Habitat X is proud to have an Advisory Board that includes a range of experts in sustainable housing, home performance, and energy efficiency. The following professionals serve – in an unpaid capacity – because they believe in the mission and vision of our organization.
Bill Spohn has been one of our most consistent participants at the Habitat X conferences. As the president and CEO of TruTech Tools, he’s also a widely respected expert on combustion testing, wireless tools, and other technologies. He holds degrees from the University Of Rochester, is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, and has designed a wide array of test and measurement products in the last twenty-five years. Bill holds three U.S. patents for combustion testing equipment. See his self portrait here.
Griffin Hagle is a year-round associate with Habitat X Technical Services. He has been involved in weatherization and home performance since 2006, most recently as a field trainer and utility program consultant for Richard Heath & Associates. He previously conducted hundreds of energy audits for SolarCity, and trained auditors throughout Oregon and Southern California. Griffin lived for years in San Diego, California, but recently moved to Barrow, Alaska, where he works for the local housing authority and owns what is probably the northernmost blower door in North America.
Rick Blumenthal has been involved in the housing industry for his entire career. Educated in Environmental Conservation and Planning, he has spent the last half of his career focused on producing high performance sustainable buildings. In 2010 Rick was chosen as the Lead Energy Advisor and Technical Specialist for the RePower Bainbridge Energy Challenge, and he currently serves as a Building Performance Specialist for Knauf Insulation. Rick lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Read Rick’s article in the 2015 Habitat X Journal.
Brad Turner is the Director of Education and Technical Assistance at Southface Energy Institute. He manages the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center, plus several other programs focusing on residential energy efficiency. He has also worked in various capacities developing national standards and certifications best practices related to energy efficiency improvements on existing homes. Brad resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Read Brad’s article in the Habitat X Journal.
Chandler von Schrader is recently retired from the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C.. Over the years. Chandler has been a main mover at the confluence of home performance, HVAC, and the rest of the construction industry. You couldn’t find anyone more qualified for this discussion — as the manager of the EPA ENERGY STAR Verified Installation Program, Chandler was been instrumental in building some of the nation’s most-widespread home performance programs. Today he works as a private consultant, and is focused on introducing home performance to the HVAC and remodeling industries.
Chandler lives in the woods of Arlington, Virginia, a few miles outside Washington, D.C. Learn about his webinar Codes and Programs That Work.
Alex Glenn has built a 15 year career striving to advance the cause of sustainable housing. He’s lucky to have worked across most facets of the construction industry, having served stints as a technical trainer, program developer, curriculum designer, and tradesman. Alex also has the distinction of having delivered the first Pecha Kucha presentation ever to a Habitat X conference.
Alex lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he works as the lead trainer and building scientist for Advanced Energy, one of the most respected energy-efficiency consultancies in North America.
Garry Upton is an executive vice-president at Decision Analyst, where he has specialized in developing actionable marketing and service procedures for the HVAC and home performance industries. He previously spent years as a branch manager and Director of Research with Lennox International.
In his own words, “Much of my time these days is spent building, conducting, analyzing, and presenting ad hoc primary research. A side line that has been important to me has been the addition of secondary data to complete the primary study we complete for the client. Often the addition of secondary information helps the primary directives we’ve found, and supports more specific actionable results from the studies.”
Garry lives in Denver, Colorado.
Larry Zarker has been involved with the world of home performance for most of his career. From a start at research center of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), he’s now the Executive Director of the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Larry brings an important perspective to our discussions: with his years of experience on Capitol Hill, he has a strong sense of when to use political solutions, and when to rely upon private industry. Larry lives in Washington, DC.
Steve Malon has spent his entire career perfecting the art and science of insulating and air-sealing buildings. He has not only built a successful business to deliver those services, but he has become a widely respected technical trainer, too. Steve is the president of HPIP, the High Performance Insulation Professionals. He works out of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Duke Elliott has the distinction being an expert in both the technology and business of energy efficient construction and and sustainable development. As a former director of the Montana Weatherization Training Center, he also has also gained a lot of knowledge in the world of work-force development. Duke is the proprietor of YesHaus, a nearly ideal pre-fab housing solution. He lives and works in Bozeman, Montana.
Penelope has been involved in organizational development for many years. She’s the president of The Schwiebert Group, Inc., a graduate adjunct faculty for the University of Idaho and Boise State University, and an active advisor for Osprey Building Performance. Penelope lives in Boise, Idaho.
Colin Genge is the founder and CEO of Retrotec, Inc. He’s widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on the science and practice of measuring the integrity of air barriers in buildings for home performance, fire control, and clean room applications. Colin has provided solid support for the Habitat X initiative for years now, and has recently helped launch The Compliance Project, a nationwide initiative to speed the implementation of energy codes. He lives on a houseboat in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Learn about Colin’s webinar Codes and Programs That Work.
Joe Medosch is a brand ambassador for Habitat X, and serves as a staff member for the Habitat X conferences. He operates the consultancy Energy & Environmental Consulting LLC, is a training consultant to Retrotec Incorporated, and is the executive director of the Healthy Home Environment Association.
Joe is a technical wizard across much of the home performance field, and a talented trainer as well. He developed the Energy Management curriculum for Technical College System of Georgia, he’s a former energy manager for University of Georgia at Tifton, and he’s an Energy Management Instructor at Moultrie Technical College. Joe lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joe holds the distinction of having designed his own slightly cryptic typeface, hand-grinding the characters of an old Underwood manual typewriter. Read Joe’s article in the 2014 Habitat X Journal.
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