Speakers


NCBC 2017 | October 16-18, 2017 | Salt Lake City, UT


Glen Anderson, PE
ETC Group

Glen Anderson, PE is vice president of ETC Group, an international engineering firm dedicated to improving energy efficiency in commercial and industrial facilities. He has 22 years of experience with analysis and optimization of chiller plants, building air and water-side HVAC systems, process cooling and refrigeration. Glen has analyzed and managed the upgrades of central cooling plants for over 50 facilities ranging from resort casinos to hospitals to manufacturing facilities. Glen has particular expertise in on-going commissioning for customers using SkySpark. This entails performance maintenance of mechanical systems following efficiency projects and continuously identifying additional opportunities.
 
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Kent Barber, PE, CCP, LEED AP
Keithly Barber Associates

Kent Barber, PE, is the Managing Principal of Keithly Barber associates (KBA); a commissioning services firm based in Burien, WA. Kent, a focused commissioning professional since 1991, is a founding member of the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA). Throughout his 25 years as a commissioning professional he has continued to be a leader in promoting and refining cost-effective proactive commissioning techniques.

Kent has commissioned a wide variety of building and system types; including, healthcare facilities, laboratories, educational facilities, office buildings, retail buildings, correctional institutions, aircraft industrial, and data centers. His project experience includes facilities ranging in size from a few thousand to over a million square feet, utilizing delivery methods ranging from traditional design/bid/build, through design/build, GC/CM and, integrated delivery. Kent’s building industry career spans more than four decades. Prior to focusing his career on Building Commissioning, his background included the construction trades, mechanical systems design, and facilities consulting.

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Janine Benner
Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE)

Janine Benner is the Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation at the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). In this role, she leads the Department’s work on clean energy policy development and implementing energy efficiency programs and services. Janine came to ODOE from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she was Associate Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the largest government funder of clean energy research and development. Before that, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in DOE’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Janine also spent 12 years working for Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), first as an energy and environmental policy advisor and then as Deputy Chief of Staff. She grew up in Portland, OR and has a degree in History from Princeton University.

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Sarah Boll
Utah DFCM

Sarah manages all efforts related to the High Performance Building Standard of the Division of Facility and Construction Management, State of Utah.

Sarah has 18 years of experience in operations, facilities and energy management. She has worked as an energy and facilities manager for the University of Utah and New York University. She has worked as an operations manager for Public Service Enterprise Group and Parallel Products. She served six years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy; completing tours on the USS FIFE, the USS Carl Vinson and with Military Sealift Command Europe, as well as three years as a Naval Reservist at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

Education:

  • CERTIFIED ENERGY AUDITOR (CEA), Association of Energy Engineers
  • UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, M.S., Edinburgh, UK – Environmental Protection and Management – Graduate with Distinctions
  • TULANE UNIVERSITY, B.S. New Orleans, LA

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Nick Buike, CxA
Group14 Engineering

Nick Buike is a Commissioning Engineering at Group14 Engineering. Nick has 17 years of experience in service, construction, DDC, and commissioning. He is Niagara AX Certified, an Accredited Installer with the International Ground-Source Heat Pump Association and a Certified Commissioning Authority. Nick graduated from Metropolitan State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has extensive experience constructing and commissioning a variety of laboratory environments.

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David Burczyk
Trimble

David Burczyk is the Segment Manager for scanning, field layout, and mixed reality solutions for the MEP Division at Trimble. With over eighteen years of AEC industry experience promoting technology and collaboration among construction teams, David brings a comprehensive understanding of Building Information Models (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes. Through the use of positioning technology, David is focused on the development and implementation of tailored solutions to advance the field productivity of MEP contractors and engineers.

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Jay Cmiel
Marriott International

Jay Cmiel is a facility engineer for Marriott International. Working at the San Jose Marriott, he has undertaken investigations and improvement projects to ensure proper operation of the various systems. The most recent and largest opportunity observed was a chilled water flywheel that will allow the property to shut down condenser and chilled water system equipment under low load condition. This will save energy and provide a longer time period of acceptable chilled water temperatures to their guests.

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Arik Cohen, PE
kW Engineering

Arik Cohen is a Principal at kW Engineering. He is a professional engineer with 19 years of experience. Mr. Cohen currently manages the Retro-commissioning services offered by kW Engineering. Cohen is also the key contact to some of kW Engineering’s largest non-utility clients. Cohen has provided technical energy engineering support to many private clients and a large variety of utility and state sponsored DSM programs. In addition to management responsibilities, Cohen has been the lead engineer on hundreds of energy audits and retro-commissioning projects conducted on behalf of diverse set of clients. Prior to working for kW Engineering, he worked as a Senior Consultant for Nexant (formally Schiller Associates), and Research Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center testing and designing fuel cell systems.

