Board of Directors
Peter Turnbull, Board President
PG&E, San Francisco, CA
Peter has 33 years of experience promoting energy efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is currently the Principal Program Manager for PG&E’s Zero Net Energy efforts providing research, information and documentation in support of the State of California’s ZNE policy goals for commercial and residential buildings. Over his career, he has had extensive experience in managing energy efficiency rebate programs across many sectors. He likewise has extensive experience in emerging technologies and codes and standards work, especially in the areas of cool roofing (having served as Board Chair for the Cool Roof Rating Council), daylighting, thermal energy storage and commercial food service. He is a frequent speaker at industry events sponsored by ASHRAE, ACEEE, AESP and other organizations. Mr. Turnbull holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.
Peter Amerongen, Director
Habitat Studio & Workshop Ltd., Edmonton, AB
Peter Amerongen, President of Habitat Studio & Workshop Ltd in Edmonton, has been designing and building energy efficient houses since the late seventies. In 2007, he joined with a talented group of like-minded housing professionals to design and build the Riverdale NetZero Project under CMHC’s EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative. In collaboration with very progressive owners and guided by the early lessons of the Riverdale Project, Habitat Studio has gone on to design and build five more net zero energy houses. Both the Mill Creek NetZero Home, and the Belgravia NetZero Home achieved net zero energy more easily and at considerably lower cost. The Parkland NetZero Project recently became the Edmonton area’s first certified LEED Platinum home.
These projects provide valuable lessons for others grappling with the challenges of achieving net zero energy. Peter has spent considerable time (and too many air miles) sharing these lessons with builders, researchers and policy makers in the Canada and the US.
Peter was declared the Net-Zero Energy Champion of the Year award by the Net-Zero Energy Coalition in 2011.
The lessons from these houses have led Peter to embrace the Passive House approach. He took the course from CanPHI in 2011 and has been slowly integrating Passive House measures in his building projects. He is currently in the planning stage for two Passive House projects.
David Carolan, Treasurer/Secretary
CEO and Founder, Smart Home Hero, Austin, TX
David has more than 25 years of experience in executive level management positions involving a variety of public and private businesses. With 12 years’ experience in construction and real estate development, his interest in green building led to the creation SmartHome Hero to encourage builders, manufacturers and the energy community to partner for better homes. Prior to SmartHome Hero, David founded and served as CEO of the Solid Green Companies, a manufacturer and builder of net zero energy housing. Most of his career has been spent in the high-tech and financial software markets. Actively involved in the Austin community, he has served on the board of two non-profits focusing of children’s education and familial support issues. David received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.
Ann Edminster, Director
Design AVEnues LLC, Pacifica, CA
Ann Edminster’s preoccupation with net-zero energy homes has been foreshadowed by a number of her life events:
- – 1966 (age 10) first manifested inborn passion for minimizing waste in all forms by volunteering at her town’s new recycling center
- – 1969 spent many hours cleaning birds stricken in the Santa Barbara oil spill, galvanizing lifelong dedication to environmental restoration
- – 1974 began formally studying buildings at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (B.S. Architecture, 1978)
- – 1977-78 lived in Florence, Italy, became ardent critic of North America’s resource-intensive and socially destructive development patterns
- – 1983-85 lived in Phoenix and experienced the worst of American development firsthand
- – 1987-93 founded and led small non-profit dedicated to ecological restoration
- – 1991 resolved to shift professional practice 100% to the nascent field of green building, completed that transition 1995 with M.Arch. degree from UC Berkeley
- – 1996-98 researched and wrote Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction
- – 1999-2004 instrumental in development of LEED for Homes (steering committee, chair, co-chair)
- – 2005-2008 participated in LEED for Homes pilot implementation, worked on several net-zero homes
- – 2009 wrote and published Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet
- – 2010-2011 living, sleeping, breathing, teaching net-zero energy homes.
Richard Willingham, Director
motum b2b, Toronto, ON
For more than thirty years, Richard has focused his writing, publishing and marketing career on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Since 1980, when he launched the magazine Energy Management Canada, he has maintained that sustainable buildings cost less over their lifetime than unsustainable buildings. His team at motum b2b has worked to craft and deliver that message for brands both big and small—among them BASF, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Enbridge, Honeywell, Lafarge, Ontario Hydro and Philips Lighting. Richard’s personal and professional vision is that ‘one day everyone will be able to live and work in a net-zero energy building.’
Piper Kujac, Director
The Commonwealth Club of CA
Piper has a deep passion for sustainability and a commitment to impactful projects. Having worked as an architectural designer, consultant, instructor and project manager, Piper pursued an MBA focused on sustainability management from Presidio Graduate School, to build the business case for green building. Piper is a Climate Corps Fellow alumnus with Environmental Defense Fund and is currently an Owner’s Rep for The Commonwealth Club of CA, managing development of their new, highly-efficient HQs building in San Francisco. Piper joins the board of the Net Zero Energy Coalition with the goal of championing NZE for commercial buildings and connecting with the movers and shakers of a more sustainable built environment.
Principal Engineer, Commercial Buildings Research at NREL
Paul Torcellini is a Principal Engineer for Commercial Buildings Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a DOE national laboratory. He is also on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University teaching sustainable energy courses. He spent three years as a technical advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. Paul was an instrumental part creating the process to achieve the Zero Energy Building status for NREL’s Research Support Facility.
Paul has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers and articles related to energy efficiency and zero-energy commercial buildings. Among his many awards, Paul has received two ASHRAE Technology Awards for his energy-efficient buildings work and two Energy User News magazine’s Efficient Building Awards. Paul has been key in the development of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series from ASHRAE and has chaired two of the guides for K-12 schools and grocery stores.
Paul has been at NREL for 21 years and is a registered Professional Engineer holding a PhD from Purdue University.