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David Karmol Vice-President for Federal and External Affairs

International Codes Council
500 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20001
202-370-1800 x 6243 | |

David Karmol is responsible for managing the Code Council’s relationships with Congress, Federal agencies, and outside organizations. Prior to joining the Code Council, Mr. Karmol was the Standards Advisor to Iraq, stationed at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. He previously served as Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Affairs at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has held several positions in the federal government. He was an elected member of the Ohio General Assembly before residing in Washington. Mr. Karmol is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Ohio, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Jeremy Sigmon, LEED® AP BD+C Director, Technical Policy

U.S. Green Building Council
2101 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20037
202.742.3811 | |

Jeremy has been a member of USGBC’s Advocacy & Policy Team since early 2007, where he has invested much of his time elevating USGBC’s focus and profile on greening the building codes. In his work with building science and regulatory experts across the country, Jeremy has worked strategically on green building code development, adoption and implementation in local, state and national forums. His work was critical to the landmark partnership between a host of building industry organizations on the International Green Construction Code and Standard 189.1. Jeremy works closely with myriad well-established building energy code organizations, continually advancing a more integrated approach to sustainability through building regulatory reform. He has charted USGBC’s work on greening the building codes, was a key contributor to EPA’s Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit, and is published in the ASHRAE Journal. Jeremy also serves as USGBC’s staff liaison to the USGBC Codes Committee.

In addition, Jeremy manages USGBC’s grassroots advocacy network across all 50 states and nearly 80 chapter organizations to advance USGBC’s mission of green buildings for all within a generation. In his work in state capitals and countless local jurisdictions, Jeremy makes connections where they matter most – between lawmakers and green building experts in their communities.

Prior to joining USGBC, Jeremy was a project manager for altPOWER, Inc., a renewable energy contracting firm in New York City, where he interfaced with developers, contractors, building officials and inspectors, building owners, and oversaw the installation of over 1.5 MW of photovoltaic projects. He also taught English in French Guiana, and French at his alma mater in St. Louis. Jeremy earned his bachelor of arts in political science and French from Washington University in St. Louis.

Featured Presenters

Chris Baker, AIA, PE, BEMP, LEED® AP BD+C Energy Analyst

The Weidt Group
5800 Baker Rd, Suite 100, Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-938-1588 | |

Chris Baker, an Energy Analyst at The Weidt Group, focuses on providing data and analysis to help design teams understand the energy and environmental implications of various design options utilizing DOE-2 modeling. In addition to his project work, Mr. Baker contributes to the firm’s presentations and white papers, such as “Modeling Protocol for Early Energy Design Decisions,” which he presented at the SimBuild 2010 conference. Since joining The Weidt Group in 2006, Mr. Baker has consulted on projects totaling more than 5 million square feet, including seven LEED Certified projects and over 20 LEED Registered projects. Mr. Baker received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with an HVAC emphasis from the University of Kansas. He is a Registered Architect, a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional. Mr. Baker is a member of the Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s 1.5% Codes and Standards working group, advising the State on how to reduce its energy use by 1.5% per year, and he is also a member of the Zero Energy Consortium’s Integrated Design Working Group:

Matt Belcher Principal/Director-High Performance Building Research Center

Verdatek Solutions/University of Missouri
4863 Fox Creek Road, Wildwood, MO 63069
314-749-4189 | |

Matt Belcher is an experienced and nationally-recognized Builder, Developer, Consultant, Author and Educator on the subject of high performance “green” building. He has been actively involved in the construction industry for three decades, including six years as a top building codes official. His firm specializes in managing the planning and building/retrofit of sustainable “green” homes, light commercial and agricultural building construction and low-impact development and neighborhood revitalization. He is committed to the “whole building” design approach, the philosophy that every decision should be made in the context of what else it may affect in construction, ecosystem and business. Mr. Belcher serves as Co-Chair of the National Association of Home Builder’s Green Building and Energy sub-committee and serves on NAHB’s Construction Codes and Standards committees. He is an approved trainer for NAHB’s Advanced Building Science and Green Project Management designation program. Mr. Belcher was appointed
by the International Code Council (ICC) to serve on the Energy and Water committee for the development of its new International Green Construction Code and was recently appointed to ICC’s new Residential Energy Committee. He has also lent his expertise to lobby and advise on energy and green building legislation and building codes, advising on managing legal risks associated with green building, assisting in developing green building programs, and educating and promoting building practices and processes shown to create/ retrofit buildings and developments that are safer, more durable and efficient. Mr. Belcher was recently appointed as Director of the High Performance Building Research Center of the University of Missouri’s Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium. Mr. Belcher has testified before the U.S. Congressional Energy & Commerce Committee on the process and benefits, including climate benefits of energy efficiency in residential construction.

