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13th Annual North American Passive House Conference

 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference

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ROBB ALDRICH
Steven Winter Associates (SWA)
Robb Aldrich is a Principal Mechanical Engineer at Steven Winter Associates (SWA) focusing on energy systems in buildings including: evaluating new technologies, modeling building performance, optimizing designs, and researching new products and systems. Before coming to SWA in 2000, he spent several years designing, installing, and repairing solar electric and thermal systems. At SWA, Robb works with builders and designers all across the country to make residential buildings healthier, more efficient, less costly to build and operate, and more comfortable.
In addition to work with designers and builders, Robb focuses on detailed evaluation and research into new technologies and systems. These efforts – often funded by government agencies, utilities, or other stakeholders – have led to much deeper understanding of building system performance and integration. These efforts allow a much more holistic approach when designing and consulting with clients. 
 
PETER AMERONGEN
Habitat Studio
Peter Amerongen has been designing and building energy efficient houses in and around Edmonton, Alberta since the 1970’s. He is a partner in Habitat Studio, an Edmonton design /build company. Starting in 2007, he has designed and built 11 net zero energy houses (including several that are generating significant surplus energy) in Edmonton’s 5100OC (9200OF) heating degree-day climate. Under his leadership, Habitat Studio has also built more than 50 houses with EnerGuide Ratings of 86 or better.
Net zero energy buildings and retrofits demand close attention.This micro scale focus has left him with a keen appreciation for the challenge of preparing all of our buildings for a low carbon future.
Peter is an original member of Edmonton City Council’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee and of the CHBA Net Zero Council Management Committee. He is also a Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS and PHI) and serves on the board of Passive Buildings Canada.
 
MICHELLE APIGIAN
ICON Architecture
Michelle Apigian is an architect, planner and urban designer who combines optimism and pragmatism to design sustainable environments that strengthen communities and celebrate the uniqueness of place. She has worked on a broad array of project types and scales, from large, multi-phase master plans to strategic infill, adaptive reuse and modernization projects. Her work includes the first Passive House certified multifamily project in Massachusetts as well as numerous LEED certified projects.
Michelle received a B.A. from Dartmouth and an M.Arch and Master of City Planning from MIT. She serves on the Board of several organizations, including Union Square Main Streets, Somerville Community Coalition, and Passive House Mass. She is also a member of DOER’s Zero Energy Advisory Committee and is a frequent speaker on topics including Building Reuse and Passive House design.
 
FLORIAN ANTRETTER
Fraunhofer IBP
Florian Antretter leads the group for Hygrothermal Building Analysis at Fraunhofer IBP. The group examines the hygrothermal performance and interaction of the building envelope and systems with the enclosed space. The achieved insight is used to develop and apply a hygrothermal whole building simulation tool, the WUFI® Passive software, which allows a detailed analysis with regards to energy use, indoor environment and the hygrothermal conditions in the building envelope. Antretter first gained experience on building sites as a certified craftsman. He expanded his experience in material, component and whole building measurements in the laboratory and in the field through statistical data assessment at Fraunhofer IBP and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
He is an expert in hygrothermal building component and whole building simulation as well as in application of computational fluid dynamics software. His involvement in North American, Asian, and European projects enables him to conduct research and develop solutions in an international environment. Antretter has served as a lecturer in the Civil Engineering program at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany since 2010, and serves on the PHIUS Technical Committee. He has published more than 20 scientific articles in international journals and conference proceedings.
ROBERT ARLT
Department of Architecture at South Dakota State University
Robert Arlt is an Instructor at the Department of Architecture at South Dakota State University, teaching in the studio and building science sequences. He was born in Minnesota and graduated with a Master of Architecture from North Dakota State University after spending time studying Fine Arts and Architectural History in Florence, Italy.
He has been practicing award winning architecture for eight years in South Dakota with an emphasis on integrating modern, sustainable approaches and technologies in residential and small commercial design.
 
ALPHA YACOB ARSANO
PhD Student, Architecture and Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alpha Yacob Arsano is a PhD student in Architecture and Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alpha is an Ethiopian architect with a great interest in maximizing passive building strategies in different climatic conditions. She studies the potential of natural ventilation in buildings, thermal comfort of occupants and effect of climate change in various climates around the globe. Before coming to MIT for her Master’s study, Alpha was an academic fellow at Transsolar Energietechnik, a climate engineering consultancy firm in Stuttgart, Germany. She had studied architecture at the Ethiopian Institute EiABC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Alpha has developed a digital design tool named CLIMA+ that can inform building owners, architects and engineers at an early design stage. CLIMA+ is a prototype implemented to bring environmental elements into a built structure and aims to take maximum advantage of the resources from the natural environment. The underlying mission is to promote the design of buildings that use less air-conditioning systems and consume less energy leading to a more sustainable and healthy environment.
 
CHRISTINA AßMANN
Ashley McGraw Architects
A project architect with Ashley McGraw Architects, Christina Aßmann has 15 years of professional experience working on a variety of project types. Her interest in sustainability strategies stems from her upbringing in Germany where her parents instilled a focus on environmental stewardship. Christina’s work embraces the integration of design, sustainability and exceeding her client’s expectations. She holds the German equivalent of a M.S. in Architecture from the Universität Stuttgart, Germany and a Master in Architecture from the University of Kansas, where she was part of the renowned Studio 804. Christina is a licensed architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Passive House Consultant.
REID BALDWIN
Brooks Kushman
Reid Baldwin is a Patent Attorney at Brooks Kushman, a leading intellectual property law firm in Southfield Michigan. Reid specializes in helping clients decide when to seek patent protection and then working with the patent office to secure that protection. Reid’s clients range in size from individual inventors to major multi-national manufacturers.
Reid became interest in Passive Haus when designing a substantially above code home for his family. His blog http://lindenairporthouse.blogspot.com/ documents the building process and the various departures from standard regional construction practices that were employed to increase comfort and energy efficiency.
 
BRAD BEGIN
Alpen
Brad Begin has been involved in operating Alpen for a decade as its CEO and has participated in the company’s window certification efforts throughout his tenure. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.  Ali Ray is a senior manager with Alpen responsible for product management, including including the company’s window certification programs, and holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.
 
