Distinguished Judges Announced for EnergyValue Housing Award
The NAHB Research Center has selected 10 renowned energy and housing specialists to judge the 2010 EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA), which honors companies that voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into the design, construction and marketing of new homes. The judges’ expertise spans the fields of engineering, construction, design, energy efficiency, research and consulting.
Now in its 15th year, the EVHA program recognizes energy-efficient practices and educates the residential industry and the public about advanced technologies and successful approaches to high-performance construction that can be implemented by all builders.
Participation in the 2010 awards has increased 40% over 2009 levels, representing homes from 22 states.
Contenders for the award are grouped into three climate zones (cold, moderate and hot) and five categories (custom, affordable, production, factory-built and multifamily).
The judges for the 2010 EVHA are:
- Craig Conner — He has extensive experience in the development of energy and green buildings codes, having served on various committees for both the International Code Council and NAHB. He participated in the development of the ICC/NAHB National Green Building Standard as chair of the Energy Task Group. Conner has worked for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Pacific Northwest National and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and he led a team in the development of both the REScheck and MEScheck tools and software. He earned a Master of Science degree in energy and resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently working as a consultant focusing on energy codes and green building.
- Jordan Goldman — As a principal engineer with ZeroEnergy Design, he brings a new perspective to the EVHA program as a first-time judge. He studied at Cornell University, where he received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering, and now specializes in residential energy performance consulting, energy modeling, mechanical engineering and HVAC design. Goldman has extensive knowledge of building envelope strategies; energy-efficient construction systems; the design, specification and sizing of mechanical systems for optimal performance and savings; and solar energy applications. He has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for his achievement in systems design for green buildings; and he is a LEED Accredited Professional, NAHB Research Center-accredited green verifier, HERS rater, Passive House consultant-in-training and an ASHRAE member.
- Joe Gregory — He has been in the construction industry for nearly 30 years, the last seven of which have been with Bob Ward Companies — a past EVHA recipient and a 2007 Energy Star Partner of the Year. In his tenure at Bob Ward, Gregory led the team that built the very first Energy Star-rated house for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in 2006. A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in industrial studies, Gregory has also worked with the NAHB Research Center to design and construct Maryland’s first production ultra-energy-efficient home. Gregory currently serves on the Green Building Committee of the Home Builder’s Association of Maryland.
- Steve Hale, CGP — He is president of Hale and Sun Construction, Inc. and director and founding member of Build Green New Mexico. He has 24 years experience in the home building industry as both a new home builder and remodeler. Hale is committed to promoting higher conservation standards in building and remodeling, helping to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil consumption, teaching green building practices to members of the construction trades and helping to reduce the production of greenhouse gases related to the housing industry. Having served on a variety of committees at the local, state and national levels, Hale is currently participating in making revisions to the Green Building Professionals course materials for NAHB.
- David Hales — A returning EVHA judge with 30 years of experience in building science and construction, he currently serves as a building systems specialist for Washington State University’s (WSU) Extension Energy Program. As a building systems specialist, Hales provides technical assistance, curriculum development and training and demonstrations supporting energy-efficient design and construction for the utilities and construction industries. He previously served as an energy specialist for the Washington State Energy Office and as a managing partner for Sun Construction. Hales has a degree in physics from the University of Chicago, is IGSPA certified, a GSHP and RESNET rater trainer and a Passive House Institute of the U.S. consultant.
- Lee Magnusson — He joined NREL in 2008 as a research engineer and returns to the EVHA judging process for a second year. Previous experience includes the formation of a start-up company that designed, developed and marketed a new, more energy-efficient building insulation technology. He led the design and development of the world's first powered prosthetic ankle for iWalk, performed failure analysis of materials at GE Aircraft Engines and worked on motor design and development for Premag. Magnusson holds dual bachelor of science degrees — in materials engineering and mechanical engineering — from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Peter Pfeiffer — He is a founding principal of Barley + Pfeiffer Architects, a Texas firm recognized nationally for its pioneering use of environmentally responsive building design and construction techniques. He has spent 32 years developing high performance building design strategies and is a LEED-accredited professional architect, interior designer and building scientist. In 2004, Pfeiffer was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his life-long commitment to "mainstreaming green building in North America.” Pfeiffer was also honored as NAHB’s “National Green Advocate of the Year” in 2003. He is an active charter member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee and participated in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes pilot program. In 2006, Residential Architect cited him as one of the 10 most influential residential architects of the past decade.
- Dr. Sydney G. Roberts — She is the Home Services program manager at Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, where she is a researcher, trainer and consultant on energy efficiency, high performance building and sustainable policy development. Roberts directs the Southern Energy Efficiency Center, Building America, Georgia Weatherization Training and Home Performance with Energy Star programs at Southface. In addition, she has published more than 20 technical articles and was a contributor to the 2009 publication, “Modern Sustainable Residential Design.” She earned a doctorate from Stanford University in mechanical engineering, studying the application of engineering principles to medical and biological problems, and she is certified as a LEED AP Homes, BPI Building Analyst and RESNET HERS rater.
- Margo Thompson — A first-time judge, she brings a wealth of both hands-on and management experience in energy efficiency to the program. Currently, Thompson works for Lockheed Martin, Inc., where she is a project manager for an initiative to promote energy efficiency in new and existing residential buildings. Prior to her current post, Thompson was a project manager at the NAHB Research Center, where she worked on numerous applied research projects to improve energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy technologies and sustainable building practices in residential buildings. Past projects have included work for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, EPA and DOE — including the development of green building guidelines, demonstration of green building practices and renewable energy technologies, and work with builders to construct high performance homes under the Building America Program.
- Barb Yankie — Another veteran judge, she is president of Green Building Consulting, LLC, and Homes +, Inc. — both Ohio-based companies that provide energy efficiency audits and Energy Star, LEED, NAHB and other green rating system verifications, infrared diagnostic surveys and other testing and consulting services for residential and commercial structures. Yankie is a Certified HERS rater, RESNET green rater, NAHB Research Center accredited green verifier, LEED third-party rater, Builders Challenge verifier and a Level II thermographer, with more than 16 years experience in the building science/construction field.
Final judging for the 2010 EnergyValue Housing Awards will take place in September.
The awards will be presented on Jan. 18, during the 2010 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.
The EVHA is administered by the NAHB Research Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy/Building America Program, NAHB, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a number of private sponsors.