Michelle Britt Partner

Britt Makela Group, Inc.
1701 Brantingham Road, Richland WA 99352
509.628.0692 | |

Michelle Britt - Partner with Britt/Makela Group, is a LEED AP BD+C, with a particular interest in working with jurisdictions to effectively adopt and enforce building energy codes and beyond-code programs. Her background includes land use, transportation, and energy, with extensive experience conducting technical studies, producing energy code compliance documentation, and as a project manager of multidisciplinary studies. She received her M.S. in architecture from the University of Idaho and has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University.

Lynn Chamberlin Building Program Specialist

Nebraska Energy Office
521 South 14th Street, Ste. 300, Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-2867| |

Lynn Chamberlin has been with the Energy Office for 23 years as the Building Program Specialist where she provides technical assistance to Nebraska’s Low Income Weatherization Program; analyzes energy building codes, and provides education and information on the latest energy codes. She also provides technical assistance, training and information on energy programs and policies to participants in Energy Office programs. Lynn certifies house plans for code compliance for Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Lynn is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Lighting Energy Professional, and International Energy Code Council Residential and Commercial Plans Examiner and Inspector. She had primary responsibility for the State’s School Energy Efficiency Program and served as the lead on the Rebuild Nebraska initiatives, which included the development of the Energy Efficiency and Historic Preservation Planning Guide and the Nebraska Green Build Program. She conducted numerous energy audits under the Rebuild Nebraska, Federal Energy Management Program and Climate Wise programs. She also trained university interns for eight years to conduct energy audits and review building plans for code compliance.

Stuart Craven Applications Analyst

City of Omaha
402-444-5355 | |

More than 7 years’ successful experience in operations and technology management in local government.

David A. Eijadi, FAIA, LEED® AP BD+C Principal

The Weidt Group
5800 Baker Rd, Suite 100, Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-938-1588 | |

David Eijadi, FAIA, is a Principal at The Weidt Group who directs the firm’s Design Assistance services for high performance buildings. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with over 30 years of experience. Under his direction, Energy Design Assistance (EDA) programs have influenced more than 176 million square feet of construction, which reduces carbon emissions by over 708 Kilotons while saving building owners and operators more than 72 million dollars annually. The EDA process has received honors both nationally and internationally, including special recognition from the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE). Mr. Eijadi’s work includes the Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) project, for which The Weidt Group developed baseline building models—tailored to the needs of Minnesota buildings—that mirror the national Architecture 2030 Challenge. The SB 2030 models are enhancements to ENERGY STAR® and a continuation of the State’s B3 project. Mr. Eijadi holds several patents in the fields of lighting and daylighting and has received numerous awards for design and innovation. He has co-authored building design guidelines, including the International Program for Measurement and Verification Protocols (IPMVP) for New Construction and the State of Minnesota’s Building Design Guidelines (B3). He is a frequent, nationally-recognized presenter on the subjects of integrated design, energy and daylight modeling, and the LEED Green Building Rating SystemTM. Among his many roles, Mr. Eijadi is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and has also served on the boards of the USGBC-Minnesota Chapter and the IESNA Committee for Daylighting Metrics. He is currently the 2012-2015 AIA Regional College of Fellows representative for the North Central Region. Mr. Eijadi received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota.

Maria Ellingson Senior Program Manager

Alliance to Save Energy Building Codes Assistance Project
1850 M St. NW, Ste. 600, Washington, DC  20036
419-724-4571  | |
Maria Ellingson brings more than 14 years of experience in policy advocacy, communications, fundraising, and coalition building to her position as Senior Program Manager for the Building Codes Assistance Project at the Alliance to Save Energy. Ellingson delivers direct assistance to states as they seek to update and implement energy codes. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served at the Colorado Home Energy Rating System, and another Colorado non-profit organization, where she administered grants to improve low-income housing, and launched a national “Energy Hog” advertising campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about the benefits of energy efficiency.

