Session Moderators, Speakers, and Bios

Bridges to the Future - 2017 National Energy Codes Conference

Session Moderators, Speakers, and Bios

Top-Ten Ways to Increase Code Compliance: Inspection Edition Beyond Energy Codes: The Future of Building Performance
Moderator: Jason Vandever
Speakers: Hilary Grimes-Casey, Michael Turns, Mike DeWein
Moderator: Maureen Guttman
Speakers: Ryan Colker, Ken Levenson
What's New in Codes? 2018 IECC, ASHRAE 90.1-2016 and More Scaling Up Codes Toward Multifamily Energy Efficiency
Moderator: Jeremy Williams
Speakers: Eric Makela, Jim Edelson, Reid Hart
Moderator: Darren Port
Speakers: Jim Edelson, Nina Baird, Poppy Storm / Ben Hannas
Statewide Energy Policies and Levers Top-Ten Ways to Increase Code Compliance: Plan Review Edition
Moderator: Rodney Sobin
Speakers: Heather Goggin, Fred Yebra, Ian Finlayson
Moderator: Kelsey Horton
Speakers: Shaunna Mozingo, Jeanne Fricot, Randall Higa
206,000 Homes in 2016: Is the ERI a solution that will work in your state? Do Cities Hold the Future of Code Advancement?
Moderator: Eric Makela
Speakers: Ryan Meres, Ian Blanding, Jeff Tiller
Moderator: Sharon Grant
Speakers: Kevin Carbonnier, Rimas Gulbinas, Christin Whitco, Grant Ervin
The Hoopla about Utilities Claiming Savings from Code Compliance Behavioral Strategies for Code Adoption and Compliance
Moderator: Sharon Bonesteel
Speakers: Kevin Rose, Randall Higa
Moderator: Jeff Domanski
Speakers: Alex Davis, Dave Abrey, Ken Baker, Reuven Sussman
Third-Party Energy Professionals: Codes Creating Business Opportunity Commercial Buildings: Design vs. Reality – HVAC
Moderator: Ken Baker
Speakers: Jeff Domanski, Megan Hoye, Ken Baker
Moderator: Reid Hart
Speakers: Ramya Shivkumar, Shaunna Mozingo, John McFarland
Measuring Compliance: A Survey of Different Compliance Studies Economics of Energy Codes
Moderator: Isaac Elnecave
Speakers: Michael Rosenberg, Allen Lee
Moderator: David Cohan
Speakers: Lauren Westmoreland, Paul Emrath, Bing Liu
Existing Buildings: The Gold Mine Exists Commercial Buildings: Design vs. Reality – Lighting
Moderator: Charlie Stephens
Speakers: Charlie Stephens, Gina Bocra
Moderator: Sareena Nagpal
Speakers: Ramya Shivkumar, Duane Jonlin, John McFarland
No Humans in the Permit Office: Online Tools for Code Compliance  
Moderator: Richard Morgan
Speakers: Lisa Rosenow, Orion Goff, Keith Winston
 

David Abrey
David Abrey is the Director of Quality Assurance and Training for GreenHomes™ America. In this role, he assures that home performance projects meet Energy Code and Above Code Programmatic Standards. Dave has led the development of diagnostic procedures, technical training and installation best practices for 1 to 4 family homes and larger multi-family buildings. Dave has over 25 years' experience in the energy efficiency industry and currently holds BPI certifications in Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) and Healthy Home Evaluator. He has been a member of ASHRAE for over 30 years and is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Prior to GreenHomes, Dave developed and presented Building Science, Energy Code and Above Code trainings for Conservation Services Group (CSG), Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and the New York State Energy Office.

