Our guest speakers range from architects, authors, and manufacturers to researchers and builders. But they all have two things in common: Industry insiders and passion for green building. GreenExpo365 takes pride to offer the lastest in trends and concepts to help keep our members up to speed on all things "green building."
- Jeff Anderle
- Jack Armstrong
- Jacob Atalla
- Philip Beere
- Matt Blecher
- Eden Brukman
- Carol Flammer
- Eric Corey Freed
- Matthew Coates
- Steve Davis
- Michelle Desiderio
- Steve Easley
- Asa Foss
- Steve Glenn
- Matt Golden
- David Gottfried
- Paul Hutton
- Bob Kingery
- Katrin Klingenberg
- Nate Kredich
- Mark LaLiberte
- Dr. Jennifer L. Languell
- Edward Mazria
- Vernon McKown
- Peter Pfeiffer
Sam Rashkin, R.A.
Sam Rashkin, R.A. is the Chief Architect, Building Technologies Program for the U.S. Department of Energy
As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, his primary role is leading deployment of successful research for new and existing high-performance homes. In his prior position, he managed the growth of Energy Star for Homes from its inception in 1996 to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin has recently been recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award and authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It”.
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John Tooley is one of the nation's most respected innovators in the area of building science technology. Recipient of Florida's Governors' Energy Award, Tooley has also been honored with the Energy Efficient Building Association's coveted Joule Award for his innovative contributions to the building industry.
Florida Power and Light distinguished Tooley for his valuable contributions to its Duct Leakage Program, which received the National Energy Award. He has received numerous commendations and has also been recognized for his participation in program design and training for some of the largest utilities and building programs in the nation.
Tooley has diagnosed and repaired over 5,000 residential buildings. He has participated in residential weatherization of more than 10,000 houses. He developed the standards and conducted the training for the design and implementation of the duct diagnostic and repair programs of both Advanced Energy and Florida Power.
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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 consultant training and certification, project and product certification, and educational efforts for building professionals and the general public.
Ms Klingenberg designed and built the very first home built in the United States using the European standard and design specifications in 2003. She has designed and consulted on numerous passive projects since across North America’s varied climate zones and has made proposals for the possible refinement of current passive house standards to North American climate zones. In addition to her executive role she is the lead instructor for PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant 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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Steve Davis, AIA, LEED AP
Steve Davis is an architect and Director of Sustainable Design at VMDO Architects, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he oversees firm-wide sustainability efforts. Under Steve's direction, the firm has garnered numerous accolades for green building, including an American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment "Top Ten" Award. Steve has also helped the firm certify the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first three LEED Gold public elementary schools.
His most recent design for a construction trade school outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, broke ground in December 2011 and aims to achieve net zero energy and water usage.
Steve is a LEED-accredited professional who holds architecture degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard University. He is currently a Director of the James River Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, and Chair of the Chapter's Charlottesville Branch. He is also a member of the Charlottesville Lunch Line Initiative--an alliance focusing on the transformation of local school food systems.
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Paul Hutton, AIA, LEED AP
Paul Hutton is the founder of Hutton Architecture Studio and has dedicated his 33-year career to integrating educational facility design and sustainable building practices. He has been designing school projects since 1979 and has been daylighting them since 1982. He uses daylight as a primary tool to reduce energy use and to improve occupant well-being in all his projects. Among Paul’s notable school projects are the Aspen Middle School, Colorado's first LEED Gold public school, the American Academy School in Castle Pines North, numerous private schools, and the Institute for Science and Technology at Cherry Creek Schools.
Paul has been actively researching, publishing, and speaking on school design trends for nearly 30 years. He recently published research on Net Zero Energy Schools and the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) movement in American education. In addition to practice and research, Paul is a long-time faculty member at the University of Colorado College of Architecture.
Paul has been a practicing architect in Colorado since 1980, is a LEED® Accredited Professional, and a member of the CEFPI. After two years as co-chair of the AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) K-12 Subcommittee, he has moved onto the CAE board and will chair it in 2015. He attended Princeton University, and has graduate degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. He lives on a near zero energy, sustainable, ranch south of Denver with his wife and two Labrador retrievers.
