Past Employees - Where are they now?
Energy Rater Assistant, with EnergyLogic since July 2017
Although I was born in Iowa and lived in Massachusetts until I was four, my childhood was spent growing up on a hill in New Hampshire, where life consisted of coming home from school and playing in the woods with neighborhood buddies. My life has been very adventurous from a young age; being the youngest of four boys, I learned a lot – first and second hand. Skiing, mountain biking, soccer, basketball, golf, a bit of rock climbing, swimming, pond hockey, kneeboarding, snorkeling, how to approach girls, how not to approach girls, and general romping about in nature, are prominent memories of life until now. I graduated university in Virginia with a philosophy major and music industry minor. After graduation, a college friend and I went to Central America for seven months with a grand plan to buy property and build two houses, rent one and live in the other. Instead, we ended up backpacking, learning to surf, speaking Spanish, and meeting amazing people before coming back to the states. I ended up in Boston for a few years enjoying city life as a waiter on the wharf downtown and a valet driver at a hotel near Fenway Park. From there, I spent six years in South Korea as an English teacher and manager of a small academy. Life there was great; I met my wife and cherish those years. We moved back to the states two years ago and I have found myself back in a city, but this time where people speak English and I am constantly motivated to get out into nature and do some more romping about. One day, hopefully soon, I’ll break my wife’s city-girl mentality and we can run through the woods happily. I’m thrilled to be at EnergyLogic, working for a good cause, among people with good hearts and strong minds. It’s great to be learning, constantly, and contributing here as part of the team to improve houses and save a lot of energy. As a friend of mine recently said upon hearing of my job, “Negawatts are better than megawatts!”
Office & People Coordinator, with EnergyLogic since June 2017
Rating Field Inspector/Auditor, with EnergyLogic since May 2017
I was born in Burbank California, but since I was raised in Aurora, Colorado, I naturally developed a love for the outdoors, living in such a beautiful state. I enjoy snowboarding, longboarding, camping and hiking, and when I get some time to myself, I enjoy playing video games and reading. I value education and the preservation of our planet; I’m currently attending school at CU Denver with a major in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Environmental Science. In my brief time on earth, I have done a lot of thinking as to what I want to do with my life. I have been jumping around and doing different things, but overall I’ve come to know myself better every day. I’ve taken some big leaps in order to understand who I am and it’s definitely helped. I’ve worked at Halliburton as a Service Specialist, making large sums of money, only to find myself extremely unhappy doing the world injustice. I also worked at Vestas as a repair tech working on blades and Nacelles, only to find that a very small percentage of people that worked there actually wanted to help our planet. During the struggle to find my purpose and my endless wandering, I’m happy to say that I am now at EnergyLogic.
I still have big dreams of changing the world somehow and I will do it–I think about this goal every day. I hope that some of the many people that I’ve met will help me do that. I look forward to the future and every possibility it holds.
Rating Field Inspector, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
Born in Texas, raised in Colorado, sounds like the beginning of a steak advertisement… I came of age running the woods on the fence line of the Air Force Academy, shooting old cans of food from a potato gun at forgotten cars rusted into old creek beds. I earned my callouses picking cactus spines and gravel from my hands and trying to fix a few beater cars that I may or may not have broken. The evidence is inconclusive. I toyed with photography and political journalism as professional choices, much to the dismay of my military father. Eventually, I decided it would be better to learn how to run the business side of a restaurant so I could be a cook and host wild parties like my grandfather did in the disco era. Many truancies later, I landed a scholarship at CSU for Hospitality Management which afforded me four great years of fishing and skipping classes to sit in on botany and philosophy classes I wasn’t actually paying for. I had the post-collegiate existentialist blues by my third year and spent an entire summer couch surfing, fishing, and camping.
I managed to graduate and went on to swing a knife in a few hip Denver restaurants and later, Whole Foods, before deciding the kitchen life was not what I wanted. It wasn’t hard to admit that I needed something new. After a few years of pursuing one-off opportunities and odd jobs, I was afforded an amazing chance and ended up in a totally new career field learning the ways of energy ratings on the truly executable side of sustainability with Energy Logic. Sometimes I still have dreams of standing on the sauté line during dinner rush with an overheating printer spitting out miles of impossible demands, but at least now I don’t wake up to repeat them. I’m grateful for where I am and excited for where I’m going.
I & I Support
Growing up in Boulder, I knew from the beginning how lucky I was to live in and enjoy our wonderful state of Colorado. I remember a lot of camping/fishing trips with my family to places like Lost Lake. We used to hike around old town sites near Nederland and investigate abandoned gold mines. In the winter I learned to ski at Eldora (night skiing is a blast!). In the summers I braved water-skiing at Carter Lake and Lake Powell.
Eventually I graduated from CU (go Buffs!) with a B.S. in Elementary Education and soon after, got married to my husband, George. Later we were blessed with two sons, Kristopher and Timothy. Of course during this time I was still teaching, mostly 4th and 5th graders, right here in Berthoud, at Ivy Stockwell Elementary.
Now that our boys have grown into men and I’ve recently retired from teaching, I’ve found time to explore new hobbies. I enjoy remodeling projects with my husband, camping, playing the piano, baking, reading, and learning how to crochet. Also, since horseback riding used to be a part of my youth, I’d like to explore riding again. Oh and of course, I spend precious time with my three rescue dogs: Mocha, Candy and Latte.
I’m happy to also be devoting some of my time to EnergyLogic, a Colorado company that is concerned about the environment. I’m fortunate to be working part-time on the software team with a fantastic group of people.
Logistics & Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
I was raised on a farm north of Windsor where my parents farm to this day. At home I have a wonderful husband and a teenage daughter. We have dogs, horses, miniature donkeys, miniature cows, horses, chickens and hopefully soon miniature goats. My husband keeps asking me if I am starting my own petting zoo. I think it’s a fabulous idea! The three of us enjoy farming, animals, hunting, fishing, camping and participating in community Future Farmers of America (FFA) events.