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Dave Conner
Holder Construction Company

Dave Conner, manages and coordinates the commissioning process on all Holder Construction projects. Dave brings 42 years of industry experience with 25 years of mechanical design and 14 years with Holder Construction. He has been involved in the design, construction and commissioning of technology, office, commercial, industrial, education and infrastructure projects. Dave works with the project team to develop the commissioning plan and coordinate the hiring of the commissioning authority. Dave reviews and manages implementation of the commissioning process with the field team, vendors, subcontractors, design engineers, alongside the commissioning authority. His depth of experience with Building Automation Systems is integral to the successful completion of the commissioning process.

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Michael Della Barba
Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

In 2000, Mike joined Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) as the Director of Commissioning, where he has overseen the commissioning of more than 25 million square feet of commercial and institutional construction. Many of these projects represent the most sophisticated designs in their market sectors including sustainable offices, healthcare facilities, advanced biomedical and research laboratories and data centers.

Prior to joining EH&E, Mike was a senior analyst at New England Power Service Company (NEES/National Grid), where he designed and managed their Building Commissioning program. This program was implemented in over 150 projects and was nationally recognized in the “90s” as an industry leader.

Mike holds a B.S. in Economics from Boston State College (Boston, MA) and is an established author and speaker on building commissioning and energy optimization.

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Sanjiv “Sunny” Devnani, PE
kW Engineering

Sanjiv “Sunny” Devnani is a Director at kW Engineering. Sanjiv has worked in the energy efficiency field since 2005. His experience includes on-site audits, retro-commissioning, new building commissioning, measurement and verification, simulation modeling and design assistance. Mr. Devnani is a registered Professional Engineer in Utah; he has a M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is a member of ASHRAE.

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Tony DiLeonardo, CxA, LEED AP
Wick Fisher White

Tony DiLeonardo is the President at Wick Fisher White. He has been in the consulting engineering business for 32 years and has been providing functional testing as part of the design services for most of his career.

“In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, observing the control, fire protection and most other sequences used to be part of the engineering services that we provided for our mission critical and pharmaceutical engineering work,” he notes.

In 2001, Tony decided to formalize the firm’s commissioning services to a more process oriented third party service. He has been providing mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical commissioning services for all types of facilities in most areas of the United States.

In addition to commissioning, his expertise includes mechanical, plumbing and fire protection design and engineering management. Working with mission critical systems, Tony has been functionally testing mechanical, building management systems and fire protection systems for over 25 years. He is a Certified Commissioning Agent and LEED Accredited professional. He has created educational qWICK tip videos on commissioning.

Tony has been a presenter at the Building Commissioning Association events providing educational commissioning seminars for students, beginners and other craving for more knowledge. He has presented on numerous topics at National Conference on Building Commissioning periodically for the past six years. Tony provides the leadership and guidance on all commissioning projects at Wick Fisher White, and is an International Board member of the Building Commissioning Association.

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Wayne Dunn, PE, PEng, LEED AP
E.W. Dunn Developments, Inc.

Wayne has presented at the BCxA’s NCBC conference every year since its inception in 1993. He has been involved with project management, systems integration, quality assurance, and commissioning for over 30 years. Project experience varies from modern offices to laboratories and launch complexes with effort focused on equipment/system validation, improving technical performance, and energy efficiency. After years of mission critical and system optimization projects, he is now focused on developing technical partnerships that leverage technology and share rewards. Wayne has chaired association technical committees such as ASHRAE: SSPC 55 Thermal Comfort Standard and ASHRAE: GPC 20 – XML Definitions for HVAC&R. He has published several papers on commissioning, relating to risk management, energy performance, and owner satisfaction. He is an industry speaker on energy efficiency and commissioning. In addition to being a registered professional engineer in the US and Canada, Wayne holds technical certifications related to indoor air quality and microgrids.

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Edward Faircloth

Ed Faircloth
Gilbane (Retired)

Ed Faircloth had worked in the Construction Industry for 50 years before retiring in 2015. He started his profession as a Steamfitter Apprentice in January 1965 and ended as a Senior Project Manager for a large Construction Firm.

He has experience in projects as small as $500,000.00 up to $1.2 Billion. From small industrial plants to Multi-story office complexes to large Brewery additions.

Ed was involved in creating Commissioning protocols and procedures for Gilbane Building Company and the BCA. He was also one of the first to join the BCA, Member # 374 and was one of the original members of the Southwest Chapter. He was elected President of the SW Chapter and later was elected to the National Board of Directors where he served as Secretary and finally 3 years as President. Ed is still involved with the BCA as a member of the BCA Scholarship Foundation.

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Eric Feeny
BuildPulse
 
Eric is responsible for customer acquisition. He grew up programming for startups in Silicon Valley where he later attended Stanford University. He worked extensively with Oracle’s direct sales force and has also consulted to a number of startups. He applies his engineering and operational background to build an efficient sales organization and streamlined customer engagement experience.
 
