myrrh Caplan

Myrrh Caplan

Myrrh Caplan is the National Sustainability Director for Skanska USA Commercial Development. She has worked in the industry for 15 years and for several years prior to her current role, her primary scope of work had been to provide LEED consulting and administration for both internal and external clients. She has to-date advised on over 75 LEED projects worldwide.

For the last five years, Myrrh has also been the Chair of Skanska’s National Green Council, comprised of representation from each of the 39 offices around the US. The Council drives sustainability initiatives, LEED education and green communications within Skanska and assists local offices as needed with project pursuits and knowledge
sharing.

Ms. Caplan has also authored several articles related to green building, is involved with both local and national levels of the U.S. Green Building Council, and has spoken at many conferences on corporate sustainability and LEED. She has her MBA from William & Mary and resides in the Washington DC area.

Speaking In…

The Clock is Ticking – Reducing Embodied Carbon

Matthew Capone

Matthew Capone

Matthew Capone is the US Sales Manager for Schöck USA. Schöck’s focus is on the development of ready components that are part of the statics and building physics have a high value, such as the avoidance of thermal bridges or impact noise in the building. Matt is an architectural designer with a wealth of experience in design-build projects and implementing energy efficient strategies. His project experience extends from initial design development to construction practice. With a drive to create a lasting positive impact on our communities and environment, Matt applies techniques and industry insight to bring realization to the table. He is both proficient in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and knowledgeable in energy efficient strategies such as Passive House. Matt holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University.

Speaking In…

Energy Efficiency – Made in Germany (workshop)

Jean Carroon

Jean Carroon

Jean Carroon, a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, is a tireless advocate for stewardship of buildings as the foundation of sustainability, both environmental and social. Jean is the 2012 recipient of The Harley J. McKee Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). The award recognizes her significant body of work as a preservation architect, and service as a pioneer in applying sustainable-design technologies to historic buildings.

Jean is a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston based design and planning firm, where her innovative design solutions in a broad range of sectors – including educational, civic and cultural – for clients such as the University of Virginia and the General Services Administration, have transformed existing buildings into vibrant modern places for work and gathering while celebrating heritage and implementing environmental sustainability strategies. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2002, her portfolio of historic renovations includes projects with LEED Platinum and Gold certifications as well as four National Preservation Honor Awards. Appointed by the Commissioner of the United States Public Building Service, Jean serves as a National Peer Reviewer for Design Excellence in Architecture and is the author of Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010. She is the 2012 Chair of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and holds BA and MArch degrees from the University of Oregon. Jean is an articulate spokesperson for the intersection of sustainability and preservation, advocating for building stewardship with diverse groups such as the American Planning Association, New Partners for Smart Growth, the New York Municipal Arts Society and Pace University Land Use Law Center. She has lectured and taught on the subject at Columbia, Cornell, the Getty Conservation Institute, Harvard, Pratt, Roger Williams, the Universities of Oregon and Massachusetts, UPenn, and the National Preservation Institute. She is a founding member of the Technical Committee for Sustainability in APT and helped draft the Pocantico Proclamation on Sustainability and Historic Preservation.

Jean’s projects and established expertise have increased the visibility of preservation issues and sustainable design opportunities in a variety of media. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, Architectural Record, Preservation, and Environmental Building News, appeared on local television, been featured in three documentary films and been interviewed on National Public Radio about her projects and the intersection of sustainable design and historic preservation – most recently regarding her groundbreaking work at Trinity Church in the City of Boston, which is being profiled as one of “10 Buildings that Changed America.” Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal Business Section, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, House and Garden, Traditional Building, Architectural Record and Engineering News-Record among others.

Recently awarded the Clem Labine Award “for a life of purpose dedicated to creating places that foster community, civility and traditional design”, Jean Carroon is a preservation architect, author, educator and environmental activist.

Co-chair of Track 10 – Materials: Design for a Healthy World

Bram Claeys

Bram Claeys

Bram Claeys is responsible for policy development, focusing on renewable heating and cooling. He serves on the management team coordinating the Clean Energy Results Program.
Bram Claeys has 14 years of experience in energy and climate policy, previously working in Belgium, and the European Union. He holds a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ghent, Belgium as well as degrees in Development Cooperation and Environmental Science & Technology.

Speaking In…

Renewable Thermal: Pursuing the Policy Pipeline

Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen

As an active design/builder and green building expert, Adam Cohen is a principal partner in Structures Design/Build, LLC (www.structuresdb.com) and Passiv Structures, LLC. In the United States, Mr. Cohen is a leader in commercial Passivhaus design and construction. Mr. Cohen is recognized as a national leader in the Passivhaus movement and has presented technical papers at both national and international Passivhaus conferences.

Speaking In…

Success in High Performance Delivery (Workshop)
Global Thinkers Answer the Big Questions (Closing Session)

Bruce Coldham

Bruce Coldham

Graduated in Architecture from University of Melbourne. Emigrated to the U.S.A in 1982. 1989 founded an architectural practice in Amherst, Mass. dedicated to producing high performing, green buildings. Active in Northeast Sustainable Energy Assn since 1984 (?). Has been chair of the Building Energy Conference three times, and served as chair of the NESEA Board of Directors for three years. February of 2010 elected to the AIA College of Fellows.

Speaking In…

The Living Building Challenge: Two Northeast Regional Case Studies
Spec This…Not That
Understanding the Living Building Challenge
(Workshop)

Edward F Connelly

Edward F Connelly

Edward Connelly is the President of New Ecology, an innovative environmental organization that serves as a catalyst for community-based sustainable development projects, and a Founder and Treasurer of Wegowise, Inc., a data company whose web-based tool is a helping dramatically reduce energy use in portfolios of multifamily housing. Mr. Connelly has provided technical and financial expertise on green building projects for many thousands of units of new and existing housing.

Speaking In…

Benchmarking at Scale – Lessons Learned from Benchmarking 120,000+ Units of Affordable Housing>

Maure Creager

Maure Creager

Speaking In…

Good, Bad and Shady – Sunshading Performance Retrospectives, Lighting Systems and Integrated Fenestration

Kate Crosby

Kate Crosby

Kate Crosby is the lead author of “Powering Down: A Toolkit for Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K-12 Schools,” a US Green Building Council white paper documenting highly successful behavior-based programs in five K-12 schools across the country. She also serves as the Energy Manager for the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District where she facilitates a variety of sustainability initiatives, including a focus on behavior-based energy conservation yielding a 15% drop in electricity usage. The district has been recognized with national and state sustainability awards, including the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools “District Sustainability Award,” one of 14 districts recognized in the US with this “first-ever” award.

Speaking In…

Post-Occupancy and Occupant based energy performance in K-12 schools and government facilities – Measure, Learn and Save!

Deb Crossley

Deb Crossley

Deb is an architect who practices from her home office in Newton since 1985, has been a community activist over 25 years and now serves as an elected city alderman since 2010. Deborah Crossley Architect provides design through construction administration services for private residential and public mixed income and special needs housing, with a focus on creating high quality, durable and energy efficient living environments. As Alderman, Deb’s priority is to wisely advance the city Capital Plan, implement strategic plans to upgrade aging infrastructure, reform zoning to support the Comprehensive Plan – and institutionalize energy conservation and efficiency throughout the decision-making process. She is a strong advocate for wise environmental stewardship and a diverse and affordable housing plan.

Speaking In…

A tale of Two Deep Energy Retrofits : A Path to Net Zero for a Community Center and a Church

Spencer Culhane

Spencer Culhane

Spencer Culhane is the Design Manager for YARO Windows and Doors, a high performance building envelope supplier specializing in Schüco windows, doors and façades. Schüco is a global leader in energy-efficient buildings and façade technology. Spencer provides technical guidance and specifications for clients in the design of building enclosures and glazing systems. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and is a certified Passive House Consultant through the Passive House Institute Germany.

Speaking In…

Energy Efficiency – Made in Germany (workshop)


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Steve David

Steve David

Speaking In…

The Perfect HVAC System for Your Multifamily Building (session chair)

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Fred is President of Fred Davis Corporation, wholesale supplier of efficient lighting products since 1983; active in multi-family, weatherization, municipal markets nationwide. Fred chaired the first national conference on energy-efficient lighting (a NESEA conference), and helped devise the first national standards for lamp efficiency. Fred helped introduce the world to the compact fluorescent, the electronic ballast, and now the LED streetlight. A leader in the field, he’s presented on energy-efficient lighting from Stockholm to Sacramento.

Speaking In…

Shining a Light on LEDs

Thomas Deller

Thomas Deller

Thomas E Deller was appointed Director of the Hartford Department of Development Services in April 2012. In this capacity he directs Planning, Housing and Property Management, Economic Development, Licensing and Inspections and the Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs Divisions. Thom serves as executive director to the Redevelopment Agency and has been appointed by the mayor to the Capital Region Development Authority. Prior to arriving in Hartford, Thom served as Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Providence Rhode Island for nine years. As director of the Department, Thom served as executive director to the Redevelopment Agency, the Economic Development Partnership, the Housing Trust, the Off Street Parking Corporation and the Public Building Authority. For fifteen years, Thom served as a board member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and was chair of the Authority for six years. Prior to his position as Director for Providence, Thom served as Deputy Executive Director for Programs at Rhode Island Housing, the state’s affordable housing agency.

Thom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. He is the father of three teenage sons.

Speaking In…

From Building Systems to Cities: Setting the Stage

Jordan Dentz

Jordan Dentz

Mr. Dentz is vice president of The Levy Partnership, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience as a researcher and consultant to the building industry. His work focuses on building energy efficiency, electric demand response, and residential systems building including factory built housing. Mr. Dentz has authored numerous publications and presented at conferences and seminars nationwide. He holds a M.S. in Building Technology and a B.S. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Speaking In…

Convergence of Submetering, Temperature Control and Demand Response with Advances in Wireless Technology

Steve Di Giacomo

Steve Di Giacomo

Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, CPMP is EMA’s mechanical Principal Engineer and is a Board Certified Registered Professional Engineer licensed throughout MA, NY, RI, PA, and NJ, as well as a Nationally Certified Energy Manager. Steve has logged over thirty years of specialized Energy Engineering, HVAC auditing, analysis, design, commissioning and facility operations experience with industrial, research, hospital, chemical, pharmaceutical and commercial facilities at both the site and corporate levels. He is also a guest lecturer to the senior class at Wentworth Institute of Technology on Energy Management Techniques. More recently, Mr. Di Giacomo has authored technical papers on CO2 based demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) in both Engineered Systems Magazine and the Journal of Energy Engineering, and serves as Events Chairman and Board Member for the Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter. He has recently commissioned a number of LEED accredited buildings.

Speaking In…

Retro-Commissioning – Why, What, and its Value (session chair)

Martine Dion

Martine Dion

Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and Director of Sustainable Design at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates with 19 years of experience. Ms. Dion is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients. She has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm for the past 12 years and has largely contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines. Ms. Dion has is the chairperson of SMMA’s Sustainable Design Group, has contributed to the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, to the Massachusetts State’s Roundtable Action Plan for Green Buildings, the Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Task Force as well as the Federal DOE Zero Net Energy Task Force. Ms. Dion is a founding Director and sits on the Board of Directors of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.

Co-chair of Track 3 – Commercial & Institutional

Evan Dube

Evan Dube

Evan Dube is a Director of Public Policy for Sunrun. Evan has more than 10 years of experience working in energy policy, and focuses on federal and state regulatory and legislative matters. Prior to joining Sunrun, Evan served as Assistant Commissioner to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. He also served in the Massachusetts legislature as General Counsel to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, and the House Committee on Ways and Means. Evan holds a B.A. from Boston University, and a J.D. from The Villanova University School of Law.

Speaking In…

To Own or To Lease? That is the Solar Financing Question

Mike Duclos

Mike Duclos

Mike Duclos is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a principal with the DEAP Energy Group, a consulting company that assists project teams with residential Passive House, Net Zero, and Deep Energy Retrofit projects.

Speaking In…

Three Deep Energy Retrofits, Three Years Later

James P. Dunn

James P. Dunn

President of Future Solar Systems, is a principal with EnergyTechnology Consultants, and past Director of NASA’s Regional Technology Transfer Center. Jim has extensive experience in many Alternative Energy fields and is developing several novel DIY Solar PV systems. Jim has written numerous papers and made presentations on alternative energy topics, at leading industry conferences. Mr. Dunn has a BSEE from WPI, and has participated in many NESEA events and conferences. (http://futuresolar.wordpress.com)

Speaking In…

Emerging/Game Changing Technologies


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Brent Ehrlich

Brent Ehrlich

Brent Ehrlich is the products editor at BuildingGreen, where he conducts research and writes product- and category-level articles for the company’s GreenSpec product database. He also contributes product reviews and feature articles for Environmental Building News and edits the products section of McGraw-Hill’s GreenSource magazine.

Speaking In…

The Forest and Trees: Making Smart Choices

Paul Eldrenkamp

Paul Eldrenkamp

Paul Eldrenkamp is a principal of the DEAP Energy Group, a consulting group that helps project teams with small-scale residential Zero Net, Passive House, and Deep Energy Retrofit projects. He is also founder and owner of Byggmeister, Inc. a 30-year-old residential remodeling company. He serves on the NESEA board.

Speaking In…

Three Deep Energy Retrofits, Three Years Later
Thriving in a Generative Enterprise
BE Bottom Lines (Workshop)

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Michael English

Michael C. English, PE, CCP, LEED AP has over 20 years of experience providing commissioning and energy analysis services for new and existing buildings. He has served a two year as President of the Building Commissioning Association after serving as a Vice President for three years. He spearheaded the organization’s Certified Commissioning Professional program as well as commissioning guidelines for LEED-NC Version 2.2, and served on the NYC Chapter Board of Directors of the USGBC.

