James Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD, Benya Lighting Design
James is a professional lighting designer with 40 years of experience in the field. In his current role, he plans, organizes and will eventually teach the professional masters in lighting design to be offered in 2014 at the University of California at Davis. James has won more than 200 lighting design awards including the 2008 and 2011 Edison Award for Environmental Design. He is an AIA professional development education provider and a certified ASID/IIDA interior design continuing education provider. James is a former adjunct professor of architecture and design at California College of Art, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan and Lawrence Institute of Technology. He has taught over 400 continuing education unit programs, 300 college classes and given more than 200 speeches about lighting at LightFair, NeoCon, Designers Saturday and other gatherings within the lighting industry.
Holly Blomquist, LEED Green Associate, Lighting Designer, Associate, Harwood Engineering Consultants, Ltd.
Since receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Holly's theatrical design work has been seen by audiences both near and far. She has worked for several local theatre companies in Milwaukee, as well as for renowned regional theatre companies such as the Madison Repertory Theatre and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Holly's lighting design work has been recognized on a national level. In 2011 she received an Illumination Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for her design of the Pabst Brewery Block 4 Parking Structure in Milwaukee. That project, awarded for unique solutions in energy efficient lighting design, also attained LEED Gold Certification. In addition she has received awards for theatrical lighting from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and Apollo Design Technology. Since joining Harwood Engineering she has gained an ever increasing interest in energy efficiency, and the continual evolution of lighting design, controls, and technology. To meet the rising demand for energy reduction while providing quality lighting is the designer's role and an essential component of the well-designed architectural environment.
Robert L. Cox, PE, CEM, Commissioning and Energy Director, Jacobs Engineering
Robert has extensive experience in detailed engineering design and management for projects in the healthcare, commercial, institutional and governmental sectors. These projects have included large tonnage chilled water systems, cooling towers and condenser water piping and pumping systems, high/low pressure steam and condensate systems, air handling and ventilation systems, energy management and building automation systems, and a variety of ductwork systems, including specialized systems for healthcare laboratories and science facilities. Robert has conducted tests on a variety of HVAC, electrical and building automation systems and has reviewed operations and maintenance documentation and trained operations and maintenance personnel. He is a long-time, active ASHRAE member.
- Research chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.6, healthcare facility air conditioning applications
- Chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.8, large building HVAC applications
- Program chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.JF, justice and correctional facilities
- Research chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.7, educational facilities
- Member, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Task Force, energy conservation in healthcare
Can healthcare ventilation standards be maintained without breaking the operating budget?
Business briefing: Hospital engineering and facilities management (pdf)
HVAC design manual for hospitals and clinics
Energy management handbook
Scott Hackel, PE, LEED AP, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
In his role at the Energy Center, Scott consults with architects and engineers on energy efficient building designs and systems. He conducts applied research on various energy efficiency technologies through both field monitoring and extensive energy modeling.
Scott has expert knowledge in advanced systems. He utilizes this knowledge to assist utilities in the development and implementation of efficiency programs. Scott holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a certificate in energy analysis and policy. He is an active member of ASHRAE and the Wisconsin Green Building Association.
Barb Hamilton, Lighting Manager, New Buildings Institute
Barb Hamilton has nearly two decades of lighting industry experience working in a variety of design and education roles. She is currently lighting manager for the New Buildings Institute, developing informational lighting products and lighting communication initiatives, consulting with sponsor organizations on outreach for commercial programs and expanding strategic initiatives to move advanced lighting practices and products into the market. Barb manages the development and support of ALG Online, the Advanced Lighting Guidelines web resource, and supports work on the Office of the Future program. Barb has bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Interior Architecture, and earned a Master of Science in Lighting from the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rodney Heller, LC, CLEP, Senior Designer, Energy Performance Lighting
In his current role, Rodney is responsible for the design and implementation of retrofit lighting upgrades. His designs commonly achieve 70–75% energy savings while taking into account how light affects human productivity. Rodney has over 10 years of experience in the field. He is the lead author of the Illuminating Engineering Society's "Upgrading Lighting Systems in Commercial and Institutional Spaces" and serves on the Association of Energy Engineers Board.
Ryan Hoger, LEED AP, Director of Corporate Training, Temperature Equipment Corporation
In his current role at Temperature Equipment Corporation, Ryan is responsible for coordinating and/or instructing 150+ HVAC training courses per year. He has extensive experience with building automation systems, energy recovery ventilators, variable refrigerant flow, demand controlled ventilation and other energy conserving HVAC systems. He is a past president of the Illinois ASHRAE chapter and is actively involved in several local ASHRAE, gas and electric utility and USGBC committees. Ryan received his bachelor of science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois.