Nina Baird
Nina Baird, PhD, is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), focusing on the interaction between buildings and the environment. Her courses in Zero Energy Housing, Design and Integration of Advanced Mechanical Systems, Global Building Rating Systems, and Integrated Community Energy Systems examine building performance and sustainability in a national & international context. She also provides consulting in high performance affordable housing and does research on low-temperature district geothermal systems as a component of effective energy systems. Dr. Baird serves on CMU's Green Practices committee and is currently leading an effort to reclaim and resuse wastewater for the campus district cooling and heating systems. Prior to coming to CMU, Dr. Baird was a vice-president in an environmental consulting firm supporting federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

Ken Baker
Ken manages codes and standards for NEEA. He has been active in energy efficiency since 1978 and in energy codes since 1986.

Ian Blanding
Ian Blanding is the Senior Building Policy Associate for MEEA's Building Policy Team. In his role, Ian tracks and disseminates new information about energy code policies, provides energy code assistance to state and municipal governments within the Midwest, and conducts building science research. Prior to joining MEEA, he worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Grand Haven, MI, where he made strides in improving and promoting municipal sustainability initiatives.

Gina Bocra
Gina Bocra, RA, LEED AP BD+C/ID+C, is Chief Sustainability Officer at the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), with over 20 years of experience in sustainable design. Gina has continuously volunteered with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) since 1997, and has participated with AIA New York Chapter's Committee on the Environment since 2010. Gina now serves as a Board Member with the Alliance for National and Community Resilience, and is a member of the US Green Building Council Advisory Council, representing local government members. She leads a DOB team of specialists charged with developing procedures to enforce the Energy Code, and supports continued development of the New York City Building Code to accommodate advances in sustainability. Gina is a licensed architect in New York and Virginia.

Sharon Bonesteel
Ms. Bonesteel is a Senior Policy Analyst at SRP; Manager Codes & Standards Initiative; licensed architect in Arizona and California; RESNET certified rater; ICC Certified Building Official and Commercial Energy Inspector; and is SRP's voting representative to the ICC code development process. She has over 30 years of experience in the Construction Industry, including directing operations at her architectural firm, providing expert witness on building code issues, as well as jurisdictional code enforcement. She brings this experience to the utility industry, facilitating the adoption of energy efficient building codes and providing education on codes and energy efficient construction methods to the customers served by the Salt River Project. Ms. Bonesteel is currently leading a cross departmental energy storage team on innovative battery technologies and potential research and deployment opportunities at SRP.

Kevin Carbonnier
Kevin Carbonnier is a project analyst at NBI. He specializes in building energy data analytics, FirstView, and technical research and writing. Kevin also maintains NBI’s Getting to Zero database which is the largest database of current and upcoming net zero energy and ultra-low energy commercial buildings in North America. Kevin also has a background in building controls and simulations from his graduate work at Penn State University where he earned his PhD in Architectural Engineering in 2014.

David Cohan
David Cohan is the Building Energy Codes Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy. He has worked in energy efficiency for 25 years in a variety of capacities including evaluation, program design and, for the past fifteen years, the development and implementation of building energy codes which mandate minimum efficiency levels for all new residential and commercial buildings constructed in the United States. David is particularly focused on ways to increase compliance with the codes so that the potential energy savings are actually realized. He holds an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.

Ryan Colker
Ryan M. Colker is Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he is responsible for leading the development of findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmitting those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Institute's STEM Education Program. He is a recognized expert on emerging issues within the built environment including resilience, building performance, and off-site construction and speaks and writes frequently on these subjects. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he contributed to the development of a robust government affairs program. While at ASHRAE, he assisted in the formation of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and the development and piloting of the Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE's building energy labeling program.

Alex Davis
Alex Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Behavior, Decision, and Policy Group and the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM). His research focuses on the behavioral foundations of policy, applied to innovation and entrepreneurship, energy, the environment, health, and information and communication technologies. Alex earned his B.S. from Northern Arizona University in Psychology (2007) and his M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) from Carnegie Mellon University in Behavioral Decision Research.