Speaking In…

Retro-Commissioning – Why, What, and its Value


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Richard Faesy

Richard Faesy

As a Certified Energy Rater and LEED Accredited Professional, Richard Faesy specializes in residential buildings, technologies and markets, with a focus on residential retrofit, energy rating and labeling, ENERGY STAR Homes, building codes, energy efficiency financing, green building and effective energy efficiency policy, program design and implementation. He currently works with clients in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, the U.S. federal government and others. He has been active locally, regionally and nationally in many residential new construction and retrofit, energy rating and disclosure, energy financing, codes and green building efforts for more than 25 years. Richard helped create and was the founding president of the board of the Northeast HERS Alliance, and was a founding board member of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), serving from inception in 1995 until 2010, including terms as president and other officer positions. Richard has been featured in a national Dateline/NBC story on energy efficiency and was also awarded RESNET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to co-founding Energy Futures Group, Richard managed the Energy Efficiency Division of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s (VEIC) consulting business. As a leader and technical expert, he has a reputation for delivering fresh thinking grounded in reality and experience in energy efficiency policy, program design and projects. Strong communication, management and planning skills ensure no surprises.

Speaking In…

Renewable Thermal: Pursuing the Policy Pipeline
Global Thinkers Answer the Big Questions (Closing Session)

Henri Fennell

Henri Fennell

Henri is an architect and building envelope specialist with over forty years of experience in the construction industry. He was a pioneer in the solar industry, introduced the installation technique for field-applied closed-cell cavity-fill polyurethane foam, developed a pressurized theatrical fog quality assurance technique and protocol, and has designed and constructed a net-zero energy research structure in Antarctica. He has four energy-related U.S. patents and has participated in thousands of high-performance and specialty building projects.

Speaking In…

Spray Foam: Getting it Right (Workshop)

Ian Finlayson

Ian Finlayson

Ian Finlayson is the Manager of Buildings and Climate Programs at the Department of Energy Resources in Massachusetts. His current green building portfolio includes development of the Massachusetts stretch energy code, building energy labeling and efficiency pilots and assessment of code compliance for both residential and commercial buildings. Prior to joining state government, Ian worked for a large US affordable housing developer, was a consultant to the United Nations and taught in Japan. He holds degrees from Edinburgh University and MIT.

Co-chair of Track 8 – Moving the Market/Energy Policy

Speaking In…

New Frontiers in Energy Data: A Closer Look at Homes and Offices (moderator)

Joseph Fiori

Joseph Fiori

Joe Fiori is a Business Development Project Manager at Conservation Services Group, a leader in residential energy efficiency. With over 20 offices nationwide, Joe’s responsibilities include retaining existing utility clients and seeking new opportunities across the country. Before working in the Business Development Group, Joe worked as a Policy Analyst at CSG, where he focused on the integration of smart grid technology and energy efficiency.

Speaking In…

AIMing for Greatness: Learning to Love the Smart Grid

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Craig Foley

Craig Foley, is chief of energy solutions (CES) at RE/MAX. He also retains his role as a managing partner of inCharge Energy, an outsourced energy management firm. Foley’s role at CES includes helping to form a new breed of RE/MAX Heritage agents who have expertise in energy efficiency and sustainability from each of the RE/MAX Heritage offices, located in Melrose, Wakefield, Reading and North Reading.

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Realty’s New Reality: The Emerging High Performance Housing Market in Massachusetts


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Janet Gail Besser

Janet Gail Besser

Janet brings deep expertise and credibility to lead NECEC’s policy and government relations efforts. Most recently she was Vice President of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, and previously was Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Janet has been in senior roles in the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and has been an executive and expert consultant on electricity markets, transmission, policy and economics at two leading consulting firms: Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also brings experience as policy director for a DC-based national independent power industry association, and is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry.

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Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030

James Gallagher

James Gallagher

With over 30 years of experience in energy policy, James T. Gallagher directs the NYS Smart Grid Consortium. He advises the Office of the Mayor and leads the Energy Policy Department responsible for implementing the City of New York’s sustainability plan. He also served as Director of the Office of Electricity and Environment for NY PSC. Mr. Gallagher holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania (Energy Management and Policy).

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AIMing for Greatness: Learning to Love the Smart Grid

Elizabeth Galloway

Elizabeth Galloway

Liz’s work is focused on creating sustainable development through an integrative architecture and engineering design process. She is also directly involved with energy modeling, research and LEED project support. Liz is leading SMMAs Architecture 2030 Challenge/AIA 2030 Commitment initiative. She holds a master’s degree in Atmosphere and Energy from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University, where her studies focused on sustainability in the built environment.

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A tale of Two Deep Energy Retrofits : A Path to Net Zero for a Community Center and a Church (session chair)
Post-Occupancy and Occupant based energy performance in K-12 schools and government facilities – Measure, Learn and Save!

Linda Gaudreau

Linda Gaudreau

With 30 years of construction related experience, Linda manages WBI’s Operations Department; responsible for permitting and project management, working closely with foremen, carpenters, subcontractors, as well as WBI customers, municipal offices and 3rd party raters for green building. Along with our production team, Linda manages the Energy Star and LEED inspection and certification process from groundbreaking to closing. Linda has participated with Wright Builders’ volunteer work on several, local Habitat for Humanity’s projects. Linda holds a MA Construction Supervisor’s License.

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Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

Dave Gauthier

Dave Gauthier

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Using Structural Insulated Panels in High Performance Buildings (Workshop)

Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson is a carpenter, building designer, building energy analyst, and general contractor specializing in custom, energy efficient home construction. He has studied environmental science and building science for over 20 years and has been a business owner since 1992.

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PassivHaus in Practice – Design, Build, Refine, Repeat (Workshop)

Mark Ginsberg

Mark Ginsberg

Mark Ginsberg, is a founding partner of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, whose practice covers commercial, institutional and residential projects, including award winning architecture and urban design projects. The firm is currently working on developments that will comprise well over 5,000 units of housing, most of them affordable and sustainable, including Sandy Replacement homes in Staten Island for the City of New York with the Bluestone Organization. Mark co-chaired the Sandy Housing Task Force organized by the AIA New York Chapter. He received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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Prepare for the Next Disruption: Resilient Buildings

Elizabeth Glynn

Betsy Glynn

Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn is a Program Officer at Boston LISC for the Massachusetts Green Retrofit Initiative. Through the Initiative, Betsy helps owners of affordable housing get the financial and building science resources they need to implement energy and water savings retrofits in their buildings. Previously, she was Assistant Vice President in the asset management division of Boston Financial Investment Management. Betsy’s other housing experience includes work as the Director of Special Projects for the City of Somerville’s housing department and contract work with CDCs in developing affordable housing projects. Betsy holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Geosciences from Franklin &Marshall College.

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Multifamilies for (those of us that no longer want to be) Dummies

Kate Goldstein

Kate Goldstein

Kate Goldstein earned her Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Goldstein fell in love with the connection between energy and the environment and explored the field in latter half of college. She co-authored a book chapter on lignocellulosic biofuels after an NSF-funded research experience for undergraduates. She worked installing solar thermal and solar PV systems for Alteris at the end of her college career and during the summer afterwards, and also worked as a consultant for the same company. She got her masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Architectural Engineering after finding her place studying energy in buildings. She is now at MIT in the first year of her PhD working in the Building Technology department. Kate’s thesis will look at quantitative infrared thermography for targeted energy efficiency improvements in local Boston neighborhoods, and hopefully beyond.

Co-chair of Track 6 – What the Pros Want to Know

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Fun with Home Performance Data

Eli Gould

Eli Gould

Eli Gould left his Vermont hometown twenty years ago to pioneer a new degree track at Yale, combining architecture and forestry. He returned and founded three small companies that integrate sustainable forestry, design, and prefabrication. He has led some of the most high performance buildings in the region, and developed a unique reputation in the fields of green building, resilient system design, development of new construction assemblies, and creative application of 3D CAD/CAM toolsets.

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What Would the Founder of Environmental Building News Do? Adventures at the Cutting Edge of Green Building (Workshop)

Scott Greenbaum

Scott Greenbaum

Scott R. Greenbaum PE, CEM, GBE is the Principal Engineer of Greene Energy Consultants, LLC and is licensed in CT, MA, MD, NJ, NY and PA. Greenbaum has over 30 years of experience as an HVAC engineer, energy auditor, commissioning and retro-commissioning agent, and renewable energy consultant. He has developed energy efficiency projects for commercial and municipal office buildings, hospitals, multifamily buildings, colleges/universities, correctional facilities, K-12 schools, water treatment plants, industrial buildings, public safety buildings, libraries, etc. He has developed renewable energy projects including PV, solar DHW, and small hydro. He has developed central heating and chilled water plants for large institutions. He is currently implementing projects in commercial office buildings, K-12 schools, municipal buildings, small manufactures, and multifamily buildings.

Co-chair of Track 3 – Commercial & Institutional

Clifton Greim

Clifton Greim

Clifton W. Greim, P.E., joined Harriman in 1981, became an owner of the 71-person architecture and engineering firm in 1994, and has served as president of the firm since 2008. For three decades, he has led the firm’s mechanical engineering department and has designed mechanical systems for a wide range of projects regionally and nationally. Clif has always had a special interest in sustainable design and has developed innovative and energy-efficient systems that incorporate leading-edge technology. He has designed numerous sustainable buildings including many LEED Registered and Certified projects.

Considered an expert in his field, Clif has lectured extensively about renovating and updating mechanical systems for energy efficiency. He has also authored numerous articles appearing in national magazines on similar topics including energy efficiency, commissioning, and air quality.

Clif earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Past President of the Maine Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a member of the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society.

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Cost-Effective Fuel Cells in Commercial Buildings


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Josh Habib

Joshua Habib

Josh Habib is a Project Manager at the Cadmus Group. Mr. Habib has 20 years of experience providing environmental and energy policy, technical, and evaluation support for the US EPA, the US Department of Energy, the US Government Accountability Office, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Agency for International Development, and other federal and international agencies. Mr. Habib has extensive experience communicating complex environmental issues to the public, collaborating with multi-stakeholder groups, conducting programmatic and expenditure evaluations, facilitating communication and conflict resolution between parties, and crafting innovative analytic solutions to complex problems.

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Energy vs. Water (session chair)

Pekka Hakkarainen

Pekka Hakkarainen

Dr. Hakkarainen works in government and industry relations, including standards activities at Lutron. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Lighting Systems Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).

He received a master’s degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Plasma Physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents.

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Good, Bad and Shady – Sunshading Performance Retrospectives, Lighting Systems and Integrated Fenestration

Christina Halfpenny

Christina Halfpenny

Christina Halfpenny is the Division Director of Energy Efficiency for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Christina represents the DOER as Chair of the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, an advisory body put in place to ensure the legislative mandate that “electric and natural gas resource needs shall first be met through all available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost effective or less expensive than supply” is achieved through the utility programs. Oversight of the utility and program administrator 3 year efficiency plans as well as building codes and standards, building labeling, and CHP strategies are priorities for Christina in her role at DOER. Prior to joining DOER, Christina was the Director of Energy Efficiency at National Grid, working on residential and commercial gas programs throughout National Grid’s US service territory.

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AIMing for Greatness: Learning to Love the Smart Grid (moderator)

Debra Hall

Debra Hall

Debra Hall serves as Sustainability Program Developer at the Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development (DHCD,) coordinating efforts to help more than 200 housing authorities sustainably renovate 45,000 units of state-aided public housing. She also promotes the use of green technologies and building materials, construction methods, and maintenance practices to reduce an $ 80 million annual energy & water budget and achieve state climate goals. Ms. Hall also acts as agency representative to the statewide Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and served on the Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force. Prior to DHCD, she worked on corporate sustainability reporting, waterfront redevelopment and airport master planning. She has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Williams College.

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Climate Resilience: Learning from Hamburg/The HafenCity and IBA projects (Lunch Session)

Mark Halverson

Mark Halverson

Mark Halverson has worked on building energy usage since the late 1980s, starting with the Enduse Load and Consumer Assessment Program (ELCAP) (a large regional building metering program in the Pacific Northwest) and continuing on to DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the early 1990s. He is currently working on cost-effectiveness of commercial codes, energy code compliance, and rulemaking activities within BECP and Federal building energy efficiency standards for FEMP. He is also involved in international energy efficiency and energy codes work with staff from PNNL’s Joint Global Climate Research Institute.

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The New Energy Codes and Beyond: How this will affect our Design Practice?

Morty Hansen

Morty Hansen

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PassivHaus in Practice – Design, Build, Refine, Repeat (Workshop)

Amanda Harding

Amanda Harding

Amanda earned an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and Interior Architecture after completing a year of continued studies and thesis research. Her past experiences with design and comprehension of architectural drawings have helped her to specialize in colorized drawings, pre-functional checklists and functional performance test development. Her understanding of technology and her skills in visual and conceptual design make her a valuable resource for Stephen Turner Inc.’s company website development and graphic standards, and have allowed her to excel as the Information Technology lead.

With a strong interest in sustainable practices, Amanda hopes to improve her understanding of energy efficient systems and green building strategies through various certification programs. Her eagerness to learn and amiable personality will enable her to contribute to the current and future needs of Stephen Turner Inc.