Isaac Elnecave Senior Policy Manager

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
312-784-7253| |

Mr. 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 recently adopted stretch code in Massachusetts where he worked closely with the Executive Office of Energy and Environment to develop the stretch commercial code. 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 dirty coal fired powered plants that dot the region. The first half of his career was spent as a civil engineer focusing on the structural retrofitting of older buildings to help them withstand earthquakes.

Francis J. Hay Extension Educator

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
250 Chase Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0726
402-472-0408 | |

F. John Hay is an Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His focus is on energy, alternative energy sources and Biofuel issues. His office is in the Biological Systems Engineering Department in Lincoln. John has the Achievement Award for Excellence at the National Association of Count Agricultural Agents meeting from the North Central Region Extension Education Poster Competition in Portland, Oregon, 2009. John earned a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and a M.S. in Agronomy from Texas A&M University.

Roger Hedrick Senior Engineer

Architectural Energy Corporation
2540 Frontier Ave., Suite 100, Boulder, CO  80301
303-459-7481 | |

Senior Engineer in Codes & Standards. Mr. Hedrick is primarily responsible for energy modeling to support energy code development and to assist design teams for sustainable building projects. Roger has been doing energy modeling for over 35 years, and has been active in indoor air quality research and standards for 25 years.  He is the Chair of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1, the committee responsible for Standard 62.1 and has held several other positions within ASHRAE, including member of SSPC 62.2.  Mr. Hedrick has a Master of Environmental Engineering degree, and he is an ASHRAE BEMP and a LEED AP. 
Roger Hunt, C.E.M. Energy Efficiency and Business Partner Programs Consultant

Nebraska Public Power District
877-275-6773 | |

Roger Hunt has been in the Public Power industry since 1977 when he started as a lineman on the NPPD York Construction Crew. Rogers’s career has taken him to his current position as a NPPD Energy Efficiency and Business Partner Programs Consultant. Rogers’s duties are to serve NPPD and their Wholesale Partners as a residential specialist and to develop relationships with Business Partners such as the construction industry trade allies, product distributors/suppliers, learning institutions, and most importantly the end use customer. Roger Hunt works for all customers to educate them to be EnergyWise, to use energy efficiently, and promoting public power in Nebraska.

Roger has been certified as a Home Energy Rater (HER), North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), and is an American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor.

Roger Hunt has a family of six children, he enjoys family events, grand children, hunting, fishing, working around the car industry, tinkering in technology, and sharing energy saving knowledge with others. 

Danielle Jensen Public & Legislative Liasion
Nebraska Energy Office
521 South 14th Street, Ste. 300, Lincoln, NE  68508
402-471-2867 | |

Danielle Jensen joined the Nebraska Energy Office in October of 2009 as the Public and Legislative Liaison. Danielle assists the Director of the Energy Office in all public outreach and communication efforts regarding the activities and programs of the Energy Office. She also represents the Energy Office as the Legislative Liaison to the Nebraska Legislature. In 2011, Danielle worked with Nebraska Legislators and other stakeholders to pass the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code as the Nebraska Energy Code. She also headed up the formation of the Energy Office’s Building Codes Advisory Council, which was active in the passage of the Nebraska Energy Code and continues to advise the agency on state-wide energy codes training and policy decisions. An Omaha native, Danielle has more than 12 years experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising. She earned her BS in Communications at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1998.

Steven Jensen Principal

Steven Jensen Consulting
1516 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68102
402-676-9999 |

