Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Ruth Ann Norton of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Receives BPI's 2016 Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry

Austin, TX, April 5, 2016 - Today the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) honored Ruth Ann Norton of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative by naming her the 2016 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, at the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Austin, Texas. 


Norton was nominated by industry peers and selected by an independent panel of impartial judges for her tireless efforts to integrate energy efficiency upgrades with healthy home interventions on a national scale. As President and CEO of GHHI, Norton's work in 25 cities across the U.S. has helped make thousands of low-income families safer and healthier by improving the health and safety outcomes and energy efficiency of their homes. Most recently Norton designed GHHI's Pay for Success (PFS) Asthma Project Model and is developing Pay for Success projects in Baltimore, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Memphis, Salt Lake and Springfield. GHHI is advocating to include energy efficiency interventions in the PFS models.


"Ruth Ann's dedication to integrating healthy home interventions into energy efficiency and weatherization work is unmatched in our industry," said Larry Zarker, BPI CEO. "Ruth Ann has brought the issues of lead poisoning, asthma triggers and many other health risks to the forefront of home performance work."


The Tony Woods Award is an initiative from BPI in honor of Tony Woods, former president of Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc. and ZERODRAFT®, and a pioneer of the home performance industry. During his career, he served as a volunteer board member with BPI, ACI, as president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council and on more than ten standards committees dealing with air leakage control, air barriers, ventilation and more. Woods passed away after a battle with leukemia in 2009.    


Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame Inductions

Also at ACI, five new individuals were inducted into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame. Nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of impartial judges, these individuals were recognized for their significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of their careers. The new inductees are: 

Rick Karg: Rick Karg is president of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) LLC, an innovative software firm providing free online energy and building diagnostic tools. As a frequent presenter at national energy conferences, editorial advisor for Home Energy Magazine, member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee, and developer of the ZipTest Pro3 software package and other diagnostic tools, Karg has made an enormous impact on our industry.


Bruce Manclark: For over 20 years, Bruce Manclark has been a major force in the industry, training many in the building science of HVAC and duct systems. Manclark is the director of training at CLEAResult, and has worked in the energy conservation field as a proponent of pressure diagnostics, performance testing and contractor training. Prior to his role at CLEAResult, Manclark was the founder and president of Delta-T. Under his direction, Delta-T crews rehabilitated more than 10,000 duct systems, focusing on tightness, balancing, and correct fan performance.

Ed Minch: Over the course of four decades, Ed Minch and Energy Services Group have focused on analysis, measurement and cost-effective repairs to make homes more efficient, saving builders and homeowners billions of BTUs. Minch founded Energy Services Group in 1981 and is known as the "Original House Doctor" because of his development of the Princeton House Doctor Approach of total systems analysis.

Gary Nelson: Gary Nelson is president and co-founder of The Energy Conservatory, a leading manufacturer of building and duct airtightness testing equipment. Nelson has made it his mission to provide easier to use and less expensive air tightness testing equipment to the masses. He has also played an integral role as a contributor to the technical side of the industry by participating in ASHRAE committees that set codes and standards to maintain the quality of home performance work.

Rob deKieffer: Known as an expert in combustion safety, Rob deKieffer invented a new system for room-to-room air transfer and taught other contractors how to locate and solve combustion problems to prevent long-term health problems for their clients. He was also instrumental in helping develop BPI's first technical standards in the early 2000s. Throughout his career, deKieffer studied, invented and applied building performance techniques, and was well known as a friend and mentor to many. DeKieffer passed away in 2015, making this a posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame.


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