Events & Communications Coordinator, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
A sentence that defines my day to day life: If I’m not dancing in the corner to the music playing in my head, you can probably find me napping.
From a young age I dreamt of cozy winter nights and snow-blanketed landscapes. These images were manifest only through my imagination, growing up in the concrete village of Dallas, TX. College became my opportunity to flee to the mountains and I landed in Fort Collins, CO. When earning a degree of Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts with minors in English and Music/Video Production, I found myself frequently hanging out in the radio studio of 90.5 KCSU FM.
During my employment at KCSU I learned a lot about what I need in a work environment. The people I was surrounded by heavily influenced my outlook on life. I always need some sort of creative outlet to keep my mind happy. Additionally, I worked well with organizing, scheduling, and planning programming. Looking back, KCSU was excellent preparation for the position I hold at EnergyLogic. Between the lovely co-workers and the freedom to be both creative and scheduled, I have found a niche I quite like.
When I’m not petting dogs at work, I spend my downtime crafting and cooking. From knitting to drawing, fingerprinting to baking, I like working with fine details and delicious results! Being in Colorado has opened many doors for learning new skills. I’m slowly getting the handle of driving in the snow and mountains. Living in Berthoud not only makes the walk to work easy, but also gives me access to great camping! With the help of my friends, I’m learning the ends and outs of being a true Coloradan.
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
It’s been said that I am a good ol’ Southern Boy, perhaps even a simple gentlemen and scholar from the school of hard knocks. I was brought into this life just outside of the Okefenokee swamp in South Georgia and spent my formative years rambling around the Southeast, painting various places such as Atlanta, Chattanooga, Gainesville, Athens, Boone, Asheville and everywhere in between a vibrant color of the proverbial red. I am thrilled to be a member of the EnergyLogic family, with all of the amazingly talented Logicians, and am excited about all of the adventures to discover throughout Colorado… and beyond!!!
Like many before me and many after, I come to EnergyLogic with a diverse background, specifically an eclectic specialization of implementing sustainable solutions in the built environment. I discovered my passion for sustainability in my formative experiences throughout the construction industry and trades. However, it was with my service at Southface Energy Institute that I was able to truly see the fruits of my (and those whose shoulders we all stand upon) labor and feel the very satisfying impact of saving the world one building at a time. I have drunk the Sustainability Kool-Aid, and it is so delicious.
I enjoy living the dream–a good beer, hugs that last for three breaths, sporting a creative facial haircut, randomly laughing manically and/or dancing like no one is looking, trying to figure out how to play the banjo, maps, learning anything and everything new, puzzles, speaking for those who don’t have their own voice, and spending heartfelt quality time with family and friends… among many, many other things.
Rating Field Inspector, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
I was born in southwest Michigan, but grew up in northeast Indiana. I started my adult life in retail management, bounced all around Indiana for 8 years or so with one company before deciding to open my own business. After doing that for a while, I decided to sell my half of the company to my partner/cousin. I had been vacationing in Colorado for years and always wanted to move here, but didn’t have the money to do so. With the money from my business venture I decided that it was time. I have been out here for just over three years now and have done a little bit of everything trying to find my place. I think I might have found it with EnergyLogic. Looking forward to a long, enjoyable, mutually beneficial career with this great company.
Logistics/Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
I was born and raised in New Jersey and first came “out west” after graduating high school to visit my brother. After weeks of hiking, canoeing, camping, and just being in the great outdoors, I immediately fell in love. So two years later, I moved here for good and still enjoy all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer. I went back to school and graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Geography. I traveled while in school spending six weeks canoeing in the Northwest Territories of Canada, several weeks one summer assisting a PhD student with her graduate field work, and a semester at sea visiting Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan before returning back to the US.
Fortunately, I met a man, on the softball field, who loves to travel as much as I do! We married and moved to Berthoud to split the commute of our jobs. We are very happy to have landed in here and have raised two wonderful sons currently at Berthoud High School. They keep us busy with sports and academic events. As a family, we love to travel throughout the US and abroad. Because my husband is a geography professor, we have had the opportunity to visit Europe on a few occasions – which suits my history-loving boys just fine! We also love to camp, kayak, play tennis, golf, play board games, and cheer on the Colorado Rockies! When I’m not at high school soccer or baseball games, I love to cycle, garden and play with my four furry friends! I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people who share my values concerning our impact on our planet.
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, “Keep Austin Weird,” but escaped to Colorado as soon as I could for the same reasons as many others–the mountains, rivers and great outdoors. My passion for the natural world and my desire to preserve it led me to a degree in Environmental Policy with a minor in Water Studies. In school, I had the opportunity to intern for Colorado Trout Unlimited and the National Conference of State Legislatures where I focused on researching and writing on various environmental issues. While at Colorado Trout Unlimited, I had the opportunity to research and write a report on the Land and Water Conservation Fund and its effects on Colorado. This report was presented to Senators Gardner and Bennett from Colorado, and eventually used in lobbying efforts by the National Trout Unlimited organization on the Hill in Washington.
In my off hours, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outside either climbing, biking, hiking or being on the water. These times are even more enjoyable when spent with friends and family. I am also an avid reader, with an affinity for history books, particularly ones about the western US.
I am very excited to be a part of EnergyLogic and contributing to a great company which is truly trying to make a difference.
Energy Rater & Existing Homes Auditor, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
If I were the bumper sticker type, you could read common idioms like, “Not all who wander are lost” and “Not a native, but I got here as fast as I could!” on my car. As a matter of fact, I own both of these stickers, but my car has already reached its limit of 1 decal. I keep these backups because, for me, these would be absolutely true. Perhaps more true than for anyone else, almost ever.
I was born on the south side of Chicago, in Oak Lawn, where my parents and their siblings were all born and raised. I was so determined to break from tradition that we moved west within a couple of months after my arrival (supported strongly by the needs of my parents). In Woodland Park we found strife and success living small and with love, which eventually carried us to a home of comfort and security in Aurora, Co. But at age 10, fate would turn for my family, and work would take my parents right back to where we started: Chicago.