JIM BISCHOFF
NK Architects
A Project Architect in Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects’ Pittsburgh office, Jim brings more than 10 years of experience in architecture and construction experience to his role. His previous design experience includes a range of project types including healthcare, higher education and commercial clients, such as the Mayo Clinic and Banner – MD Anderson.
Inspired by Passive House design principles and the opportunity to positively impact the built environment, Jim became involved in the Passive House of Western Pennsylvania where he gained insight into NK’s reputation of designing successful high-performance projects.
Jim began his career in construction, working as an assistant superintendent for Turner Construction Company. After obtaining his Masters of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design, he worked for a number of small design/build and large international architecture firms, including most recently as a Project Architect at AE Works LTD.
When he’s not working, Jim enjoys attending Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games at PNC Park and renovating his home.
 
LAURA BLAU
NK Architects
Laura is principal of BluPath, an award winning, WEB, architecture and Passive House consulting firm. She is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association, now Green Building United. While at MGA Partners as project architect for the Byrne US Courthouse, she was awarded the AIA Pennsylvania Merit Award for 2003, and GSA Design Excellence Award Citation, 2002. Laura teaches in the Masters of Sustainable Design program at Jefferson/Philadelphia University and provides seminars for professional organizations at international and regional venues. She served on the Board of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council 2008-2011. BluPath’s awards include the 2006 Commonwealth Design Award for Sustainable Design, the 2007 IIDA Honorable Mention for Sustainability and the 2010 Green Builder award for Best Life Cycle Addition. Laura received her MArch 1995 from University of Pennsylvania. She co-authored a book about architect Frazier Forman Peters for the Westport Historical Society, Westport, CT.
 
STEVEN BLUESTONE
The Bluestone Organization
Steve Bluestone, a partner in The Bluestone Organization (a 3rd generation, 89 year old NYC development/contracting/property management firm), has led his company’s efforts to construct at no extra cost, many large, affordable, multi-family residential buildings using off the shelf components that have achieved record breaking low energy consumption levels. In 2015, Steve completed construction on the first structure built with autoclaved aerated concrete walls North America to reach PHIUS certification. His firm (The Bluestone Organization) is currently constructing a 7 story, 101 unit rental apartment building and several single family homes (for homeowners who lost their houses during Superstorm Sandy) that are all aiming to achieve PHIUS certification. His firm currently has 2,500+ units of housing in their pipeline that they when built will all affordably reach the Passive House standard. Steve is passionate about seeking out the simplest foolproof materials and systems available to achieve the highest performance possible.
 
ENRICO BONILAURI
Enrico, originally from Cavriago, Italy, holds two Masters Degrees — one in Architecture from the University of Parma, and one in Design Science from the University of Sydney. As a registered Italian Architect and a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD), he has extensive work experience in Australia, Europe, and North America, with a specialty in building envelope design and analysis. He specializes in performing detailed computer simulations for thermal, hygrometric and economic analyses, informed by the thousands of hours he has spent on varied construction sites.
 
CHRISTOPHER BRILEY
Briburn
Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at BRIBURN. In late 2012 he teamed up with Architect Harry Hepburn and founded BRIBURN where they practice “architecture for life”, specializing in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design.
For seven years prior to this he was the principal architect and founder of the Green Design Studio in Yarmouth, Maine. Chris is a Maine Licensed Architect and a Certified Passive House Consultant. He is an adviser and blogger at greenbuildingadvisor.com and co-host of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. He 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 board member of the passivhausMAINE.
 
ENRIQUE BUENO
E+Buildings
Enrique Bueno holds a degree in Chemical Engineer with 40 years of experience in process industry and for the past six years has been a Certified Passive House Consultant working as Senior Engineer at E+Buildings. Enrique is a founding member of the VT Passive House organization, presently serving as Board’s Chair of the organization, and has worked in new construction as well as retrofit energy modeling jobs to meet the Passive House Standard.
 
Karen Bushey
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, PHIUS+ Rater
Karen joined Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in 2014 as a residential energy consultant with the goal of helping homeowners, builders and architects create comfortable, durable, low energy homes that optimize building performance. A licensed architect, certified Passive House consultant and PHIUS+ Rater, Karen has over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture and low environmental impact building design and construction.
Karen earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and spent a year of her studies as an exchange student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Karen’s knowledge of high-performance design and experience working closely with numerous contractors has been key to the success of many residential and commercial projects in New England. Karen is currently serving as secretary of Vermont Passive House.
 
KARLA BUTTERFIELD
Steven Winter Associates
Ms. Butterfield is a Sustainability Director at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Karla is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and stakeholder workshops based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready Homes, Indoor airPLUS, WaterSense and National Green Building Standard programs.
DUANE CARTER
SCB
Duane Carter leads SCB’s research and work in the areas of sustainability and building performance, including consulting with project teams to set sustainability and performance goals and assess appropriate strategies.
Duane’s 20+ years of experience includes design and project management on a wide variety of projects. His most recent projects include Tooker House, a LEED Gold living/learning community at Arizona State University; the LEED Platinum Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at Oberlin College; Solaire, a LEED Gold multi-family residential tower in San Francisco; and the LEED Platinum Classroom and Academic Office Building at the University of California, Merced. Duane was a member of the SCB team that was awarded First Place in the Sunwall National Solar Design Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Duane is the Board Chair for Foresight Design, a non-profit that provides education and community building for sustainable transformation in the Midwest. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable design and building performance assessment at national conferences, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
 
ROBERT CLARKE
Robert Clarke Associates
Robert Clarke has a long resume of positions, including Co -Founder of Southwall “Heat Mirror”, R&D General Partner and Southwall Board Member, and Founder of Alpen High Performance Glass and Windows. In addition to this, Clarke was instigator and overseer of onsite “re-manufacture” of 13,028 insulating glass units at the Empire State Building. He is currently the principal of Robert Clarke Associates, strategic marketing consultant to five high-performance glazing manufacturers.
 
