Energy Rater & Team Lead, 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.
Neal Ray Girard