My father commuted from northwest Indiana to the city so we could live an imperceptibly less urban lifestyle, and upon turning 18 I rushed south to college at Indiana University. Southern Indiana is considerably more forested and rich with history, which are things I learned to value in Colorado. When I graduated with a liberal arts degree and minor in music, I really had one dream: To go back home.
In two of the twelve hundred times I’ve driven between Colorado and the Midwest, my then fiancé, now wife, fell in love with Colorado too. We settled in Colorado Springs and were married there a year later. I drifted through a myriad of jobs, but the same month that I settled into a career as an insulator was the month that my wife and I became pregnant with a beautiful baby girl. For little Adalaide, I could not be content to stuff walls with fiberglass, so I took my perfectionist attitude to Energy Logic, where I could help the world make better homes for families everywhere.
If you are wondering what my bumper sticker is, and what THAT says about me, it’s a Yeti “I Believe” sticker, for both the Imperial Stout and the mythical monster. Also, I like to write.
HVAC Specialist, with EnergyLogic since June 2016
I was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, but have made Colorado home for almost 30 years. After receiving my Associates Degree in Computer Aided Drafting, I worked as a builder for several production home builders and then a HVAC Company.
Seeing the need to build better quality homes, I helped one builder implement a testing protocol to make sure the homes being built met ENERGY STAR compliance.
While working at the next builder, I took on a new role as a HVAC Designer. I worked all resources at my disposal to learn the skills needed to be successful, including understanding each market’s preferences and current practices with respect to HVAC installation. During my tenure designing mechanical systems, the builder saw a significant decrease in warranty expenditures related to comfort issues.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time grilling, working on projects around the house, and camping. Many of these activities are shared with my wife, three kids, and two dogs.
Marketing Director, with EnergyLogic since July 2016
Fortunate enough to be surrounded by snow-capped peaks, outdoor adventures, weather that defines the meaning of four-seasons, Bronco football magic and craft beer, Colorado is the perfect place to call home. Born and raised in Northern Colorado, I’ve gained an appreciation of those childhood memories taking family drives through the canyons to look for big horned sheep, Estes Park being a favorite destination. These are the experiences you feel lucky to share and pass down as a parent. It has admittedly been nothing short of thrilling to feel like a kid again in creating similar memories with my son Coen, family and friends.
I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering through Habitat for Humanity to help in providing homes for deserving families in the Fort Collins community. Discovering my passion of working with people has progressed in 18 years worth of relationship building and has been humbly rewarding. Throughout my years of experience in the workforce, 13 of those years subsist interchangeably of sales and marketing focused goals. I always welcome a challenge, and thrive in a fast-paced atmosphere where every day brings the opportunity to creatively provide solutions for colleagues and customers. Upon coming on board with EnergyLogic, I have been fascinated by the team and by the vision, mission and integrity standards the company has established. I feel fortunate to have an opportunity to grow and to be part of a truly innovative and industry leading company!
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since March 2016
I grew up in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. My friends and I would ride our bikes all around town collecting aluminum cans. We would then recycle them and use this money to buy jerky and sweets from the local gas stations. When I wasn’t exploring Denver, I was playing sports. I played year round with baseball in the spring and summer, soccer in the fall (later soccer was replaced by football), and basketball in the winter. By the time high school came around I participated solely in football, until one day a teammate convinced me to attend his lacrosse game. I had very little knowledge of the sport and even less interest, but I agreed to go show my support. The game had me in awe by the end of the first quarter. I had all the gear needed and signed up for a summer league with my future teammates within the week. When the next official spring season started, I had already played through five seasons and was hooked.
After graduation I waited a year and moved to Pueblo Colorado in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry which later morphed into accounting. That was not the best thing to come out of my time in Pueblo, however. While sitting in a sociology elective I overheard a cute girl talking about the dirtbike she would rather be riding. Intrigued by the unique hobby, I quickly moved right next to her and introduced myself. This cute girl later became my beautiful wife, Jordi.
After many years in Pueblo, Jordi and I decided to move to Fort Collins, Colorado. Here we would be closer to friends and family. This chapter is still being written and I can not wait to see what it has in store!
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since April 2016
When I tell people that I grew up in suburban New Jersey, their first response is not, “aren’t the Appalachians so beautiful?” but more of, “what exit?” I grew up living on the edge of one of the most gorgeous examples of nature and one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Appalachians, as well as the textbook definition of what is urban living– Manhattan, New York. The ability to travel 45 minutes east to enter the belly of the beast, the city that shaped America, the “big apple,” was incredibly impactful to me. As was traveling 45 minutes west and being able to be high in the Appalachian mountain range. This extreme dichotomy dictated how I grew up and how I live my life to this day. I am extremely social and love fostering relationships with new people and exploring new cities, but I also have an immense love for nature and the therapeutic healing that it provides us all.
I studied Environmental Studies in college with a concentration in land use. I was rudely awakened to an all too obvious contradiction of man vs nature, specifically within the built environment. Soon after college I had the great fortune to work with one of the leading sustainability nonprofits in the Southeast and hone my building science skills. A few months ago I decided to make a return to nature out here in Colorado. I see my work as a HERS rater with EnergyLogic instrumental in not only ensuring, but also educating the building industry in, high performance homes that allow us to continue this balance of human ingenuity and natural perfection.
Information & Intelligence Software Specialist, with EnergyLogic since March 2016
Like so many Colorado kids, I was raised with an appreciation for the great outdoors. That appreciation has only grown, along with my sense of adventure. These days, I keep my camping gear in my car year round so that I’m always ready for another trip.
I went to college at Colorado State University where I studied economics and business administration. I was drawn to economics for its power to quantify fairly abstract concepts and ground them in data. Given my enthusiasm for the outdoors, my studies naturally gravitated toward economics of natural resources.
While in college I worked for the quirky campus radio station, KCSU 90.5, where I served as News Director and later as Station Manager. I honed my research and communication skills there and discovered a lot of great music too.
I never expected to find a job that would call on both my economics education and journalistic experience at the same time until I came to EnergyLogic. Add to that an opportunity to work toward a vision of reducing environmental impact and it was a perfect fit.