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Sustainability in Real Estate: Five Key Trends & What They Mean For You (session chair)

Bruce Harley

Bruce Harley

Bruce Harley is a recognized expert on energy efficient residential construction and retrofit. His 22 years of hands-on field experience, conducting trainings, and developing modeling software informs his two acclaimed books (Cut Your Energy Bills Now and Insulate and Weatherize – now in its 2nd edition). Harley has received awards from EEBA (2007) and RESNET (2008, 2011) for his contributions to the industry, and has been CSG’s technical director since 2002.

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Performance of Ductless Heat Pumps in the Northeast

Lew Harriman

Lew Harriman

Lew Harriman is Director of Research at Mason-Grant Consulting in Portsmouth, NH. He has 35 years of experience researching and solving problems of humidity and moisture in buildings and industrial processes. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer. Lew was the lead author and project manager for the ASHRAE Humidity Control Design Guide, and he currently serves as Vice Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.12 (Moisture Management in Buildings).

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Managing Humidity and Moisture in Tight Buildings (Workshop)

Glenn Heinmiller

Glenn Heinmiller

Glenn Heinmiller, a lighting design professional since graduating from Wesleyan University, joined the architectural lighting design firm Lam Partners in 1996, and is now a Principal there. He has designed daylight and electric lighting systems for a diverse range of commercial, institutional, and civic projects. Glenn is NCQLP Lighting Certified, a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a member of the International Dark-Sky Association, and a LEED Accredited Professional. For his design work, Glenn has received an IALD award of Merit, an Edison Award of Merit, and three IIDA Awards of Merit. Glenn has designed the lighting for numerous LEED certified projects, for which he utilized his interest and expertise in producing high-quality electric and daylighting solutions, with minimized energy use and negative environmental impact. As Chairman of the IALD Energy and Sustainability Committee, he manages the IALD’s participation in sustainability initiatives, and the review of and contribution to standards, regulations, and rating systems development. Glenn is a guest instructor at the Boston Architectural College, and lectures on the subjects of light pollution control and lighting energy efficiency.

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Shining a Light on LEDs

Brice Hereford

Brice Hereford

Brice Hereford of Vantem Panels has worked for several years in the building industry. He is a Certified Sustainable Designer and has published articles on this topic as well as participates in the promotion of energy efficiency in the built environment. His career includes building energy efficient townhouses in Boston, Massachusetts and restoring and updating Victorian houses in San Francisco to meet new seismic regulations. He lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

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Using Structural Insulated Panels in High Performance Buildings (Workshop)

Matthew Holden

Matthew Holden

Matthew L. Holden, PE, President, founded Sparhawk Group in 1990. Under his leadership over 25,000 units of multifamily housing have implemented energy conservation and over $900 million in new construction has been commissioned. Clients are served by offices in Portland Maine and Manhattan. Matt has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a professional engineer registered in nine states, an Urban Green GPRO O&M certified teacher and certified as a BPI Multifamily Building Operator Professional. Practical and robust designs with follow through to operations and maintenance has always been Matts vision for Sparhawk Group.

Co-chair of Track 5 – High Performance Mechanicals

Seth Holmes

Seth Holmes

SETH HOLMES, R.A., LEED BD+C is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford in Connecticut where he teaches sustainable design and building systems to graduate and undergraduate students. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and a Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design from Harvard University. Seth Holmes’ research interests include the relationship of climate change adaptation and resiliency practices and net-zero energy design. Holmes received his Architecture license in 2007 and his professional experiences include design and project management at Payette, Kao Design Group, and Benefit Street Design.

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Benchmarking and Measuring Resilience

Rick Hornby

Rick Hornby

Rick Hornby has over twenty-five years’ experience as a regulatory consultant, focusing on resource planning and ratemaking in the electric and gas industries. He has analyzed these issues in over 30 states and several Canadian provinces, and provided expert testimony in over 120 proceedings. Rick has led each Avoided Energy Supply Cost (AESC) study for New England since 2007. Prior to joining Synapse he held senior positions with Charles River Associates, Tabors Caramanis, Tellus Institute and Nova Scotia Department of Mines and Energy. Rick has a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University.

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Pricing Solar Energy

Anne Hoskins

Anne Hoskins

Anne is a seasoned public policy, sustainability, government affairs and regulatory law leader with almost two decades of experience in energy and communications law and policy. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission and has previously served in policy, legal, regulatory and research roles within federal and state government and at a non-profit policy organization. She is a civic leader, having served on numerous non-profit boards of directors, with a strong interest in the intersection of technology, policy and sustainability.

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Pricing Solar Energy

Patrick H. Huelman

Patrick H. Huelman

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 principal 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. He is currently Co-chair of the Criteria for Excellence in Building Science Education Task Group.

Pat has been extremely active in professional education for the home building industry and is recognized for his “systems approach” to improving overall home performance. Pat’s long-term focus has been on heat, air, and moisture movement in buildings and his primary expertise is in building systems and technologies that will provide energy efficiency, long-term durability, and healthy indoor air for homes. With more than 30 years in the field, Pat brings extensive experience and expertise in energy-efficient design and construction, innovative building systems, moisture management strategies, mechanical ventilation, and residential indoor air quality.

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What’s Been Learned with Your Hard Earned Tax Dollars: Building America Research Results (Workshop)

Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt entered the PHVAC industry in 1980, working for a large mechanical contractor in Saratoga, New York.
He spent 22 years in the field as an installation and service technician and ran his own company from 2002 until 2007.
Mark began his career with Wilo USA in August of 2007 as the Training and Technical Services Associate for the eastern United States. In 2009 his was made the Wilo USA National Training Manager.

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New Pumps: Versatility and Efficiency from the Self Sensing Revolution and ECM

Richard Huntley

Richard Huntley

Richard Huntley leads sales at Retroficiency and is responsible for developing the company’s key customer relationships. He joined Retroficiency with the acquisition of the energy efficiency division (known as Clean Energy Solutions or CES) of Nexamp, where he was responsible for all aspects of sales. During his career, Richard has worked with energy companies on four continents, covering energy efficiency, utility operations, and demand response. Prior to joining Nexamp, he was vice president and practice leader for energy conservation and demand response at Vertex. Earlier in his career, Richard held multiple executive positions with Nexus Energy Software (Aclara), a pioneer in software-based energy efficiency, and SPL WorldGroup (Oracle), a leader in utility customer management. Both companies grew significantly from small early stage companies through to subsequent acquisition.

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Software Service Solutions


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Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Paul has overall responsibility for South Middlesex Opportunity Council Energy Services operations and organizational development and is lead trainer for SMOC’s Green Jobs Academy. He has extensive experience providing training for a number of initiatives, projects involving hiring, contracting and management of a variety of residential and commercial energy conservation programs. Paul currently holds certification as an Energy Auditor for the State of Massachusetts, A Certified Energy Advisor Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, Massachusetts licenses as an Unrestricted Construction Supervisor, Oil Burner Technician from the Department of Public Safety, Licensed Realtor, BPI Building Analyst and has held multiple BPI and HERS rater certifications over the years.

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House & House+ as a System

Rolf Jacobson

Rolf Jacobson

Rolf Jacobson graduated in 2007 from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Architecture, winning the ARCC King Student Medal for Architectural & Environmental Design Research. In 2010, Rolf travelled to Norway on a Fulbright fellowship to study high-performance envelopes for cold climates. He collaborated with Norwegian researchers at the Center for Zero Emissions Buildings (ZEB) and SINTEF, the state-supported building research lab. After coming home to Minnesota in 2011, Rolf earned a second Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design. More recently, Rolf has worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), working on topics such as green affordable housing and the high-performance commercial window design guide – a collaboration between the CSBR and NREL.

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When is Less More or More Less? – Building Envelope Comparisons

Marty Jones

Marty Jones

Marty Jones has served as President and CEO of MassDevelopment since 2011. Offering a wide range of finance programs and real estate services, MassDevelopment supports economic growth and investment across all sectors of the Massachusetts economy: public and private; commercial, industrial, and residential; and nonprofit, including healthcare, educational, cultural, and human service providers. Ms. Jones, previously the president of Boston building, development, and property management company Corcoran Jennison, has spent decades in the real-estate industry. She got her start at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in both the Washington and Boston offices. At Corcoran Jennison, Ms. Jones managed staff and project teams for new development projects that transformed communities, directed asset management for multifamily portfolios, chaired a joint venture between Corcoran Jennison and Beacon Communities, and directed all aspects of the Westminster Company, a 175-employee operation with 66 properties and 5,000 apartment units in North and South Carolina. She is a member of the Board of Directors of MassEcon and the New England Council, and a national trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Jones graduated from Brown University.

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Climate Resilience: Learning from Hamburg/The HafenCity and IBA projects (Lunch Session)

Steven Jones

Steven Jones

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering of alternative energies, I spent several years owning and operating a family business; then 24 years in actuarial risk management for a large insurance company. These all helped over the last two years as I led Amherst South Congregational Church to there goal of becoming a zero net energy facility.

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A tale of Two Deep Energy Retrofits : A Path to Net Zero for a Community Center and a Church

David Joyce

David Joyce

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Using Structural Insulated Panels in High Performance Buildings (Workshop)

Michael Judge

Michael Judge

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To Own or To Lease? That is the Solar Financing Question (moderator)


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Jill Kaehler

Jill Kaehler

Jill Kaehler is a Project Manager/ Lead Designer at Behnisch Architekten and has contributed to a number of significant, international competitions and projects. Recently, Jill led the design and construction of Behnisch’s (soon-to-be) first built project in the Middle East – Beryl (Parcel 1.11), located in the prestigious King Abdullah Financial District of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The eighteen story, 580,000 square foot office and retail building was developed to appropriately respond to the cultural and environmental conditions of its location while fostering human connections and collaboration. Behnisch Architekten is an international architecture firm, mainly focused on the European and North American continents, that has a strong history in cutting-edge sustainable and technically advanced buildings. Behnisch’s projects vary as greatly in architectural style as they do in program; however, each Behnisch project shares a common principle. It is developed through an integrated design process that challenges industry standards with innovative research and development. Through this process they are able to deliver a unique and highly –functional, –sustainable, and –desirable building to each client.

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Energy Efficiency – Made in Germany (workshop)

Chris Kallaher

Chris Kallaher

Chris Kallaher is Senior Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs for Direct Energy, one of North America’s leading integrated electricity and natural gas companies. Chris focuses on the design and implementation of improvements in the retail electric and natural gas markets across the United States. Chris and his team are responsible for representing Direct Energy’s interests in legislative and regulatory matters in New England, New York, and New Jersey, New England. Chris brings 25 years of experience in the legal and regulatory aspects of the North American electric power and natural gas industries to his current role. He has experience as a lawyer in private practice with firms in Milwaukee and Boston, Senior Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and Vice President and General Counsel for Essential.com, an Internet-based seller of energy and telecommunications. Chris holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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AIMing for Greatness: Learning to Love the Smart Grid

Jonathan Kantar

Jonathan Kantar

Jonathan Kantar is Founder and Principal of Sage Builders LLC, a multi award-winning design-build firm concentrating in high performance, sustainable design review/commissioning consulting services and residential renovations. A Newton native and resident, Jonathan is chair of Newton’s High Performance Buildings Coalition, sits on Newton’s Design Review Committee, and is a board member at Historic Newton, where he chairs the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Jonathan serves on the Governor’s Zero Net Energy Buildings Advisory Council, and works to help communities adopt sustainable and energy efficiency practices.

Co-chair of Track 1 – Homes

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A tale of Two Deep Energy Retrofits : A Path to Net Zero for a Community Center and a Church

Phil Kaplan

Phil Kaplan

Founded in 2004, Phil Kaplan and his firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects, have emerged rapidly. His firm’s motto, “Beautiful Sustainable Attainable”, reinforces their commitment to creating vibrant, healthy and durable buildings for all.

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Affordable, Net Zero Modular – Chasing The Golden Trifecta, Scraping Knees Along the Way

Achilles Karagiozis

Achilles Karagiozis

At Owens Corning, Karagiozis leads the company’s Building Science group. He is accountable for transforming Building Science into a growth engine aimed at accelerating energy efficiency improvements in the built environment. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Karagiozis worked at the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was a distinguished research engineer and hygrothermal project manager. He was instrumental in the launch of a number of innovative construction material and system products, the development of design guidelines, software tools and code changes. He was formerly the owner of a building science consulting firm named Moisture Group Incorporated, which specialized in construction litigation and the development of design solutions for thermal and moisture control issues. Karagiozis received his Ph. D. from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, with work at the von Karman Institute in Fluid Dynamics in Saint-Genese Rode, Belgium. He received his M.Sc.E. and B.Sc.E. from the University of New Brunswick in New Brunswick, Canada.

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The Science Behind Insulation: Ignore At Your Peril

Alexis Karolides

Alexis Karolides

Alexis Karolides, AIA, LEED AP is a principal architect working in the Electricity practice area at RMI. She is experienced in commercial, institutional and industrial architecture with a focus on healthy design, resource-efficiency and environmental sensitivity. Alexis has led RMI’s biologically-inspired design research and co-developed, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype biomimicry solutions database and portal.

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Construction Costs and Operating Costs: Balanced Decision Making

Declan Keefe

Declan Keefe

Declan Keefe is a founding member and co-owner of Placetailor, an employee owned cooperative based in Boston that designs and builds custom-fit energy efficient architecture. As the Strategic Director at Placetailor, Mr. Keefe directs a skilled team of six designers that build. He is a LEED AP and a Certified Passive House Consultant.

