Executive Committee and Voting Directors
Dick Kornbluth has been a residential retrofit home insulation and home performance contractor in Syracuse, NY since 1977. In 1992, he wrote the training manual and delivered the training for a performance-based low-income utility-sponsored weatherization program which incorporated combustion health and safety testing, air-sealing and blower-door testing to measure performance. His company, EnTherm Inc , was the first company recruited into NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star™ program in New York State in 2001 where it won NYSERDA’s Outstanding Achievement in Home Performance Contracting award every year it was given between 2002 and 2006 when EnTherm was acquired by GreenHomes America. In 2005, Dick received the Building Performance Institute’s first Outstanding Achievement in Building Performance award. Since leaving GreenHomes America in 2010, he has been active conducting training in home performance for PGW and CSG and is a regular presenter at national and regional Affordable Comfort conferences. He is also a nationally-certified radon mitigation contractor and has been mitigating radon problems in Central New York buildings since 1987.
Sydney Roberts, Ph.D.
241 Pine Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Tel: (404) 604-3581
Fax: (404) 872-5009
Sydney G. Roberts, Ph.D. has actively engaged the greater building community through outreach activities at Southface. She is a lead instructor and curricula developer for a number of professional trainings, as well as supporting trainer with other staff. Sydney has delivered invited lectures on topics of energy efficiency and green building at diverse forums such as the 2010 ACI Trainers Consortium and 2007 British Consulate Climate Change Initiative Forum and has presented at regional and national conferences in this field. Dr. Roberts and her colleagues communicate with both building professionals and homeowners by publishing audience-specific articles in regional and national magazines and journals. Further, Sydney has represented Southface by speaking to the general public on topics of energy efficiency and home improvement through various media appearances on radio and television.
Dr. Roberts is the Project Manager for several Southface projects, including Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and the U.S. Department of Energy Building America projects and is the Southface Home Services Program Manager, overseeing all existing homes projects. Leading residential research at Southface, Sydney works directly with builders, providing technical assistance and forming collaborations with industry partners. She performs performance data monitoring, synthesis and reporting. As a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR provider and manager of existing homes projects, Sydney provides the link between federal ENERGY STAR standards and priorities and the education and mentoring of builders and contractors in Georgia.
Lloyd Larkin is an active participant in the New Jersey Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, developing programs to increase the participation of New Jersey and Pennsylvania based HVAC contractors in the home performance industry. Lloyd is the President of P&N Distribution, a Rheem air conditioning and water heater distributor for Eastern Pennsylvania and a member of the Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Dealers International (HARDI). Lloyd is also the Eastern Region Technical Manager for Honeywell, responsible for technical support and training for Honeywell’s Energy Management National Account Program. Lloyd has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of South Alabama.
2100 Lake Park Blvd.
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (972) 497-5306
Fax: (972) 497-6767
Julie Humes has been involved in the contracting industry for over 30 years, the majority of her tenure in marketing management for Lennox Industries, manufacturer of heating, air conditioning, components and indoor air quality products. Since 2000, she has held a role in energy efficiency marketing management and has spent this time in a unique direct-to-dealer distribution relationship. She has been involved with national, regional, and local marketing from both the manufacturing and contracting sides with focus on energy-efficiency marketing strategies in several business segments – residential, commercial, new construction and refrigeration. In this role, Julie has worked with national and state organizations and local utility companies to achieve common goals in market transformation. Her expertise in consumer buying behavior for HVAC products brings a strategy that benefits the bottom line profits of contracting, utility, and manufacturing organizations.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1 E. Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-0667
Fax: (217) 333-8944
Mr. Francisco has been a research engineer with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Building Research Council at the University of Illinois since 2003, and worked as a research scientist for 10 years with Ecotope, Inc. in Seattle, WA. His research focuses on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and their interactions in residential buildings, primarily through field measurement. Mr. Francisco is also involved with training of residential building assessors and contractors with a focus on building science principles and understanding the ‘House as a System’ approach that includes both energy and the indoor environment. He has held several leadership positions on ASHRAE committees related to residential energy and indoor environmental quality, is a member of the Weatherization Trainers’ Consortium, and is a member of the ad hoc Health and Safety Committee for DOE’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program.
Chief Operating Officer, Standard Insulating Company
Jennifer Keida is the Chief Operating Officer of Standard Insulation Company. The 85 year old central New York insulation and home performance business offers residential and commercial retrofits, and spray foam applications in new construction. Jennifer, who is a certified Building Analyst, injected home performance into Standard Insulation's scope of work in 2007, which resulted in five consecutive years of EPA Century Club awards.
Jennifer is deeply involved in her community, and actively seeks to invest her time and effort in community initiatives. She is a past board member of Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, a member of the advisory council for NYSERDA’s Green Jobs/Green NY Programs, the 2nd Vice President of the board of directors for the Home Builders and Remodelers of the Mohawk Valley, and serves on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee. She is also an avid supporter of CURE, an initiative that helps raise awareness and raise money for Epilepsy research.