Outside the office I endeavor to put more miles on the odometer during road trips than the daily commute and face fear more often than boredom. Next up on my to-do list is backpacking in British Columbia and learning to roll a kayak.
Operations Coordinator, with EnergyLogic since January 2016
Happily married and nowhere near ready for the six boys I want to raise, I live in Fort Collins with my husband, Zach, and 2 year-old rescue mutt, Dexter. As natives to Colorado, we cannot get enough of the snowboarding, hiking, camping, dirt bike riding and beer brewing that occupies our hearts. One day we dream of raising a family on a self-sustaining, off-grid homestead, built from our own hands. But before we pursue those dreams, I have a few travelling needs that must come before children. Namely, exploring Machu Pichu, attending the Lantern Festival in Thailand and pretending to be a witch at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fl.
Leaving home for the first time, I went to college at Colorado State University-Pueblo on academic and marching band scholarships. Within the first semester, I had met my future husband, established my love for psychology and realized how much I loved being a small-town girl. It is funny, now, to think about my desperation to leave Berthoud as a high schooler and how life has brought me right back here, working alongside parents whose kids I used to babysit or play with in the band.
Throughout high school and college, I worked, as most students do, in the food service industry. Bartending and waiting tables gives you an interesting perspective on the world. The personality, stress and emotional rigor necessary for the job can change a person. I mastered the fake smile and bubbly personality while juggling ridiculous requests, but I found that serving others brought me a lot of satisfaction. Challenging as food service is, I find myself seeking new challenges in the workplace. I am new to this industry but cannot deny the opportunities to learn and develop, here, at Energy Logic. This environment of independence and interdependence fulfills my desire to problem-solve, as well as the need for human connection.
Neal Ray Girard
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since December 2015
My love for the outdoors began to blossom at a young age in the dense woods of Michigan and along the expansive beaches of Lake Michigan. It is undoubtedly this appreciation for the outdoors and my ever evolving passion for adventure that would bring me to chase the allure of the Rockies. At the age of 18, I packed my car with some climbing gear, some snowboard gear and $700 and left my small home town in Northern Michigan only to find myself sometime later in Durango, Colorado.
Soon after, I began my education in construction. I apprenticed under a master carpenter for many years building custom straw-bale homes. I also attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado from 2006 – 2010 and graduated with a Business Management degree. Throughout these impressionable college years my attraction for adventure continued to grow and mature in the deserts and high alpine landscapes of the southwest.
Shortly after graduation I liquidated most of my possessions and began a year and a half long journey around the world with my partner. When I returned to Durango in January of 2013, I started a construction business doing siding, decks, and window and door installations; and also completed multiple remodels. It was at this time that I decided I wanted to pursue an education in efficient building practices in order to better tie together my education and my deep feeling of responsibility to help preserve the natural world. I graduated from EnergyLogic Academy in 2014 and shortly after that, moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. I am excited to be working with a team of like-minded, passionate people at EnergyLogic.
Software Developer, with EnergyLogic since September 2015
I was born on an island in Washington State and lived in one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone. As a pre-teen, my family traveled across the country and visited as many states and attractions as we could, on the way to a new home in Ponte Vedra, Florida. While in high school, I knew that I wanted to work with computers for a living and started working towards that goal. I graduated college with honors and a degree in Computer Information Systems. After college, I moved to Colorado to start a family and worked in IT for companies large and small. Today I have two beautiful daughters with a great future and ahead of them and am very happy to be using all of my skills and experience to help make EnergyLogic’s DASH software an industry leader. Every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow and learn from the amazing group of talented people that make this company what it is.
RESNET’s Notification Regarding REM/Rate Compliance
From: Steve Baden
Date: September 15, 2015 at 5:32:24 PM MDT
Subject: RESNET® Accredited Quality Assurance Providers – HERS® Software Program REM/Rate™ Compliance to New RESNET Procedures
To: RESNET Accredited Rating Quality Assurance Providers
In 2014 RESNET adopted the following changes that can affect HERS Index Scores:
- The adoption of ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 Standard that has tighter air tightness and ventilation requirements
- The adoption of ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 Addendum A on calculating hot water systems
- Develop technical boundary checks on what can be entered into a HERS Software tool.
All RESNET accredited HERS software programs were informed of these new requirements in 2014 and were given until August 1, 2015 to make the modifications. HERS Raters would have had to use the new versions of the software on projects beginning on October 1, 2015.
In late July, NORESCO informed RESNET that REM/Rate would not meet the August 1, 2015 deadline and requested a thirty day extension. RESNET granted the request and moved the deadline for HERS software programs making the changes to September 1, 2015 and changed the date that HERS Raters needed to use the updated software on new programs to January 1, 2016.
The HERS software programs of EnergyGauge USA and Ecotrope met the September 1, 2015 date. NORESCO, however, informed RESNET during the last week of August that REM/Rate would again not meet the deadline and requested another sixty day extension.
Because of the need for the rating and housing industries to know the effects on the HERS Index Score of the above changes, the RESNET Executive Committee voted to deny NORESCO’s request for another sixty day extension. The company was informed that if the REM/Rate program was not approved to meet the new requirements by January 1, 2016 that REM/Rate would be decertified by RESNET and HERS Raters would not be able to enter building files created through REM/Rate into the RESNET Rating Registry.
NORESCO has not indicated to RESNET when REM/Rate will be compliant to the new HERS procedures. It is hoped that the new version of REM/Rate is released soon in order to give builders and HERS Raters plenty of time to calculate changes that the revisions will have on the HERS Index.
In case this does not take place, the executive committee also voted that certified RESNET HERS Raters and Energy Smart Builders be notified of the following free trial offering by EnergyGauge USA:
Newly accredited by RESNET as a Home Energy Rating Software (HERS), IECC and Tax Credit tool, EnergyGauge USA 5.0, will be available as a free trial product for 90-days (or until November 30, 2015, whichever comes first). Any interested party may download Version 5.0 to examine the impacts of the ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 Standard on their most popular home designs.