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Jonah Schein is the Technical & Certification Coordinator for New Homes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® Program. He has overseen the technical development and implementation of the WaterSense Single Family New Home specification as well as the new homes certification system since their inception. Prior to joining EPA in 2008, Mr. Schein served as the Director of Outreach for Earth Day Network (EDN) where he was responsible for a number of initiatives to promote water efficiency through green building strategies in the United States and Middle East. Mr. Schein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Ethics and a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Environmental Management from Indiana University as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
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Bestselling author, architect and cultural visionary Sarah Susanka is leading a movement to redefine the American home and lifestyle. Her "build better, not bigger" approach to residential architecture has been embraced across the country and her "Not So Big" philosophy is evolving beyond our physical habitations and into how we inhabit our lives. In both realms she believes that Not So Big should be the first step in sustainability, both for our own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of the planet as a whole.
Susanka is the acclaimed best-selling author of nine books including The Not So Big House (Taunton, 1998), The Not So Big Life (Random House, 2007), Not So Big Remodeling (Taunton, 2009), and most recently, More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home (Taunton, 2010).
One key feature of her online presence is the Home Professionals Directory, which is designed to assist homeowners in finding home professionals who are in tune with the Not So Big philosophy. You can register for or search the directory here.
Susanka has put her design principles into action with her Not So Big Showhouse at SchoolStreet in Libertyville, Ill. The Showhouse and the SchoolStreet development combine Not So Big house design, urban infill, and walkable community, to illustrate that “better, not bigger” design, a well thought-out neighborhood, and a vibrant existing community are a powerful combination in today’s marketplace.
Sarah is a frequent presenter and participant at GreenExpo365 and you can find all of her past presentations on-demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Eden Brukman is Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and co-author of Living Building Challenge 2.0. A licensed architect and recently named one of Portland's Forty Under 40, Eden has dedicated her career to incorporating socially and environmentally responsible strategies into design and construction. Since 1996, she has consulted on dozens of building projects and provided technical counsel to reform the objectives of public agencies and private organizations nationally and internationally. Eden was recognized as a finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge in 2010 for her work on the Living Building Challenge, and now directs the program’s ongoing evolution and global deployment.
Eden introduces the "Living Building Challenge" during the March 2012 Live event in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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David Walls was named Executive Director of Sustainability Programs for ICC in August 2011. He is responsible for assisting efforts to secure adoptions of the International Green Construction Code, assisting with developing and enhancing green-related products and services, and leading outreach efforts to industry organizations.
Immediately prior to his appointment, Dave served as the Executive Director of the California Building Standards Commission since 2006. In this position, Dave successfully directed the adoption and publication of the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), the first in-the-nation statewide green building code.
Prior to the Building Standards Commission, he served as an administrator with the Division of Codes and Standards for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Additionally, Mr. Walls is a general contractor and has served as a code official in the building inspection divisions of two California cities.
Dave joined the GreenExpo365 Faculty to discuss the new IgCC Version 2.0, February 1, 2012. Watch his webinar on-demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Carol Flammer, MIRM, CAPS, CSP
The author of “Social Media for Home Builders: It’s Easier Than You Think,” Carol can walk you step-by-step through setting up an effective social marketing program that increases your Internet traffic and creates raving fans. The visionary behind the nationally-ranked and award-winning www.AtlantaRealEstateForum.com, Carol’s launch of the site in 2006 led the new media movement in the Atlanta new homes market.
With 20 years of experience, Carol has established herself as the “go to” for real estate and construction products and social media. Carol is a founder and managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, an Internet Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations firm with offices in Atlanta and Chicago.
Carol holds a BA in Business and Behavioral Science from Oglethorpe University. A member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Carol was honored in 2008 as the HBA Associate of the Year. Carol is a member of the Atlanta Apartment Association, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Real Estate Editors and Professional Women in Building. She serves as the Communications Chair for Professional Women in Building, on the Sales and Marketing Ideas Editorial Advisory Committee and the Board of the Atlanta HBA’s Sales & Marketing Council.