As the Omaha City Planning Director from June of 2005 until his retirement in August of 2009, Mr. Jensen managed a department with a staff of 116 people and an annual budget of $12 million. In his position as Director Mr. Jensen was responsible for administering the City’s long-range planning, current planning, annexation, capital improvement, housing and community development, economic development, code enforcement, permitting and inspection activities. During his 34+ years with the Omaha Planning Department Mr. Jensen also held a number of other positions including 14 years as Assistant Director for Urban Planning and two stints as Acting Planning Director. His accomplishments, among other things, include directing the most comprehensive update of the City’s Master Plan in Omaha’s history, Omaha’s highly rated growth management program, and the plan for the annexation of the City of Elkhorn. He also helped guide the development of the City’s widely recognized and award winning Urban Design Master Plan and Urban Design Code and the award winning 2009 Downtown Omaha Master Plan. Mr. Jensen was Co-Chairman of the Environment Omaha - Environmental Master Plan effort for the City of Omaha and also served as the Chairman of the College World Series Stadium Design Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Omaha Hilton Hotel until his retirement. He continues to serve on the Omaha By Design Advisory Board and the Omaha Transportation Master Plan Steering Committee. Now in private practice, Mr. Jensen provides a full range of planning and urban design consulting services to a variety of private and public clients.

Michael Jouaneh, CEM, LEED AP Sustainbility and Energy Standards Manager

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
7200 Suter Road, Coopersburg, PA  18036
610-282-5350  |

Michael Jouaneh is manager of sustainability and energy standards for Lutron, the world leader in light control solutions. Michael is a frequent presenter at industry events such as Lightfair International and Greenbuild, and is active in the development of the nation’s top energy and green building codes/standards. He is also the author of several published articles, whitepapers, and case studies on high-performance, energy-efficient green buildings.  Michael is the vice chair of the Lighting Controls Association, a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, and is active in many organizations, including ASHRAE, the California Energy Commission, NEMA, and the USGBC. Michael is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a LEED AP.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Paul Karrer Project Manager for National Advocacy

Building Codes Assistance Project
1850 M Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036
202-530-4347 | |

Paul Karrer, a LEED Green Associate, is Project Manager for National Advocacy for the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). Since 2008, he has managed projects, budgets, personnel, and outreach involved in supporting building energy code policy adoption at the state and local level in the United States.

James Lamb, HERS, BPI

Goings Home LLC
2909 Bonacum Dr Lincoln, NE 68502
402-477-8881 | |

James Lamb was working as a certifier for the National Association of Home Builders when he began working with Mike Goings, owner of Goings Homes. Mike was one of the few local builders building his homes to the Green Build standard and James found they worked very well together. When Mike let him know he was going to be retiring, James knew it would be the perfect fit for him and his wife Tyley to take over as their prior business involved going into older homes and fixing them for energy, comfort and moisture problems. Goings Homes builds all their homes to the Energy Star and NAHB program standards as their base model.

Eric Makela Partner

Britt Makela Group, Inc.
1701 Brantingham Road, Richland WA  99352
509-628-0692 | |

Eric’s building energy codes expertise spans 25 years, numerous states, and several foreign countries. Eric served on the ICC IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles. He was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and was the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. Eric has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in education from California State University, Sacramento.

Ray McGowan Senior Program Manager

National Fenestration Rating Council
6305 Ivy Ln St 140, Greenbelt, MD  20770
240-821-9510 | |

Ray McGowan is an NFRC Senior Program Manager whose duties include operating the NFRC Research, Compliance, and International Programs, working with many fenestration trade organizations such as ASTM, ISO, and participating as a voting member of ASHRAE 90.1 SSPC, Envelope SC, and TC4.5-Fenestration.  Ray administers NFRC’s US government grants and markets NFRC information.  He has a background as an ENERGY STAR buildings and products consultant, commercial HVAC marketing, power utilities/ESCOs, and naval shipbuilding.  He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Mike McMeekin President

Lamp Rynearson & Associates
14710 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE  68154
402-496-2498 | |

Mike McMeekin is President of Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc., an engineering, planning and surveying firm located in Omaha, Nebraska.  He has more than 35 years of professional engineering experience and has played a leadership role in a number of signature projects in the Omaha area, including the Qwest Center Omaha and Riverfront Redevelopment, Rosenblatt Stadium, and the redevelopment of Aksarben.   Mike is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Senior Executives Institute, an advanced management, leadership, and public policy training program for current and emerging leaders of engineering and architectural firms.  He serves as a Board of Directors member of both the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Omaha By Design.  Mike served as co-chair of Environment Omaha, a joint initiative of Omaha by Design and the City of Omaha to create an Environmental Master Plan for the City of Omaha.  For his work on this initiative, he was named the 2010 recipient of the Laurels Award by Omaha by Design.