Version 5.0 fully implements the new ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 Addendum A, hot water system calculations. These new hot water calculations allow HERS ratings to gain HERS credits for improved plumbing design, hot water piping insulation, low-flow fixtures, drain water heat recovery systems (DWHR), hot water recirculation systems and low water-use clothes washers and dishwashers. It also supports the national EPA ENERGY STAR new home program qualification and the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) new home program qualification.
The trial offer of EnergyGauge USA 5.0 will not allow RESNET registration of HERS Ratings. To be able to register ratings with the RESNET Registry using EnergyGauge USA 5.0, certified raters will need to purchase a license for the software.
To download the free 90-day trial offer, simply go to http://energygauge.com/usares/trial50.htm and click on the download button.
EnergyGauge software is a product of FSEC, a research institute of the University of Central Florida.
RESNET encourages HERS Raters to download the free trial version of EnergyGauge USA and to begin to run some key building files to determine what, if any, changes may result from the modifications.
RESNET Executive Director
P.O. Box 4561
Oceanside, CA 92052
EnergyLogic’s 2015 HBA Class Schedule: Residential Applied Building Science
Applied building science and the notion of a house as a system makes us realize that we really have to understand the pieces of the puzzle we call a house in order to understand how all the components fit together to create a high performance home. This set of presentations, based on applied building science and systems thinking will unmask the system and explore the building science so we better understand why we should strive to build high performance houses that last for years, are more efficient, have lower operating costs and less warranty issue, and are more comfortable durable, and ultimately more sustainable and resilient. We will explore how codes and programs interact with building science and what simple principles will make are building experience match our customers’ expectations, are cost affective, and make sure our systems work.
2012 IECC and what is coming in the 2015 IECC
Whether you work in a jurisdiction that is on the 2009 IECC or the 2012 IECC the reality is that change is in the air. The 2015 IECC has been published and in the year 2015 we will be seeing jurisdiction beginning the process of updating their energy code. This class will define the structure of the energy code, the pathways through the energy code, and the prescriptive and mandatory requirements. The Applied Building Science and systems integration as well as what is new for the 2015 IECC will also be discussed.
C-Springs HBA January 13th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA January 27th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA January 28st 9:30 am Start
Plans and Scopes of work
The devil is in the details and did you know that the details are required to be on your plan set. Ensuring you created a set of plans that produces the high performance homes that your buyers are demanding is crucial. Beyond that, how are your scope of work documents? Have you specified who is responsible for ensuring that plan requirements, code requirements, or program requirements are being carried out? Yes the devil is in the details, but the cost savings are in the plans and performance scopes of work.
C-Springs HBA February 10th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA February 24th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA February 25th 9:30 am Start
The Thermal Envelope, Insulation, Air Barriers, and the HVAC Design
The IECC, and programs like Energy Star, have heightened awareness of the thermal envelope of the house, as it is the core of what performance in housing is based on. Our thermal envelopes are made up of more than one thing and the components must be continuous and contiguous with each other. If this happens and our thermal envelope is clearly defined then our HVAC load calculations will be more accurate and even better performance will be achieve. It is a system not a collection of parts and code is moving to require a clear representation of the envelope on your drawings. Let’s figure out where it is and how to make it continuous.
C-Springs HBA March 17th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA March 24th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA March 18th 9:30 am Start
Windows, Openings, Flashing, and Drainage Planes
Window performance has changed dramatically over the years and we will explore what is new in window technology. Windows also constitute the largest opening in our building thermal envelope so we need to understand the impact of this and other holes we put in our buildings. From window to wall and window to floor ratios to flashing and drainage plan continuity, we will evaluated the impacts on the systems approach to creating high performance homes.
C-Springs HBA April 21st 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA April 28th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA April 22nd 9:30 am Start
Vapor management, the code, and the reality
Water presents the biggest risk we see in the homes we build. We largely understand bulk water issues and management from drainage plans to perimeter drains, but water vapor management is still a mystery for many. Come let’s explore water vapor. What is a vapor barrier and why are we installing them? Should we be installing them? What does the code say about vapor barriers and why are we given three choices in the code? What should we be doing in our climate zone and why?
C-Springs HBA May 19th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA May 26th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA May 20th 9:30 am Start
Building tight and Ventilate Right
The energy codes are asking us to build tighter and tighter houses. They are giving us tools to accomplish this goal in the air sealing and air barrier checklist, and as we move into the 2012 IECC, mandatory blower door testing. Is this a problem or an opportunity? Come explore why tight houses are a necessity but why we cannot only built tight but also have to ventilating right.
C-Springs HBA June 16th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA June 23rd 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA June 17th 9:30 am Start
Program and Code compliance – the Performance Path
What does performance mean and why do codes and building programs give builders choices on how to comply with their rules? What are the performance tests and what can they tell us about a house and how it will work for the owner or perform from a builders perspective? What can we learn from our first or our one thousandth attempt to build the perfect house? These questions and more will be explored.
C-Springs HBA August 18th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA August 25th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA August 19th 9:30 am Start
How do you handel the warranty issues you are facing? If a Builders first response is to send the Insulator or HVAC contractor to handel a warranty issue there is a better way to approach an issue and to ensure that things are repaired and handled appropriately. We will explore the power of better tracking of warranty issues and communication of warranty issues to the design and construction teams. Let’s figure this out and move some of those warranty dollars to our bottom line.
C-Springs HBA September 15th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA September 22nd 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA September 16th 9:30 am Start
Energy Star V3 and the Green Appraisal Addendum
When version 3 of the Energy Star program was revealed in 2011 many Builders quickly determined that the program requirements were too onerous and decided to drop out of the program. Energy Star version 3 is now on its 8th revision. All revisions have made the program more workable for its partners and it should be revisited to ensure that you are not missing out. Energy Star is still the most recognizable marketing tool a builder has. Doesn’t it make sense to think twice and take a second look. In addition, doesn’t it make sense to capture all the value that you are putting into your homes. Learn to take control of the appraisal process and ensure that the value of Energy Star and/or the high performance home you are building is revealed and taken advantage of.