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Dan Forino, CCP
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP

Dan is responsible for commissioning project management, indoor air quality testing, design reviews, functional and performance testing, commissioning plan and specification development, and deficiency management. He has been actively involved in numerous new construction and existing building commissioning projects since joining HEA, with extensive experience in healthcare, commercial, retail, and laboratory spaces. He has managed his firm’s continuing relationship with the Target Corporation for seven years, involved in both project management and hands-on commissioning services, including assisting with the development of their initial retro-commissioning services. Dan also specializes in LEED and sustainable consulting projects on the design, construction, and operational levels. He has been actively involved in over 50 projects seeking LEED certification in various capacities including Commissioning Provider, LEED Administrator, Indoor Air Quality Specialist, Sustainable Design Consultant, and Sustainable Construction Management Consultant.

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Eric Forman
Facility Grid

Eric is responsible for the strategic direction of Facility Grid and working with clients and the industry to understand current and future challenges and opportunities.

Prior to Facility Grid, Eric founded and built Resolve Technology, a software solution provider that empowers commercial real estate managers to better evaluate and manage risk through improved analysis, visibility into institutional properties and portfolios, and faster access to information. Resolve was purchased by The Costar Group in 2009.

Before launching Resolve, Eric worked in acquisitions and finance at the Krupp Realty Company, Prudential Securities Real Estate Investment Group, and Guaranty Acceptance Credit Corporation. He earned an MBA from the Boston University School of Business and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Additionally, Eric actively advises and mentors startups and individuals in the commercial real estate software space. Eric sits on the board of the Dupuytren Disease Research Committee and strongly advocates for Dupuytren Disease sufferers.

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Kevin Fuller
Interval Data

Kevin Fuller, executive vice president at Interval Data Systems, is responsible for product development, marketing, and program management for several of IDS’ largest customers. Before joining IDS in 2004, Kevin spent 20 years working for relational database and data analytics vendors in technical and marketing roles, where he developed an appreciation of how businesses use data to their advantage.

Kevin works closely with clients to ensure their efforts solve real business and operational problems. For example, Kentucky’s statewide program, Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System (CEMCS), has been implemented across more than 15,000,000 ft2 of state-owned facilities. CEMCS has helped Kentucky reduce energy bills by over $3,300,000 annually, and enact legislation requiring high-performance building standards that affect construction, engineering, and commissioning. CEMCS won national awards from AEE, NASFA, NASCA, and ENERGY STAR.

Current work is focused on getting BAS automation software correct, starting with design, through implementation, and ongoing operations.

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Joshua Gepner, PE, QCxP, LEED AP O+M
Environment Systems Design

Joshua Gepner joined Environmental Systems Design, Inc. in 2009 bringing over seven years of design engineering, consulting engineering , and commissioning expertise to the company. He is knowledgeable in commercial, residential, and industrial electrical design as well as LEED and Building Energy Code standards. Josh has over nine years of commissioning experience, specializing in mission critical facilities commissioning specifically for data centers and other critical facilities. Josh is currently the Operations Director for the Commissioning team at ESD.

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Lyn Gomes, PE, CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT
KW Engineering

Lyn is the lead Commissioning Provider for kW Engineering. Lyn graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the ‘MIT of the West’ 15 years ago, making her a unicorn among engineers. As evidenced by her past presentations at NCBC, she’s passionate about lighting and especially lighting controls. She remains committed to working with all members of the project team to ensure lighting controls are implemented well – an ongoing challenge in the face of rapid market evolution and stringent regulatory requirements (such as California’s Title 24).

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Dwight Gray, PE, CCP
Engineering Economics, Inc.

Mr. Gray is a professional engineer and Certified Commissioning Professional with nearly 30 years of experience in building commissioning, automation controls and HVAC design. He began his career working as a plumber and certified welder in the early 1980’s before operating a downtown Portland high rise building. After formal education in engineering and automation controls, Mr. Gray spent 12 years designing automation control systems, and then spent the last 15 years in the consulting engineering, design, and commissioning professions. During his career he has commissioned federal office buildings, laboratories, K-12 schools, universities, and correction facilities. His experience has reached into many different facility types and he has functioned as the mechanical installer, building operator, facilities manager, design engineer, construction manager, and commissioning professional. His broad background and experience gives him a unique and well-rounded perspective into all of the aspects of building design and commissioning.

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Stephen Hagan, FAIA CCM
Hagan Technologies, LLC

Stephen R Hagan FAIA CCM is recognized as an industry expert on technology | innovation , real estate, and the construction marketplace. In August 2012, Stephen retired from the federal government after 37 years and is now consulting about BIM, Innovation and Online Technologies. Steve is President | CEO of Hagan Technologies in Reston, VA. Stephen is currently a member of the AIA Documents Committee.

Stephen was program and project management lead for the U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service (GSA PBS) Project Information Portal (PIP) and a founding member of the GSA 3D / 4D Building Information Model (BIM) team. Stephen’s career in Washington DC included significant positions and roles as a program and project executive for major capital construction and infrastructure projects at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and GSA PBS.