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“Awesome Ideas” About the Future of Cities

Caroline Keicher

Caroline Keicher

Caroline leads IMT’s outreach and advocacy activities related to the development of legislative and regulatory policy for building energy performance. She provides policy support and technical guidance to policymakers and government agencies, as well as outreach to stakeholders in the the real estate, utility, and energy services sectors.

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New Frontiers in Energy Data: A Closer Look at Homes and Offices

Sheila Kennedy

Sheila Kennedy

Sheila Kennedy is an American architect, innovator and educator. She is a Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT and a Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), an internationally recognized design practice that explores architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs.

Designated as one of Fast Company’s emerging Masters of Design, Kennedy is described as an “insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, learning, leading and innovating”. Kennedy has established a new model for practice that works across scales. Her design work focuses on design for the next generation of resilient energy infrastructure and urban public space in the networked city. Recent work at KVA includes the RiverFIRST 21st Century Minneapolis Riverfront Initiative, America’s largest sustainable urban riverfront development and flood mitigation project, the new East 34th Street Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, the School of Law at Upenn, and the Soft House carbon neutral housing project in Hamburg, Germany commissioned for the 2013 International BauAustellung. The work of KVA has been recognized by National Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architecture, BSA Design Awards, the 2013 Brick Construction Award, Progressive Architecture Awards, Industrial Design Excellence Awards, the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Green Council’s National Building Innovation Award and the Public Work Award of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kennedy directs KVA’s material research division MATx which engages applied creative work across the fields of architecture, design and opto-electronics. MATx works collaboratively with industry leaders, cultural institutions and public agencies to realize designs that advance the sustainable use of materials and natural resources. MATx has developed designs and commercialization pathways for Dupont, Siemens, Osram, Herman Miller, 3M, The North Face and the United States Department of Energy. The MATx Portable Light Project, a non-profit global initiative to create energy harvesting textiles in the developing world has been recognized with a 2012 Energy Globe Award, a 2009 US Congressional Award, a 2009 Energy Globe Award and a 2008 Tech Museum Award for technology that benefits humanity.

Kennedy’s design work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennal, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the TED conference in California and was featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “Design & the Elastic Mind” on breakthrough designs for new technologies. Kennedy’s work has been widely published in journals of architecture and design culture. She has been invited to share her work at the United Nations in New York, on National Public Radio, BBC World News, CBS News, The Discovery Channel, CNN Principal Voices, Wired, Science News, Elle Magazine, Die Welt, Der Spiegle, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and The New York Times.

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Learning from Innovative, Responsive, and Large Scale Energy Efficient Housing in Europe
Global Thinkers Answer the Big Questions (Closing Session)

Cy Kilbourn

Cy Kilbourn

Cy Kilbourn is co-founder and Director of Engineering at Ekotrope, a software company that helps building designers make smart energy decisions and reduce construction costs. He spent time at Brown University and M.I.T. developing the patented optimization algorithms behind Ekotrope software. He also lead the development effort to establish Ekotrope as a RESNET accredited HERS rating software and is a trained HERS rater himself.

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Software Service Solutions

Katrin Klingenberg

Katrin Klingenberg

Katrin Klingenberg is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). PHIUS promotes the wide adoption of passive building principles in North America through specialized professional consultant training and certification, project certification, and educational efforts for building professionals and the general public. Ms. Klingenberg designed and built the very first home constructed in the United States using the European passive house standard and design specifications in 2003. She has designed and consulted on numerous passive projects since across North America’s varied climate zones. In addition to her executive role she is the lead instructor for PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant CPHC training. In that role she directs curriculum. She also directs the technical and research programs of PHIUS, and is a licensed architect in Germany.

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Global Thinkers Answer the Big Questions (Closing Session)

Ranjit Korah

Ranjit Korah

A designer at Payette, Ranjit Korah graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he studied Architecture and Civil/Environmental Engineering. Now working on major building project for scientific research, Ranjit has a strong interest in developing a dialogue about responsive and performance-driven design between architects and engineers. He leads Payette’s Young Designers’ Corp, a mentorship program, and spent time studying urbanism, architecture, and design in Scandinavia.

Speaking In…

Good, Bad and Shady – Sunshading Performance Retrospectives, Lighting Systems and Integrated Fenestration

Kerry Koskinen

Kerry Koskinen

Kerry is a remodeling carpenter specializing in retrofitting homes to achieve high thermal efficiency. Projects include partial deep energy retrofits on many modern and turn of the century homes as well as two utility sponsored full Deep Energy Retrofits.

Speaking In…

The Science Behind Insulation: Ignore At Your Peril (session chair)

Edward Krapels

Edward Krapels

Edward N. Krapels is a leader in the transmission and microgrid industries.

As founder of Anbaric Transmission, Mr. Krapels has been a partner in developing several iconic HVDC transmission projects, including the Neptune Regional Transmission System linking the PJM market and Long Island; and the Hudson Project, linking New Jersey and Manhattan.

Mr. Krapels is also responsible for innovations in the Microgrid industry. In 2009, Mr. Krapels co-founded Viridity Energy, dedicated to optimizing demand-side management programs and developing control software for Microgrids. Anbaric has recently formed Anbaric Microgrid, and is actively pursuing the development of the first generation of independent microgrids.

Speaking In…

Microgrids


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Don LaTourette

Don LaTourette

Speaking In…

Think Inside Box: Compartmentalization in Multifamily Buildings (session chair)

Gregory La Vardera

Gregory La Vardera

Greg La Vardera is an architect from Merchantville, NJ known for his leading work in catalog house plan publishing. His LamiDesign brand of home designs have led an industry trend towards better design and niche markets. His house designs have been built across the country and widely published. His work has included several off-site building methods, and is now focused on creating energy efficient prototypes for commodity American building based on Swedish precedents.

Speaking In…

Learning from Innovative, Responsive, and Large Scale Energy Efficient Housing in Europe

Spencer Lawrence

Spencer Lawrence

Spencer Lawrence is an Energy and Sustainability Consultant at EBI Consulting, a nation-wide firm providing building energy analysis and LEED consulting services. Mr. Lawrence joined EBI in July of 2011 and performs energy audits of multi-family and commercial buildings. Mr. Lawrence holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University, where he focused on sustainability through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Co-chair of Track 8 – Moving the Market/Energy Policy

Speaking In…

Human Building Interaction: Solving the Occupant Problem (session chair)
Software Service Solutions (moderator)

Robert Leaver

Robert Leaver

Robert Leaver is the convener of New Commons, Inc., a think tank and consultancy in Providence, RI. We go beyond big ideas and reports to the “linking and doing” that produce results. In 40 years Leaver has implemented over 750 projects including plans with Providence and Albuquerque, Martha’s Vineyard and Provincetown, MA and Narragansett, RI. He chaired BE12 and co-created the Whole Systems in Action track.

Co-chair of Track 4 – Retrofit for Resilience: Cities

Speaking In…

From Building Systems to Cities: Setting the Stage
Community Scale Energy Systems
“Awesome Ideas” About the Future of Cities

Mark Ledwell

Mark Ledwell

Mark has over 35 years experience in construction and woodworking. He oversees the production and operations side of Wright builders with a staff of 25 people. Mark has actively managed over $10 million of high performance building and renovation in the last 6 years, and has had executive oversight on several times that. Mark has been a responsible builder since the Energy Crafted program, is an Energy Star Partner and longtime member of NESEA.

Speaking In…

Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

Brian Legg

Brian Legg

Brian Legg is an Energy Conservation Technician for Community Action in Greenfield, MA and has worked in Massachusetts’ Low Income Energy Conservation Network for the past 6 years, a network of Community Action Agencies that are dedicated to helping low income families stabilize their energy use and empower them to promote financial stability and community strength. He got his start in EE at NESEA’s BE 2007 Conference as a volunteer. His experience includes conservation project management on single & multifamily buildings in the areas of Envelope Improvements, HVAC Upgrades, Water Consumption Reduction, and Electrical Conservation. Brian is also passionate about passing on an enthusiasm and understanding for energy conservation, particularly in his work with inner city youth through the YWCA & Youth Build Springfield, and in his work with students at the Greenfield Math & Science Academy. Brian has a strong commitment to helping our communities attain a symbiotic and sustainable relationship with the planet. He holds Building Science certifications from BPI, GJA, Cornell University, the Mass WAP Program, as well as a BA from UMass Lowell including significant Engineering coursework.

Co-chair of Track 7 – Fundamentals for Advanced Construction

Joshua Lehman

Joshua Lehman

Josh Lehman is the Program Manager for WinnCompanies’ Open Market ESCO Program. He has worked to improve energy efficiency in affordable housing for over 6 years, and has been involved in energy retrofits of thousands of units of housing nationwide. Previously working as a consultant, he has helped initiate energy retrofit financing programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and numerous private lenders. Additionally, Mr. Lehman has developed energy efficiency and sustainability programs for several commercial office buildings and industrial facilities.

Co-chair of Track 2 – Multifamily

Paul Leveille

Paul Leveille

Speaking In…

Verifying Performance Through Testing and Commissioning (session chair)

Ken Levenson

Ken Levenson

Ken Levenson is a partner in 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to helping transform green building to high-performance building across the US. Ken is president of NY Passive House, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the Passive House Standard, and a founding member of the North American Passive House Network. Ken is a registered architect, a graduate of Pratt Institute, and a Certified Passive House Consultant – incorporating the Passive House Standard into projects, including several historic building renovations in “Brownstone Brooklyn”.

Speaking In…

Passive House EnerPHit: Take Your Building Deeper

Richard Levitan

Richard Levitan

Richard leads the firm’s advisory services in the areas of power plant valuation, wholesale power procurement, pipeline / storage adequacy assessment, rate design, and asset acquisitions. Mr. Levitan has 34 years of industry experience in pipeline transportation management, finance, regulation, and wholesale market analysis. He advises regulatory commissions, investors, and utilities on diverse commercial matters pertaining to resource planning, wholesale procurement, capacity market mechanisms, and gas / electric interdependencies. He performs due diligence on quick-start peakers and combined cycle plant resources, renewable energy technologies, and HVDC transmission projects. Mr. Levitan has managed gas pipeline adequacy and storage deliverability studies for independent system operators as well as gas and electric utilities throughout the U.S. He has advised diverse stakeholders on Open Access Transmission Tariffs, and has testified many times at FERC and before state and provincial regulatory commissions.

Prior to founding LAI in 1989, Mr. Levitan was a consultant at Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Inc. In the late 1970s he was an Economist at Pacific Gas & Electric. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Masters degree from Harvard University where he specialized in Energy Economics. He also attended Stanford University’s Post-graduate Industrial Organization Management Program.

Speaking In…

Understanding Our Energy Distribution Systems

Tom Leyden

Tom Leyden

One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980, when he launched a solar thermal sales and integration company in Maryland and Virginia. Since then he has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water‐pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower in 2007, where he became head of the most productive commercial-systems operation in the US. Prior to Solar Grid Storage he led the commercial division of SolarCity as VP of Project Development. Mr. Leyden has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and Mid‐Atlantic SEIA, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Mr. Leyden holds a BA from Princeton University.

Speaking In…

Renewable Energy Storage

Theodore Loder

Theodore C. Loder

Theodore C. Loder, PhD is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire where he taught classes in the field of chemical oceanography. Dr. Loder has testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on breakthrough technologies and their critical role concerning environmental trends and the energy crisis (available at: http://www.disclosureproject.org/docs/pdf/EPWoutofboxBrief.pdf). Dr. Loder is a co-author of the Disclosure Briefing Document made available to a press conference at the National Press Club on May 9th, 2001. He also co-authored the document, A Summary of Breakthrough Energy Technologies, sent to President Obama in 2009 (http://www.disclosureproject.org/docs/pdf/Energy.pdf).

Speaking In…

Emerging/Game Changing Technologies

Mark Loeffler

Mark Loeffler

A director of Atelier Ten and head of the New Haven office, Mark is an accomplished lighting and environmental designer. Emphasizing integrated and resourceful design to enhance the visual experience of buildings, he has lectured widely and consulted on many significant green building projects both in the United States and abroad. Atelier Ten is an international firm of environmental design consultants and building services engineers committed to high- performance and sustainable design. By recognizing and analyzing opportunities for improving energy efficiency, water conservation, visual and thermal comfort, material selection, and carbon emissions reductions, Atelier Ten provides integrated, full-service engineering and consulting.

Speaking In…

Dematerializing Buildings – Building Better with Less

Kathy Loftus

Kathy Loftus

Kathy coordinates sustainability and impact reporting and leads engineering, green building, facilities & energy management, and strategic energy procurement for Whole Foods Market. She has been in this role for seven and a half years. She was a founding Steering Committee member for the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance, and along with being a founding member of EPA’s Green Chill Program, she coordinates additional EPA Program Partnerships.

In addition to roles as Director of Business Development for a start-up energy technology firm and roles at an electric utility company, Kathy also spent eight years as Director of Energy & Environmental Management for Shaw’s Supermarkets and was a past chairperson of FMI’s Energy & Technical Services Committee. She was a participant on the 2005 New England Roundtable on Federal Renewable Energy Policy, participated on the State Energy Efficiency Action Network’s Utility Motivation Working Group and served as an advisor for the Grocery sector for the USGBC’s LEED program. She also served eight years on the Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and Large Scale Retail Development Solar, Energy Efficiency & Smart Buildings Committees. Kathy was named one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer in 2013 and was elected one of Massachusetts’ High Tech Council’s Women to Watch in 2012. She has keynoted and presented at many national and international sustainability, energy and retail conferences, and has guest lectured at many universities and colleges.