C-Springs HBA October 20thth 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA October 27th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA October 21st 9:30 am Start
Statistical Analyst, with EnergyLogic since April 2013
I started at EnergyLogic in the spring of 2013 as a research assistant shortly after finishing my degree at Colorado State University, where I studied Economics, History and Philosophy. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. I sought to develop my research and analytical skills before pursuing a career in, well, something. I didn’t really know what the right career path for me would be, but I knew I wanted to use my talents to make a positive impact in people’s lives, ideally helping people to use natural resources in more intelligent and responsible ways. The eager-to-grow-up part of me thought it would be a good idea to take a job as a financial analyst at a large shipping and distribution firm nearby, but I soon recognized the poor fit, dreading the mindless work in an industry I couldn’t bring myself to care about. I quickly returned to EnergyLogic, where I feel my variety of abilities and interests mesh perfectly with a team of exciting and passionate people that devote themselves every day to developing a sustainable and responsible built environment.
I’m a lifelong resident of Colorado, and in my spare time I enjoy literature, travel, photography, language, sports, outdoor activities like backpacking and mountain biking, music, movies and art.
Parker left EnergyLogic in July, 2014 and is now a Field Technician for ClearResult (formerly Populus). Parker is a very active landlord and has just completed his latest property—a completely gutted and super-energy efficient triplex, in addition to remodeling another seven rental properties.
In his free time, he snowboards from his property in Keystone and gets out and about on his motorcycle and bike as often as possible.
Generating close to 75% of the home’s energy, a grid connected 5 KW solar collector was installed to provide power for the home when needed along with excess generation going back to the utility.
In 2011, EnergyLogic partnered with Infinity Homes to create the Certified LEED Platinum HGTV Green Home (registered trademark) in the Stapleton Neighborhood of Denver, CO.
Logistics/Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since April 2014
Having spent the first few years of life in Texas, my family re-located in my early teen years, just before my southern accent set in for life. We moved to Maryland where I learned to appreciate eating crabs and oysters, along with other delicacies that were probably initially eaten as a dare. I graduated from college on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and a commission in the United States Army. After spending time at Fort Bragg and Ft McClellan, and learning to dislike MRE’s, I headed back to Texas to work in the petroleum industry.
Fortunately, I had met my life partner in college – and he persuaded me that Colorado was really God’s country. After the nuptials, I joined him in Boulder, where we purchased a Jeep, canoe, and a tent and lived a life filled with hiking, fly-fishing, and hunting. When we were not in the mountains, I spent most of my time B.C. (Before Children) at the US Geological Survey working as an environmental chemist. Then came children…
Life is never the same, but my life A.D. (After Diapers) has been fulfilling as well. We have four beautiful kids that run cross-country, play soccer, softball and baseball. When I am not coaching or cheering them on, I still love to hike and run. I am thrilled to be on board with EnergyLogic – and love the positive impact that our company has on making the future more bright and green!
After working for EL as a scheduler and then as a support person for the OptiMiser software program, my husband and I accepted an opportunity to live overseas as “expats”. My husband Tom taught a class as a consultant in Saudi Arabia in 2010 for Saudi Aramco Oil. The class was about Building Codes, as the company uses the US Codes. He was invited back again in 2012 and offered a job at that time. “Honey, do you want to live in Saudi Arabia?”
The first thing I can say is we have been here over a year and are doing fine. There are definite ups and downs to this gig, and the culture of Saudi is always interesting and challenging. We live on a guarded compound of about 10 square miles and 11,000 people with totally mixed nationalities – you can find someone from about every country in the world here. The compound is very westernized and we have one of the very few movie theaters in the entire country here. We have a house with a yard and lots of clubs, groups and recreation opportunities here, which makes it feel more “like home”. A few things we don’t have are alcohol and pork…you have to work around these things. One way is to drive to Bahrain and get those things there. There is some manufacturing that occurs here as well, but that’s a secret!
Tom’s job is going well. It is unfortunate to say, but they can barely build safe buildings here with proper fire exits and structure, much less look at energy efficiency. However, I see hope in the future as the country realizes it cannot rely on oil forever. There is exploration into alternative energy here and that should lead to more efficient houses and better design. Tom’s purpose is to try to educate on safe building but also better methods and thinking “outside the box”.
I hope that you are all well and are looking forward to summer. I really enjoyed working with all of you and wish you continued success at EL! If you have any questions you’d like to ask me, I’d welcome your email at email@example.com.
Barbara Ann McMonigal
Barbara Ann left EnergyLogic so her family could pursue their farming/cooking dreams in Pennsylvania. She is currently the Business Manager/ Innkeeper/Chef at Horizon View Farms in Rockwood, PA.
Her experiences at EnergyLogic have been very helpful in approaching this newer, younger business. Her family misses the EnergyLogic community, but is happy to be closer to extended family. She now lives on 465 acres and is developing a small business on the side with her husband, called Happy Soel. They will be selling fruits and vegetables and Happy Soel body butter, all produced with nothing, but love and the finest ingredients because just like EnergyLogic’s detailed and thoughtful approach to building science, she believes that everything we use on our skin and to fuel our bodies makes a difference!
For the last 3 years I have been working for Populus LLC as the Contractor Manager for Boulder County’s EnergySmart Service and the Denver Energy Challenge where I am responsible for contractor quality and training, ongoing development of program standards as well as technical support for Program Advisors.
We also brought our wonderful little Lyric Sage into the world and just celebrated her 1st birthday in late July. We continue to be involved in the local and national music scene, and couldn’t be happier with our lives in Colorado.
Mike Rodriguez did not go far!
While working with Energy Logic, Mike enjoyed completing energy audits and offering customers recommendations on how they can make their home more energy efficient. During his time with Energy Logic, Mike saw a real need in the industry for a reliable and knowledgeable contractor to actually put those recommendations to use and complete the energy retrofit work. He decided to combine his passion for energy efficiency and general contracting and founded Energy Retrofit Specialists, LLC in May 2012. Energy Retrofit Specialists strive to help homeowners save money on their monthly utility bills, improve health and comfort in the home, and educate them on all the government rebate programs available.