Michael DeWein
As Leidos Strategic Program Director, Mr. DeWein supports business and program development. With over 35 years’ experience as a national and regional leader in Energy Efficiency and Code Development and implementation, program development, advocacy and implementation, he is known as a national expert with service in 35 states and abroad. Mike is nationally recognized for combining his deep technical knowledge and large network of energy efficiency market players and industry colleagues with sustainable, practical applications and solutions. Previously, he worked at the NYS Energy Office, the Alliance to Save Energy, and recently assembled a winning team for the Illinois Building Energy Code Enhancement Program (BECEP) $10M program to support energy code enforcement and compliance work with funding from all the Illinois utilities. Mike has served on numerous National and State Green and Energy Efficiency Code advisory, development and technical committees, including the ICC – SEHPCAC, ASHRAE 189, USGBC. And NYS Energy Code, among others.

Jeffrey Domanski
Jeffrey Domanski is a Senior Manager of Energy and Sustainability programs at IBTS, a not-for-profit focused on serving municipal and other non-profit organizations. He has more than 20 years of energy and environmental program and project management experience, and his areas of expertise include the use of behavioral, organizational, financial, communications, and technological strategies. Jeff is a multi-disciplined environmental professional with 20 years of experience focused on resource conservation strategies in the built environment, project management, curriculum development, and teaching and training. His work at IBTS includes projects as varied as energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies and professional education and training programs. He has worked in-house and as consultant to public, private, and academic organizations. He has served as a primary energy and sustainability subject matter expert for numerous large and globally recognized organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy, Connecticut Energy and Finance Investment Authority/Green Bank, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cushman & Wakefield, and The World Bank. He is a LEED AP with specialty in both new building design and existing building operations and is an expert in human behavior-focused strategies, which he has used to increase technology use and program participation. Jeff is a LEED AP, received his bachelor of science in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, and a master in public administration from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996. He very happily resides in the heart of the Hudson Valley in New York.

Jim Edelson
As Director of Codes and Policy at NBI, Jim Edelson has been at the forefront of national commercial energy code development. Jim has served on multiple codes boards and Advisory Committees in Oregon, Wisconsin, for the International Code Council, and ASHRAE. His international work includes assisting in development of the Republic of Fiji's first national energy code. Recently, Jim helped develop NBI's Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide into an energy code for Boulder Colorado that demonstrates 30% better performance than 2012 IECC. In addition, Jim supports work with utilities, and their evaluation methodologies, that advances the implementation of market leading codes such as the Massachusetts Stretch Code.

Isaac Elnecave
Isaac Elnecave has spent 15 years as both an engineer and energy policy analyst. Currently, Mr. Elnecave is the Senior Policy Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) with responsibilities that focus on the building energy codes program. Prior to arriving at MEEA, Mr. Elnecave managed the appliance efficiency standards and building energy codes programs at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, where he was responsible for promoting the adoption and effective implementation of both these policies through the development and dissemination of technical and policy related information. He was actively involved in the stretch code in Massachusetts. Before this, Mr. Elnecave worked as a policy advocate for the Michigan Environmental Council, where he promoted policies and reviewed permits with the aim of cleaning up the coal-fired powered plants that dot the region.

Paul Emrath
Paul Emrath, Ph.D., is Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research for NAHB where his responsibilities include conducting statistical and economic research for NAHB and managing NAHB's Survey and Housing Policy departments. The Survey Department produces the widely cited NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The Housing Policy Research department conducts a broad range of policy-related research such as estimating the economic impact of home building and analyzing government regulations. Since joining NAHB in 1992, Dr. Emrath has developed many of the statistical methods NAHB uses to analyze housing data, produced over 800 local impact of home building studies, and published more than 150 articles on a wide variety of housing related topics. He has he worked for NAHB since 1992. Prior to joining NAHB, he taught economic theory and statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Grant Ervin
Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh were he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization; and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). Grant brings fifteen years of experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community & economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations and state agencies. Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs including the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.