She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is appointed to her town’s Renewable Energy Commission and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Clean Air-Cool Planet, a member of the Board of the Green Building Initiative (Green Globes Certification for Commercial Buildings); a member of WPI’s Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board and Total USA’s Executive Committee.

Speaking In…

Cost-Effective Fuel Cells in Commercial Buildings

Len Loomans

Len Loomans

Len Loomans, BSEE, is Director of Engineering and co-founder of Acuity Power Group, Inc., an independent consulting firm providing services in distributed renewable energy and storage systems. Len has been in the electric industry for over twenty-five years, and has overseen the design, installation and commissioning of hundreds of grid-tied and off-grid PV systems. Currently, Len is advancing the European self-consumption model for sustainably generated electricity, focusing on dc micro- and nano- grids. He’s an active member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, E-Merge Alliance’s DC Microgrids Standards Committee, and the REBus Alliance developing 380VDC distributed generation and efficiency systems.

Speaking In…

Microgrids

Joe Lstiburek

Joe Lstiburek

JOSEPH LSTIBUREK, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal of Building Science Corporation and an ASHRAE Fellow. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Building Science at the University of Toronto. He is a building scientist who investigates building failures. Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a doctorate in Building Science Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1982. When he is not in buildings he drinks red French wine and drives fast German sports cars – but never at the same time.

Speaking In…

Adventures In Building Science – Multi-Family New Construction (Workshop)

Nancy Ludwig

Nancy Ludwig

Nancy Ludwig is President of ICON architecture Inc., a 40-person Boston-based firm that focus on sustainable urban projects that create new paradigms for city living, and range from transit-oriented development to innovative adaptive reuse, and from low-rise to high-rise construction. Her projects have been case studies for nationally distributed books on sustainable housing, published by Urban Land Institute, Harvard University Press, and Global Green, and honored by multiple awards. Ms. Ludwig is the Co-chair of ULI Boston’s Housing and Economic Development Product Council and ULI Advisory Board Member. Also, she is a member of Boston Society of Architects and a board member of Homestart, a non-profit seeking to end homelessness in Greater Boston. She received a BA in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, magna cum laude.

Speaking In…

Climate Resilience: Learning from Hamburg/The HafenCity and IBA projects (Lunch Session)

Timothy P. Lynch

Timothy P. Lynch

As founder of PEPCO, Mr. Lynch oversees all phases of PEPCO including sales, marketing, financial management and product development. Throughout Mr. Lynch’s 33 year career he has been responsible for the installation and supervision of over 1,000,000 monitored and controlled DDC points used for various building automation and energy management applications. Mr. Lynch has in depth knowledge of mechanical systems used for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning.

Speaking In…

Convergence of Submetering, Temperature Control and Demand Response with Advances in Wireless Technology


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Henry MacLean

Henry MacLean

Henry MacLean AIA, LEED AP is an architect, educator, and principal of his firm Timeless Architecture. Actively promoting green design in the northeast since 1987, he currently teaches with the Sustainable Design Institute at the Boston Architectural College. His articles and project have appeared in publications including the Boston Globe, the Northeast Sun, Architecture Boston, and Preservation Magazine. He lives and practices in Milton, MA where he serves on the Town’s Alternate Energy Committee.

Speaking In…

Deep Energy Retrofits: Full Value Proposition
Emerging/Game Changing Technologies

Nadav Malin

Nadav Malin

Nadav Malin is the building industry’s acknowledged go-to resource when you need thoughtful perspective on the materials and design solutions that define sustainable building practice. As president of BuildingGreen, he oversees the company’s industry-leading information and community-building resources, including Environmental Building News, its sister publication GreenSpec, and the project certification help tool LEEDuser. He also lends his technical expertise and vision to McGraw-Hill Construction, serving as executive editor of the award-winning GreenSource magazine.

Speaking In…

Product Transparency – The Brave New World
Global Thinkers Answer the Big Questions (Closing Session)

Craig Marden

Craig Marden

Craig Marden is a Field Application Specialist in the Building Science/Sustainability group at Owens Corning. Twenty years experience in construction, weatherization and energy efficiency retrofitting, conducting thousands of blower door tests on residential buildings. Professional experience include: Adjunct Faculty: Building and Construction Technology Program-UMass Amherst ,Construction Management, HERS Rater, LEED Rater, Energy Auditor, Heating system installer, Solar thermal installer, Air sealing technician. Craig holds a Massachusetts CSL and is a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Speaking In…

Think Inside Box: Compartmentalization in Multifamily Buildings

Joe Martin

Joe Martin

Began working in the Systems Built-modular industry in 1985 in the production side of the industry. Advanced into quality assurance and code compliance and then into sales becoming Sales Manager at Keiser Industries in 2002. Helped develop Energy Star Qualified Home program at Keiser Industries approximately 10 years ago. Latest LEED project is 1016 Chelsea Place in Chelsea, Ma LEED for new mid rise construction

Speaking In…

Affordable, Net Zero Modular – Chasing The Golden Trifecta, Scraping Knees Along the Way

Sean Maxwell

Sean Maxwell

Sean Maxwell is a senior energy consultant at Steven Winter Associates and has been with the company for 5 years. His responsibilities include conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning studies of multifamily buildings. In addition, he has been involved in several research projects linking ventilation performance and building compartmentalization. His very favorite thing to do is measure things.

Speaking In…

Intro and Advanced Multifamily Auditing and Retrofitting (Workshop)
Multifamily Ventilation: Where does air come from?

Andrew McNamara

Andrew McNamara

Andrew McNamara is Vice President of Engineering at Bright Power, Inc., a New York based firm that provides practical energy management and solar energy solutions that save building owners energy, money and time. Andrew brings particularly deep experience in solar energy system design, installation, and financing, having led the firm’s Renewable Energy practice since 2008 and worked on over 50 MW of project design and implementation, including dozens of financed installations. Andrew holds a B.S. in Optical Engineering and B.A. in Physics from the University of Rochester and is an Adjunct Instructor at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Speaking In…

Megawatts To Go Before We Sleep

Rick Meinking

Rick Meinking

Rick Meinking is the Business Program Manager for the Efficiency Maine Trust. Efficiency Maine is an independent trust dedicated to promoting the efficient and cost-effective use of energy in order to save money for Maine residents and businesses, grow the economy, and create jobs. The Efficiency Maine Trust’s energy-saving programs deliver Maine’s lowest-cost energy resource by saving electricity and heating fuels through energy efficiency improvements and the increased use of cost-effective alternative energy. The Trust’s programs provide a combination of technical assistance, cost-sharing, training, information and quality assurance.

Rick is a certified Building Analyst through the Building Performance Institute and a Certified Building Operator through the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council with over 25 years experience as a Commercial Building Facility Manager. Additionally, Rick spent 9 year on active duty and 11 years in the Reserve with the United States Navy. In his spare time he enjoys camping, hiking and running. During baseball season he can usually be found umpiring a high school game.

Speaking In…

Intro and Advanced Multifamily Auditing and Retrofitting (Workshop)

Stephen Messinger

Stephen Messinger

Stephen Messinger pursues his passion of sustainable design and thinking vigorously in all aspects of his life from academic to professional to personal. While a student at the BAC, Stephen served as a Project Director for the BAC/Tufts 2009 Solar Decathlon, playing a pivotal role in bringing the 800 sf zero energy solar house from idea to reality in Washington, DC on the National Mall. Stephen won the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship (funded by the BAC) which allowed him to live in Sweden for two months, studying all facets of sustainable cities and neighborhoods. This ongoing research has resulted in a blog, presentations in academic and professional settings in and around Boston, and an invigorated effort to facilitate the continued
development of Boston as a sustainable city in any way possible.

Stephen works for KlingStubbins in Cambridge in all phases of design from concept to construction. As a leader in sustainable thinking and practice in the office, he co-organized, developed, and teaches a LEED and sustainability training course for co-workers, clients, and Harvard students aiming for both a deeper understanding of sustainable issues and LEED Accreditation. He also serves as a Project Administrator, piloting projects through the hurdles of LEED.

Bringing sustainable practice home, Stephen recently completed Boston’s Green Triple Decker pilot project with a deep energy retrofit of his house in Jamaica Plain, which includes super insulation, energy efficient windows, a heat pump heating and cooling system, tankless on-demand hot water, low flow/dual flush fixtures, and an energy recovery ventilator (ERV).

Speaking In…

Community Scale Energy Systems

Andy Meyer

Andy Meyer

Andy Meyer is a residential program manager at Efficiency Maine overseeing weatherization, lighting, appliances, heating systems, and low income programs. He has been VP, Sustainable Development at Safe Handling (Governor’s Carbon Challenge leader); Director of Marketing, IDEXX Laboratories; Marketing Representative, IBM.

A certified Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, Andy holds a B.S. from Bowdoin College. He lives in Falmouth, ME in a house (heated by a ductless heat pump) tested at 1,350 cfm50.

Speaking In…

Performance of Ductless Heat Pumps in the Northeast

Parlin Meyer

Parlin Meyer

After 10 years of sailing the high seas as a licensed officer, Parlin Meyer changed tack to begin a second career in architecture. She earned both a Master of Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland, and was an integral part Maryland’s team for the 2011 Solar Decathlon’s winning home, WaterShed. These days, Parlin can be found working hard to bring net-zero, high performance homes to the masses, as the Development Director for BrightBuilt Home.

Speaking In…

Affordable, Net Zero Modular – Chasing The Golden Trifecta, Scraping Knees Along the Way

Rob Meyers

Rob Meyers

After 13 years of desperately trying to be a carpenter, Rob’s peers at South Mountain Company finally got him out of their hair when he shifted from the field to the office in an energy services & product sales role five years ago. As it turns out, swinging a spreadsheet is a better fit for him (and his peers) than swinging a hammer. Rob has no formal building science education, but relies on an inquisitiveness that is rivaled by only the most tenacious three-year old (“Why? Why? Why?”) and the good fortune of being able to pester both John Abrams & Marc Rosenbaum on a daily basis: how could he not learn something?

Co-chair of Track 9 – Renewables/The Grid

Speaking In…

Renewable Energy Storage (session chair)

Pasi Miettinen

Pasi Miettinen

Speaking In…

New Frontiers in Energy Data: A Closer Look at Homes and Offices

Henry Misas

Henry Misas

Henry Misas has extensive experience in building science which includes performing dozens of energy assessments in multifamily buildings and implementing commercial solar projects. He has specified over 5 MW of solar PV projects and prepared numerous feasibility studies for distributed generation projects. Henry has received training in solar thermal system design and solar photovoltaic system design. He is a BPI Multifamily Building Analyst and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.

Speaking In…

Megawatts To Go Before We Sleep

Erin Moore

Erin Moore

Erin Moore is an assistant professor in the architecture department at the University of Oregon with a private research practice, FLOAT architectural research and design LLC. Her teaching, research and practice focus on lifecycle thinking in ecology, design and construction with explicit intentions for the lives and life spans of materials and so of the buildings. Moore also works in teaching and research to quantify the life cycle environmental impacts of building materials in construction using a life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. She has recently published an LCA comparing the environmental impacts of the building materials required to upgrade a multifamily housing project with the long-term operational impact savings.

Speaking In…

Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment for Design (workshop)
When is Less More or More Less? – Building Envelope Comparisons

Fortunat Mueller

Fortunat Mueller

Fortunat Mueller is a co founder and managing partner at ReVision Energy. ReVision Energy is dedicated to the professional design, installation and service of renewable energy systems and has offices in Liberty and Portland, ME and Exeter, NH. Fortunat received a MS in Mechanical engineering from Brown University and is a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed solar thermal installer in Maine. Fortunat also serves as president of the board of directors of MABEP (Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals).

Speaking In…

Solar System sizing and design for architects, engineers and developers (Workshop)
PV and Heat Pumps: Net zero heating solutions (Workshop)

Karl Munzel

Karl Munzel

Karl Munzel’s background includes marketing, public relations and project management. He currently works with RGS Energy and previously worked with internationally known recording artists, fashion designers and sculptors as well as working on branding and green initiatives at a large commercial real estate firm with a focus on adaptive reuse and mixed-use developments. Mr. Munzel holds a BPI Building Analyst I certification and is a member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation as well as a member of the Steering Committee of NESEA’s Rhode Island Chapter.

Speaking In…

Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030 (session co-chair)


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Galen Nelson

Galen Nelson

Galen Nelson is responsible for developing and managing innovative programs that reduce market barriers and create opportunities for emerging clean energy companies and technologies. Galen manages InnovateMass, a clean energy commercialization acceleration program, and spearheads the Center’s microgrid efforts.

Prior to joining the MassCEC, Galen served under Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as the City’s Green Tech Business Manager at the Boston Redevelopment Authority where he worked on a wide range of policy and program initiatives all tied to growing the cleantech eco-system in Boston. Galen also worked at the Green Roundtable, a green building consulting and advocacy firm, where he managed the construction of the NEXUS Green Building Resource Center. Galen previously served as a consultant to the City of Boston from 2007-2008, overseeing with two other consultants the development of the City’s green affordable housing program.