Carol Jones, LC, Associate IALD, Senior Project Manager, Application and Specification, Philips Lighting NA
Carol is a nationally recognized lighting expert who works toward the dual goals of lighting quality and energy efficiency. She leads the U.S. DOE Commercial Lighting Solutions program. The goal of this program is to develop best practice energy efficient lighting solutions for mainstream adoption. Carol founded and manages the Light Right Consortium, a group that investigates and educates lighting professionals about the relationship between high quality energy efficient lighting and worker productivity in office environments. Prior to Light Right, she contributed to the revision of the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-1999. Carol has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1994, and prior to that she was a Designer/Project Director with Horton Lees Lighting Design, Inc. She is committed to the growth and development of the lighting industry through intensive professional association work for IALD, IESNA, and NCQLP.
Donna J. Leban, Principal, Light/Space/Design
In her current role, Donna has one foot in the engineering world and the other in the creative world of lighting. She provides lighting design and consulting services on a range of projects with an emphasis on computer optimized lighting and control systems. In addition to consulting, Donna provides professional development seminars and technical review, conducts training courses and is author to multiple books and articles on lighting for both public and professional publications. Most recently, Donnna collaborated with Jim Benya on Lighting Retrofit and Relighting, A Guide to Energy Efficiency, published in 2011 by Wiley.
Donna is a licensed architect and NCQLP certified lighting designer. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's in advanced building studies from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has practiced in large and small architectural and design build firms from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Vermont; and has helped educate consumers, architects and contractors through Vermont's utility sponsored energy efficiency programs. Donna has served as president of the AIA Vermont chapter and board member of state and regional environmental organizations since 1980.
Tom Meyer, Principal, Praxis Green, Inc.
Tom Meyer is the president of Praxis Green, Inc., an international sustainability consulting and training firm. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with over 20 years experience in hydronics. Meyer is an ASHRAE Liaison to the USGBC, and has been a member of the Greenbuild Program Committee for five years. He is a member of the US Senate's High Performance Building Council, IAPMO Technical Committee, and is an advisor to the office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington DC. He is the past founding Executive Director of the Green Mechanical Council and is a past president of Precision Hydronics Corporation. Meyer has been a speaker for many organizations and has written several articles, training modules and textbooks including GreenSpeak.
Avraham Mendall Mor, IALD, LEED AP, IESNA, Lightswitch Architectural
Avraham (Avi) Mendall Mor, LEED AP, IESNA is an architectural and theatrical lighting designer with more than ten years of experience in a variety of applications, locations, and clientele. Avi received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Architectural and Theatrical Lighting design from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He is president of the Chicago Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
Shanna Olson, LC, Electrical Designer, IBC Engineering Services, Inc.
After completing degrees in Art History at UW-Milwaukee and Interior Design at Mount Mary College, Shanna's passion for sustainability led her to IBC Engineering Services, a Waukesha-based engineering firm specializing in energy efficient and sustainable mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. In her role as electrical designer, Shanna successfully balances aesthetic and technical parameters. Her work has been published in several magazines and recognized with two National Merit Awards for Sustainability from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Most recently, Shanna earned a Lighting Certification (LC) through the National Council on Qualifications of Lighting Professions (NCQLP), which is designed to set a baseline standard covering the entire scope of the vast lighting field.
As a board member, Emerging Professionals Co-Chair, and Illumination Awards Chair of the local chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Shanna also takes a lead role in training and educating other professionals on the latest technologies in lighting efficiency. Honored as a Future Luminary/Emerging Professional by LD+A magazine, Shanna continues to incorporate her varied interests into a successful and rewarding career.
Richard Pearson, PE, Principal, Pearson Forensic Engineering
Richard Pearson spent most of his career in hands-on analysis and the creative renovation of HVAC systems. His significant energy efficiency project work includes optimizing a 7,000-ton and a 3,000-ton facility, tracking a $3.6 million utility bill, renovating a 30-story art deco hotel, commissioning eight thermal storage projects, and conducting an energy analysis on 11 United States Marine Corps base buildings in Okinawa.
He holds multiple ASHRAE awards and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Distinguished Service Citation. He is a Fellow grade ASHRAE member. He has served as chairman of the ASHRAE energy management and environmental health committees and as a member of multiple ASHRAE councils and committees, as well as the board of directors. He is a principal contributor to ASHRAE's "Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits" and co-author of the "Energy use and management: Chapter 36" in the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook.
