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Teams that compete in the annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon® Design Challenge spend up to two semesters creating residential or commercial building designs. Designs are evaluated on how well they meet the nation's rapidly evolving demand for buildings that are innovative, cost-effective, quick to build, high-quality, resilient, grid interactive, efficient, and locally responsive. Teams choose one of six Divisions in which to compete, based on their design's building type.

Winners from each Division are determined by juried evaluation across all 10 Contests and awarded with trophies at the annual Solar Decathlon Competition Event. Two Design Challenge Grand Winners are also selected from the first-place teams—one from the residential Divisions and one from the commercial Divisions—and are provided with a special award.

Solar Decathlon Competition Event Jurors

Learn more about the individual jurors for the 2022 Competition Event (April 22–24, 2022) by Division below. Visit the Design Challenge Rules to learn how the jurors evaluate projects.

Grand Jurors

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Celeste Cizik

As the director of existing building services at Group14 Engineering, Celeste leads a team of experts to deliver technical energy services for commercial buildings. She has over 19 years of experience in the building systems field including mechanical system design, retro-commissioning, energy audits, energy training, building analytics, and sustainability planning. Celeste has managed large project teams including retro-commissioning for multi-million-dollar projects and energy analytics deployment for complex campuses. She is an instructor for the Building Operator Certification program and presents at conferences nationally.

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Alexander McDonald

A senior program manager at Tesla, Alex is experienced in distribution-level grid modernization and electrification of the built environment encompassing residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, and utility sectors. While at University of California (UC), Irvine, Alex was a fully funded graduate student researcher in the Advanced Power and Energy Program and a fellow under the Dean of Engineering. Alex obtained a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from UC Irvine, as well as undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and political science with a focus in economics from Washington State University.

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Lalitha Suryanarayana

Lalitha Suryanarayana is vice president, strategy, mergers and acquisitions (SMA) at Infineon Technologies, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions for automotive, industrial, power, and the Internet of Things. As co-head of SMA in the Americas, she drives strategic initiatives tied to the company's mission to make lives easier, safer, and greener. Lalitha's thirty-year career spans a diverse set of leadership roles in corporate strategy, product management, ecosystem partnerships, and R&D within the semiconductor and telecom industries. Lalitha earned her master's degree in electrical engineering from New York University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. She is also an inventor and author, with 50 issued patents, multiple publications, and a technical book to her credit. She currently serves on the Women's Leadership Council for the Global Semiconductor Alliance.

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New Housing

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Laura Dwyer

Laura Dwyer leads new business development for DuPont Performance Building Solutions, a Fortune 500 material and building science supplier to the construction industry. Her career has been focused on improving construction methods and includes innovation and marketing leadership roles as well as leadership of the DuPont Building Knowledge Center, an international network of experts who help our industry build better structures. Laura knows that active collaboration is key to change and is currently vice chair of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Building Systems Council and supports NAHB's Professional Women in Building Council. Laura also serves on the board of advisors for the Housing Innovation Alliance and is past chair of the Home Building Institute and past member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance executive board of trustees. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

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Nathan Kahre

Nathan Kahre works as the business development manager for EnergyLogic, an applied building science company that partners with building professionals to create better homes that are efficient, healthy, and resilient. Nathan works with builders up and down the Colorado Front Range to work through the details of energy code and program compliance. As a former home builder, Nathan thrives helping other home builders find unique ways to cost-effectively improve their homes and increase their energy performance.

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Susan McFaddin

Susan McFaddin is an engineer and economist passionate about energy efficiency and climate change solutions. Several game-changing projects she has developed are the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – New Construction (LEED-NC) Platinum Office Park and the first LEED-EB (Existing Building) building and a DOE Grand Prize Housing Innovation award-winning (2016, 2018, 2019) zero energy residential development in Fort Collins. She is currently a Colorado Governor's Fellow and an alum of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Energy Executives. She served on the Fort Collins Housing Authority Energy Board and many climate and environmental justice boards and committees. Her credentials include LEED-AP and Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a Master of Science in chemical petroleum refining engineering and a Ph.D. in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines. She is an avid adventure traveler and visits several new countries every year, exploring new cultures and their natural beauty.

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Elizabeth Turner

Elizabeth is an architect with a passion for finding synergies to create thriving, equitable communities that depend less on the purchase of energy, saving both operational costs and carbon emissions. She founded Precipitate in 2017 to explore emerging methods of holistically integrated design at the intersection of architecture, research, and education. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant through the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and teaches project-based sustainability courses, connecting undergraduate students in support of communities. Elizabeth volunteers extensively with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota, advocating for public policy with a focus on equity and inclusion toward truly sustainable communities for all. She is a 2020 recipient of the Energy News Network's 40 under 40, recognizing her leadership in the transition to a clean energy economy.