Speaking In…

Microgrids (session chair)

Mark Newey

Mark Newey

Mark Newey oversees the Center for Ecological Technology’s Green Building Services, Multifamily Energy Services, and Training departments. He has worked at CET since 2005 and has extensive experience in the fields of energy efficiency and green buildings. He is certified as a Home Energy Rater Trainer and Quality Assurance Designee, and has taught over 100 workshops on energy efficiency and green building for builders, architects, heating contractors, and real estate agents. Mark’s technical expertise includes energy modeling, energy codes, deep energy retrofits, duct system design and pressure diagnostics. Prior to working at CET, Mark directed residential technical services at Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Co-chair of Track 7 – Fundamentals for Advanced Construction

Speaking In…

Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

Jim Newman

Jim Newman

Mr. Newman is a founder and principal of Linnean Solutions, which provides environmental planning services and tracks energy, environmental, and community impacts for companies, non-profit, and governmental organizations. Mr. Newman has over 20 years of experience is in the presentation of complex information for decision-makers at Linnean, and before that, as Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen, LLC, publishers of Environmental Building News.

Speaking In…

Prepare for the Next Disruption: Resilient Buildings

Heather Nolen

Heather Nolen

As an Energy Consultant for Steven Winter Associates, Inc. Heather conducts energy audits on multifamily buildings, examining the building for sources of energy savings then assisting the project though construction. Having earned her undergraduate degree at Penn State, Heather is now pursing her masters at Southern New Hampshire University.

Co-chair of Track 2 – Multifamily

Speaking In…

Intro and Advanced Multifamily Auditing and Retrofitting (Workshop)
Multifamilies for (those of us that no longer want to be) Dummies


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Tomas O'Leary

Tomas O’Leary

Tomás O’Leary is one of the leading educators for designers and contractors in the subject of Passive House and is an accredited certifier of Passive House buildings. He believes that Passive House provides the best building envelope systems on the planet. Recently, Tomás has shifted his focus towards international research on retrofitting to the Passive House standard as well as using the economic benefits of the standard to encourage policy makers to go Passive.

Speaking In…

Passive House EnerPHit: Take Your Building Deeper
Specification and Detailing for Windows and Thermal Bridges in High Performance Buildings
(Workshop)

Matthew O'Malia

Matthew O’Malia

Matthew O’Malia is an architect and American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Merit and Honor Award winner. He received a Bachelor in Environmental Design from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1993. Mr. O’Malia worked for architects in Frankfurt, Germany and New York City before completing his post graduate studies in architecture at the Staedelschule Kunst Akadame in Frankfurt in 1997. In 2008, Mr. O’Malia founded G O Logic with Alan Gibson.

Speaking In…

PassivHaus in Practice – Design, Build, Refine, Repeat (Workshop)


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Sukanya Paciorek

Sukanya Paciorek

Sukanya (Suki) Paciorek is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the U.S. In this role, she develops and oversees Vornado’s corporate strategy, goals, programs and policies, and reporting and disclosure related to energy efficiency/management and sustainability for Vornado’s portfolio. Sukanya also manages the utilities group for Vornado’s New York Division, which includes contract management, energy procurement and accounting for an annual budget of over $100 million. Since joining Vornado in 2008, Sukanya has led Vornado’s efforts to LEED certify over 30 million square feet of its existing building portfolio (more than any other single owner in the U.S.), and to establish a standalone energy efficiency capital fund through which projects are implemented and tracked.

Sukanya serves on several boards and advisory groups, including most recently as Co-Chair of REBNY’s sustainability committee, board member of Greenlight New York and Co-Chair of the commercial buildings subcommittee of NYC’s Building Resiliency Task Force. Before Vornado, Sukanya worked in the energy industry and for the U.S. Department of State. She has a masters degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she studied international energy management and policy, and an undergraduate degree in international studies and political science from the Ohio State University.

Speaking In…

Sustainability in Real Estate: Five Key Trends & What They Mean For You

F.L. Andrew Padian

F.L. Andrew Padian

F.L. Andrew Padian is Vice President for Energy Initiatives for The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), a not-for-profit affordable housing mortgage lender, where he is working in Sandy Recovery, the implementation of the Green Financing Initiative (GFI), and training CPC staff and building owners across New York State. He has 30 years of experience in the unique building science of multifamily buildings, and has performed detailed energy analysis on hundreds of buildings across the country. He created the first national model for training and certification of building managers and maintenance staff of multifamily buildings for energy efficiency; over 2000 participants have taken the extensive 1 to 5 day training. Mr. Padian is a frequent contributor to energy and sustainable publications, and has spoken at numerous conferences across the country over the last 30 years (NESEA Building Energy, Affordable Comfort, Apartment World, National Weatherization Conference, National Multifamily Conference to name a few). He lives in NYC, and is involved in many sustainable causes there, including GreenHomeNYC (Board President), the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (Vice Board Chair) and the Clinton Community Garden.

Speaking In…

“Awesome Ideas” About the Future of Cities
Intro and Advanced Multifamily Auditing and Retrofitting
(Workshop)

Richard Perez

Richard Perez

Richard Perez is a Research Professor at the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, where he directs applied research in the fields of solar radiation, and solar energy applications, and daylighting. He holds a Master and a Doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences (University of Paris and SUNY‐Albany) and an Undergraduate Degree in Electrotechnics (University of Nice, France). His noted contributions to the field of solar energy are: identifying the high value potential of photovoltaic power generation to meet the electrical power demand of large cities in non traditional solar regions such as the northeastern
United States, and the development of solar radiation models which have been incorporated in standard solar energy and daylighting calculation practice around the world.

Perez sits on the Advisory Board of the GW Solar Institute at GW University in Washington, DC. He has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). He has produced over 250 book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and technical reports and holds two US patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics. He has directed research projects and contracts amounting to $6 million, and has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE; ASES’ highest award: the Charles Greeley Abbot Award; and the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Velux Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Speaking In…

Pricing Solar Energy

Lily Perkins-High

Lily Perkins-High

Lily Perkins-High works at WegoWise, Inc as the Project Manager for the LEAN Multifamily Benchmarking Inventory. Lily works closely with a variety of energy management professionals, ranging from executive directors at small CDC’s to the Sustainability Programs Developer at the MA DHCD to the efficiency program managers at the utilities funding the program, helping them identify their least efficient buildings and prioritize utility upgrades that maximize ROI.

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Benchmarking at Scale – Lessons Learned from Benchmarking 120,000+ Units of Affordable Housing

Robert Perschel

Robert Perschel

Robert Perschel is the Executive Director of the New England Forestry Foundation. Previous to this position Bob was the Eastern Region Director for the Forest Guild. In his 30 years as an environmental professional he has worked on forestry, large landscape conservation and wilderness issues. Bob worked for the forest industry before establishing his own forestry consulting business and founding the Land Ethic Institute. He is an original co-founder of the Forest Guild. He has also been Director of The Wilderness Society’s Network of Wildlands Program, Land Ethic Program, Regional Director for Northeast Region, chairman of The Northern Forest Alliance and the Eastern Forest Partnership. His most recent work has focused on ecological forestry, climate change and sustainable forest biomass utilization. He is co-author of Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast and An Assessment of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines and author of A Market Based Approach to Community Wood Energy: An Opportunity for Consulting Foresters and has guided the development of biomass retention and harvesting guidelines for the Northeast and Southeast. Bob has a master’s degree in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a psychology degree from Yale College.

Speaking In…

The Forest and Trees: Making Smart Choices

James Petersen

James Petersen

James Petersen, P.E., President, Petersen Engineering, Inc. is a registered mechanical engineer in MA, NH, NY, NJ, CT, ME and VT. Mr. Petersen founded Petersen Engineering in 1992 and brings 27 years of experience on a wide variety of building types ranging from multi-family housing to municipal infrastructure. All the firm’s projects reflect James’ commitment to integrated design with a goal of significantly elevating building performance. Mr. Petersen is former Board Chair of NESEA.

Speaking In…

The Perfect HVAC System for Your Multifamily Building

Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson has been working on energy-related issues since 1978. His experience includes work on efficiency policy at the University of Vermont Extension Service, the Vermont Public Service Board, and ISO New England, the operator of the regional electric grid for New England. Mr. Peterson holds a BA in Political Science from Williams College and a JD from Western New England College School of Law. He has also taken courses at the National Judicial College and has experience with mediation of Vermont Superior Court civil cases.

Speaking In…

Understanding Our Energy Distribution Systems

Caroline Petrovick

Caroline Petrovick

Caroline Petrovick has been a project manager and job captain at Coldham & Hartman Architects since 2008. Caroline has assisted with construction administration on a range of projects, from large commercial jobs to smaller residential work. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in film and moved to the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2005. She began working in Boston while attending the Boston Architectural College. One year later she moved west, found Coldham & Hartman Architects, and her environmental conscience. Caroline completed her Masters of Architecture degree at UMass Amherst in May of 2008.

Speaking In…

Think Inside Box: Compartmentalization in Multifamily Buildings
The Living Building Challenge: Two Northeast Regional Case Studies
(session chair)

Amanda Pike

Amanda Pike

Amanda Pike is an environmental sustainability professional specializing in the life cycle approach and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). She is the Director of U.S. Operations for Quantis. With offices in Switzerland, France, the U.S. and Canada, Quantis is one of the world leaders in LCA. Quantis was created to provide conscientious businesses and governments worldwide with tools, guidance and knowledge for achieving sustainability by mastering their life cycle and reducing their environmental impacts. Quantis offers coherent, high impact solutions to organizations that are environmentally and socially responsible and wish to better understand and manage the stakes at hand.

Speaking In…

To Build or Not To Build? – Quantifying Environmental Value

Duncan Prahl

Duncan is Senior Building Performance Specialist, and has more than a decade of experience at IBACOS assisting builders and developers with implementing high performance housing using Building America research results. His research focuses on process-related barriers in most builders’ organizations, with the goal of creating new business process models for builders. Duncan plays a strategic role within Building America and participates in the Building America QA/QC working group. Previously, Duncan was a Partner at Spectrum Design Collaborate, LLC, and a Program Manager for the Energy Crafted Home Program with Northeast Utilities. He is a Registered Architect in New York and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design.

Speaking In…

What’s Been Learned with Your Hard Earned Tax Dollars: Building America Research Results (Workshop)


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Bernice Radle

Bernice Radle

Bernice Radle works for Buffalo Energy, one of Buffalo’s premier energy consulting firms. For the past six years, Ms. Radle has spent her time retrofitting historic buildings in Buffalo, NY. Several of her retrofits have been recognized by NYSERDA for their higher than average energy reductions. She has a passion for buildings, energy efficiency, cities, urban planning initiatives and historic preservation. Ms. Radle has been chosen as a Women of Green at NESEA BE11 and was a part of the Keynote Experience for NESEA BE12. Ms. Radle is active with NESEA, the Western New York Sustainable Energy Association the Buffalo Young Preservationists and several other organizations. You can follow her work at berniceradle.com

Speaking In…

“Awesome Ideas” About the Future of Cities

Andrea Ranger

Andrea Ranger

Andrea Ranger is a Project Manager for DNV KEMA with 8 years of experience advising on building energy strategies for commercial buildings. She helped Massachusetts develop the state’s first green design and construction rating system for K-12 schools. She is a regular contributor to DNV KEMA’s efficiency program evaluation studies and project manages a software product called the MicroGrid Optimizer, which analyzes the performance of building systems and distributed resources within a microgrid configuration.

Speaking In…

Community Scale Energy Systems

Irina Rasputnis

Irina Rasputnis

Irina Rasputnis is a Commercial Programs Manager at NEEP, managing the DesignLights Consortium® Qualified Products List (DLC QPL), a qualification program for commercial-sector LED lighting products. In this role, she is oversees the development and maintenance of technical requirements for product qualification and the accessibility and functionality of the DLC QPL. Irina holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and studied Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Irina also sits on the Board of Directors of the NCQLP (National Council for the Qualifications of the Lighting Professions).

Speaking In…

Good, Bad and Shady – Sunshading Performance Retrospectives, Lighting Systems and Integrated Fenestration (session chair)

Silvia Rimolo

Silvia Rimolo

Silvia Rimolo is an Asset Manager at Boston Financial Investment Management, a low income housing tax credit syndicator. She has over 16 years experience in Commercial Real Estate Lending and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Equity. As an Asset Manager, she is responsible for managing the performance of a $350 million portfolio located in the Central U.S. She focuses on proactive strategies to resolve operational, financial, and compliance problems to ensure the long-term viability of the assets by addressing financial, market, physical or project management issues over the life of the assets. Prior to Boston Financial, Silvia worked at Bank of America (Legacy Fleet Bank) for its Real Estate Community Development Group as portfolio manager and relationship underwriter.

Speaking In…

Construction Costs and Operating Costs: Balanced Decision Making (session chair)
Climate Resilience: Learning from Hamburg/The HafenCity and IBA projects (Lunch Session)

Paul Roberti

Paul Roberti

Commissioner Paul Roberti was appointed to the RIPUC for a six-year term expiring March 1, 2015. Previously, he served 17 years in the RI Attorney General’s Office, most recently as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Regulatory Unit.

Commissioner Roberti currently serves as Vice Chairman of NARUC’s Committee on Gas and Chairman of NARUC’s Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NARUC and the National Regulatory Research Institute. He was appointed by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

Commissioner Roberti received a B.A. in Chemistry from Holy Cross and J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Speaking In…

Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030

Tristan Roberts

Tristan Roberts

Tristan Roberts, is Editorial Director for BuildingGreen and a speaker known for his sparkling wit and insight. He brings a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, a broad knowledge about sustainable design, deep understanding of green building products, and a mastery of all things LEED to his work. A longtime contributor of in-depth feature articles in Environmental Building News and regular reporting on green news in BuildingGreen.com, he may be best known for his role in launching and managing the continuous updating of LEEDuser, a tool sought by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide demystify LEED on a credit-by-credit basis for project teams. Tristan is a daily presence on the LEEDuser forum, where he provides advice and facilitates conversations on knotty LEED issues.