Regional Vice President, Mid-Atlantic, Conservation Services Group
Andrew is a nationally recognized leader in creating and implementing award-winning residential energy efficiency programs. He joined Conservation Services Group in 2009 as New York Regional Director following his departure from Lockheed Martin where he served as the National Manager of Residential Building Performance Programs. Before that, Andrew managed energy programs and other projects with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for 10 years. He began his career with H.L. Fisk General Contracting serving as a co-manager and foreman, overseeing residential new construction and remodeling projects. During his career, Andrew has held several positions with -- and continues to serve on -- a number of industry boards and committees across the country including the Affordable Comfort, Inc., the Building Performance Institute, the Energy and Environmental Building Association, the Residential Energy Services Network, and the Northeast Home Energy Rating System Alliance. Andrew holds a mechanical engineering degree from the State University of New York Institute of Technology.
5200 Minnick Road
Laurel, MD 20707
Robert Minnick is the CEO and President of Minnick’s Inc, Minnick University and the Minnick Foundation. He has more than 30 years of experience in the heating and air conditioning field, particularly with mechanical design and building performance. Rob holds many industry leading credentials including certifications from ACCA, RESNET, and BPI. Rob also serves on a number of boards including the ACCA National Building Performance Council, Efficiency First Maryland, ACHR the News Advisory Board, ACI National Program Committee, and BPI’s Board of Directors. He regularly provides guidance on upcoming code changes, training and business development to organizations throughout the country.
124 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Gavin Hastings has extensive experience in the design and implementation of utility-scale residential energy efficiency programming. Mr. Hastings has designed and managed award winning Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and ENERGY STAR Homes programs for Arizona Public Service. Committed to driving innovation and advancing the field of residential energy efficiency, he has served as a champion in the advancement of BPI 2100 and BPI 2200 Standards (known as HPXML). In collaboration with stakeholders across the country, he help launched the first open software market utilizing HPXML with multiple software vendors for APS, in late 2013. Mr. Hastings continues to assist in the expansion of data standardization and the advancement of next generation program measurement and tracking, coordinating directly with multiple states in their adoption of these standards.
Director of Products and Programs, Owens Corning
Don Kosanka has 36 years of experience in the building material business including manufacturing, forecasting, production planning, delivery and customer service. He is currently the Director og Product and Programs for the Insulation business at Owens Corning where he leads new product and program development and commercialization of products and solutions including insulation and air sealing systems. He believes there is critical a need for internal and marketplace education, training, customers, and home builders and has added both in-house and external building performance professionals to his team to support the long term strategy of doing applied building science capacity for Owings Corning employees and customers. Don earned his bachelor’s in business at the University of Toledo. He is a HERS Rater and a BPI certified Building Analyst.
Executive Director of the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA)
505 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 279-3902
Fax: (212) 279-5306
David Hepinstall has been Executive Director of the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA) in New York City since 1993. AEA, an independent training organization, is a not-for-profit membership, training and technical support and energy services organization whose mission is to use energy efficiency to maintain affordable and healthy housing for low and moderate-income families and communities. David has 25 years of direct experience designing, developing and managing innovative public and nonprofit programs serving energy affordability, community development and education needs in low-income communities. He is currently a member of NYSERDA's System Benefits Charge Advisory Group, the NYC Mayor's Energy Policy Task Force, and the Low Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) Steering Committee. Over the past three years, he has shepherded the development of AEA's Energy Management Training Center in the Bronx. The Center includes teaching labs with heating systems and advanced building controls designed for hands-on learning, and classrooms with digital video, Internet access, and computer presentation capabilities. AEA's trainers offer a wide spectrum of technical trainings for a broad set of audiences, including weatherization, field staff, boiler contractors, hydronic heating system designers, property managers, building superintendents, maintenance staff and others interested in improving the performance of their buildings or pursuing a career working in this field. David is a member of BPI's Technical Committee and participated in Expert Panels convened by BPI to develop the standards for BPI's Multifamily Building certifications.
Program Manager, Residential Energy Services Quality Standards and Compliance
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203
Kimberlie A. Lenihan is the Residential Energy Services Quality, Standards and Compliance (QSC) Program Manager with NYSERDA. Kim provides quality and compliance oversight for the Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Programs, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES), EmPower New York, and the Low-rise Residential New Construction Programs including New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes (NYESCH) and certain gut rehabilitation projects. Kim joined NYSERDA in 2002, bringing 15 years experience with Fortune 500 organizations, including Oracle Corporation and General Electric, focused on driving change and managing quality performance through improved systems, process control, and other technology solutions to better serve customers. At NYSERDA, Kim has managed $15 million in funding for energy efficiency training and workforce development programs, including the development of NYSERDA’s first online course platform with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. She has been involved in developing multiple public benefit incentive and training programs supporting the efficient use of energy resources in the commercial and residential sectors. She is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Louisville, and also earned an MBA from Union College in Schenectady, NY.
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 287-1785
Josh Olsen is a policy advisor for the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program. He is member of the Weatherization Training and Technical Assistance team focusing on work quality and training. Josh manages the development, support and implementation of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals resources which include the Standard Work Specifications, Job Task Analyses and Certifications for Home Energy Professionals. Josh comes to DOE with a background in residential construction, home performance, and training.