Carol delivered her HowTo webinar on August 24, but you can view it on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Nate Kredich joined the U.S. Green Building Council in March 2008 as Vice President of Residential Market Development. Nate has over fourteen years of leadership experience in the building industry, touching diverse areas such as real estate finance, software, and production homebuilding. He is responsible for driving the USGBC’s programs around new and existing homes, as well as its market initiatives for the affordable housing sector. Since Nate joined the USGBC, the LEED for Homes brand has quickly gained ground throughout the residential market sector, with over 12,000 certified homes and over 40,000 additional homes awaiting certification.
Prior to USGBC, Nate spent five years working in production homebuilding as the chief operating officer and general manager of Creative Touch Interiors, a national provider of design and installation services that he helped sell to, and operate on behalf of, The Home Depot. Additional positions include corporate banking with Bank of America as well as the CEO of an interior design software company, where Nate helped build a searchable interior products database which helped design professionals gather information on sustainable products.
He is active in numerous residential sustainable projects and committees, including the Michael J. Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Building. Nate received his BBA from Emory University, and his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Nate's webinar is available on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Amber J. Wood
Amber Wood is the Energy Programs Manager for the NAHB Research Center.
As a leader in energy engineering for the NAHB Research Center, Amber Wood oversees engineering research projects focusing on the energy performance of residential construction and remodeling. She is primarily involved with DOE’s Building America program, which is a private/public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes. She also assists with the Energy Value Housing Award (EVHA) program.
Although Ms. Wood’s primary focus is energy efficiency, she has also been involved in green building through the National Green Building ANSI Standard Development. Ms. Wood continues to connect energy and green building in her work as builder, remodeler, and consumer interest increases.
Watch Amber's Webinar on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Rick Schwolsky is editor-in-chief of Hanley Wood's ECOHOME magazine. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Tools of the Trade and El Nuevo Constructor, construction editor for BUILDER magazine, and Hanley Wood's project manager for The New American Home and the company's show homes built as part of The International Builders Show.
Before joining Hanley Wood in 1993, he spent 20 years as a custom homebuilder, retiring as president of Grafton Builders in Vermont. His work, starting in the 1970's, focused early on high-performance cold-climate homes and renewable energy systems, contributing to today's understanding of building performance, energy efficiency, and building science. In 1979 he was selected to help install the solar system on The White House in Washington, DC, and in 1982 he wrote The Builder's Guide To Solar Construction published by McGraw Hill. He is a long-time member of the National Association of Home Builders, and has won numerous national journalism awards for his construction writing.
Rick's webinar is available on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, energy expert, educator and author with a distinguished and successful career spanning 45 years. He is the Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan, solution-oriented organization. His comprehensive knowledge of design, planning, climate change and alternative energy sources are focused on a dramatic reduction of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions generated by the Building Sector, as well as building and regional adaptation strategies for projected climactic and environmental changes.
Mr. Mazria has taught architecture at the University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, UCLA, and the University of Colorado-Denver. He is the author of numerous publications including the “bible” of solar energy, The Passive Solar Energy Book, and the influential article It’s The Architecture, Stupid!, published in 2003. His numerous awards include: AIA Design Awards, Commercial Building Awards from the Department of Energy, “Pioneer Award” from the American Solar Energy Society, Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association, Landmark Designation Award from The Albuquerque Conservation Association, Equinox Award from Earth Alert, National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, the inaugural Hanley Award from the Hanley Foundation and the Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility.
He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and founding member of the recently established National Academy of Environmental Design.
Edward, joined by Francesca Desmariais, Director of the 2030 Challenge for Products, presented "2030 Challenge for Products: Evaluating the Carbon Footprint of Building Products" during the August Live Event. Their webinar is available on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, and executive editor of Environmental Building News (EBN) and the GreenSpec Directory of green building products. Prior to launching his own company, now BuildingGreen, in 1985, Alex served for five years as executive director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, then in Brattleboro. He is a widely published author, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an instructor with Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Institute.