Paul Raymer, Chief Investigator, Heyoka Solutions, LLC
For more than 30 years, Paul has developed ventilation related product lines, served as a consultant for a wide array of ventilation product manufacturers and designed ventilation systems for various home builders. He is a seasoned presenter who has taught courses throughout the nation at conferences and weatherization events, as well as universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Paul authored "Residential Ventilation Handbook" (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and currently writes a reoccurring column in "Home Energy Magazine." He is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 Committee and the IAQ Subcommittee, as well as the IAQ liaison for the Home Ventilating Institute and Society of Building Science Educators. Paul is a BPI super proctor and BPI envelope, building analyst, heating professional and AC/heat pump, HERS rater and IREC/ANSI assessor certified.
Scott Schuetter, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Scott analyzes efficient building designs and researches various energy efficiency technologies in his role at the Energy Center. He has extensive experience with both energy and daylight modeling and serves as program manager for the Daylighting Collaborative.
Scott is a large-scale batch energy modeling specialist who focuses much attention on modeling campuses, communities and regions. He also studies climate change impacts on building energy consumption and demand. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Indiana University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is an active member of ASHRAE.
John Snell, Senior Consulting Trainer, The Snell Group
John Snell's background in building-related training and educational services began in 1977 in the Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance program and continued from 1979 to 1983 in the Residential Conservation Service (RCS) Program. It was in this capacity, in 1983, that he first used infrared thermography for building diagnostics. He founded Snell Infrared in 1986, now called The Snell Group, where he continues today as a Senior Consulting Trainer. John is professionally active and was on the Steering Committee for the Thermosense conference from 1990 until 2005 and Chair of Thermosense XVI and XX. In 1994 John had the honor of becoming the first thermographer in the world to pass the ASNT Level III exam for the Thermal/infrared method. He is currently a member of three ASTM committees, as well as working with committees at EPRI, BINDT, ISO, ASNT, BPI/RESNET and NETA, on standards and written inspection procedures. He has presented hundreds of training courses and seminars to a worldwide audience. John is widely published, having authored numerous articles and professional papers. John is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Agricultural Ecology.
Keith Swartz, PE, BEMP, LEED AP, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Keith has significant experience conducting energy analysis and technical assistance for a number of investor-owned and municipal utility commercial new construction programs, LEED submittals, and private design clients.
Keith has a strong background in HVAC design for commercial buildings. As lead energy modeling instructor for Energy Center University, he is developing market capacity in design firms to pursue advanced energy efficiency on their own.
Keith has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He is a registered professional engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Building Energy Modeling Professional and a member of ASHRAE.
John Viner, LEED AP Homes, BPI-BA, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
John brings applied field experience to designing training curriculum for the Energy Center's award winning professional education programs. His background as an HVAC contractor and his work conducting home performance assessments provide the practical foundation for the programs he designs. He knows firsthand the challenges that building contractors face and has provided training seminars on solutions to those challenges. At the Energy Center, John identifies opportunities for expanding the content of Energy Center training programs and delivering those programs to a wide audience.
Stan Walerczyk, CLEP, LC, Principal, Lighting Wizards
With more than 500 projects under his belt; including K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals, office buildings, convention centers, movie studios, libraries, historic commercial buildings, retail stores, factories, warehouses, parking facilities, multifamily dwellings and single-family houses; Stan has immersed himself in the lighting industry. His 24 years of experience includes distribution, maintenance, retrofit contracting, third party review, consulting, design, luminaire design, rebate planning, policy making and research roles. He has conducted project work for the California Lighting Technology Center and currently assists with the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) research on spectrally enhanced lighting. Stan has authored over 30 articles and has presented over 600 seminars, including sessions during Lightfair and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) annual conferences and chapter events.
Stan is National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions certified, an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Lighting Energy Professional, an AEE review board member, a IES Spectral Effects Committee and Energy Management Committee member, the Human Centric Lighting Committee chair, a DOE CALiPER Guidance Committee on LED and competitive products member and California's Title 20 Appliance Standard and Federal EPACT Standards consultant.
Tate Walker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Tate is passionate about green buildings and sustainable design. As an architect and LEED Accredited Professional, he knows the value of climate-specific, sustainable design that enhances our community and environment. At the Energy Center, Tate provides building design assistance and education for our commercial high performance building initiatives. He is a licensed architect and serves as a member of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group of the United States Green Building Council, and as President for the American Institute of Architects - Southwest Chapter of Wisconsin.
Liesel Whitney-Schulte, LC, Lighting Product Manager, Franklin Energy Services, LLC
Liesel leads the design and implementation of commercial lighting programs, provides program development and technical guidance for residential lighting programs and represents Franklin Energy Services on national lighting committees. She is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions and has been involved in a wide variety of energy efficiency programs since 1992.
Peter Yost, Director of Residential Services, BuildingGreen, Inc.
Peter Yost is the Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen, LLC in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability. Peter is currently Technical Director for GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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