Darren B. Meyers, P.E. President

International Energy Conservation Consultants
7877 Marquette Dr. S., Tinley Park, IL  60477
708-790-4602 | |

Darren Meyers is President of IECC LLC, an energy services knowledge management group located in Chicago, IL. IECC LLC provides training, code consulting, plan review, energy simulation and field assessment services as a complete solution for state energy offices, jurisdictions, builders and design professionals implementing IECC, ASHRAE and IgCC code platforms. A well rounded energy management professional, Darren is a building systems engineer with over 20 years of industry experience including his 16-years as Technical Director of Energy Programs with the International Code Council. At ICC, Darren directed the Code Council’s organizational priorities on building energy programs and conceived its energy plan review, commentary, and curricula that built and now maintains recognition of ICC as a leader in the field. Mr. Meyers continues to provide technical support and education programs to the Illinois Energy Office and the Chicago Department of Buildings on 2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 implementation. Darren holds bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical and Architectural Engineering, and an MBA in international business from Purdue University. He is a voting Member of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1 and a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Illinois and North Carolina.

Milo Mumgaard Senior Policy Aide for Sustainability

City of Lincoln, Mayor’s Office
555 S. 10th Street, Suite 301, Lincoln, NE  68508
402-441-7376 | |

Milo Mumgaard serves as the principle legal and policy advisor to Mayor Chris Beutler in 250,000 population city on sustainable job creation, community investment, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and job training, with goal of making Lincoln the “Green Capital City of the Great Plains.”

Amy Musser Principal

VandeMusser Design, PLLC
26 Crabapple Lane, Asheville, NC
828-348-4723x3 | |

Amy Musser is principal and co-founder of VandeMusser Design, PLLC, a HERS rating and residential efficiency consulting company based in Asheville, NC. The company focuses on residential energy efficiency testing, consulting, and certification. Our design services also include HVAC, passive solar, and ultra-efficient residential design. Amy Musser received bachelors and PhD degrees in Architectural Engineering and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She previously held a faculty position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of several code studies evaluating the energy impact of residential code upgrades in Nebraska.

Dr. Shirley Niemeyer Professor

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
402-472-6319 | |

Shirley Niemeyer is an Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her focus is housing and environment with an emphasis on energy and indoor air quality as well as Healthy Homes. Her research focus is in energy burdens of small retail businesses and residential homes. Shirley earned an M.S from Iowa State University in Housing & Family Environment, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Johnathan ”Brent” Protzman, PhD, LEED GA, CEM, LC Lead Architectual Engineer – Energy Solutions

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
7200 Suter Rd, Coopersburg, PA  18039
484-499-1655 | |

Brent Protzman is a Lead Architectural Engineer in Energy Solutions at Lutron Electronics, the world leader in lighting control solutions.  He drives building science research and analysis with a focus on engineering system integration and architectural applications.  He oversees the collection and analysis of energy data, the energy savings estimation procedures, and all validation of energy claims.  Brent is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a LEED GA, Lighting Certified (LC), has a Ph.D in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska and is the author of several published articles on human factors in lighting and lighting energy.  Prior to Lutron, he was an assistant professor in the Building Systems Program at the University of Colorado where he conducted lighting research, designed and constructed a daylighting research lab, and taught courses in lighting design, sustainable lighting practice, daylighting, human factors in lighting, and energy audits.

Dave Ruffcorn, AIA Construction/Energy Engineer

Iowa Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal's Office, Building Code Bureau
215 E. 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0047
515-725-6139 | |

Dave Ruffcorn holds a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University, is a Registered Architect, holds an NCARB certificate and has been a member of the AIA for over 20 years. Dave has over 22 years of Architectural experience and has worked for a number of Central Iowa Architectural firms as well as running his own firm. Dave is the state’s first, Energy Code plans examiner and building energy inspector. Dave is responsible for reviewing all state owned and state funded buildings for adherence to the International Energy Conservation Code 2009, Life Cycle Cost Analysis and LEED/Green Codes. Dave has numerous US Department of Energy certificates in IECC fundamentals, IECC Residential for Builders, IECC Residential for Inspectors, IECC plans examiner for Residential and Commercial, IECC inspector for Residential and Commercial and “Train the Trainer”. Dave is also part of the Iowa Utilities Energy Efficiency Collaborative, The Iowa State Energy Council, Mid Iowa Construction Code Council, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and The American Institute of Architects.