ADAM COHEN
As an active builder, architect and high-performance building expert, Adam Cohen is a leading North American Passivhaus practitioner whose innovative work on market rate delivery of commercial high-performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America.
As a recognized North American leader in both the Passivhaus and Integrated Project Delivery movements he has presented technical papers at both national and international conferences. His leadership in commercial Passivhaus design and IPD has made him a sought-after speaker, consultant and teacher of advanced courses in market rate delivery ultra-low energy design.
He served as Vice-Chair of the Passive House Institute US technical committee for 5 years and co-authored and taught the Passive House Institute US’s builder training curriculum. Adam is a current board member of Yestermorrow Design/Build School and Passive Buildings Canada. 
BRITTANY COUGHLIN
RDH
Brittany Coughlin is a professional engineer with over 10 years of experience in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Her work comprises a wide range of projects including Passive House, new and existing building energy studies, energy efficiency research, and policy and program consulting. Brittany is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), a Passive House Certifier, and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). She has presented at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to energy consumption and conservation in buildings.
HUGH CROWTHER
Swegon
Hugh Crowther is Vice President – Engineering for Swegon North America. Swegon is a manufacturer of HVAC equipment.
Hugh has over 25 years experience in the application, design and commissioning of applied HVAC systems and is an expert on large HVAC system design, high performance buildings and sustainable buildings. He has lectured on system design all over the world. Hugh is a Professional Engineer (On., Canada) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University. Hugh is an ASHRAE Member.
Hugh has twice been on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He has held multiple positions within the Society in areas of Technology and Standards. Hugh has written articles for the ASHRAE Journal, High Performance Buildings, HPAC Engineering and Engineered Systems as well as numerous application guides on a wide range of HVAC topics.
 
JORDAN DENTZ
Levy Partnership
Jordan Dentz is vice president of The Levy Partnership, Inc. (TLP), a research and consulting firm specializing in building performance and energy efficiency with an active Passive House practice including design and field testing. Mr. Dentz has shepherded many Passive House projects through certification as well as numerous other high performance buildings.
Jordan has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and technical advisor to the building industry. His work has focused in the area of building energy efficiency, electric demand response, and residential systems building including factory built housing. In his capacity at The Levy Partnership, Mr. Dentz is senior project manager for the ARIES Collaborative, one of the research teams that comprise the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program; and for the Systems Building Research Alliance, the research arm of the modular and manufactured home industry.
Since 2009 Mr. Dentz has been the lead Passive House consultant on numerous Passive House projects including the Hudson Passive Project, the first to be certified in New York State. He holds a M.S. in Building Technology and a B.S. in Architecture, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
PRUDENCE FERREIRA
PHIUS CPHC Trainer, Passivscience
Prudence Ferreira is a partner in Passivscience, a consulting partnership focused on large scale multifamily, commercial and institutional passive building projects. She heads the firm’s energy modeling team and has unique expertise and experience with WUFI Passive. Ms. Ferreira is also an instructor for the Passive House Institute US and teaches CPHC training and WUFI Passive Modeling around the US. She has helped train over 500 CPHC’s and is a core contributor to CPHC training curriculum. Prudence is a founding member of the PHIUS Technical Committee and has consulted on 30+ passive house projects across 7 different climate zones.
 
IAN FINLAYSON
Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency at the Department of Energy Resources in Massachusetts
Ian Finlayson is the Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency at the Department of Energy Resources in Massachusetts. He has been responsible for energy code development for the state since 2008, as well as oversight of their nation-leading energy efficiency investment plans for 2015-2018 and 2018-2021. His current green building portfolio includes implementation of stretch energy codes, building energy labeling and efficiency pilots, and contributions to the clean energy and climate planning for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Prior to joining state government, Ian worked for a large US affordable housing developer, as well as in Japan and Afghanistan. He holds degrees from Edinburgh University, and MIT.
 
CRAIG FOLEY
Sustainable Real Estate Consulting Services
Craig Foley is the founder of Sustainable Real Estate Consulting Services, a LEED Green Associate and chief of energy solutions for RE/MAX Leading Edge. Craig’s combination of real estate and energy management skills give him a unique perspective about sustainable energy solutions and subject matter expertise on greening the MLS and high-performance home valuation and marketing. As a real estate broker, he has sold several high-performance projects in and around Greater Boston with RE/MAX Leading Edge.
 
MIKE FOWLER
Mithun
Mike Fowler is an architect at Mithun in Seattle, WA and President of Passive House Northwest. He has 25+ years of experience on award-winning projects including two net-zero energy designs. He has served on two Technical Advisory Groups for the Washington State Building Code Council (Energy Code and Green Building) and has chaired the Codes and Planning Policy Committee for AIA Washington Council.
In a 2011-2014 stint away from architecture, Mike managed the Multifamily New Construction and the Residential New Construction energy efficiency financial incentive programs at Puget Sound Energy. There he created the first whole-building residential measure with an incentive for predicted low-energy use design and a bonus incentive for actual metered energy use hitting in the design target range.
In 2016, Mike co-founded the Council on Airtightness Performance Excellence (CAPE) with the group goal to become a regional resource for policy, design, and construction practice.
 
GARY GARDNER
Gary Gardner has provided assistance to architectural, construction, owner, manufacturers and/or development organizations that have need for expertise for a period of time, but not full time, for project-based work. His areas of expertise are Passive House design, Integrative design, Building envelope design and detailing, Building envelope commissioning, Construction specifications of all types.
Gardner spoke at the 2009 China Building Congress in Beijing and was the subcontractor reviewer of LEED 2009 projects submitted to the USGBC.
 
JEFFREY GEPHART
Vermontwise Energy Services
Jeffrey Gephart is president of Vermontwise Energy Services, Inc. an energy services company in Rochester, Vermont, he co-founded in 1997. He has 20 years of experience in residential new construction energy-efficiency program design and implementation.
On behalf of Efficiency Vermont, Jeff works with architects, builders, developers, trade allies, and consumers building ENERGY STAR® certified homes, LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard, and Passive House projects. With the Vermont Green Home Alliance he is working with appraisers, mortgage lenders, realtors, the regional MLS, and others to ensure energy-efficient and sustainable building practices are appropriately valued in the housing market.
 