He is author or coauthor of Your Green Home (New Society, 2006) the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (ACEEE, first edition, 1990, 9th edition 2007) and Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate (John Wiley & Sons, 1998) He has also written a series of four books on quiet-water canoeing and Kayaking for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Alex served on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2000 through 2005 and received the organization’s 2008 Leadership Award for Education. In 2010, he received the second annual Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. He lives with his wife in Dummerston and is enjoying an eight-month sabbatical this year.
Alex took time from his sabbatical and joined the Green Product Selection discussion during the August Live Event. Catch his webinar on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Bill Walsh, Healthy Building Network Founder and Executive Director, has provided the long-term vision since February 2000. Previously he coordinated the Energy, Forest and Toxic Campaigns of Greenpeace USA and held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.
Bill's webinar is available on demand in the Auditorium.
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Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA
Peter Pfeiffer is a LEED accredited professional Architect, Building Scientist and Real Estate professional and “hands-on” Property Manager who has spent the past 33 years designing, developing and operating pragmatic high performance buildings and homes.
In 2004 he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his life-long commitment to "mainstreaming green building in North America”. He is a founding principal of Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, a firm recognized nationally for its pioneering use of environmentally responsive design and building science techniques. Their work has been published both in the United States and abroad in such diverse venues as the Washington Post, The New York Times, Fine Homebuilding, and Better Homes & Gardens magazine. He has been a guest on National Public Radio, the HG-TV network, as well as on The Discovery Channel and This Old House.
The National Association of Home Builders honored Peter as the “National Green Advocate of the Year” in 2003. Peter has been an active charter member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee since its inception and has been active in the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program. He is an Advisory Board member of the Central Texas chapter of the USGBC as well as Environmental Building News.
In 2006 Residential Architect cited him as one of the 10 most influential residential architects of past decade. In 2010 Peter was nominated for the prestigious Hanley Award for his meaningful efforts to advance green building in America.
Peter's 2010 and 2011 GreenExpo365.com Webinars are available in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Matthew Coates, President, Coates Design, Inc, is an award-winning architect, with 12 years of sustainable design and consulting experience. His project design experience includes both large and small projects; from multi-million dollar airports to single family residences. Whatever the project, Matthew brings positive energy to the team that promotes creativity and helps transform challenges into elegant solutions. He is forward-thinking, focusing on where architecture and sustainable design are heading - using technology to promote the most versatile use of energy and materials.
Matthew is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has been published in respected publications including: the Massive Change Exhibition, Wall Street Journal, DWELL, Men’s Journal, Environmental Design and Construction, Professional Builder, and The New York Times, among others.
Matthew's webinar is available in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Dr. Jennifer L. Languell, Ph. D.
Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solutions, Dr. Jennifer Languell is a nationally recognized leader in green building and sustainable development. As the owner of Trifecta she focuses on educating and implementing green building and sustainable development certifications and practices. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Master’s in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction.
For over a decade, Dr. Languell has been one of the country’s preeminent consultants in the creation of healthy, efficient and sustainable projects ranging from single-family residential homes, commercial and multi-family residential construction, to some of the largest and most sustainable land developments in the world. She specializes in a systems approach to improving home performance that balances efficiency, health and payback. Her approach to building sciences engages and educates the building industry on the importance of optimizing the homes energy efficiency for hot humid climates while maintaining a healthy indoor environment. A proponent of one size does not fit all, her trainings focus on end results while educating about the multiple systems and materials available to achieve high performance home results.
This past June, Dr. Languell received the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Florida Green Building Coalition. In 2009 Dr. Languell was awarded the Governor's Points of Light Award and also won the Urban Land Institute of Southwest Florida’s prestigious Pathfinder Award, symbolic of vision and leadership in sustainability. In 2007, Trifecta received the Small Business Award from the Council for Sustainable Florida, and in 2006 Dr. Languell was named the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Advocate of the Year and also won the Council for Sustainable Florida Leadership Award. Languell is an award-winning author, and has been featured in numerous publications and television programs including: BusinessWeek, CNN Headline News, HGTV, and CNBC’s “Bullseye.” She also stars in the Discovery Channel’s environmental series Discovery Project Earth, and also serves on the National Governors Association Policy Academy on Advanced Energy Strategies for Buildings.
