Michael Bruss, Chair
Michael was the founder, president of Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates, LLC. Michael’s passion and drive focuses on building with green technologies, reuse of historic structures, energy efficiency and preparing today’s buildings for future generations.
With over 30 years of experience in Project development and management with a diverse group of building projects, Michael brings unmatched collaboration, innovation and craftsmanship to every project that he is involved in.
Saheel Chandrani is currently Senior Account Executive at Johnson Controls, Inc. and has been in the Building Efficiency & HVAC industry for nearly 10 years. His expertise includes applying cutting edge technology to new and existing facilities with the goal of achieving operational excellence.
Saheel has built his career working for companies like Siemens, Cisco, and Neilsoft, building his experience and expertise in HVAC services and products, marketing strategy, and engineering and architecture services. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A in Business, both from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Caitriona Cooke - Consultant
Serves as Owner’s Representative during all phases of design and construction, primarily for non-profit owners and developers with an emphasis on sustainable building issues. Responsibilities include project management and construction oversight.
Prior to her current role, Cooke was Director of the Building Performance Group, CLEAResult (formerly Conservation Services Group), where she was responsible for the regional operations of CLEAResult’s high performance building services, including consulting contract work with a wide range of commercial and institutional clients; design consulting for high performance buildings, enclosure consulting, commissioning, retro-commissioning and building diagnostic testing. Managed a team of twenty staff working on LEED for Homes and Mid-Rise projects, National Green Building Standard initiatives, and ENERGY STAR® Homes and Multifamily High Rise services. Conducted trainings for both internal CLEAResult staff and external industry professionals.
Range of skills and abilities include strong project management, construction oversight and green/sustainable building background. Successfully managed a variety of projects from large-scale new construction to major renovations in the multifamily and affordable housing sector, and possesses a high degree of familiarity with construction project management, high performance building details, LEED, and ENERGY STAR.
Previously, Cooke was a Senior Associate at Pinck and Company, where she fulfilled Owner’s Representative and Lead Project Manager functions for various construction projects while specializing in energy efficient and green building issues. In addition she served as Project Manager at EMRG, Inc. Construction Company where she was responsible for all aspects of project management and construction oversight. Cooke currently serves on the Board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), served on the “Getting to Net Zero” Task Force for the City of Cambridge, and is a member of USGBC MA Chapter, Residential Green Building Committee
Martine Dion, Vice-Chair
Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA with twenty two years of experience. She is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients. Ms. Dion has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm for the past fifteen years and has largely contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines. She has completed LEED projects and multiple school projects under the LEED for Schools, MA-CHPS and NE-CHPS certification. She is the chairperson of SMMA’s Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency Services. She has contributed to the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, to the Massachusetts State’s Roundtable Action Plan for Green Buildings, the Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Task Force and Zero Net Energy Advisory Council, as well as the Federal DOE Zero Net Energy Task Force. She recently took part of the workgroup overseeing the new MA Stretch Code, as well as the original and new version of NBI’s Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guidelines. She is also a contributor to the Health Product
Declaration Initiative and trained under the Living Building Challenge program. Ms. Dion has made several presentations on sustainable design and LEED projects in the US, Canada, and Asia. She is a frequent speaker to client groups, facilities managers, community officials, and planning committees on sustainable design and energy efficiency. She has been a guest lecturer on sustainable design, sustainable materials and renewable energy at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts (UMass). She has contributed to numerous articles on the topic. Martine sits on the NESEA Board of Directors. She is a founding Director of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and sits on the USGBC MA Green Schools’ committee.
Paul Eldrenkamp, Treasurer
After a wide range of carpentry jobs and a bachelor's degree in History and Literature of Medieval Europe, Paul Eldrenkamp founded Byggmeister (Scandinavian for "master builder") in 1983. "I've always put a high priority on two things: fostering easy, friendly relations with our clients and building a team of people who are as interesting and diverse as they are talented and dedicated." Paul is a widely-recognized expert in high-performance homes and frequently speaks to industry groups and the public about energy efficient construction. He is also a founding partner of The DEAP Energy Group, a consulting partnership focusing on Passive House, zero-net energy, other high-efficiency building standards.
Phil Kaplan and his firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects, founded in 2004, have emerged rapidly. His firm's motto, 'Beautiful Sustainable Attainable,' reinforces their commitment to creating vibrant, healthy and durable buildings for all.
His newest venture is BrightBuilt Home, which provides affordable, modular net-zero homes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
After 13 years of desperately trying to be a carpenter, Rob's peers at South Mountain company finally got him out of their hair when he shifted from the field to the office in an energy services & product sales role five years ago. As it turns out, swinging a spread-sheet is a better fit for him (and his peers) than swinging a hammer. Rob has no formal building science education, but relies on an inquisitiveness that is rivaled by only the most tenacious three-year old ('Why? Why? Why?') and the good fortune of being able to pester both John Abrams & Marc Rosenbaum on a daily basis: how could he not learn something?
Fortunat Mueller is a partner and co founder of ReVision Energy, Maine’s largest full service renewable energy installation contractor. ReVision Energy is dedicated to the professional design, installation and service of renewable energy systems and has offices in Bangor, Liberty, Portland and Portsmouth, NH, serving all of Maine and NH.
Fortunat received a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed Professional Engineer in ME and NH. Fortunat also serves on the board of directors of MABEP (Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals), NESEA, the Amicus Solar Cooperative and is a Captain on the North Yarmouth Volunteer Fire Department.
Before joining ReVision energy to start the Portland office in 2006, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT.
Richard Renner, Secretary
Richard has been the Principal at Richard Renner Architects since 2003. Current and recent projects include the ongoing renovations for Maine College of Art, a new base camp facility for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, a new headquarters for the Buzzards Bay Coalition in New Bedford, MA, a five unit co-housing community, and several private residences.
John Skipper is responsible for managing the Account Executive Program at Con Edison.
In this role, John works with a team of energy professionals to build relationships with the company’s largest customers and help them develop an energy strategy that fits their needs.
John also does business development work for Con Edison working with building owners, property managers and energy contractors to help customers reduce their energy costs by enrolling in Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency programs.
John is a member of the board of directors for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. John earned a JD from St. John’s University School of Law and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a BEP certification from the Association of Energy Engineers.
Ben Southworth is a second-generation owner of Garland Mill Timberframes, a family-owned business specializing in the design and construction of heavy timberframe structures and high performance buildings. While design/build is at the heart of the company, its soul resides in the water-powered sawmill GMT uses to saw timber for their frames and lumber for their homes.
Lisa is a utility professional with over 20 years experience in energy management working alongside the New York Joint Utilities, the NYS Public Service Commission, NYSERDA, and networks of energy service professionals. Prior to joining National Grid, Lisa was responsible for Low Income Programs and Customer Advocacy at NYSEG and RG&E where she led the development of their award winning low-income energy efficiency program. In her current role as National Grid’s Manager of Policy and Evaluation for New York, she is responsible for regulatory policy and evaluation of the company’s energy efficiency programs. Lisa is committed to supporting green building and sustainability practices through addressing the energy needs of utility customers from the program design, implementation, evaluation, and regulatory policy perspective.