JAMES GEPPNER
Erase40
Following his years in Project Finance, where he evaluated companies and studied markets, James advised small and large companies on what’s shaping a market or a behavior. Recently, he started Erase40.org to increase demand for passive buildings using behavioral science. He is currently developing tools to help architects and builders in their interactions with home buyers and developers—so they can be better at identifying likely buyers and get prospects to place a higher value on the attributes of passive buildings. He is a graduate of NYU and of SGIB’s investment banking program.
 
PAUL GRAHOVAC
BUILDSmart
Paul Grahovac brings his varied background as a construction litigation attorney, DOE technology commercialization evaluator, building envelope product specialist, and business development executive. He is excited to bear on demonstrating to developers the financial benefits of building to the Passive House standard using prefabrication for accelerated construction.
 
ANTOINE HABELLION
ROCKWOOL North America
Antoine Habellion, M.Eng, M.A.S., is the Manager of the Building Science department of ROCKWOOL North America, where the main focus of his work, apart from the team management, entails managing of building / enclosure research projects related to energy efficiency, enclosure performance, summer comfort, hygrothermal analysis, Building Information Modeling (BIM), durability and resilience.
Prior to moving to North America, Antoine worked as a building scientist in Paris, France, with the Latin Division of ROCKWOOL.
Antoine holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the engineering school of Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur in Lille, France and an advanced master’s degree in Building Science from the engineering schools of Arts et Métiers ParisTech and ESTP in Paris, France where he wrote a thesis on the Summer Comfort of Building With no Cooling Systems.
He has now managed and completed numerous building science research projects and has assisted design teams on various construction projects across Europe and North America.
 
CHRIS HAMM
SWA
Chris Hamm is a Building Systems Engineer and Passive House Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. With one year of professional experience and two years of research in the design and construction of low-energy buildings, Chris is focused on furthering the high performance building process from design and energy modeling to implementation and testing. Chris’s experience has been primarily with the design of Passive House (PH) buildings including single family, multi-family, student residences, and mixed-use buildings.
 
River Architects
Juhee is the founding partner at River architects and James’ boss.
Juhee has led the firm to win the Mill River Park Ice Rink, Fountain and Park Facility competition against larger, veteran firms. Now with that project under construction and armed with Passive House, Juhee is spearheading the firm’s pursuit of Living Building Challenge.
Juhee is a Fulbright Fellow, having studied the expression of gender in architecture throughout history in her native Korea. Juhee has been a recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation and was a MacDowell Colony Artist Residency recipient. She is currently working on a book on Korean residential architecture based on these experiences.
 
HARY HEPBURN
BRIBURN
Harry Hepburn is a founding partner and principal architect at BRIBURN.  He has over 21 years of professional experience in project planning, design, management, administration and construction of a large portfolio of architectural projects.
In late 2012 Harry teamed up with Architect, Christopher Briley and founded BRIBURN.  Together they practice “architecture for life”, specializing in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design. Prior to founding BRIBURN, Harry practiced Architecture at leading firms in Portland, Boston and Hartford;  Providing design, leadership and management on many Residential, Civic, Educational and Institutional projects.
Harry is a registered Architect in Maine and Massachusetts, he is LEED accredited, and has taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College.
JACOB HIGGINBOTTOM
SGA
As Director of Higher Education at SGA, Jacob leads all projects in this market sector. These include projects in student life, student residences, classroom facilities, faculty and administrative spaces, student health and wellness and lifestyle centers. Jacob is a registered architect and LEED-accredited professional with over two decades of experience in the programming, planning, design and construction of a range of facility types for academic, healthcare, and corporate clients. Focused in the Boston area, Jacob is passionate about sustainable design, student life, adaptive reuse, technology in design, high performance buildings and corporate lifestyle trends.
A graduate of Lehigh University and the Boston Architectural College, as well as Columbia University “Shape of Two Cities” urban planning program, Jacob leverages his civil engineering background with his design knowledge towards helping plan and design complex projects.
 
MICHAEL INGUI
Baxt Ingui Architects
Michael Ingui and the team at Baxt Ingui Architects have brought a high level of design to Passive House through many award winning projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan, creating beautiful homes that are Passive Certified, LEED certified, and NetZero. Baxt Ingui has also brought together many of the contractors and consultants working on their Passive House projects to cultivate a larger collaborative effort to create buildable, affordable Passive House projects in the NYC area.
Baxt Ingui has completed over 7 certified passive houses and are in progress with 6 more. Completed projects include the first Landmarked Certified passive house, Manhattan’s first certified project (this house is also LEED Platinum), and the first Passive Plus house in the United States. We have learned that building smarter and more energy efficient can be incorporated into any project while continuing to create beautiful, well-crafted, and unique homes.
 
GRAHAM IRWIN
Essential Habitat Architecture
Graham Irwin, AIA, CPHC, is the principal of Essential Habitat Architecture, a Northern California practice focused on healthy, high performance, sustainable buildings built to Passive Building standards. He has a degree in physics, with additional studies in engineering and architecture, and an extensive background in software development. His firm has worked on numerous single-family, multi-family and commercial projects throughout California and the US, including the first certified Passive House in California, the first certified Passive House retrofit in the US, and the first certified multi-family Passive House in the US.
He is a licensed architect and licensed general contractor in the state of California. Graham is a founding partner of CaliPASSIV, a “pocket production” Passive Building developer.
 
ROLF JACOBSON
Center for Sustainable Building Research
Rolf Jacobson is a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research.  Rolf brings a strong interest in building science, particularly in the areas of residential energy efficiency, building assemblies, and moisture performance. In 2010, Rolf traveled to Norway on a Fulbright fellowship to study the building science of Passive House envelopes optimized for cold climates. While there, he used energy and moisture modeling tools such as WUFI and THERM to investigate and evaluate a wide range of residential building assemblies.
More recently, Rolf has helped the NorthernSTAR Building America team conduct research on a variety of energy efficiency and building enclosure topics such as an in-situ study of residential ground source heat pumps and insulation retrofit approaches for basements. His work at the CSBR is primarily focused on high performance affordable housing.
 