Ian Finlayson
Ian works on the policy development of a number Massachusetts energy efficiency priorities, including the statewide 3-year energy efficiency plans and updates to the MA building energy code. Ian has led the development of the MA stretch energy code since its inception in 2007, and was the lead author of the buildings chapter of the MA clean energy and climate plan for 2020.

Jeanne Fricot
Jeanne Fricot is a Senior Specialist in Energy Codes & Standards at the Center for Sustainable Energy, San Diego. Currently she consults, trains and supports the building department staff at the City of Chula Vista and the City of San Diego, and Jeanne's presentation at this year's National Energy Codes Conference will demonstrate how these cities are approaching increasing code compliance.

Orion Goff
Orion has spent the past 13 years working for the Salt Lake City Corporation as the Director of Building Services and Civil Enforcement. In this capacity he also serves as the ‘Building Official’ appointed by the Mayor. Upon arrival in Salt Lake City, Orion’s mandate from then Mayor, Rocky Anderson, was to set up a true One-Stop-Shop for development customers that would include shared office space and database for six City Departments and Divisions, including; Planning, Building, Fire, Public Utilities, Transportation and Engineering. During this time he has also overseen the configuration and implementation of software that allows automation across all stakeholders in the plan review process (Accela Automation) including ‘real-time’ inspection results from the field inspectors and most recently, Paperless Plan Review, known as Projectdox. Orion previously worked for the City of Mesa Arizona from 1992-2004 in various capacities including Council appointed Building Official, Development Project Administrator, Development Project Coordinator, Building Inspections Supervisor and Senior Building Inspector. Orion also managed the configuration and implementation of the first wireless, automated Building Inspections Module. During his time at the City of Mesa Orion earned a B.S. Degree from Arizona State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis on Municipal Operations Management. Previous to working for jurisdictional government in Mesa and now Salt Lake City, Orion worked as Project Manager in the construction and development industry in multiple states in the southwest on a diverse spectrum of projects; from development of raw farmland to multi-use and single-family development to commercial and specialty development. While attending Arizona State University from 1981-1984, Orion worked full-time for The Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office as a Criminal Investigator ll. Orion has been commuting on a bicycle to work nearly every day since 1992 in Arizona and Salt Lake City (Ask him about his world-class daily commute on buffed single-track in the Wasatch –Cache National Forest).

Heather Goggin
Heather Goggin is a Program Manager in the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Energy Division, managing the Industrial Energy Program and the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes. She serves as the administrator of the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board, as well as the Chairperson of the Alabama Industrial Energy Advisory Team. Heather also works on special projects, including competitive awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Troy University.

Sharon Grant
Profile coming soon.

Hilary Grimes-Casey
Hilary Grimes-Casey has 11 years of experience in energy policy, including nine years designing, implementing, and evaluating commercial and industrial (C&I) energy efficiency programs and services to state and utility clients. Dr. Grimes-Casey specializes in developing prescriptive measure energy savings calculations and program performance metrics to comply with legislated or client requirements. She currently serves as the QA/QC Manager for Leidos Engineering’s Energy Management Services division, and recently supported the 2016-2017 Energy Code Illinois statewide compliance enhancement research initiative on behalf of Illinois investor-owned utilities. In addition, Dr. Grimes-Casey has conducted energy program and policy research and analysis for clients such as the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Rimas Gulbinas
Rimas is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Maalka. Maalka was founded to help cities and states address the complex challenges associated with energy efficiency programs with an open platform for managing data, tools, and teams. Prior to starting Maalka, Rimas researched methods to engage commercial building occupants with data-driven insights to inform energy efficient behavior. His work has been published in leading international peer review publications, including: IEEE Smart Grid, Applied Energy, Energy and Buildings, and Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

Maureen Guttman
Maureen Guttman is the President of the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), which provides outreach, education and technical assistance to state and local jurisdictions on the adoption and implementation of current model energy codes. Maureen is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in energy-efficient building design and related public policy. Prior to joining BCAP, she was the Executive Director of the Governor's Green Government Council with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. A former member of the AIA National Board of Directors, she currently serves on the AIA Energy Leadership Group. Maureen is also an active member of the International Code Council, and is the Chairman of the Governing Committee of the ICC Sustainability Membership Council.