Enjoy Jennifer's webinar, "The Path to Zero Energy Buildings" in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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As a distinguished trainer, author and consultant, Mark LaLiberte has devoted over two decades to educating the homebuilding industry about the benefits of constructing durable, energy efficient, healthier, more sustainable homes.
He co-created the program curriculum for the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Houses That Work™ program which is based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program. He has served in an advisory capacity on the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program and the Minnesota Energy Code Advancement Project. Mark is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing commitment to helping the home construction industry embrace building science at the 2002 EEBA Conference.
Mark has also serves on the board of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska. He co-chaired the PCBC Green conference in 2007 and provides training to Habitat for Humanity on improving energy efficiency in affordable housing. He has also co-founded three successful companies, Building Knowledge, Construction Instruction, and Shelter Supply.
You have the opportunity to listen to Mark from his webinar in on March 9, in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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David Gottfried is the Managing Partner of Regenerative Ventures. The firm serves as the holding company for the Regenerative Network and Regenerative Consulting. In addition, Gottfried serves as an Advisory Board member to seven venture-funded greentech start-ups, helping them to expand their business and profit in the high growth green building marketplace.
Gottfried is the founder of the USGBC and World Green Building Council – the foremost green building organizations in the world. He has over 25 years of multidisciplinary real estate, consulting and non--profit experience in the building industry: as a “green” management consultant, Cleantech strategic advisor, real estate investment fund manager and developer, and construction manager.
Gottfried received his degree in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University, and is a regular lecturer for the University and a member of its Sustainable Built Environment Advisory Board. Gottfried has won numerous awards and is the author of Greed to Green: The transformation of an industry and a life and his newest book, Greening My Life: A Green Building Pioneer Takes on His Most Challenging Project. His personal residence is the highest rated LEED® Platinum home.
Catch David's webinar from our May Live Event in the on demand area of the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Senior Director, Sustainability Initiatives at KB Home, Jacob Atalla is focused on advancing the Company’s sustainability initiatives; with the goal of making the homes it builds more environmentally friendly, and their construction and business operations increasingly sustainable. Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years of technology and green building experience, which form the foundation of his creative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes. Jacob worked extensively on the KB Home GreenHouse project, KB Home’s first Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum home.
Jacob joined Boyce Thompson and GreenExpo365 to discuss the project, in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium, where it is now available for viewing.
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Jack Armstrong, Leader Construction Markets for BASF for North America, leads the cross-divisional construction initiative.
Jack graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and began working for BASF in 1989. His posts have included Regional Marketing Manager for BASF South America Brazil for Acrylic Functional Polymers, General Manager Polyurethane Systems Belgium and Business Manager for Styropor, North America.
Jack's current duties focus on bundling BASF's high performance building products into integrated systems resulting in a whole greater than the sum of its parts - better buildings for a better planet.
Armstrong is often a featured speaker at national sustainable development forums. Areas of specialty include near-zero energy home and commercial building, energy retrofit solutions, carbon reduction strategies, sustainable infrastructure and chemical industry market intelligence.
Jack shared his insights on the building envelope during the March 2011 Live Event in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Eric Corey Freed
Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building.
Eric co-developed the Sustainable Design programs at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension. He is on the boards of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Green Home Guide and West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of nearly a dozen other organizations.
He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He is a regular contributor for GreenerBuildings.com, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. Eric lectures around the country at 40+ conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.
When Eric was just 25 years old, noted architect and critic Philip Johnson described him as "one of the real brains of his generation". Today, Eric continues the tradition of “Organic Architecture”, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Eric is the author of four books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies" (John Wiley & Sons), a best seller with 100,000 copies in print. His latest books, "Sustainable School Architecture" and “Green$ense for your Home” were released in 2010.
Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005 and "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008.
To get an idea of Eric's thinking, check out his blog.