LINDSEY KIEFFABER
LHB
Lindsey Kieffaber was LHB’s lead architectural designer on the Hook & Ladder project. Lindsey has been with LHB for 3 years, working in both the Housing and Research Studios, striving to fold more sustainability and energy efficiency into each project. She received her master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her masters degree she worked as a construction project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut, where she project managed 19 homes and was responsible for developing and improving the sustainability measures implemented on all homes built by Habitat ECT. She leverages her construction and build ability knowledge into her architectural practice with LHB.
DAVE KIMBALL
Pursuing PhD at Ryerson University
Bomani Khemet is a licensed Professional Engineer who has a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, and a Master in Building Science from Ryerson University.
He has been a building science course instructor at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University. Bomani has worked in fields of Instrumentation and Construction for over 10 years and is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering at Ryerson University.
 
BENJAMIN KNOPP
Think Little Home Energy
Benjamin Knopp is a building science consultant at Think Little Home Energy in Charlottesville, VA. He has a background in building construction, engineering, building science and a passion for energy efficiency. Benjamin studied engineering at Virginia Tech and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. At Think Little, he consults with architects, builders, and homeowners on building durability and energy efficiency. He also designs and commissions mechanical systems for high performance, low-energy homes and apartment buildings.
 
JONATHAN KNOWLES
Professor of Architecture, RISD
Jonathan R. Knowles, RA, Professor of Architecture, brings his knowledge of building technology and advanced construction systems to his teaching at RISD. Professionally, he has over 30-years of experience designing and managing large-scale architectural projects. Jonathan has been teaching at RISD since 2001. He was co-project director for RISD’s 2005 Solar Decathlon entry in Washington, D.C. and project director for RISD’s 2014 Techstyle Haus entry in Versailles, France.
He has taught at the Parsons School of Design, Cornell University, and Columbia University. Jonathan is also a practicing architect and Passive House consultant in Providence, RI, where he is a partner at Briggs Knowles Studio. His work is dedicated to the design and construction of net-zero architecture. Jonathan’s design studio’s and technology seminar’s are devoted exclusively to the subjects of performative architecture, defined as buildings that produce energy through the form of the building and/or the technical makeup of the enclosure. In 2008, he initiated the first of a series of pilot projects with the Department of Engineering at Brown University. The most recent, Techstyle Haus, was based on highly engineered components and efficient construction. Totally solar powered, the building system has the potential to be implemented in various applications, including single and multi-family housing.
 
JESPER KRUSE
PassivhausMAINE
Jesper Kruse is the owner of Maine Passive House and a founding member of PassivhausMAINE. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and builds and designs Passive Houses and other high performance buildings in the mountains of Western Maine.
 
ALISON KWOK
Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon
Alison G. Kwok, PHD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an architect and a Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene, teaching design studios, seminars in building performance, and environmental technology. Kwok is a CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant) and a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society. Her research includes identifying adaptive and mitigation strategies for climate change, thermal comfort, and building performance case studies.
JAIS KWON
Thornton Tomasetti
Jais Kwon joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2015 with the sustainability practice in the New York office, where she has played a key role on several projects. With a background in architectural design, her focus has been providing sustainable design consulting and building certification. Jais plays an integral role collaborating with project teams early on to develop sustainable goals and establish steps to achieve high building performance.
 
BILL LABINE
Airtight Services, Inc.
Bill, a Certified Passive House Consultant, received his Masters in Environmental Engineering degree from SUNY Buffalo. He has been promoting renewable energy (Renewable Energy Works! 1992-2005) and energy efficiency (Airtight Services, Inc.) ever since. His long standing project, his family’s late Victorian home in Avon, NY is approaching the PH standard and is a Thousand Homes Challenge home. Bill enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
 
ROB LEONARD
BUILDSmart
Rob Leonard is VP of Production & Field Support at Build SMART, LLC. He brings over 35 years of experience in all aspects of construction, including direct field hands-on experience in carpentry, plumbing, heating, and general construction.
Rob has deliberately pursued the building sciences for over a decade. Rob has always had a passion for constructing buildings in more efficient and sustainable approaches in development and implementation with the ultimate goal of providing building owners and occupants the optimal places to live and work in an attainable approach. Rob helped develop the Build SMART Building Envelope Systems.
Rob spreads the dual message of energy consciousness and building occupant health choices through his career and through various presentations.
 
CHARLES MACBRIDE
Architect and Associate Professor at the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture
Charles MacBride, AIA, NCARB, is an architect and associate professor at the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture. He has been teaching and practicing for over 20 years, with specializations in urbanism, history, housing, and building technology. He co-founded the DoArch Public Works program, and is the recipient of a grant to develop the South Dakota Passive Housing Initiative.
MacBride is the DoArch Professional Program Coordinator and also serves as the department’s AXP Education Coordinator. He holds degrees from Columbia and Penn State, and has previously taught at Iowa State University and the University of Colorado Denver.
 
PAUL MALKO
FOARD
Paul Malko worked in the industrial automation field for 12 years after earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.  In 2003 Paul escaped from suburbs and moved to Vermont.  Since 2004, Paul has worked at Foard Panel, helping residential and commercial clients optimize durability, structure, and energy performance.
Paul has lectured extensively on SIP design, structural performance, and long-term durability in New England. He is also leads Foard’s product development and in-house testing efforts and is Foard’s Quality Assurance Manager.  Paul is a past chairman of the SIPA Code Listing Committee and a member of the Manufacturing and Technical committees.  Paul has also been deeply involved with the Timber Framers Guild  as a founding member of the Timber Frame Engineering Council, and past board member of the Timber Frame Business Council.
 
TIMOTHY MCDONALD
Onion Flats
Tim is the President of Onion Flats, a development, design,build Collective in Philadelphia committed to building only PH Net Zero Energy buildings.
 
CHRIS MCTAGGART
PHIUS QAQC Trainer, The BER
Chris McTaggart leads the PHIUS+ Rater and PHIUS+ Verifier training programs of Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). He also serves on the PHIUS Technical Committee. McTaggart is Co-Principal at  Building Efficiency Resources (BER) , a national third-party RESNET QA Provider working with independent rating companies throughout the United States. McTaggart brings a background rich in research, analysis and logic developed both through his professional experience and formal education at Michigan State University.
 