Ben Hannas
Benjamin Hannas is a senior analyst at Ecotope with eight years of experience in evaluation and analysis of efficiency in buildings and building systems. He has a background in applied mathematics, statistics and data mining which he employs in assembling, analyzing and reporting on data. Mr. Hannas is adept at algorithm implementation, data discovery, gathering and exploration, data automation, process definition and improvement, research into current industry trends and internal benchmarking. He is also skilled in developing strategic and operational predictive models.

Reid Hart
Reid has worked in the energy field for 38 years. He spent 15 years as an energy analyst and project manager involved in analysis and design of building energy systems. Then for 14 years he led the commercial energy management team of EWEB, a municipal utility; followed by 4 years with PECI’s technical research group where he investigated emerging technology and better RTU controls. He has also taught Energy Control Strategies for 12 years at Lane Community College. He joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2012 where he focuses on building simulation, improving energy codes and building systems, and provides technical support for ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and participates in IECC commercial development.

Randall Higa
Randall Higa is the Codes and Standards Program Manager at Southern California Edison and is involved with the building and appliance energy codes that include both advocacy and compliance improvement. Prior to working at SCE, Randall worked at Sempra Energy Utilities managing various customer programs, regulatory proceedings, and energy efficiency programs and including residential and commercial building new construction programs. He began his engineering and architectural career at CTG Engineers and Albert C. Martin and Associates prior to embarking on his current utility career. Randall graduated from UCLA, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he studied mechanical engineering and thermal sciences.

Megan Hoye
Megan is the Engagement Manager at the Center for Energy and Environment in Minneapolis, where she focuses on advancing the clean energy impacts of research by asserting opportunities for innovative energy planning, human-centered engagement, and pilot programs.

Kelsey Horton
Kelsey is the Buildings Program Coordinator at SPEER where she works with local governments to improve energy efficiency in buildings across Texas and Oklahoma. Prior to joining SPEER, Kelsey focused on advancing residential energy efficiency across the Midwest through her work at MEEA.

Duane Jonlin
Duane Jonlin is the "Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor" for Seattle, and leads the Technical Advisory Group developing the state energy code as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council. At the national level, he's been appointed to both the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee and the 2018 ICC Commercial Energy Code Committee. Prior to taking his position at the City of Seattle, Duane was a principal at NBBJ, and has 30 years' experience working on large-scale projects as a technical architect. Last year he was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

Allen Lee
Allen Lee is an executive director at Cadmus. He manages Cadmus' codes and standards business area and has worked on all aspects of building energy codes for more than 30 years including numerous code compliance and impact studies.

Ken Levenson
Ken Levenson is a founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to transforming the construction industry toward low-energy, and Passive House buildings. Ken is a board member of the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN), the largest association of Passive House professionals in the U.S., with twelve regional member organizations from Maine to California. He is also a board member of New York Passive House (NYPH), a leading non-profit and a member organization of NAPHN. Ken is a registered architect with over 25 years of experience and a graduate of Pratt Institute.

