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Habitat X is proud to have gathered an Advisory Board that includes experts from a huge swath of the sustainable housing, home performance, and energy efficiency industries. The following professionals serve – in a generous and unpaid capacity – because they believe in the mission and vision of our organization.

Steve Baden

Steve Baden is the Executive Director of RESNET — the Residential Energy Services Network. Widely regarded as one of the main movers in the residential energy efficiency field, he’s been at the head of RESNET since its inception and he ran a state energy office for ten years. Among other accomplishments, he was recently awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Bill Spohn

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.

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Michelle Nochisaki

Michelle Nochisaki is a market strategist, operations consultant, and resource developer to the home performance industry. She works at present as an Outcome Broker with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. Combined with her recent service as the Coordinator of Market Development and Program Design at the Building Performance Institute, and the Manager of Education and Development for Efficiency First, she has gathered a broad set of experience and contacts that make her a go-to expert on the strategy and marketing for the home performance industry.

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Michelle is one of two recipients of the 2016 Habitat X Fellowship. She lives in San Francisco.

Habitat X Fellows Michelle Nochisaki, Griffin Hagle, and Ed Matos are the founders of the Brighter Energy Collective.

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Ed Matos

Ed Matos has accumulated an impressive record of achievement in the home performance industry. With a background in sales and sales management, he recently closed a total of more than $4M in home performance retrofits, and managed a team of four salespeople achieving $8.5M in annual home performance sales.

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Ed is a ‎Regional Sales Director at BrightCore Energy, and the proprietor of Competitive Advantage Consulting. His current initiatives include producing The Home Performance Sales Manual, a practical textbook on the language, psychology, and management of sales for the home performance industry. Ed lives on the north shore of Long Island, New York.

Ed is a recipient of the 2016 Habitat X Fellowship. Ed and Habitat X Fellows Michelle Nochisaki and Griffin Hagle are the founders of Brighter Energy Collective.

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Jacques Touillon

Jacques Touillon is the Founder and CEO of Airboxlab, a startup dedicated to health & wellness, and the makers of the Foobot indoor air quality monitor. With a background in both communications and environmental management, Jacques is well positioned to have an impact on the emerging market of connected devices for home-performance. Read Jacques’ interview at Greentech Media.

Foobot is a Silver Sponsor of Habitat X.

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Griffin Hagle

Griffin Hagle 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.

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Griffin was the recipient of the 2015 Habitat X Fellowship. Habitat X Fellows Griffin Hagle, Michelle Nochisaki, and Ed Matos are the founders of the Brighter Energy Collective.

Read Griffin’s articles Performance in Paradise and The End of Malaise in the Habitat X Journal.

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Rick Blumenthal

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.

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Brad Turner

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.

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Chandler von Schrader

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.

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Michael Freedberg

Michael Freedberg is currently the Senior Advisor for Energy Policy and Climate Change in HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience, created by the Obama Administration to support sustainable community development, climate adaptation and resilience, energy efficiency, and green building. Previously he was Director of Affordable Housing Technology Research in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, and chaired the Department’s Energy Task Force, which coordinated the agency’s efforts to reduce HUD’s $5 billion energy bill.

Michael lives in Washington, DC.

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Alex Glenn

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.

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Susan Davison

Susan Davison works at the forefront of California efficiency and finance programs, with recent service at CalCERTS, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and Build It Green. She has a ton of experience across a range of industries, with specialties in asset ratings, real estate finance, workforce education, and data analysis. She has played critical roles in the PACE map design for the State of California, the California Energy Commission Action Plan for AB758, and the Orange Button solar finance initiative.

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James Childre

James Childre is the owner of the building diagnostics company RedPoint LLC in Bozeman, Montana. Their services include residential and commercial building inspections for real estate transactions, energy audits, thermal imaging, blower door testing, duct testing, HERS ratings, ENERGY STAR verification, and tax credit verification. He also has deep experience in international finance and analysis.

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Heidi McCullough

Heidi McCullough is a residential energy consultant for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, supporting the ENERGY STAR homes programs and Vermont code projects. She holds BPI and RESNET certifications, is an NGBS Green Verifier and USGNC Green Rater. She’s been a solid supporter of Habitat X for years now, and serves on the Advisory Board.

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Garry Upton

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.

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Larry Zarker

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.

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Colin Genge

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.

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Joe Medosch

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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