Speaking In…

Spec This…Not That

Emily Rochon

Emily Rochon

Emily joined Boston Community Capital in August 2013 as a Boston Community Capital Fellow. As a BCC Fellow, Emily’s work focuses primarily on clean energy public policy discussions taking place at the local, state, and federal levels. She is also assisting BCC in developing its solar and energy business, with the goal of ensuring that low-income communities are included in any sustainable energy model. Emily comes to BCC with extensive experience in environmental and energy policy and law. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013 and holds a M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University as well as undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology from Providence College and Rhode Island College, respectively.

Speaking In…

Understanding Our Energy Distribution Systems (session chair)

Marc Rosenbaum

Marc Rosenbaum

Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. is a long-time student of making great buildings. He uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities connected to the natural world, supporting both personal and planetary health. Much of his recent work has been Zero Net Energy Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits and Passive Houses. His work has been recognized nationally by ASHRAE, AIA, EEBA, and NESEA, but they didn’t see all the mistakes along the way.

Co-chair of Track 10 – Materials: Design for a Healthy World

Speaking In…

Heat Pumps, Heat Pumps and More Heat Pumps
Here Comes the Sun – Applications of Solar Energy
(Workshop)

Sara Ross

Sara founded Sungage (now Sungage Financial) following her own experience purchasing solar. After acting as the general contractor for an award-winning deep energy retrofit of her own home, she started a business to help solar contractors meet the needs of residential consumers. Sara holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Speaking In…

To Own or To Lease? That is the Solar Financing Question

Kurt Roth

Kurt Roth

Dr. Kurt Roth is Director of Building Energy Technologies at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE). His team collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test, evaluate, and demonstrate energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth has led several studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building controls and diagnostics, HVAC, toplighting, and information (IT) technologies. In addition, he leads analyses to characterize building energy consumption by building end uses. Dr. Roth has presented at numerous conferences and meetings, and authored more than sixty “Emerging Technology” articles for the ASHRAE Journal.

He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. Dr. Roth is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Solar Energy Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Sigma Xi.

Speaking In…

Energy Efficiency – Made in Germany (workshop)

Tim Roughan

Tim Roughan

Tim Roughan is the Director of Energy and Environmental Policy for the National Grid companies which serve 6.8 million electric and gas customers in NE and NY. His prior positions include Director of Product Management, Business Services Vice President, and the Director of Distributed Resources. He has been with the company or it’s predecessors for 30 years. In his role, Tim works in the regulatory arena to promote balanced approaches to distributed generation issues (e.g. net metering, integration of renewables with the transmission and distribution (T&D) system, interconnection issues, etc.), non-wires alternatives to standard T&D investments using various customer-side resources, and certainty and consistency of these policies throughout the Company’s service territory. He is a graduate of WPI.

Speaking In…

Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030


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Arnold E Sapenter

Arnold E Sapenter

Arnold Sapenter is Director of Sustainability at MassDEP and represents the Agency on the State Leading by Example Council. Previously he served as Director of Diversity and Program Monitoring with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He has an M.B.A. from Boston University.
His past positions include Director of Program Development and Evaluation and Director of The Right to Know Office at Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection.

Speaking In…

Post-Occupancy and Occupant based energy performance in K-12 schools and government facilities – Measure, Learn and Save!

Pat Sapinsley

Pat Sapinsley

Pat Sapinsley is the founder of the consulting firm Build Efficiently, and of Watt Not, which supplies energy efficient lighting retrofits. She is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. She is Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and formerly was a principle of Sapinsley Architecture. She holds an M.Arch from Harvard University GSD.

Speaking In…

Rebuild or Retreat: Coastal Resilience

James Saucier

James Saucier

Jim is an experienced carpenter and a foreman with Wright Builders, and his work involves day to day site responsibility, scheduling, and subcontractor coordination. He has built many Energy Star homes, high performance institutional buildings, and worked on the first utility sponsored DER in Massachusetts.

Speaking In…

Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

Christopher Schaffner

Christopher Schaffner

Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, is Principal and Founder of The Green Engineer, Inc. a sustainable design consulting firm based in Concord, MA. Chris was deeply involved in the development of LEED v4 as Chair of the USGBC’s Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Chris has been a member of the USGBC’s LEED Faculty since 2001, and has trained about 10,000 building industry professionals in the use of the LEED Rating System. A mechanical engineer by training, Chris’s portfolio of projects include 65 LEED Certified projects across a wide variety of building types including laboratories and hospitals. He served on Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Building task force, and currently is a member of the USGBC MA Board of Directors.

Speaking In…

LEED v4: A Detailed Review (Workshop)

R. Carter Scott

R. Carter Scott

R. Carter Scott is President of Transformations, Inc., a sustainable development and building company in Townsend, Massachusetts. His company specializes in developing and building Zero-Energy communities, building Zero-Energy custom homes and installing solar electric systems on existing buildings. He is currently a member of the Governor Patrick’s Net Zero Energy Building Advisory Council.

Speaking In…

Energy Positive Homes in Devens, MA

Susanne Seitinger

Susanne Seitinger

Susanne Seitinger, City Innovations Manager for Philips Color Kinetics, is responsible for leading the research and strategy around the impact of programmable LED lighting elements to create safe, inviting and responsive urban environments.

Speaking In…

Shining a Light on LEDs

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah is author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. Shah unlocked the multi-billion dollar worldwide solar industry with a business model innovation, the Power Purchase Agreement. This model created SunEdison, the largest solar services company worldwide. Jigar Shah has shown that business model innovation applied to the biggest challenge of our lifetime – climate change – will unlock a $10 trillion dollar new economy. After SunEdison was sold in 2009, Jigar served through 2012 as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room —the global organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Today, as CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, he works with global companies in a multitude of industries to deploy existing clean energy solutions fueled by new business models.

Speaking In…

Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030
Jigar Shah Book Party
(Lunch)

Andy Shapiro

Andy Shapiro

Andrew Shapiro, President of Energy Balance, Inc., has provided energy analysis and design and other high performance building design consulting services, for 30 years to a wide variety of clients, including owners, architects, engineers and builders, as well as housing developers, universities, businesses and demand-side management programs. He is also the Energy Engineer for the Vermont Energy Education Program, training teachers and students.

Speaking In…

High Performance HVAC
Achieving and Measuring High Performance Commercial/Institutional Buildings
(Workshop)

Suzanne Shelton

Suzanne Shelton

Suzanne Shelton is CEO of Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications firm entirely focused in the sustainability and energy efficiency sectors. The company polls Americans on an ongoing basis to understand their drivers and obstacles to adopting more sustainable or energy efficient products and behaviors and uses those insights to help some of the nation’s leading brands define and leverage their sustainability and energy efficiency stories to gain a market advantage.

Speaking In…

Home Performance is Awesome–So Why Isn’t Every Homeowner Beating Down Your Door?

Lester Shen

Lester Shen

Lester Shen joined the Center for Energy and Environment in July 2008 and has been working on projects dealing with the residential and commercial energy efficiency. Prior experience includes being the Associate Dean of the BS:Visualization Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Research Associate with the University of Minnesota’s Underground Space Center. He has over thirty years experience in the building energy efficiency field and is currently part of CEE’s Innovation Exchange.

Speaking In…

Human Building Interaction: Solving the Occupant Problem
Don’t Be Afraid of Technology! How Smart Phones Can Really Make Your Life Easier
(Workshop)

Genevieve Sherman

Genevieve Sherman

Genevieve Sherman is the Senior Manager for Commercial & Industrial Programs at the nation’s first green bank, Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority (CEFIA). Ms. Sherman manages CEFIA’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program is actively designing financing strategies for microgrids and district energy systems. Genevieve graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master in City Planning, where she developed financing and governance models to implement district energy and microgrids in commercial centers. Previously, Genevieve consulted with several leading developers of smart metering, information feedback, and energy efficiency programs, including Clean Energy Solutions Inc., Earth Markets, and HR&A Advisors. Genevieve holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Certificate in Environmental Policy from MIT.

Speaking In…

Microgrids

Barun Singh

Barun Singh

Barun Singh is the Co-Founder and CTO of WegoWise, a company he created out of a vision to dramatically reduce energy costs through use of a simple and powerful online tool. He leads all aspects of product development and technological innovation for the firm. Prior to founding WegoWise, Mr. Singh was owner and CEO of Thinkify, an Internet technology development and consulting company. He completed his undergraduate studies at the age of 16 and holds three graduate degrees, including two from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Speaking In…

Software Service Solutions

Sarah Slaughter

Sarah Slaughter

Dr. Sarah Slaughter is President of the Built Environment Coalition, a research nonprofit organization focused on improving sustainability and disaster-resilience in the built environment. She was most recently the Associate Director for Buildings and Infrastructure in the MIT Energy Initiative, Head of the Sustainability Initiative in the MIT Sloan School of Management, founder and CEO of MOCA Systems, Inc., and a professor in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She serves on the Board of Directors for Retroficiency, Inc., and the Charles River Watershed Association. She received her PhD, SM, and SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Speaking In…

Prepare for the Next Disruption: Resilient Buildings

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is the Director of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solution. In addition to being a LEED AP, he is co-facilitator of Living Building Challenge New Haven. He is responsible for maximizing business opportunities for ASSA ABLOY products that deliver energy efficiency and sustainability for green buildings. Underscoring ASSA ABLOY’s commitment to transparency, Aaron recently participated in the pilot project for the Health Product Declaration standard and he is the treasurer of the board of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board of Directors.

Speaking In…

Product Transparency – The Brave New World

Craig Snyder

Craig Snyder

Speaking In…

Renewable Thermal: Pursuing the Policy Pipeline

Ambrose Spencer

Ambrose Spencer

Building and systems technician. Energy service company sales. Author, lecturer and environmental design instructor. Assisted Building for Social Responsibility to create the most comprehensive residential rating in the country. Technical coordinator; the Cambridge Sustainable Housing Demonstration Project. Independent researcher in energy infrastructure, efficiency in rental property, community wind, and special lighting. Founding board member; Quantal Energy. Involved volunteer with NESEA for 30 years.

Speaking In…

Emerging/Game Changing Technologies

William J. Stack

William J. Stack

Speaking In…

Intro and Advanced Multifamily Auditing and Retrofitting (Workshop)

Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford is the Lead Account Executive for the Architect and Engineering Program in New England for National Grid.

Mark has been involved in the architecture industry with over 20 years of experience managing public and private projects across a broad spectrum of facility types.

Mark is responsible for proactively communicating and educating the Architecture, Engineering, Commercial Real Estate, and Construction Management communities on National Grid’s and the Massachusetts Program Administrator’s, through Mass Save, energy efficiency programs, incentives, and emerging technologies.

Mark is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. National Grid is one of the founding sponsors of the United States Green Building Council’s Massachusetts chapter. Mark joined National Grid in 2009.

Speaking In…

Post-Occupancy and Occupant based energy performance in K-12 schools and government facilities – Measure, Learn and Save! (session chair)

Charley Stevenson

Charley Stevenson

Charley Stevenson is principal at Integrated Eco Strategy, a consulting firm that focuses on sustainability policy, building energy efficiency, and green building certification for institutional and not-for-profit clients.

His current work includes coordination of sustainability goals within large and small capital construction and renovation projects ranging from 6,500 to 180,000 square feet. Among these projects are ones with LEED silver, LEED gold, and Living Building Challenge certification goals. In addition, his firm recently has provided feasibility assessments of large-scale solar thermal arrays, independent analysis of solar power purchase agreements, and strategic planning services for not-for-profits contemplating energy efficiency investments.

Charley’s approach to projects combines his technical and analytical abilities with the goals of team building and sustainability education across every level of project delivery.

Charley’s background is in education. Prior to entering the field of sustainability, he was a math and science educator and administrator. He was a founding board member of Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (www.bartcharter.org), a nationally-recognized school serving grades six through twelve. He is currently co-chair of the finance committee for Pine Cobble School (www.pinecobble.org), an independent day school serving pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. He earned a Master of Science in Natural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his focus was on math and science education.

Speaking In…

The Living Building Challenge: Two Northeast Regional Case Studies
Understanding the Living Building Challenge
(Workshop)

Larry Strain

Larry Strain

Larry Strain, principal at Siegel & Strain Architects, has a 40-year background in sustainable design. After studying ecological systems at the Evergreen State College, he worked at the Farallones Institute in California in the mid-1970’s, and then co-founded the Solar Center, one of the largest solar design and installation companies in San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving a Masters in Architectures for UC Berkeley, he formed Siegel & Strain Architects with Henry Siegel, and in the early 1990’s began to systematically research sustainable materials and construction methods. Under Larry’s leadership, the firm has re¬ceived over 60 national, regional, and local design awards, including four Top Ten Green Projects from the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Speaking In…

The Clock is Ticking – Reducing Embodied Carbon
Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (Workshop)

Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED BD+C, is Vice President for the Living Building Challenge at the International Living Future Institute, Seattle where she oversees the program and team. She is an award-winning architect and has been recognized as a pioneering leader in the green building movement in the northwest region where she has practiced for the last 15 years. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council, has served on the board of AIA Seattle and has been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington. Amanda won the Betterbricks Architect award in 2008, and was the 2011 AIA/NAIUSI Fellow through which she spent a month in Italy studying Biophilia and Beauty as a pathway to a restorative future. Amanda was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013.