Bing Liu
Bing Liu is a Program Manager of the Building Energy Codes Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, leading over 15 researchers to support the development and implementation of building energy codes in the United States. Bing is also a group leader responsible for the Building Energy Regulatory Analysis group at PNNL. Bing is an internationally recognized technical expert with over 22 years of experience in building codes and standards development, building energy efficiency analysis, and building performance metering. Bing was a member of ASHRAE 90.1 and 189.1, lead author of award-winning Advanced Energy Design Guide and ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

Eric Makela
Eric Makela is a Senior Associate and is the team lead for the Codes and Standards team at Cadmus Group. Eric's building energy codes expertise spans 30 years, numerous states, and countries as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Fiji, and India. Makela served on the ICC IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles, and now represents the Northwest Energy Codes Group in developing IECC code change proposals. In addition, he represented DOE on a team that developed a commercial code change proposal for the IECC that resulted in a 25% increase in efficiency over earlier codes. As a partner in Britt/Makela Group, Eric oversaw commercial and residential energy code compliance studies for 4 states and 4 large cities. Makela served as a senior member of the U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program where his focus was on outreach and education to states and national stakeholders including the International Code Council, Building Code Assistance Project and the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations. Over his career Makela has trained in over 20 states to the building, design and enforcement industry in a variety of venues. Makela was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. He has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in education from California State University, Sacramento.

John McFarland
John McFarland is Principal at WorkingBuildings, and manages and provides Sustainable Consulting and Building Quality Assurance Services for a variety of projects. He has overseen the delivery of 150+ sustainable projects. John is a pioneer of sustainability and has achieved several "firsts" with LEED certifications. John serves as the owner's agent from the design phase through construction and start-up and works effectively with both architects and contractors, having come from a design/build background. John is serving as The Kendeda Fund's representative on the Living Building at Georgia Tech project.

Ryan Meres
Ryan is the Programs Director for RESNET where he oversees several strategic efforts, including the Water Efficiency Rating Index, state and local adoption of the Energy Rating Index compliance path, and partnerships with the International Code Council and Appraisal Institute. Ryan has more than a decade of experience in building energy codes and energy efficiency programs.

Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan is the Sr. Energy Code Manager for SPEER, the REEO serving Oklahoma and Texas. Richard has worked in various roles in the construction, affordable housing, green building, energy efficiency, energy codes and emerging technology sectors in his career.

Shaunna Mozingo
Shaunna Mozingo manages the energy code contracts for Colorado Code Consulting, conducting research and providing training to code officials, builders, Energy Raters and designers both locally and around the United States. Shaunna has served as a building inspector for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competitions and served as the inspector for the China Solar Decathlon Competition. She has been awarded IMT and ICC’s Standard Bearer’s Award for her efforts in compliance with energy codes as well as the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s Award for Leadership in Energy Codes. She was appointed to the International Code Council’s Commercial Energy Code Development Committee and Code Correlation Committee for the 2018 code edition.

Sareena Nagpal
Sareena Nagpal serves as SEEA's Energy Codes Manager, and has held this job since February 2017. Previously, Sareena worked as a LEED consultant in Greater Boston area and a LEED Reviewer with the Epsten Group in Atlanta. Sareena's work is focused mainly around the development of energy codes in the south-east, conducting both quantitative and qualitative research on state and local energy code adoption, and implementation and associated energy savings; and developing reports, white papers and fact sheets presenting research findings. Sareena has a Master's of Science degree in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's in Architecture degree from Indraprastha University in New Delhi, India.

Darren Port
Darren is charged with developing and implementing policy strategies for the advancement of the Northeast regions adoption of, and compliance with, progressive building energy codes. Additionally, Darren advocates for policies to rate and disclose building energy performance. Prior to joining NEEP, Darren was the Green Building Administrator and Green Code Specialist for the State of New Jersey. Nationally, he serves as an appointed member on several code and standards making committees including, the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) and ASHRAE 189.1.

Kevin Rose
Kevin leads National Grid’s Energy Codes and Appliance Standards Initiative in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to joining National Grid in 2017, he served as a Senior Technical Associate at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships where he coordinated regional initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of building energy policies and programs from Maine to Maryland. Kevin is also BPI certified and has conducted performance testing and energy modeling on high performance homes in his native New York state.