Robby Schwarz Principal

PO Box N, 309 Mountain Ave., Berthoud, CO 80513
800-315-0677 | |

Robby Schwarz is a principle with EnergyLogic, Inc. a Colorado based energy services organization primarily serving the residential construction industry. In 1995, after working with a local production home builder trying to determine what of the new green building materials could be brought into the production building environment, Robby was stung by the building science bug. He started a company BuiltWright, Inc. which merged with EnergySmiths at the beginning of 2006 to become the largest energy rating and building consulting firm of its kind in Colorado. Today EnergyLogic works with builders of all sizes to ensure that the high performance homes they are building truly meet their customer’s expectations. Since the start of his career Robby has been training and educating the building industry on building science, performance, and efficiency issues. Taking skills and knowledge from the thousands of ratings and audits Robby has done he began early on training Raters for the former E-Star Colorado and has continued training Energy Raters to this day. He has been involved with presentations at industry conferences such as RESNET, EEBA, the Energy Star Summit, and the Colorado Chapter of the IECC. He is an active member of the Home Builders Association and has been tapped to perform trainings on the Federal Tax Credit, Insulation, the IECC, and other building programs. Before merging their companies Robby Schwarz and Steve Byers independently became RESNET providers. They continued to grow their provider ship after the merger and creation of EnergyLogic and began training Energy Raters through their training Providership in 2007. Today EnergyLogic has had over 500 individuals go through their training classes. Please find more information about our trainings at

Barry Shull Facilities Director

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
402-472-2046 | |

Barry Shull is Facilities Director for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He is a registered architect in the State of Nebraska. His focus is on global concerns over rising energy costs, climate change and the demands for increased comfort in residential and commercial architecture. Other interests are home energy efficiency, energy modeling and alternative energy sources. Barry has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Connie Spellman Founding Director

Omaha By Design
6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182-0402
402-554-4012 | |

Connie Spellman is the founding director of Omaha by Design, an urban design and environmental nonprofit dedicated to improving the way Omaha functions, looks and feels. The organization facilitates partnerships among the public, private and philanthropic sectors to execute projects that improve the quality of Omaha’s built and natural environments. All projects stem from recommendations outlined in the urban design and environmental components of the city’s master plan, which Omaha by Design helped develop during its first decade of service to the community. The organization also monitors the local environment for adherence to policy changes resulting from these visioning documents and acts on activities that threaten to undermine their validity. Prior to her arrival at Omaha by Design, Spellman served as vice president of education, leadership and workforce development for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. She is also a past director of Leadership Omaha, the Omaha Executive Institute and Omaha 2000. She helped launch the Omaha Job Clearinghouse and the Applied Information Management (AIM) Institute. She currently serves on the board of the Omaha Community Center for Sustainability. In addition to her professional duties, Spellman has been active as a volunteer with numerous community organizations, including the Greater Omaha Women’s Fund, AIM Institute and the Urban League. Spellman is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. In 2007, she was named the Midlander of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald. In 2009, she was elected to honorary membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects, one of the highest honors the organization confers. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Advocate from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Nebraska Architectural Foundation’s Distinguished Commitment to Architecture Award.

Johnathan Spreeman Chiller Systems Specialist

5720 S. 77th Street, Ralston, NE 68027
402-331-7111| |

Jonathan Spreeman is Sales Engineer for Trane - Omaha. He has worked for Trane for 8 years including 7 years working the chiller groups in La Crosse WI as well as performing energy studies on the TRACE 700 energy simulation program. Jonathan is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

Jason Steinbock, BEMP, LEED® AP BD+C Principal

The Weidt Group
2815 Beaver Ave., Suite 106, Des Moines, IA 50310
515-271-9906 | |

Jason Steinbock, a Senior Energy Analyst, leads The Weidt Group’s Iowa office with over 10 years of experience providing comparative analysis services for high performance buildings. Since joining the firm in 1998, his work has included life-cycle analyses, daylighting systems and monitoring, as well as analysis of completed buildings to verify energy performance goals have been met. Mr. Steinbock’s speaking engagements include presentations to the European and American Councils for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE and ACEEE), the Engineering Green Buildings Conference, USGBC’s Greening the Heartland Conference, and the National Conference on Building Commissioning. Mr. Steinbock is a member of the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group and is also an ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP). He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Dave Swett President