GENE MYERS
Thrive Home Builders
Gene is owner and CEO of Thrive Home Builders (formerly New Town Builders), Denver’s leader in building green, energy-efficient production homes. His company is also Denver’s largest builder of for-sale affordable housing. Thrive Home Builders has been recognized as EPA’s Millennium Energy Star Builder, EPA’s Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality, Green Building Magazine’s Green Home of the Year, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Grand Winner for Innovation in Housing for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In December 2017, Gene was named Professional Builder magazine’s Builder of the Year.
 
THOMAS MOORE
Steven Winter Architects
Thomas Moore is a Building Systems Analyst and Passive House Consultant at SWA. He possesses two years of experience in the building science field, and focuses primarily on advanced energy modeling, Passive House design consulting, and building performance analysis.
With a degree in building science, Thomas brings a keen understanding of building envelope systems and energy modeling to the advanced design requirements of Passive House (PH). Thomas has extensive experience on PH projects ranging from large multifamily buildings to single family homes. He has also worked as a project consultant and researcher in a variety of climates and locations spanning the continental U.S. Thomas holds a Passive House Consultant certification – CPHC. Thomas has extensive experience in performance modeling of multifamily-specific design architectural features and equipment such as cladding attachments and large building mechanical systems.
 
ALISON MOYNIHAN
Foard Panel
Alison Moynihan graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in architecture and math, then realized how little she knew and went on to University of Massachusetts Amherst to get a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies Building Systems (e.g. Green Building). Having decided she now knew enough to ask good questions and how much work it was to find any answers, she is got her Certified Passive House Consultant training at Yestermorrow.
Alison is currently a Project Manager, Energy Consultant and Assistant Structural Designer for Foard Panel, where she is finally getting a real education in the building industry, and struggling to answer other people’s questions. Alison is a certified energy geek with a specialty in Structural Insulated Panels and a passion for finding practical and sustainable solutions for building design problems. Alison lives in Keene, NH in a terribly inefficient 19th century brick apartment building and dreams of knowing enough to help build a “good enough” building.
 
LAURA NETTLETON
Thoughtful Balance
Laura has more than thirty years of experience in development, sustainable design, and community engagement, and she has been on the cutting edge of sustainable and low-energy design solutions for the past two decades.
Upon moving to Pittsburgh, Laura became co-owner of a residential real estate investment and management company that purchases distressed structures and rehabilitates them. Through this work as a building owner, she experiences the challenges of creating and maintaining a desirable product that is both on time and on budget. In addition to new construction, Laura has become proficient in the delicate work of preservation and revitalization of older buildings.
She is currently involved in a number of Passive House projects, having recently completed the first certified Passive House in Western Pennsylvania and the first Passive House designed multi-family retrofit in the country. She founded and developed the PHWPA (Passive House of Western Pennsylvania) a group dedicated to information and advocacy for Passive House and is involved in several other green initiatives in Pittsburgh. She was recently nominated by the GBA for their Luminary award and by the Women and Girls Foundation in 2011 for Women Greening the Pittsburgh Region.
 
BRANDON NICHOLSON
NK Architect
Founding Principal of NK, Brandon is dedicated to reducing the impact of buildings on global climate change. A developer in his own right, he uses his own projects to research and develop best practices for cost-effective delivery of zero carbon buildings. He serves as president of Passive House Western Pennsylvania and board member of North American Passive House Network.
Brandon and NK have won numerous awards for management and design, including the 2014 AIA Housing Award for Park Passive, the first certified Passive House in Seattle; the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s 2017 Innovation and Design Award, in partnership with Thoughtful Balance, for Morningside Crossing, a large scale Passive House retrofit of an abandoned Pittsburgh school building into affordable housing for seniors; and PSMJ’s 2013 Circle of Excellence Top National Architecture Firm award.
Brandon was also the recipient of the AIA’s 2011 Community Service Award for his policy advocacy to improve Seattle City building and land use codes by incorporating green building systems as criteria for development (FAR) bonuses.
 
LESLIE NORFORD
MIT
Leslie Norford is the George Macomber (1948) Professor in Construction Management in the Department of Architecture at MIT.  His research focuses on reducing building energy use and associated resource consumption and carbon emissions and his teaching includes project-based efforts to improve schools in developing countries and promote the use of simulation-enhanced building design workflows.   He has developed fault detection and optimal control strategies for HVAC equipment and explored design options for low-energy space-conditioning systems.
Working with mechanical and electrical engineering students at MIT, he has studied how control of HVAC systems can help electric utilities mitigate the impact of power fluctuations associated with wind and PV systems through provision of such services as power reserves and frequency regulation.
A decade of leading a research group in Singapore, under the auspices of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and related work with colleagues in Abu Dhabi included measurements and models of urban microclimates, with a focus on identifying strategies to reduce the urban heat island effect.  His current work in India focuses on indoor and ambient air quality, with emphasis on mitigating the impact of cooking and land-clearing fires in agricultural areas that surround cities.
 
JORDAN PARNASS
JDPA
As principal of JPDA, Jordan has been the creative force behind the firm’s award-winning projects worldwide. With 20 years of experience, he has consistently kept the firm at the leading edge of integrating new technology and practices into the work. Jordan is a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) and a LEED Accredited Professional. Jordan holds a BA in Art and Semiotics from Brown University, and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.
 
WILLEM PAYNTER
Passive Design Solutions
Willem holds a technical diploma in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology from Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). While still in school, he provided energy modeling for a sustainable architecture firm. He has also worked on smart grid technology, conducting research at the NSCC Applied Energy Research lab.
Willem brings many skills to the team, including energy modeling, mechanical and electrical spec writing, and PH certification services. He has a deep knowledge of energy efficiency and believes that all buildings can be comfortable, beautiful, and durable without sacrificing sustainability.
 
RICHARD PEDRANTI
RPA
Richard Pedranti is an architect practicing sustainable residential design throughout eastern Pennsylvania and the state of New York.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Science, Major in Architecture, from Pennsylvania State University in 1987 which included time abroad at the University of Florence in Italy. Pedranti went on to study at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University selecting it because of its dedication to the doctrines of modern architecture. There he studied under some of the world’s leading modern architects receiving a Masters of Architecture in 1990.
Throughout his early education, Pedranti spent summers working as a framing carpenter and drafting at regional architecture firms including Peter Forbes Associates in Boston widely respected for its residential modernism. He has since served as an adjunct professor for architecture design studios at Temple University, Philadelphia University, and New York Institute of technology.
In the spring of 2012 Richard became a certified passive house consultant and shortly thereafter a HERS rater. By the spring of 2015, he had five passive house projects underway. Originally founded in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District, Richard Pedranti Architect, PC is now headquartered in Milford, Pennsylvania.
 