Stephen was a long standing member of the Federal Facilities Council (FFC), which is part of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE). He chaired the Design and Construction Committee of FFC and coordinated several major conferences and publications. Stephen also was co-chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the FFC.

The AIA TAP Innovation awards program, which Steve founded (as TAP BIM Awards) in 2003, in 2014 celebrated its 10th year and includes partnerships with COAA, IFMA, and the AGC BIM Forum and in 2015 11 years as a leading example of innovation and technology foresight for the Institute.

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Lincoln Harmer, PE
kW Engineering

Lincoln Harmer, Senior Engineer II, P.E., BEMP, leads the continuous commissioning and energy modeling team in kW Engineering’s Salt Lake City office and is an institutional and commercial building HVAC equipment and controls expert. He has experience working on both new construction and retrofit projects. His portfolio of work includes large health care facilities, university laboratories, K-12, district chilled water plants, and industrial facilities. He specializes in control system design and integration on new construction and retrofit projects. He is passionate about leveraging analytics to bring legacy control systems to the 21st century. He also enjoys using energy modeling to provide design assistance to design teams for complex projects. Lincoln has a BS/MS from the University of Colorado in Architectural Engineering, is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a certified Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP).

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Josh Harwood, CCP
McKinstry

Joshua Harwood is a mechanical engineer currently working for McKinstry as a commissioning director. Josh is a product of the Naval Nuclear power program and was a submarine officer for 7 years prior to joining McKinstry as a commissioning engineer. Josh has been involved in multiple retrofit and new construction projects with McKinstry as a commissioning engineer and more recently as a commissioning authority. Many of Josh’s projects focus on central utility plants at universities in Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Josh is currently serving as the Treasurer of the SW chapter of the BCA, a position he has held for 2 years.

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Craig Hawkins, CCP, CxA
McKinstry

Craig began his career in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and became a Commissioning Provider in 1993. In the past 24 years, Craig has commissioned over 475 projects, totaling over 50 million square feet of facilities. He became a Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) in 2008 and a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) in 2015. Craig was awarded the prestigious Benner Award at the NCBC in 2016.

Craig is one of the founding members of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and was instrumental in the development of the BCA’s Essential Attributes during its founding in 1998. He has twice served on the BCA’s International Board of Directors and is currently an IBOD Member at Large Craig has recently been appointed the Dean of the BCA University, leading the team that has developing and is delivering the BCA educational materials.

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Scott Henderson, PE, CCP, LEED BD+C
McKinstry

Mr. Henderson is a professional mechanical engineer, with nearly 25 years of experience. He is a PE, CCP, and a LEED AP (BD+C). He began his career as a plant engineer of a medical waste/exempt hazardous waste treatment facility and is now a senior commissioning engineer at McKinstry, supporting school projects – both new construction, facility improvements, and modernizations. During his career, he commissioned a variety of facilities, including shakedown (commissioning) of new incinerator and APCS, a large prison, several federal buildings, and multiple K-12 schools – including boarding school dormitories and school buildings. His experience includes facility manager, a mechanical design, mechanical inspector, and a construction manager (CM). He finds this experience helps him find common ground and things to talk about with just about anyone involved in design, construction, and commissioning.

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Dr. Kathleen Hogan
US DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this capacity, she oversees a more than $600 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio, including advanced manufacturing, buildings, federal energy management, low income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships. As part of EERE’s senior leadership, she helps to implement and achieve national energy efficiency goals, including those laid out in the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Before this position, she served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA’s clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

These programs included the ENERGY STAR® program, programs for combined heat and power and renewable energy, corporate leadership programs, and efforts focused on state clean energy policies. Under her management, ENERGY STAR grew to a national brand for energy efficiency across products, new homes, and buildings. She was also a key convener of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and has served as a technical advisor on the boards of a number of national and regional energy efficiency organizations.

Earlier in her EPA career, she developed and managed programs to address emissions of methane and the high global warming potential gases including programs with the natural gas, waste management, livestock, aluminum smelting, and electronics industries. She also worked to address methane emissions in the Russian natural gas system and was an expert contributor on these topics to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
She has been recognized for her work with a Presidential Rank Award, induction into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame of the U.S. Energy Association, and for being a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.

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Bob Hunter
AlphaGuardian Networks

Bob Hunter is a thought leader in the field of Building Management Systems and Cybersecurity. Bob Founded NetBrowser Communications in 1996, which developed the worlds first web-based Data Center Infrastructure Management System (DCIM). Following the sale of NetBrowser, Bob founded TrendPoint Systems, the leader in high-density energy management for data centers and office buildings. TrendPoint continues as a profitable industry leader in its field.

In 2012, Bob founded AlphaGuardian Networks, the pioneer in the field of cybersecurity for the Industrial Internet of Things. Its crucial that everyone who in involved in building management and construction understand that every Building Management System is at least indirectly connected to the Internet and, as such, is a target of hackers. Hackers are adept at using BMS systems and credentials as a back door into a customer’s network. From their, they can surveil and plan attacks on any building electrical, mechanical, fire or security system as they choose. Its time to take back control of your building from the threat of hackers and it can be done with proper planning and systems.