“As a leading provider of home efficiency upgrades, we take pride in offering the best whole house approach to home efficiency upgrades and retrofits. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day.”
When Mike is not servicing clients, his weekends are busy with sports as he coaches his 8 year old son’s football and baseball teams. Mike also has a 1 year old daughter that keeps him on his toes, a 2 year old Great Dane who gave us “VIP” status at the pet food store, and a gorgeous wife that manages it all!
Since my time at EnergyLogic, I have been living out my lifelong dream of being an architect. I am currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver in the Masters of Architecture program. As a student, my entire time is devoted strictly to studio projects, designing, and learning what it takes to not just be a successful architect but how we can have a positive impact on our environment. The experiences I gained while with EnergyLogic have already had a great impact on my education and will continue with me throughout my career. Not only did EnergyLogic help me gain the experience and knowledge I wanted, but also gave me the opportunity to work with some amazing and inspiring individuals.
Footnote: Nathan won the Craftsmanship award in the AIA (American Institute of Architects) annual award ceremony for Young Architects and Design program!
Darren is pursuing joint Master’s degrees in environmental economics and business administration from Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He hopes to help develop strategies for businesses and governments interested in pursuing energy efficiency and other sustainability initiatives. He misses the mountains but loves living in North Carolina and enjoys mountain biking, running, and traveling.
Kam Jaspal continues to work for an EnergyLogic partner, Veterans Green Jobs, as the Director of Field Operations. Veterans Green Jobs is a Denver based non-profit organization that strives to connect military veterans with training and employment opportunities in the green sector. Kam spearheaded the Weatherization Department since its inception during the 2009/2010 contract period. Through EnergyLogic Kam gained Resnet Home Energy Rater and BPI Building Analyst credentials and worked in their Builder Services and Existing homes divisions before moving into the Weatherization arena. Energy Logic engaged in a partnership with Veterans Green Jobs in 2010. The partnership involved setting up an organization to serve the Colorado Energy Office as the provider of weatherization services for Denver and Jefferson counties. The newly formed agency handled one of the busiest weatherization agencies on Colorado, at its height serving over 1200 homes per year. Veterans Green Jobs’ mission is to engage, transition, and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment. Since the organization was founded, they have served over 500 veterans and provided energy efficiency, health and safety services to thousands of low income homes in Colorado.
Meagan is now working as the Manager, Compliance on the Human Assets team for Teach For America. She works from a home office in Berthoud and gets to come around often, due to the fact that her husband (Glenn Pease) is a Program Manager for the ePro division at EL. She thoroughly enjoyed her time as the Training Coordinator for EnergyLogic; the experience was tremendously helpful in furthering her knowledge of the home energy industry and provided her with valuable professional experience. She looks forward to seeing EnergyLogic grow and thrive in the coming years. Meagan loves to spend time with her family and friends, especially Glenn and their son. Exploring the great state of Colorado is a favorite weekend activity, and she is looking forward to taking her son on his first camping trip this summer.
Now Senior Conservation Specialist working for Colorado Springs Utilities within the Demand Side Management group. I work with third parting providers and directly with customers to manage $1.5m in energy efficiency programs, ensuring they are cost and energy effective. I research and develop new energy programs, oversee educational initiatives such as our water and energy efficiency exhibit area and interface with local contractor associations and national energy groups.
I am also the company bike advocate, encouraging employees to participate in healthy activity through commuting and recreating on bicycles.
Outside of work I sit on the board for Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates who design and build multimodal trails focused on the mountain bike community. So I’ll often be found leading volunteer events, to build trails on the hillsides and in the parks of Colorado Springs.
I have an amazing wife, attaining certification as a Nurse Practitioner, and daughter who is a budding musician, loves her math, science, reading and just being a bundle of fun.
Upon completion of my mechanical engineering degree in the spring of 2012, my family and I set off for Virginia, where I went to work for H&A Architects and Engineers as a mechanical engineer specializing in energy analysis. I work on projects that range from U.S. Embassies located overseas to office buildings located in the U.S. The work is both interesting and challenging due to complex design and performance requirements as well as the geographic locations. We have settled into Virginia and enjoy playing tourist on the weekends, ever in search of great seafood and local wildlife sightings.
After our year of traveling around the States and abroad, working in various sustainable energy/agriculture projects, my husband and I settled in Washington DC last fall. I’m currently working as the Farm Liaison for farm-to-table restaurant in the city. I spend half of my week in the restaurant, and half of it managing operations on the restaurant’s half-acre organic farm.
Jason is finishing a Master of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The degree is focused on HVAC design and the analysis of energy use in buildings. For the past year and a half, Jason has been an intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he has worked on improving the energy efficiency of government buildings. Jason was married last May to Shannon. To celebrate finishing up school, Jason is headed to Washington State and Canada for a month. Jason plans on staying in Denver and continuing to work on reducing energy use within buildings.
Director of Sales, with EnergyLogic since June 2013
Having spent the better part of my life living around Vail in the mountains of Colorado, my family decided it was time to experience the pleasures of city traffic and relocate to the Front Range.
I spent the past 15 years as an independent builder, building everything from high end custom homes to simple starter homes. Going through the process, and trying to stay educated on best building practices, I always had this nagging suspicion that there was a better, more efficient way to build houses for Colorado’s climate. During the recent building slowdown, I found EnergyLogic and got certified as a home auditor and rater. Taking my certifications back to Eagle County, I tried to convince people how and why they should improve their homes. As clients agreed that something should be done, somehow I ended up starting an insulation business to go along with my general contracting, home auditing, property management, and remodeling business. It was all a bit overwhelming and the opportunity to work with EnergyLogic and have the support and experience of the industry leader to work with builders who want to build quality homes, is something I am very excited about.