Eric's webinar, "Spills, Sins & Starbucks: How oil has negatively altered our Built Environment" is now available on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Asa Foss is an expert in building science, home construction, and energy efficiency. At the US Green Building Council, he is responsible for the development of the LEED for Homes rating systems. He is active in developing national green building policy recommendations, and represents USGBC on numerous national home energy efficiency committees.
Prior to his current position, he designed and managed Maryland’s award winning Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. While running the program, he also spent time in the field training over 150 energy auditors and energy retrofit contractors.
Asa's webinar was featured during the March 2011 Live Event in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Matt Belcher, CGP
Matt Belcher is an experienced builder/developer and nationally-recognized consultant, educator and author on the business of green building and development. He has been actively involved in the St. Louis area construction industry for three decades, including six years as a top building codes official. He founded Belcher Homes in 1993, specializing in building energy efficient, sustainable “green” homes and light commercial construction and development management using low-impact, ecologically conscious development practices. He has consulted on large sustainable mixed use commercial/residential developments and is committed to the “whole building” design approach, the philosophy that every decision should be made in the context of what else it may affect in its construction and ecosystem.
Mr. Belcher was the 2007 President of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. He has served on its Building Codes Committee for sixteen years including seven as Chairman. He chaired both the 2006 NAHB National Green Building Conference in Albuquerque NM and the 2007 Conference held in St. Louis, which is the nation’s leading educational conference on residential green building, remodeling and development. He was instrumental in helping to organize the St. Louis HBA’s award winning green building effort and has served as its chair for the past six years. He is also a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the US Green Building Council. In addition, he assists other HBA’s around the country in training and developing green building programs. This experience led him to organize and chair the Greening Midwest Communities conference in October 2010 to educate Builders, Remodelers, Municipal Officials and others associated with the industry to educate and promote the economic advantages of green building and development practices.
Mr. Belcher was elected by the Board of Directors of the International Code Council to serve on the Energy and Water Committee for development of the new ICC International Green Construction Code for the 2011 term.
Check out Matt's presentation, in conjunction with Phillip Beere, from the March Live Event in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Philip Beere - LEED AP
Philip Beere is the Founder of GreenStreet Homes, the national leader in green renovation and green education.
In 2008 Mr. Beere was recognized by The Business Journal as the Green Pioneer for green remodeling. He is the recipient of the 2010 NAHB Green Remodel Advocate of the Year Award and GreenStreet was awarded the 2010 NAHB Green Remodel Project of the Year. The State of Arizona awarded Mr. Beere the 2010 Housing Hero Award for Superior Sustainable Design.
GreenStreet Homes were featured twice on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, as a possible solution to the housing. They recently completed the second LEED certified single family remodel in the United States and the first NAHB Emerald Certified Remodel. In October of 2010, GreenStreet was awarded the coveted Valley Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Education, and was awarded the DOE contract to create the curriculum and train the Arizona building and code officials, and the building community on the 2009/2012 IECC.
In February 2011 GreenStreet Homes launched in Denver, Maryland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and other markets as part of their Franchise program.
See Philip's presentation, along with Matt Belcher, from the March Live Event in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Jeff Anderle, LEED Green Associate, is the founder/CEO of the consulting organization, Sustainable Rhythm. With 20 years in the Architecture/ Engineering/Construction Industry, Jeff has developed strategic marketing solutions within the Commercial, Office, Residential, Senior Living and green-space markets.
Sustainable Rhythm provides speaking, advising and consulting services in the sustainable building industry to help product, professional-service and community clients identify market entry, penetration and expansion opportunities. Applying primary and secondary research, trend watching, in-depth market knowledge, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications expertise, Sustainable Rhythm partners with clients to deliver low environmental impact, high ROI best-in-class solutions to the marketplace.
Sustainable Rhythm's free, bi-weekly e-newsletter, THE RHYTHM REPORT focuses on the market trends, economic factors and legislation influencing the business of green building is distributed throughout North America.
Jeff's webinar, "Opening the Door to Green Building" is available on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Vernon McKown is co-owner and president of sales for Ideal Homes.