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Harold Jepsen, PE
Legrand, North America

Harold Jepsen is the Vice President of Standards & Industry Affairs for Legrand’s Building Controls Systems division. Since 1998, Harold has led roles in product development, engineering and operations at Watt Stopper’s commercial building controls and Vantage’s home automation businesses, both brands of Legrand. He is a licensed electrical engineer and contractor in his former home state of California and is a member of ICC, AEE, IESNA, and the NFPA. Harold has been a product design and applications engineer in the energy, lighting and building automation industry for over 25 years. He is a specialist in energy efficiency code compliance, serving on the ASHRAE 90.1 Standard Lighting Subcommittee, and has been active in energy code development with IECC and the California Energy Commission with Title 24 lighting control measures. He currently leads the Energy Efficiency Code Education Program for Legrand.

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Brad Jones, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CCP
The Cadmus Group, LLC

Brad Jones, a principal at Cadmus, has 25 years of experience in leading teams to optimize facility operations. He focuses on working collaboratively with facility staff and project teams to improve energy and building performance in existing buildings and on new construction and renovation projects. His experience includes energy assessments, retrocommissioning, commissioning, and LEED consulting with project roles spanning from program and project management to technical execution. He has also utilized this experience to perform utility energy efficiency program evaluations, focusing primarily on commercial and industrial programs.

Mr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University. He is a Professional Engineer (New York), LEED AP BD+C, and Certified Commissioning Professional. He has served on the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group and currently serves on the USGBC Education Events Committee. He was a member of the Massachusetts Green Schools Certification Task Force and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Chapter of BCxA.

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Tracey Jumper, CCP, LEED AP
JumpStart Commissioning
 
Tracey Jumper is a certified commissioning professional and owner of Jump-Start Building Commissioning, LLC, based in northeastern PA. Nicknamed “the Fixer” by her clients, she specializes in EBCx services and teaches the BCA’s 2-day course on the subject. Previous positions include director of an engineering group in one of Inc. Magazine’s Fast-5000, Department of Energy qualified energy services companies, partner in a commissioning provider firm, and lead Cx provider for a Top-500 architecture and engineering firm in the Midwest. She started in design engineering and has a bachelor of architectural engineering with a specialization in MEP systems from Penn State. She has worked across the country on high-profile data center, entertainment, industrial, healthcare, and higher education projects.
 
Tracey was the BCA’s 2016 President’s Award recipient, receiving the award for years of dedication, outstanding service, and exceptional leadership in the association. Tracey is on the International Board of Directors for the BCA. She is a BCA University instructor and currently serves on the Training and Education committee.
 

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Gerald J. Kettler, PE, CCxA, CIAQM, BEAP, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
Facility Performance Associates

Mr. Gerald J. Kettler has over 49 years of management and professional level experience in the design, construction, testing, commissioning, and operation of physical facilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in nine states and certified in many specialties including commissioning, test and balance, building audit, and environmental management. He has performed as commissioning authority and other USGBC LEED administration functions for over 300 LEED projects and is a LEED Fellow. Mr. Kettler has worked for a variety of architectural, engineering consulting, construction, testing and management companies. This has given him wide experience in the design, construction, testing, commissioning and operation of facilities. He has been active on many ASHRAE and other organization committees that develop industry wide guidelines and standards. He serves as founding chair of the Dallas 2030 District.

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Harry Koons, III, LEED AP, CxA
Precis Commissioning

Harry Koons is the Director of Commissioning Services of Precis Commissioning, Inc., a privately owned commissioning and qualification services company and WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise and Woman Owned Small Business. Harry has more than 25 years of experience in designing and commissioning building systems. Throughout his career, he has completed commissioning projects for laboratories, higher education, healthcare, chemical and pharmaceutical clients, where his focus on quality, safety, energy and operational efficiency, team building and cost savings are key project success indicators. His mechanical engineering background affords him a thorough knowledge of system design, start-up and operational requirements and equipment troubleshooting. Harry holds an associate’s degree from Delaware County Community College, is a former member of the United States Air Force, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified Commissioning Authority (CxA). He is a member of the Building Commissioning Association Best Practices Committee.

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Keith La Rose
CopperTree Analytics Inc.

With sixteen years of business development experience in software, scientific and environmental verticals, plus a background that includes environmental monitoring and renewable energy projects, Keith La Rose leads the business development charge at CopperTree Analytics. At CopperTree, he focuses on energy management software solutions for companies seeking to create operational efficiencies, reduce their buildings’ energy consumption, and enhance their bottom lines. He holds diplomas in Network Engineering and Business Management.