Michael Rosenberg
Michael Rosenberg is a Chief Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He leads PNNL’s commercial energy code development team, providing technical analysis and support for cost-effective upgrades to national model energy codes and standards. Michael has worked for over 20 years upgrading building energy codes, providing training to code officials and design professionals, designing high performance buildings, analyzing complex building systems, and developing and administering beyond-code energy programs. He is an ASHRAE Fellow, a member of the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Energy Cost Budget Subcommittee, the ASHRAE Advanced Energy Standards Working Group, and a former member of the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group.

Lisa Rosenow
Lisa Rosenow is a Sr. Program Manager of Commercial Energy Code Support for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. Lisa provides on-call technical support and develops educational programs and resources for the commercial provisions of the WA State Energy Code. Prior to putting on her Energy Code hat, Lisa was a mechanical engineering designer for over 15 years. Through this combination of experience, she is able to provide insight into the challenges industry professionals face with interpreting and applying the Code, which helps identify the types of tools and resources that are most effective at supporting compliance.

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite
Carolyn assists states in improving energy code compliance and operational energy savings for retrofit and new buildings. Carolyn is the Chair of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the SEE Action Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group, past Chair and current member of the Town of Bedford’s Energy Task Force. She is a former Facilities Manger working both in the public and private sectors.

Ramya Shivkumar
Ramya Shivkumar has 12 years of experience in designing and consulting on high performance buildings. She works as a Senior Energy Analyst at Newcomb and Boyd with responsibilities that focus on sustainable design, energy efficiency, energy audits, building energy simulation, code compliance modeling, daylight analysis, passive design strategies, green rating systems, building analytics and data visualization. She was also part of the design team working on Georgia Techs Living Building Challenge competition that focused on designing for net zero energy and water. In a prior role, as a third party LEED reviewer for US Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), she has reviewed more than 250 LEED CS and LEED NC commercial, residential, industrial projects and energy models within USA and internationally. She continues to support GBCI as a third-party reviewer. She also volunteers for USGBC Georgia Chapter, the Atlanta Living Building Challenge Collaborative, and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Equalities committee.

Rodney Sobin
Rodney Sobin is a Senior Program Director at the National Association of State Energy Officials where he works on various energy topics. Previously he was Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the Alliance to Save Energy where he worked on such energy efficiency topics as air quality interactions, EM&V, industrial efficiency, productivity, innovation and state and local policies. He has worked at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the World Resources Institute. He holds two Master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Charlie Stephens
Charlie is a Senior Codes & Standards Engineer at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) representing the interests of its funders in federal and state energy efficiency standards processes, and helping to align the work of NEEA's Emerging Technologies and Sector Initiatives with the PNW region's codes and standards objectives.

Poppy Storm
Poppy Storm is the Director of Policy and Planning at Ecotope. She manages the policy group with a focus on innovation and ensuring the quality and integrity of Ecotope contributions to regional and utility efficiency efforts. Ms. Storm has an interdisciplinary background in impact evaluations, survey research, billing analysis, project management, whole systems design, regional coordination, small and rural utilities, emerging technology research, carbon reduction research, and green marketing.

Reuven Sussman
Reuven Sussman is the Manager of the Behavior and Human Dimensions of Energy Efficiency program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, D.C. He conducts research on behavior change programs that reduce peoples’ energy consumption, and he is co-chair of the annual Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference (BECC). Prior to joining ACEEE in 2016, Reuven was a behavior change consultant, university instructor, and researcher at the University of Victoria in Canada. He earned a doctor of science and a master of science in social and environmental psychology from the University of Victoria. Dr. Sussman’s publications span a broad spectrum of topics from changing behavior by social modeling (in the community and on campus), to the effectiveness of simple visual prompts, to the role of personal values in commons dilemmas. He’s also examined the psychology of climate change, pro-environmental attitudes, and the design of sustainable cities that meet residents’ psychological needs. The common thread tying all of his research interests together has always been the application of psychology to real-world problems.