In his role at Ideal Homes, McKown oversees sales, marketing, land development, and mortgage operations for the company. This year Ideal Homes and its 75 employees are celebrating 20 years of business. Since 1990, the company has built over 7,000 homes for Oklahoma families and has received virtually every industry award for quality and customer service – including 2010 National Builder of the Year from Professional Builder magazine.
McKown is also a respected local and national presenter on the subject of green building. Over the past 12 months he presented his “Building Better Homes” presentation to local and national audiences.
McKown serves on numerous local boards. He severed on the American Lung Association’s advisory committee and as past president on the national board for the Energy and Environmental Building Association. He is the current president of the Norman Youth Soccer Association, past president of the Cleveland County YMCA.
When not leading Ideal Homes, you will most likely find McKown coaching soccer or t-ball, at wrestling practice with his son, or enjoying time with his family at the lake. McKown, his wife and two children live in Norman, Oklahoma.
Vernon presented "Minimize the Cost of Green Building" during the November 2-3 Live Event, and is available to watch on demand in the GreenExpo365.com Auditorium.
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Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC, a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The company offers single and multi-family LivingHomes from Ray Kappe, FAIA, one of the most decorated modern architects and the founder of Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), and from KieranTimberlake, the AIA 2008 Firm of the Year. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating and was the only residence to win the 2007 AIA’s top sustainability award. The second LivingHome, in Los Angeles, was named 2008 Green Home of the Year by Green Home Builder Magazine.
Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked as a full-time volunteer with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa. Glenn is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions to companies including MTV, Oracle, CBS and GE. Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect. Prior to idealab, Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio.
Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, the developer of Claris SmartForm Designer and SmartForm Assistant. Clearview was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Organizational Behavior, from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow. Glenn is a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org (and chair), the Kaia Parker Dance Fund, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group. He is a member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum.
Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year in 2008 by Clean Tech Week and the 2009 Business Environmentalist of the Year by the Los Angeles City Council/Faith2Green.
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Jerry Yudelson, PE, MS, MBA, LEED AP, is the Principal of Yudelson Associates in Tucson, Arizona.
A licensed professional engineer, Jerry Yudelson is a former board member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and chaired the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference from 2004 through 2009. He was the Research Scholar for Sustainability for the International Council of Shopping Centers, providing research and speaking services for ICSC. From 2001 to 2008, he trained more than 3500 people in the USGBC’s LEED green building rating system.
He is the author of 12 books on green buildings, green homes and green development, including Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis (2010), Choosing Green: The Home Buyer’s Guide to Good Green Homes (2008), Greening Existing Buildings (2009) Sustainable Retail Development (2009), and Green Building Trends: Europe (2009) and Green Building through Integrated Design (2008).
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Director of Green Building Programs at the NAHB Research Center, Michelle leads the national green building certification program based on the ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard™ (ICC 700-2008). Possessing a broad knowledge of the housing industry, Michelle has developed a unique perspective that addresses the environmental, land use, and financing issues that confront builders and developers. As a Planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, she facilitated a multi-year, citywide effort to site and build transitional housing for homeless families and individuals. As a Policy Analyst at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) she developed comprehensive and innovative policy solutions to achieve environmental goals while protecting housing affordability.
Interested in how to capture the intrinsic value of high performance homes to boost homeownership; Michelle transitioned to Fannie Mae to develop their Housing and Environment Initiative which promoted housing affordability through energy and location efficient homes. At Fannie Mae, Michelle developed the Smart Commute Mortgage and revamped the Location Efficient and Energy Efficient Mortgages. In addition, she developed a patent-winning methodology to calculate the emissions reductions from energy efficient homes so the reductions could be sold as energy credits on emerging carbon markets.
Michelle has a Masters in Urban Planning and Environmental Studies from the University of Virginia and a BS in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
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John Renowden, BSc CEng, FIMechE
Senior Product Manager With more than 25 years in technology-based manufacturing, John Renowden serves as senior product manager, responsible for MonierLifetile’s product portfolio including new product development, installation practices and building standards throughout the U.S. Renowden has also served as principal systems engineer for MonierLifetile analyzing and providing recommendations for the company’s manufacturing and production operations. Renowden hails from the United Kingdom where he held management and engineering positions at Redland Technologies, an international building materials company. With degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Bath University of Technology in Bath, England, U.K., he also holds two esteemed professional qualifications of CEng (Chartered Engineer) and FIMechE (Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers).