SANYOG RATHOD
Sol Design + Consulting
Sanyog Rathod is the founder of Sol design + consulting, a Cincinnati-based firm which provides sustainability consulting and green building certification services. Sanyog is the CPHC on two large multi-family projects in Ohio and Pennsylvania pursuing Passive House certification.
Sanyog Rathod is a Licensed Architect with a Master’s degree in Architecture, and brings 30 years of international design and construction experience of working on large complex projects. His active involvement in the profession, academia and community has led to following awards: Business Courier’s Top 20 People to Know in Green Business 2015; Cincinnati Preservation Association Award 2014; Habitat for Humanity Recognition for Service 2013.
As an Enterprise Green Communities and LEED Provider and Verifier, Sanyog has certified over 7,000 residential and commercial units in over 15 states and globally. Sol certified nation’s first LEED for Homes Midrise Platinum housing for homeless in 2010, and recently certified the largest LEED for Homes project in the world.
 
COLIN SCHLESS
Thornton Tomasetti
Colin Schless, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, has more than 11 years of experience in green building consultancy and leads Thornton Tomasetti Engineering’s Western Region building analytics group. He specializes in commercial building energy modeling, daylight analysis, climate analysis, simulation tool development, and data visualization.
In addition, Schless manages Thornton Tomasetti’s efforts with monitoring installations that provide real-time energy and resource consumption data to facilities managers and building occupants. Schless received his Master of Architecture in 2010 from the University of Oregon, where he worked as a Research Fellow at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory.
His project experience ranges from a 340,000 sf museum in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, to the Net-Zero Bosarge Family Education Center in Boothbay, Maine, to 120 mixed use buildings owned and operated by Sweden’s largest real estate property holder, Vasakronan. Colin was the CPHC on Village Centre in Brewer, Maine, a 48-unit affordable housing project that won PHIUS’ 2016 Passive Projects Competition awards for the Best Multifamily project and Best Affordable project of the year.
 
KEITH SIMON
Building Exterior Solutions
Keith A. Simon is a Registered Architect, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and Legacy LEED AP with over 10 years of experience in architectural design and building enclosure consultation. Mr. Simon is a Senior Architect at Building Exterior Solutions, a division of Terracon, and adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture (UTSoA) in Austin.
His consulting experience includes failure investigation, testing, repair design, design phase peer review, and hygrothermal modeling. Mr. Simon was the founder of the Austin Building Enclosure Council (BEC: Austin) and currently serves as a board member for both BEC: Austin as well as the Austin Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS). Mr. Simon is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), the Texas Society of Architects (TSA) Codes and Standards Committee, and in 2016 was elected to be the south region representative to the PHAUS national board for 2017.
Mr. Simon was awarded the 2012 Emerging Professional Honor Award by the Austin AIA and the 2017 Terracon Company-Wide award for Outstanding Contributor – Technical Professional.
 
PAUL SIPPLE
New England Construction Co.
Paul Sipple is President of New England Construction Co. – NECCO, Inc. – with 38 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. Paul is a Certified Passive House Builder and Board Member of the VT Passive House organization. Paul’s experience includes new construction as well as energy retrofits of existing buildings. Paul is presently collaborating with Burlington Electric Department in developing what will hopefully be a net zero “pilot” program for the existing residential stock in Burlington, VT. Paul previously presented a home remodel to EVT’s high performance standard in Waterbury, VT.
 
TESSA SMITH
The Artisans Group
Tessa Smith is the co-Principal and Chief Architect of Artisans Group, a Design+Build firm located in Olympia, Washington. Twice recognized by PHIUS for Best Project by Young Professional as well as for the 2015 Best Overall Project and the 2017 Best Single-Family House, Tessa is a fierce advocate of sustainability through Passive House design theory and practice.
A graduate of South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College, Tessa is an active agent of change for local business and home owners. She enjoys cooking, horror movies, bicycling, hiking, and keeping up with her 200+ lbs of rescue dogs.
 
MARC STAUFFER
The Artisans Group
Marc Stauffer got his BA in Architecture from Columbia University and has ten years of experience as a lead project designer on urban, mixed-use, buildings, market rate condominiums and Multi-family residential projects working for several firms from Boston, Washington DC, and Arlington, VA. He has also run his own architectural design build and fabrication firm. Marc has completed the PHIUS certified Passive House Consultant training and has modeled multiple Passive House certification targeted projects.
 
MIKE STEFFEN
Walsh Construction Co.
Mike Steffen is Director of Innovation at Walsh Construction Co., a mid-sized general contracting firm serving project partners in the multifamily housing, healthcare, higher education and commercial sectors across the Pacific Northwest. Mike is an architect, builder and educator who is passionate about making better buildings that contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world. He obtained degrees in architecture from the University of Kansas and the University of California, Berkeley and is licensed to practice architecture in the states of Oregon and California. Mike loves homegrown vegetables, craft pizza and west coast IPAs (especially when consumed together) and enjoys hiking, fishing and kayaking the mountains, rivers and coastlines of the American West.
CHARLEY STEVENSON
Integrated Eco Strategy
Charley Stevenson is a sustainability consultant who collaborates with owners and designers on high performance buildings throughout the northeast. With his team at Integrated Eco Strategy, Charley has contributed leadership efforts to numerous Living Building Challenge projects: Kellogg House at Williams College (Petal Certified), RW Kern Center at Hampshire College (in occupancy), the Hitchcock Center for the Environment (in occupancy 2016), the Lloyd Center for the Environment (in design) and the Yale Divinity School.
Charley’s work in design is rooted in his passion for teaching. Helping others understand, appreciate and implement LBC principles is central to his efforts. With patience and humor, he helps projects reach their potential.
Prior to work in regenerative design, he was a middle and high school math and science teacher.
Charley lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and his two daughters.
 