Speaking In…

Opening Keynote
Understanding the Living Building Challenge (Workshop)
Spec This…Not That

Dillon Sussman

Dillon Sussman

Dillon Sussman helps clients solve complex land use problems. He is the principal of Ground Truth Design where he harnesses the sun, water, wind, soil, and living beings to create beautiful sites. He is a Planning and Design Associate at Joel Russell Associates where works on innovative zoning and planning projects. Dillon earned an M.A. in Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School.

Co-chair of Track 4 – Retrofit for Resilience: Cities

Speaking In…

From Building Systems to Cities: Setting the Stage
Prepare for the Next Disruption: Resilient Buildings
Rebuild or Retreat: Coastal Resilience


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Peter Temple

Peter Temple

Peter Temple has been teaching courses in Building Science and Energy at Keene State College for more than 20 years. He began his career as a physicist, and is a professional engineer who worked for an architecture and engineering firm specializing in solar buildings before teaching at KSC. He also works as an energy consultant and engineer on both residential and commercial scale projects.

Speaking In…

Fundamentals of Heat Load Calculations and Energy (Workshop)

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Starting as an OEM pump base designer in 1975, Steve worked his way up the industry from base designing, product development/management to executive vice presidency. He is also heavily involved in the upcoming DOE pump efficiency standard development/enforcement in conjunction with ASHRAE, Hydraulic Institute and AHRI. His major accomplishment (so far) is the development and introduction of the first ECM “Smart” pumps and circulators into the North American HVAC market in 2005. Steve is currently employed by TACO Inc. as Director of Residential Product management, specializing in High Efficiency pumping products.

Speaking In…

New Pumps: Versatility and Efficiency from the Self Sensing Revolution and ECM

Ellen Tohn

Ellen Tohn

Ms. Tohn is the founder and principal of Tohn Environmental Strategies and a nationally recognized expert in housing based environmental health threats, green and healthy housing, indoor air quality, and lead poisoning prevention with over 25 years of experience. Ms. Tohn served as an advisor on indoor air quality issues to the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, Enterprise Green Communities, EPA, the Department of Energy, and numerous other green building programs.

Speaking In…

Home Ventilation: How Important Is It Really?

John Tooley

John Tooley

Regarded as a pioneer in the world of energy efficiency with over 30 years of experience diagnosing and repairing more than 5,000 homes, Tooley trains builders and contractors throughout the United States. As a senior consultant for Advanced Energy in Raleigh, North Carolina, he has spent more than 15 years helping the top 10 builders in the nation implement quality process management, where they can guarantee heating, cooling and comfort in their clients’ homes. Tooley has made important contributions to virtually every technical standard the industry uses today. Most recently, he contributed significantly to the development of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Standard Work Specifications (SWS). Part of DOE’s Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, the SWS is an unprecedented collaboration of industry members compiling their collective knowledge in one place to support the development of a skilled residential energy upgrade workforce.

Speaking In…

“Awesome Ideas” About the Future of Cities
Energy vs. Water

Svea Tullberg

Svea Tullberg

Svea is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a BPI Certified Building Envelope Technician. Since earning a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2001, Svea has developed her skills by working as a designer, carpenter, and energy efficiency technician. Svea returned to Maine in 2004, and spent 4 years working for Evergreen Home Performance as a Project Manager before joining G•O Logic in February 2013.

Speaking In…

PassivHaus in Practice – Design, Build, Refine, Repeat (Workshop)


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Kohta Ueno

Kohta Ueno

Kohta Ueno’s responsibilities at Building Science Corporation include forensic field investigations of building failures, consulting work with construction teams, project management, field monitoring/ instrumentation, and public speaking/ education. His consulting experience includes design charrettes, meetings, and field verification; this work has been done with builders, architects, owners, and developers. He also has long-term experience in computer modeling, field testing and verification, HVAC design, and residential energy analysis and simulations.

Speaking In…

Energy Positive Homes in Devens, MA

Fred Unger

Fred Unger

Fred Unger, President of Heartwood Group has worked in green building, real estate development and renewable energy since the 1970s. He manages operations for BCC Solar Energy Advantage, Inc. and has also managed teams developing wind projects.

Co-chair of Track 9 – Renewables/The Grid

Speaking In…

Pricing Solar Energy (session chair)


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Neil Veilleux

Neil Veilleux

Neil Veilleux is a Senior Consultant at Meister Consultants Group (MCG). He leads MCG’s renewable thermal initiatives, providing market, policy, dialogue, and industry development expertise to clients in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Veilleux currently directs the Community Energy Strategies program for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and has led or contributed to renewable thermal assessments in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and New Hampshire, including the Massachusetts Commonwealth Accelerated Renewable Thermal Strategy (CARTS). Mr. Veilleux also led development of the SHW market roadmap for New York City under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities Partnership. Mr. Veilleux has also served as a Rappaport Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Fulbright scholar in Germany, and a Renewable Energy Fellow for the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Speaking In…

Renewable Thermal: Pursuing the Policy Pipeline (moderator)

Gayathri Vijayakumar

Gayathri Vijayakumar

Gayathri Vijayakumar is a Senior Building Systems Engineer at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science from Penn State and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Gayathri currently provides technical support to the EPA on their ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise program and has over 8 years of experience working on multifamily buildings.

Speaking In…

Verifying Performance Through Testing and Commissioning


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Ben Walter

Ben Walter

As president of CWS Architects in Portland, Maine, Mr. Walter has over 25 year of extensive experience in the multi-family design industry in Northern New England with a focus on integrating unique community purpose programming into every project, with much success. Integrating sustainable design practices into every project is an essential part of this philosophy. Over the last year, three of Ben’s residential developments have received Silver and Platinum LEED for Homes certifications.

Speaking In…

Construction Costs and Operating Costs: Balanced Decision Making

Margaret Wang

Margaret Wang

Margaret is an energy efficiency specialist with SMMA. She is interested in daylighting and energy performance, and performs Advanced Buildings reviews for a variety of building types.

Speaking In…

Post-Occupancy and Occupant based energy performance in K-12 schools and government facilities – Measure, Learn and Save!

Jay Waterman

Jay Waterman

Mr. Waterman has extensive experience in the green building industry, with a unique perspective from ten years as a developer of green affordable multi-family housing and the last six years consulting on and managing green building projects. His responsibilities include owner’s sustainability representation; green master planning guidelines; preparation for and facilitation of sustainability charrettes; materials research and tracking during construction; plan and specification review; and LEED facilitation from conceptual design through certification.

Speaking In…

Construction Costs and Operating Costs: Balanced Decision Making

Ellen Watts

Ellen Watts

Ellen Watts a principal and co-founder of Architerra, a Boston architecture firm specializing in high performance buildings. Best known is the award-winning Garthwaite Center at the Cambridge School of Weston, a 2008 AIA/COTE Top 10 Green Building. Architerra’s recent and current projects include four large institutional zero net energy buildings. Ellen chaired the MA Governor’s Zero Net Energy Building Task Force commercial working group.

Speaking In…

“Awesome Ideas” About the Future of Cities

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is a Designer and Project Manager at Coldham & Hartman Architects. He focuses on residential design and deep energy reductions in existing homes. He trained as a HERS rater, is a veteran of two Deep Energy Retrofit pilot programs, and taught “Zero Energy Homes: How, Why and If” for the Boston Architectural College. His first DER won NESEA’s Zero Net Energy Building Award in 2012.

Speaking In…

House & House+ as a System

Kelly Westby

Kelly Westby

Kelly Westby is an Energy Engineer for Steven Winter Associates. She is focused on improving multifamily buildings in the New York metropolitan area. She advises architects, owners, developers and building management staff on high performance building design strategies and cost effective building system operation. Ms. Westby is involved in all phases of new construction projects and existing building retrofits from audits of existing buildings to commissioning new building systems. Ms. Westby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.

Speaking In…

Verifying Performance Through Testing and Commissioning

Rachel White

Rachel White

Rachel is the performance maven at Byggmeister, a residential remodeling company based in Newton, MA. Her job is to track and measure the impact of the company’s projects on home energy use, water use and indoor air quality. Rachel started working with Byggmeister in 2009 as a consultant and went in-house in 2013. Prior to this she studied and taught in the field of religious studies. She did her undergraduate work at Haverford College and her graduate work at Brown University.

Speaking In…

Co-chair of Track 6 – What the Pros Want to Know

Cherilyn Widell

Cherilyn Widell

Cherilyn Widell, President, Seraph LLC, led a team of ten (including three economists and two engineers) in a study for the Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate the relative cost, environmental and social benefits of reusing historic and non-historic DoD buildings compared to new construction on Army, Navy and Air Force installations in differing geographical locations and climates. Prior to establishing her own consulting practice, she was the Federal Preservation Officer for the Presidio Trust, a federal agency charged with converting the Presidio of San Francisco into an economically and environmentally sustainable national park which is now economically self sufficient. She served as the state historic preservation officer (SHPO) of California from 1994-1998.

Speaking In…

To Build or Not To Build? – Quantifying Environmental Value

Linda Wigington

Linda Wigington

Linda Wigington provides residential energy consulting services through her firm, Linda M. Wigington & Associates, based in Waynesburg, PA. She is the founder of and has been associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference since its inception in 1986 through 2013. Linda most recently served as director, deep energy reduction initiatives for ACI. Linda is leading the effort to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving deep energy reductions in existing dwellings through the Thousand Home Challenge. She has direct knowledge of residential energy initiatives that are delving beyond business as usual to achieve 70% and greater reductions in site energy use. In addition, Linda has achieved net zero energy (site energy) in her home with a 2 kW PV array.

Speaking In…

Slam Dunk Energy Reductions with the 1000 Home Challenge: Case Studies & Measured Results (Workshop)

Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is president of the Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing practical solutions to achieving resilient buildings and communities. He is also founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. From 1980-85 he was executive director of NESEA.

Speaking In…

Benchmarking and Measuring Resilience
What Would Alex Do?
(Workshop)

Jamie Wolf

Jamie Wolf

Jamie Wolf operates Wolfworks in Avon, CT, a residential design build company striving to understand how best to create homes that look good, work well, and feel good to be in. We endeavor to build responsibly; we believe this is good building, not green building.

Chair of Whole Systems in Action

Speaking In…

BE Bottom Lines (Workshop)

Stephan Wollenburg

Stephan Wollenburg

After catching the energy bug while studying for a semester on a working farm that heated with wood and had a fuel-cell backup system, Stephan went on to study environmental studies and economics at Brown. After graduating, he worked for four years at Mass Energy, doing everything from managing an energy efficiency outreach program to overseeing the development of a 107 kW PV system on the roof of the Sam Adam’s building in Jamaica Plain. Recently, Stephan started working at the Cape Light Compact, as the organization’s Senior Power Supply Planner.

Speaking In…

Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030 (session co-chair)

Vernon Woodworth

Vernon Woodworth

A. Vernon Woodworth, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect and code consultant with extensive experience in design, construction, code enforcement, and sustainability issues. For over 10 years Vernon chaired the Boston Society of Architects’ Codes Committee, seeking to harmonize the Massachusetts State Building Code with the national model codes. Vernon has also served as Chair of the AIA Codes Committee (2004) and was a member of the AIA’s Sustainability Task Group in 2006. Vernon served on the Sustainable Building Technology Council (SBTC) during the development of the International green Construction Code (IgCC) and two subsequent code amendment hearing panels. Elected to serve as the Boston Society of Architects’ Commissioner of Civic Engagement in 2011, Vernon is also co-Chair of the BSA Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability. Vernon is a member of the faculty at the Boston Architectural College where he teaches in the Architecture, Interiors, and Sustainable Design Institute programs. He is a co-founder of the AKF Code Group, working from their Boston offices.

Speaking In…

The New Energy Codes and Beyond: How this will affect our Design Practice?

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan is a building company executive, who traces his roots back 40 years to interest in sustainability. Beginning in 1976, he was involved in early passive solar projects, including Jonathan’s development of Massachusetts’s first active solar industrial building for Wright architectural Millwork.

As the founder of Wright Builders, Jonathan continues to consider the dogged pursuit of a sustainable future, which now includes two Living Building Challenge projects in the planning, to be the path to a plausible and peaceful future. As a graduate of the pioneer class at Hampshire College, he learned much about how to derive meaning and success from work. As a leader in innovation and design, Wright Builders partners with architects and designers to produce signature residences, affordable housing, institutional renovations, and business locations. Jonathan has provided leadership for the development of Village Hill Northampton, where Wright Builders recently launched its 4th LEED certified and Energy Star project of 28 homes. Jonathan has a forth coming book of poetry planned for publication in mid-2014.

Speaking In…

Transforming Your Business Towards High Performance

Jing Wu

Jing Wu

Jing Wu earned her Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Jing brings several years of design and architectural experience to Stephen Turner Inc. Since 2011, Jing has been ambitious in her role as a Commission Coordinator, and recently earned her LEED Green Certification. As a commissioning coordinator, Jing designs and develops new interactive systems manuals to expedite the commissioning process and enhance project deliverables. Jing has a unique ability to take complicated building system information, and translate this material into clear, easy-to-understand visual presentations for each client. Jing’s fluency in multiple languages makes her a valued asset at Stephen Turner Inc. In 2014, Jing plans to attend the International Organization for Standardization meeting in Wuxi, ina as well as earn her LEED AP Certification.

Speaking In…

Benchmarking at Scale – Lessons Learned from Benchmarking 120,000+ Units of Affordable Housing (session chair)


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Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Peter Yost is a principal and Vice President – Technical Services with BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty-five years. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability. Peter has made significant contributions to the work of many leading homebuilding organizations and initiatives.

Speaking In…

High Performance Enclosures
The Science and Implementation of High Performance Building Assemblies
(Workshop)


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