John's webinar is available on demand in theGreenExpo365.com Auditorium
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Dominic Sims is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the International Code Council, a membership organization dedicated to developing and maintaining a single set of comprehensive and coordinated model codes for the built environment. Mr. Sims has overall corporate responsibilities for the operation and financial performance of the association working in conjunction with the CEO.
Mr. Sims is a past member of the SBCCI Board of Directors. He has held numerous positions, both elected and appointed at the federal, state and local level. Most notably his service as a Councilman\Vice Mayor in Jupiter Florida, and serves as vice chairman of the Florida Governor's Building Code Study Commission which shaped his view on how important it is to be active in public policy discussions concerning building safety.
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Matt Golden is the current Chair for Efficiency First, a national nonprofit trade association that unites the Home Performance workforce, building product manufacturers and related businesses and organizations in the escalating fight against global warming and rising energy costs.
Matt is also the co-founder and president of Recurve, Inc. (formerly Sustainable Spaces), a leading provider of home energy audits and Home Performance retrofitting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Matt has been recognized by the Building Performance Institute as the first ever recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry. He speaks extensively on building science and integrated green design to such groups as the American Institute of Architects, West Coast Green and Build It Green.
Matt has written numerous articles for Home Energy Magazine and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Forbes, the New York Times and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Matt currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Home Performance Council, the Building Performance Institute, the California Building Performance Contractors Association, Build It Green and the Fine Home Building Magazine Green Building Advisory Board. Matt holds a bachelors degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University.
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Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs. Services provided include job site quality analysis, design review, educational seminars, mediation and product consulting.
Steve is nationally known for his cost effective, practical approaches to building high performance structures and quality assurance. Steve’s mission is helping industry professionals build & remodel structures that are durable, energy efficient, healthy and comfortable to live and work in.
He has more than 30 years of industry experience. He has performed thousands of jobsite quality surveys and presented numerous building science seminars to construction professionals around the world with an annual audience of 8-10,000 industry professionals. He is a frequently requested speaker because of his practical approach to building science, his dynamic speaking style and his unique ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms that can be integrated into practice. Steve speaks regularly for these and other professional organizations and conferences. Learn More>>
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Co-founder and Director of Operations, Bob co-founded Southern Energy Management in 2001 with his wife, Maria.
He has been involved with the sustainable energy industry for more than twenty years, including 17 years in business development and operations, with a focus on manufacturing, design, consultation and planning. Bob has been involved with every aspect of running a sustainable business; he has worked as a solar technician, solar engineer, home energy rater, plant engineer, and director of manufacturing and operations. His first-hand knowledge of energy efficiency, green building and renewable energy give him a unique perspective to lead our growing team of nearly 50 sustainable energy professionals, with offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Greenville, SC. Learn More>>
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Michael Strong is President of both GreenHaus Builders and Brothers Strong, Inc.
2008 - NAHB Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year
2005 - Present Co-Host “Home Improvement Hotline” Radio Show, KPRC 950 AM 15,000 hourly listeners www.the950.com
2008 - Present Rice University School of Continuing Studies Co-Instructor ”Green Houses: Building or Remodeling Your Dream Green Home”
Brothers Strong is a nationally recognized residential remodeling firm with (3) NAHB/ANSI projects currently under construction.
GreenHaus Builders specializes in the construction of LEED Homes: from high end custom to affordable multi-family. GreenHaus Builders built Houston’s first LEED home (Gold) and will be breaking ground and another LEED/ANSI home in Q1 2010.
Michael has served on the H.U.D. Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing committee since 2001 and is a frequent speaker around the country on green building and remodeling issues. He has an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA; an MA from Southwest Texas State University; and a BA from the University of Texas in Austin.
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