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David LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE
JENSEN HUGHES

Dave LeBlanc is a Vice President at JENSEN HUGHES, where he is the Service Leader for Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems. He has over 25 years of experience in fire protection engineering and is a registered fire protection engineer. He holds a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering and a master’s of science in fire protection engineering, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dave is also involved in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and is a SFPE Fellow. He is also a member of BCxA, NFPA 3 Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, NFPA 4 Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, and NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. He has written numerous articles related to fire protection systems in various publications, a contributor to the NFPA 3 and 4 Handbook on Commissioning and Integrated Testing, and a co-author of a chapter in the 5th Edition SFPE Handbook.

He has been involved in the design, construction oversight, testing, integrated testing, and commissioning of various fire protection and life safety systems, throughout the United States and Internationally. JENSEN HUGHES is the world’s largest Fire Protection Engineering Firm.

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Justin Lewis, PE, LEED AP
University of California, Davis

Justin Lewis, P.E., LEED AP, is the Senior Energy Project Manager at UC Davis in the Facilities Management Energy Conservation Office. In this role, Justin oversees the Energy Projects & Commissioning team which is leading efforts to improve energy efficiency across the campus through heating and cooling system upgrades, improved monitoring, and optimization of control systems. His team has developed an in-house M&V tool and an in-house energy data monitoring tool. He is a licensed Mechanical PE, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a DCEP generalist with 12 years of varied experience including HVAC and wastewater treatment design consulting, Hospital MEP design consulting, pump product design and assembly, hydraulic and hydronic system optimization, data center energy optimization, and project management.

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Natascha Milesi Ferretti, PE
National Institute of Science and Technology

Natascha Milesi Ferretti is a Mechanical Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her current research is focused on building commissioning for improved energy performance. She has worked on several projects in the areas of commissioning and fault detection and diagnostics, including two International Energy Agency research projects on building commissioning (Annex 40 and Annex 47). That work included: design integration, optimization and recommissioning of existing buildings, and the development and collection of cost-benefit data for real-world projects.

Natascha’s earlier work included the design and instrumentation of the Chiller Test Facility at NIST, validated a steady state chiller model and developed and tested Fault Detection and Diagnostic (FDD) methods for chillers. She subsequently expanded this work to performance evaluation of air-handling units and helped to create HVAC-Cx software to enable both active testing and passive monitoring of conventional air-handling units, chilled water loops and terminal units. She has recently completed retro-commissioning a performing arts center using HVAC-Cx.

Natascha Milesi Ferretti is a member of ASHRAE, and serves on the committee developing a guideline on The Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems (GPC 1.2), and two technical committees: Smart Building Systems (TC 7.5), and Building Commissioning (TC 7.9).

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Ian Nelson, PhD, EIT, CxA
Command Commissioning, LLC

Ian Nelson serves in a research, development and implementation role at Command Commissioning for new construction and existing building commissioning. He began his career over 10 years ago as a graduate assistant researcher in the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory in the area of existing building commissioning and later worked as an engineering researcher on energy use reduction projects for transportation, health care and campus facilities. Ian received his bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters and PhD from Texas A&M University.

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Christopher Newland, LEED AP BD+C
Holder Construction

As mechanical engineering graduate from Clemson University, Chris Newland started his career working for a design build mechanical contractor in Atlanta. After five years as a mechanical contractor, Chris joined Holder Construction in their MEP department with a focus on quality control and system innovation. Through the next 15 years, Chris has overseen or consulted on some of the largest and most complex projects Holder has undertaken, including the first LEED certified Data Center, multiple live facility retrofits and loss event recoveries. Through his time in the construction industry, Chris has developed a unique perspective on the commissioning process and an appreciation of its benefits.

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Jim Nuerenberg, PE
Boeing

Jim is a project manager and structural engineer. His time at Boeing has ingrained within him the need to have buildings operate right from the beginning and be easily maintained.

Jim is currently in the Boeing Facilities Department managing commissioning of several building projects to prepare for production of the new 777X airplane, including the Composite Wing Center at 1.3M square feet. Jim’s career has included roles as a design engineer, liaison engineer, services manager, and project manager.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil/structural engineering from Michigan Technological University and is licensed in Washington State. He has added programs to his background including facility management and commercial real estate.

Jim enjoys cooking, photography, and reading along with outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and skiing. He enjoys studying architecture and listening to music. He and his wife Nancy live in Seattle with dog Keller.