Away from work, my wife and I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting in ice rinks watching our 13 year old son play hockey. In order to make the move to the Front Range smoother, we agreed to let him play AAA hockey which, unfortunately, he made. When not freezing in an ice rink, I enjoy cycling, trail running, playing my own hockey, and sitting on the patio drinking coffee (morning) or wine (evening).
Founded in 2006 by Robby Schwarz, Wynne Maggi and Steve Byers, these principals continue to be involved in the daily operation and management of EnergyLogic.
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since September 2013
Growing up in Finger Lakes Region of Central New York, I developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Family vacations entailed camping trips in the Adirondacks, or one of our neighboring Finger Lakes where the true beauty of Central New York is on full display. Looking back I am so thankful to have parents who believed in sharing their love of nature with my sister and I, as I believe it has had a significant role in leading me to where I am today.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Fairfield University and started my career shortly after, in New York City working in finance. Not long into this career path, I realized that the finance world and life in the cubicle just wasn’t for me. I decided to change directions on my path while I still had time and I thought Denver would be a great place to do that. I went back to school with the hope of finding a career path that would put me in position to have a more positive influence on the world and my community. During my studies at Denver University I found myself gravitating towards a course I took in Green Building. This interest in Green Building ultimately led me to EnergyLogic, a company that prides itself in working with builders to create homes with the least possible impact on Earth. I am very thankful to be working with individuals who share the same passion about energy conservation and our future and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to change career paths and follow my heart.
The backbone of every organization, the administration team of EnergyLogic keeps the machine moving along. From accounting to operations, marketing and office management, the admin team at EnergyLogic makes everyday life at EnergyLogic a well-oiled machine.
Builder Services works with our homebuilder clients to make new homes more efficient. Our team of Raters, Schedulers, and those who surround them serve homebuilders of every description to accomplish this feat. We’re proud of our highly trained, professional field staff.
Team Lead/Plans Specialist, with EnergyLogic since June 2009
I have had a few different paths that have led me to where I now find myself. I grew up here in Colorado, in several towns along the front range, ending up in Colorado Springs. I attended a number of schools before graduating from Metropolitan State College at Denver with a BA, emphasis in fine art and painting. I try to keep producing and showing my art work as much as is possible for a father with a young child and a never-ending list of things to do. I have also been involved in various areas of construction, from remodeling and refurbishing houses and apartments to building, superintending, and performing warranty work for several different builders. My wife Cindy is an LCSW with a growing private and clinical practice. We have a young daughter, Gaia, who keeps us running. I am also an avid gardener, hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and any other excuse to get me outdoors
As a Colorado native with family going back several generations, we are fortunate to still have and maintain my great-grandparents’ original homestead, which is just west of Limon, Colorado. I have spent time out in the country with a wide variety of people who have lived connected to the land, through many different challenges. This has given me a perspective of self-reliance and conservation which was taught to me from a young age. At one time what we now know as “alternative energy” was not that at all, but the only energy, as on our farm before any power lines were run. A lot of small farms relied on small wind turbines to power their homes. This made conservation not only practical, but essential. Water and soil conservation were also of the utmost concern, and, both then and now, are very important to life on a farm. Growing up surrounded by people who remembered and practiced these time-honored ideas has led me to believe in the necessity for us, individually and collectively, to become as energy-independent and responsible as we can be. This is why I am very grateful to be involved with an organization of like-minded people who also feel passionately about these important issues.
We call them EPro, this department of individuals provide an array of services to Home Energy Professionals. EPro houses EnergyLogic’s HERS Providership, 3rd Party QA, and training for new and current Home Energy Pros through EnergyLogic Academy. EPro also staffs and provides expertise to a variety of programs including the LEED for Homes Program.
Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liason/Trainer, with EnergyLogic since April 2010
I started out in life many years ago as a very small child, barely able to hold my head up, from that point there was nowhere to go but up. I spent the following years, as I grew, in notable trailer parks in such diverse locations as El Nido CA and Rice MN. Finally, after 16 years of wandering, I landed in Colorado. My parents (who accompanied me through the previous years) moved on after I finished my secondary education. I was left to establish a life of my own. The adult me took a page from the child me and continued exploring. I tried my hand as stagehand, set painter, fine artist, faux finisher, general contractor and solar installer until the fateful day I received a call from EnergyLogic. Now that I’ve found my true home I continue to explore new frontiers in energy efficiency -and I can hold my head up.
Team Lead/QA & LEED® Specialist, with EnergyLogic since September 2012
Growing up, I held at one time or another basically every job a teenager can hold. I worked at a coffee shop, a bakery, and a video rental store. I worked as a bike mechanic, drove a driving range ball cart, and stacked glasses Crate & Barrel. (I like this quote from Benoit Mandelbrot to illustrate my work history: “Very often when I listen to a list of my previous jobs, I wonder if I exist. The intersection of such sets is surely empty.”) I got my start in the residential building industry working for my uncle’s remodeling company over the summers in college. Swinging a hammer for hours every day – and trying to decipher framing plans – taught me many quick-but-lasting lessons on how we put homes together in this country. (Many of those lessons don’t really apply in this climate zone… But that’s another story.)
After sitting in a cubicle for 5 years helping to develop and deploy the LEED for Homes rating system for the U.S. Green Building Council, I took a giant leap a couple years ago to pursue my two true passions in life – Good food, and green homes. I began studying and in-field training to become a LEED for Homes Green Rater. At the same time, I took a job helping to run the meal operations of a local DC soup kitchen. Some days saw me waking up at 4:30 am to get breakfast started, heading out into the field to do some LEED inspections, then returning to the kitchen to greet the dinner volunteers. Needless to say – that all didn’t last very long.
While my work in the food world continues through intermittent volunteering for Farm to School programs, I’m so proud to be among this great team of raters, schedulers and trainers at EnergyLogic. It’s exciting to see day in and day out the effects our work is creating in the homebuilding industry.
EnergyLogic is proud to offer DASH, the leading residential energy industry specific software in the country. DASH encompasses all the elements you need to run your HERS rating organization. We welcome you to check out DASH, see how it can change your business for the better!