ANDREW STRAUS
Consinfra 
Andrew Straus is General Partner and founder of Consinfra, a real estate investment firm specializing in real estate development, and redevelopment projects in Latin America. Andrew serves as Vice President of E Plus Buildings, a Passive House Consulting company. Andrew has extensive management and finance experience as Division Manager, Executive Vice President and CFO of the Juval Group, a highly diversified manufacturing and services multinational comprised of seven wholly owned enterprises and three joint venture companies in the aluminum, foundry, mining, steel, cement, construction and infrastructure industries in five countries.
Andrew is a Passive House Certified Builder and has studied at the Private Equity Institute in New York, holds an Economics and Philosophy degree from Brandeis University, and is alumnus of Harvard Business School. Andrew also completed a post graduate certificate in Real Estate Finance from Middlesex University in the UK and participated in the Generative Leadership Program™(GLP) of the Institute for Generative Leadership.
Andrew is active in the community and is on the Board of the Harvard Club of Delaware and the Board of the Harvard Club of Philadelphia.
 
CHRISTOPH STUMP
Trinity Financial 
Christoph Stump is a Vice President at Trinity Financial with over 15 years of experience in development, planning, design, and construction. At Trinity’s New York City office, Christoph oversees the design and construction of its projects in the city. With a focus on energy efficiency, he recently completed a 152-unit mixed-use new construction project in the Bronx that received both LEED Silver as well as the Brownfield Cleanup Program Certification. He also expects the completion of the second and last phase of a 283-unit historic gut-rehabilitation project in Harlem. He currently covers all technical aspects of the developments of a 180-unit mixed-use building in Brooklyn, and a 277-unit mixed-use passive house high-rise in the Bronx. Christoph holds a master-equivalent degree in architecture and planning from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany and is a LEED accredited professional and registered architect.
 
JESSE THOMPSON
AIA Maine
Jesse is an award-winning architect who as become a national leader in green design and building science. Growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Jesse started his career working construction in high school. Since then, he’s been through every stage of design and building. Jesse is relentlessly practical, but sees possibility for greatness in every project. He loves a good challenge.
Jesse is a graduate of the University of Oregon, current President Elect of AIA Maine, and a former board member of the Portland Society for Architecture. He’s a founding member of Passivhaus Maine, and was the first architect in northern New England to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.
 
AUSTIN TODD
Ryerson University
After completing an Honours Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management at George Brown College in 2015, Austin has become an expert in air tightness testing.
While pursuing his Master of Building Science Degree at Ryerson University, he is furthering his research in advanced air tightness testing to include guarded, large building, multi-unit residential, and party wall testing.Austin is a construction professional dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of our buildings in our existing housing stock and new construction. Industry experience has been gained through hands-on work as a construction labourer, on a construction management team, and for a building science consulting firm.
An education with a background in construction management and building science has complimented continuing professional education focused on building energy efficiency. Development of communication skills required to build lasting client relationships has led to success as an entrepreneur and business manager. Recent work has focused on reducing the energy consumption in buildings by performing building envelope testing and consulting. Austin is now a partner in a building science consulting firm that specializes in enclosure testing and diagnostics, energy modeling, and passive house design.
DAVID TRELEVEN
Ultra-Aire
David Treleven holds a B.A. in biology and a M.S. in building construction with a concentration in sustainable construction.  At Ultra-Aire, Treleven utilizes his past experience, ranging from building science consultant/researcher to construction laborer, to create high performance dehumidifcation and ventilation solutions for the mixed-humid and hot-humid markets. In addition, Treleven conducts in-field monitoring and measurements of systems to understand how Ultra-Aire’s equipment interacts with other building systems.
 
ELIZABETH TURNER
Precipitate Architecture 
Elizabeth Turner is an architect and Certified Passive House Consultant and served as CHPC for the Hook & Ladder project. Her work is focused on energy efficient and ultimately carbon neutral design for affordable, multifamily housing and higher education. She founded Precipitate to explore emerging methods of holistic and integrated design at the intersection of architecture, research, and education. To this end, she teaches a Sustainable Communities course for the Sustainable Studies minor at the University of Minnesota, coaching one of her students groups this spring to research Public Policy for Sustainable, Affordable Housing. Elizabeth presents regularly at national and regional conferences, including AASHE and NACUBO.
 
KOHTA UENO
Building Science Corporation 
Kohta Ueno is a senior associate at Building Science Corporation, a building science consulting and architecture firm located in Westford, Massachusetts.  His responsibilities at Building Science Corporation include forensic field investigations, energy and hygrothermal modeling, building science research, and field testing.  His undergraduate education was in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been with BSC since 1998, and completed his Masters degree with the Building Engineering Group under John Straube at the University of Waterloo in 2007.
He is also conveniently sized to fit into attics and crawl spaces, which is markedly useful in this field.
 
ERIC URBAN
Staengl Engineering 
Eric Urban has 12 years of experience as a researcher and analyst assisting mechanical, electrical and architectural design teams to create energy-efficient buildings. Eric performs whole-building energy simulations (primarily using IES-VE and eQuest simulation software) to predict energy consumption for net zero energy and LEED projects and to demonstrate compliance with energy codes. He has built and analyzed numerous models of institutional, educational, commercial and residential buildings in various climate zones across the U.S. and Canada. He facilitated a public-private partnership design-build LEED project involving 11 schools.
 
MARY-LIS URUENA
Verve Architecture 
Mary-Lis is an entrepreneur who founded Verve Architecture and Design and Verve Technology to bring about change in one of the sectors of the economy that produces the greatest levels of CO2 and is most reticent to innovation: housing.
Recognizing that homes and work environments impact our quality of life and health in profound yet often overlooked ways, Mary-Lis wishes to marry the best of Passive House/Net Zero design with the latest technology. She has one goal in mind: to create the house of the future. In it, energy efficiency, comfort, design and health intertwine to result in an experience that promotes the best development of human life while helping the environment.
Prior to founding several companies, Mary-Lis worked in economic development at the United Nations and the World Bank and in investment management at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Mary Lis is from Spain and lives with her son and their dog in Palo Alto, CA.
 
JOHN WOELFLING
Dattner Architects
John Woelfling AIA, LEED AP, CPHT is a Principal at Dattner Archit