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Mary Ann Piette
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mary Ann Piette is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division and Director of the Demand Response Research Center. She oversees LBNL’s research for the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technology Office and she pursues research related to Smart Grid, demand response, energy efficiency, controls, commissioning, building operations, and urban energy. Her work includes partnering with cities, state government, electric utilities, control companies, building owners, state research programs, technology developers, and federal agencies. She led development of the Open Automated Demand Response standard, which is a key element of the NIST Smart Grid standards. She has authored over 170 papers on efficiency and demand response, and she is a member of numerous advisory boards and committees. Ms. Piette completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Physical Science. She has a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

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Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP
U.S. Engineering Company

Prior to being elected to the BCxA International Board, Tom served on the Southwest Chapter Board of Directors for seven years. During that period, he served in various officer positions, including two terms as Board President. He currently serves as chairperson for the Marketing Committee, and is also serving on the NCBC Conference Committee and the Nominating Committee. He has been involved with the commissioning industry for over 24 years, initially rising to the rank of Vice President with EMC Engineers and then as Operations Manager with Eaton Energy Solutions, Inc. He is currently Director of Energy Solutions with U.S. Engineering Company, a top 25 mechanical contractor nationally. He is responsible for planning and execution of energy conservation and sustainable strategies, providing energy consulting to pre-construction activities, reviewing internal commissioning processes and developing energy projects. Tom is a graduate of Colorado State University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Jason Rosselot, CISSP, CPP
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Jason Rosselot, CISSP, CPP serves as Director Product Cyber Security at Johnson Controls, an industry leading manufacturer of smart building systems. In this capacity Jason leads the product cyber security program office in its mission to build cyber security into building system design, development, and deployment, to better secure Johnson Controls customers globally. Jason is a career security and risk management professional with experience leading programs in global, Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, financial services, and pharmaceutical industries. He began his career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State. He continued to serve his country from the private sector by serving as the fourth Chairman of the Critical Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Council of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Jason is a frequent speaker on security related topics.

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John Runkle, PE
Intertek

John Runkle is the Vice President of Building Sciences for Intertek – Architectural Testing, Inc. He manages offices throughout North America and staff in the Middle East and China. Mr. Runkle has worked on new construction and retrofit projects in most of the 50 states and numerous countries. He serves as the Building Commissioning Association’s liaison to ASTM and is on the International Board. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Joe Sadow, PE, CEM, EBCP, LEED AP BD+C
Horizon Engineering Associates LLP

Joseph Sadow, PE, CEM, EBCP, LEED AP BD+C, is an Engineering Manager with Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA); a firm that specializes in building commissioning, sustainable consulting and energy audit/analysis. Mr. Sadow, from HEA’s NYC office, has over 10 years of engineering experience and specializes in performing energy audit for existing construction and is well versed in analyzing building HVAC systems for opportunities in energy savings. He is providing new construction commissioning, energy audit, and retro-commissioning services for various facility types throughout the metropolitan New York City area. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

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Leah Schedin
Fluke Corporation

Bio coming soon.

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Cameron Scott
Salt Lake City Corporation

Cameron Scott works for Salt Lake City Facilities commissioning new and existing buildings. He has earned a bachelor in Physics from the Utah Valley University and a master in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. His greatest work accomplishment is commissioning and tuning the Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building, his work improved the performance from an Energy Star Score of 88 to 100. For his work, the Department of Energy presented an award from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign for Energy Performance in a single site. Cameron has no hobbies outside of work due to 6 very active kids.

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David Sellers, PE
Facility Dynamics

David is a Senior Engineer with Facility Dynamics Engineering. His background includes over 30 years of experience with commissioning, design engineering, facilities engineering, mechanical and control system contracting and project engineering. He has been able to practice his profession in a wide array of facilities, ranging from hospitals and semiconductor clean rooms to commercial office buildings and has also been able to participate in research and pilot projects in the energy efficiency and sustainability arena.
David also provides technical training and develops technical guidelines on retrocommissioning and commissioning field techniques and engineering fundamentals in a number of venues. David has BS in aeronautics with a major in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University and is a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic.

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Dan Sperber, CEM, LEED AP, EIT
Nexant

Dan Sperber and his Nexant team partner with utility clients and RCx service providers (RSPs) to design and deliver industry leading RCx and MBCx programs.

Dan’s experience includes more than six years of leading and supporting RCx-related programs for clients across the Midwest (ComEd, DTE), Northeast (National Grid, NYSERDA, Eversource), West (SCE, Rocky Mountain Power), and elsewhere. His expertise includes program planning/design, operations management, outreach/sales management, evaluation and M&V, RSP partnerships, and technology integration.

Dan’s holistic perspective is continuously molded through new experiences and engagement with diverse RCx stakeholders, including:

  • utility staff (portfolio/program managers, engineers, account managers)
  • market actors (RSPs, software vendors, controls contractors)
  • end-use customers (engineers, operators, owners, managers, tenants)
  • research laboratories, industry groups, talents colleagues, and many others

Dan’s Nexant team apply their unique RCx expertise and national experience to deliver results for clients, expand RCx awareness and participation, and create new opportunities for all RCx stakeholders.