Real World HVAC Inc.
2514 S 148th Ave. Cir., Omaha, NE  68144
402-669-9573 | |

Dave Swett, president of Real World HVAC in Omaha, Nebraska, has provided HVAC training and consulting services to the HVAC industry for over 30 years.  He is also employed by Omaha Public Power District within the marketing and customer education area.  Dave has an undergraduate degree in economics, an associate degree in HVAC technology and holds numerous HVAC industry certifications.  He is a technical contributor to ACCA and a member of the NATE national technical committee.  Dave is an energy rater and serves on the advisory boards for several technical and community colleges.

Matthew Vande Principal

VandeMusser Design, PLLC
26 Crabapple Lane, Asheville, NC
828-348-4723x3 | |

Matt is principal and co-founder of VandeMusser Design, PLLC, a HERS rating and residential efficiency consulting company based in Asheville, NC. While the majority of our work is directly related to residential energy efficiency testing, inspection, and certification, VandeMusser Design also does HVAC, passive solar, and ultra-efficient residential design as well as existing home energy audits. Matt is a certified HERS rater, licensed architect and LEED accredited design professional. Working alongside his wife and business partner, Amy, VandeMusser Design's main office is based out of their net-zero home near downtown Asheville. Their dogs, Bear and Cara, serve as interns.

Kristi Wamstad-Evans, LEED AP BD+C Sustainability Coordinator

City of Omaha
1819 Farnam Street, Ste. 1100, Omaha, NE 68183
402-444-6731 | |

Kristi Wamstad-Evans, LEED AP BD+C, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, became the City of Omaha’s first Sustainability Coordinator in September 2009. In this position, Ms. Wamstad-Evans has managed a variety of efforts, including coordinating implementation of the City’s comprehensive sustainability vision, called the Environment Element, and overseeing $14 million in grant-funded project work, primarily focusing on energy efficiency and conservation. She recently completed all work for the $4.3 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which included the development of the City’s first Comprehensive Energy Management Plan and several upgrade projects to City facilities and street lights. She also administers the reEnergize Program, a $10 million dollar incentive-based program to build the energy efficiency market in Omaha and Lincoln. Ms. Wamstad-Evans draws upon 20 years of experience developing sustainable solutions as an organizer and business leader at the local, national, and international level. Prior to joining the City, she was the National Sustainable Solutions Program Coordinator for HDR, Inc. Ms. Wamstad-Evans holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Ginger Willson Director

Nebraska Energy Office
521 South 14th Street, Ste. 300, Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-2867| |

Ginger Willson began her service as the Director of the Nebraska Energy Office in July 2010, receiving her appointment from Governor Dave Heineman. She was elected in September 2012 to serve as Secretary for the National Association of State Energy Official’s Board of Directors. Ginger previously worked for nearly two years as the Assistant Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, joining the Department in August 2008. She served three years as the Deputy Director of Government Relations for the National Pork Producers Council where she was responsible for issue monitoring, developing policy strategies, managing grassroots policy and managing the 2007 Farm Bill Policy Task Force. Prior to joining NPPC, Ginger spent nearly seven years advising members of Congress. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and as Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Adviser and Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. In 2000 and 2002, Ginger was respectively Assistant Finance Director and Finance Director for Graves’s successful election campaigns to Congress. Ginger holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. She is from Hooper, Neb., where her family raises hogs, corn and soybeans.


John W. Yezza Manager

Accela, Inc.
3003 Saganashkee Lane, Naperville, IL 60564
630-418-7282 | |

John Yezza is responsible for managing Accela’s government technology implementations and ongoing usage and growth. Accela, the leading provider of innovative, web-based office and mobile software, automates permit, asset and land management, and licensing processes for city, county, state, and federal government agencies worldwide. John has over 25 years’ experience working in government Information technology and for providers of automated solutions used by state and local governments throughout the country. He previously worked for Gartner, the leading provider of technology research, the Lucent Technology 911 Team and owned and operated a government technology consulting company. He holds a Master’s Degree from Kent State University, Ohio.

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