Jeff Tiller
Jeff Tiller is a research faculty member with the Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University. He is former chair of the Department of Technology and Design and a long-time faculty member. He is also a co-founder of the Southface Energy Institute. He has been active on the North Carolina Energy Code Committee for many years and is an active researcher in many aspects of building science as well as renewable energy systems. He is the Principal Investigator for North Carolina's Energy Code Survey and Education project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Michael Turns
Mike is a senior program manager leading residential new construction and energy codes programs for PSD, including programs for FirstEnergy, PPL, and Exelon. Mike’s codes work has included research and training for programs in New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. From 2014 to 2017 he was the principal investigator for the DOE-funded Pennsylvania Residential Energy Code Field Study and Penn Energy Codes Program. Over his 12-year career, Mike has trained thousands of code officials, builders, and design professionals on energy codes, building science, and related topics. Previously, Mike was the Associate Director of the Housing Research Center at Penn State University.

Jason Vandever
As Energy Code Program Manager for SPEER Jason uses his experience as a building official to help other building officials, builders and stakeholders throughout Texas and Oklahoma better understand and enforce the IECC. Jason currently serves on the NCTCOG Energy and Green Code Advisory Board and on the ICC G4 Commissioning Guideline Committee.

Lauren Westmoreland
Lauren Westmoreland serves as SEEA's Director of Built Environment. Previously, Lauren was a Building Science Consultant and Trainer at Advanced Energy in Raleigh, NC and an Architectural Designer at Bentley Architects + Engineers in Orlando, FL. Her previous work focused on all aspects of design and construction, from affordable housing to public works projects. Lauren has a Master's of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor's of Science, Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves as Secretary for the Georgia Building Performance Association (GA BPA). Lauren is a licensed North Carolina Architect, a LEED AP and a HERS Rater.

Christin Whitco
Christin Whitco has 15 years of experience in mechanical engineering, sustainable consulting, energy modeling, and project management. She serves as the Energy Code Coordinator for the City of Boulder and works closely with both the city’s code officials and the city’s Climate and Sustainability division to ensure long term climate goals and initiatives are supported by current building practices. Boulder has set a goal of reducing its energy-related emissions by 80% by 2050. Adopting, implementing, and enforcing stringent energy codes is the city’s single biggest lever for driving this change.

Jeremy Williams
Jeremy Williams is Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office. For the past seven years, he has managed a portfolio of projects spanning energy code development and implementation. Jeremy represents the Department in its code development activities, including participation in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and the National Green Building Standard. He has a particular interest in energy code compliance, and currently manages a series of research studies designed to ensure that code-intended savings are realized by U.S. homes and businesses. His educational background includes an M.S. in Construction Management from Michigan State University, and a degree in Business and Education. Prior to joining DOE, he was a high school chemistry & physics teacher.

Keith Winston
Keith Winston works with the Green Building Program at Washington DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The award-winning Green Building Program is responsible for enforcing compliance of the Energy and Green codes in Washington, DC. Keith is a green building inspector, and also does plan reviews and inspections of solar systems in DC, as well as building and maintaining many of the tools with which the team operates. With other team members, he participates in code development at a jurisdictional and national level. Coming to this work through the private sector, Keith has worked as builder, renewable energy consultant and solar installer, expanding on a checkered past spanning environmental policy advocacy, computer programming and industrial glassblowing. Degrees in Physics, Political Economics and Conservation Biology further confound any coherent narrative.

Fred Yebra
Mr. Yebra is an energy engineer responsible for managing senior-level energy and water efficiency project management and related oversight work. Responsibilities include planning, organizing and executing technical engineering projects, developing plans and specifications, reviewing technical design work and supervising the work of others. Conducts engineering studies, field visits technical assessments and reviews, and energy management training. Provides consulting and liaison services to internal and external organizations regarding new energy engineering concepts, solutions to problems, and changes in policies and laws. Reports to state and federal authorities on project updates and financial status. Client organizations include Texas school districts, state and local government agencies and municipal and electric cooperative utilities.