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Ryan Stroupe
PG&E Pacific Energy Center

For the past 20 years, Ryan Stroupe has been the Building Performance Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center, a publicly funded facility in San Francisco operated by Pacific Gas & Electric. He teaches classes and consults with building professionals on a variety of issues, including building commissioning, energy audits, measurement tool applications, and architectural design. At the Center, Ryan has taught over 25 different classes on building measurement and energy-efficient design, including a 7-day series on conducting energy audits for commercial buildings and a year-long intensive series on commissioning existing buildings. Ryan has also taught for a number of colleges and universities including the California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley Extension, CSU-East Bay, Academy of Art University, Foothill College, and DeAnza Community College. Ryan is a LEED accredited professional (USGBC) and a Certified Energy Auditor (Association of Energy Engineers).

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Karl Stum, PE
Summit Building Engineering

Bio coming soon.

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Treasa Sweek, PE
Sweek Consulting Engineers

For 18 years, Treasa Sweek has advocated for commissioning to be Business as Usual. She learned the commissioning process in a Southern California trial by fire, refined by the wisdom of Chuck & Chad Dorgan in 2002. Through the years, Treasa has worked as a project manager for green building consulting firms, directed commissioning services for new facilities, developed prototype commissioning processes for portfolios of small commercial buildings, advocated for responsible and collaborative code development to represent commissioning’s role in the construction industry, experimented with new construction M&V, determined that her passion is for existing buildings, and become a mother of two. In 2011, she turned her focus to operating her own small engineering consultancy, realizing one of her life-long goals. Now she is fomenting a tribe of building professionals whose passion for doing the right thing is matched by their ability to get it done.

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Jesse Sycuro, PE, CEM, CCP, LEED AP
Brookfield GIS

Jesse Sycuro is the Managing Director of Data Center Operations for Brookfield GIS. In this role, Jesse supports over 120 MW of critical environment infrastructure for the U.S. enterprise assets of a major software and cloud services provider. Jesse has been involved in the commissioning industry for over 12 years and an active member of the Building Commissioning Association including his current role as co-chair of the National Conference on Building Commissioning. Jesse is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Commissioning Professional, and Certified Energy Manager.

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Richard Tonielli
ComEd

Rick Tonielli is Senior Program Manager at ComEd. In that role, he directs the ComEd Retro-Commissioning and Monitoring-Based Commissioning Programs and oversees marketing and outreach to commercial real estate customers. Prior to ComEd, he held various roles with AT&T and was an environmental engineer with the U.S. EPA. He is a LEED AP and holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois as well as an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Kevin Vander Klay, PE, LEED AP, QCxP
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Kevin Vander Klay has more than 10 years of experience as an MEP design engineer and more recently 7 years of experience as a commissioning/retro-commissioning provider. He was the commissioning team lead engineer on several full hospital replacement or large scale addition projects in the Chicago area and is currently working on two more replacement hospital projects. His credentials include being a licensed PE in the state of Illinois and is a Level 1 certified thermographer through the Infrared Training Center. In addition to his day job, he is currently serving as the President of the Central Chapter of the BCxA and is Assistant to the Chief Herder of Children at his home. He has no desire to rise above Assistant to the Chief.

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Jonathan Vaughan, CCP, CEM, LEED AP
Page Southerland Page, Inc.

Jonathan Vaughan, CCP, CEM, LEED AP is the Commissioning Director at Page Southerland Page, Inc. (also known simply as Page). Jonathan understands that any building – old or new – is only as successful and efficient as the performance of its systems. His interest in sustainability and energy efficiency began when he was conducting energy retrofits for buildings, and he has channeled this experience and his passion into a successful career as a leader in building commissioning. The first Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) in Houston, Jonathan is an accomplished leader and team builder. In a little over a decade, he has grown Page’s commissioning team and practice to one of the top 15 commissioning providers in the country. His expertise includes energy services, temperature controls, and existing building commissioning services for improved client comfort, equipment performance, and energy savings.

In addition to his CCP credential, Jonathan is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is currently Vice President of the Texas Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and has served on the Board of Directors for the International Building Commissioning Association. His commitment to and involvement with the BCA resulted in his being recognized with the President’s Award. In his acceptance speech he emphasized the importance of “team,” noting that “Building commissioning is not only about energy efficiency, but about team efficiency.”

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Bryan Welsh, PE, CCP, LEED AP, CxA
Welsh Commissioning Group, Inc.

Bryan Welsh is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the State of Washington and holds an MBA. He is a BCA Certified Commissioning Professional, a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and an ACG Certified Commissioning Authority.

His first 20 years of experience was directly involved in facilities management including 8 years as Director of Maintenance and on Operations for a K-12 school system. This gave him extensive experience with taking over new and renovated facilities where he learned firsthand the importance of properly commissioning buildings. He has been involved with building commissioning since 1989 and a full-time provider since 1999. He is currently the president of Welsh Commissioning Group where he continues to manage selected commissioning projects to stay current on building systems and the commissioning process.

Bryan has presented on commissioning, retro-commissioning and related topics to a variety of audiences including APEM, ASHRAE, CSI, CEFPI, the National Conference Building Commissioning and the Sustainable Building Advisory Program. He played a key role in the development of the Building Commissioning Association certification program and served on the Building Commissioning Certification Board for three years.

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