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Pam Close Bold

Pam Close Bold is the executive director of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote energy efficiency and sustainability in California's Eastern Sierra region. Pam serves as the co-chair of the Rural and Hard-to-Reach Working Group, composed of a group of agencies that represent rural California's energy efficiency efforts, and participates in policy-related topics that affect rural and hard-to-reach areas of the state. The group has recently submitted a business plan to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) to form a Rural Regional Energy Network (RuralREN) to design and implement programs throughout rural California. Pam is a board member of the California Green Business Network, an advisory committee member of the California Climate and Energy Collaborative, recently participated as a panelist on the CPUC's Long-Term Gas Planning Workshop, and is a member of Southern California Edison's Climate Resilience Leadership Group. Pam has an unutilized degree from San Diego State University, spent her initial career at early-stage technology companies, took time to raise her boys, and has become a self-professed, self-taught energy generalist and enthusiast.

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Ankur Dobriyal

Ankur is the director of construction at Module, a Pittsburgh-based startup company that designs high-performance homes and offers a pay-as-you-go solution to home ownership. He leads both off-site and on-site construction activities at Module and manages supply chain partners. Module is a 100% commitment partner to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program and prides itself in exclusively building high-performance homes. Module's first home won a DOE Housing Innovation Award in the Custom Homes category. Bringing good design and performance to the average homebuyer is one of Module's core long-term visions.

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Steve Urich

Steve is the senior director of programs at the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), which provides certified thermal performance ratings on fenestration in residential and commercial buildings. NFRC ratings and procedures are the basis for fenestration energy performance, and are used on NFRC's Efficient Windows Collaborative website as a driving factor in the selection of energy-efficient windows by consumers. Steve leads the team that develops and updates certification programs. Prior to joining NFRC, Steve spent 10 years at a building products testing lab and another 10 years at an independent building products certification agency. Steve has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed engineer in three states.

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Vicki Worden

Vicki Worden has served as CEO of Green Building Initiative (GBI) since 2015 and works with some of the largest real estate developers in North America on the incorporation of sustainability, health and wellness, and resilience practices into design, construction, and facility operations.

GBI has certified more than 480 million square feet of space in the United States and Canada through Green Globes and its Guiding Principles Compliance verification program; it is in the midst of a three-year global expansion effort to make Green Globes even more accessible to its growing base of clients.

Worden is the former chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council and is an accomplished public affairs and association management professional holding a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from West Chester University.

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Melanie De Cola

Originally trained as a graphic designer, Melanie has been working in the field of architecture for more than a decade. From her start designing layouts for Dwell magazine and Architecture for Humanity, she has always maintained an interest in high-performance design and completed her master's degree thesis on biomimicry. She even used images from the 2007 Solar Decathlon in a master's degree book about “alternative architecture.” Currently, she helps firms discover, apply, and share research occurring across the field, as well as within academia, as part of the research team at the AIA. Previously she supported research and marketing at Hickok Cole Architects and Gensler. She lives in the Washington D.C. area, is a LEED Green Associate, and an active member of the Net Zero Energy Coalition for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) region.

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Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher is the founder of Greg D. Fisher, Architect, an award-winning firm established in 1993. His practice focuses on simple, progressive, authentic, and responsible designs.

Greg's commitment to sustainability has led him to be the architect for many sustainably oriented buildings and developments. He has also served numerous green educational causes and on numerous green and sustainability organization boards. He was named the Colorado Green Building Guild's Green Champion of the year in 2020 and the U.S. Green Building Council's volunteer of the year in 2009.

Recently, Greg took a sabbatical to design and personally build one of the first Passive House Institute certified homes in Northern Colorado.

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Gene Myers

Gene Myers is the owner and CEO of Thrive Home Builders, a top 20 builder in Denver, Colorado, that has won 10 consecutive DOE Grand Awards for Housing Innovation for its high-performance homes . Every Thrive home is built zero energy ready and LEED certified; Thrive is Denver's largest builder of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor airPLUS-qualified homes. Professional Builder Magazine named Thrive Home Builders its 2017 Builder of the Year, and Thrive won the National Housing Quality Award—bronze and silver in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Gene's career in urban development spans more than 30 years—from a civil engineer in the U.S. Peace Corps in the early 1970s to starting his own homebuilding company in the early 1990s. Gene is known as an advocate for smart growth and affordable housing; he frequently speaks locally and nationally on these topics.

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Parag Rastogi

Parag Rastogi is a building scientist with a background in civil engineering and 10 years of experience in research and development. At arbnco, Parag leads the research and development of health, well-being, and controls products. His work touches upon health and well-being in buildings, Internet of Things-based controls, integrating climate risk analysis into building performance evaluation and planning, and the use of machine learning and data science in software and hardware for buildings.

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Michael Kramer

As a senior building science specialist, Michael Kramer has comprehensive experience leading both new and existing buildings projects at RDH. His meticulous and detail-oriented approach can be attributed to his knowledge of building science and his industry experience. Along with applying his building science focus to assess the relationships between sustainable buildings, building durability, and building codes, Michael is also the co-regional manager of RDH's Seattle office. His past achievements include being a member of the City of Seattle Green Building Team that developed Seattle's groundbreaking Sustainable Building Policy—the first municipal policy of its kind to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System. Michael is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and holds memberships with the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Seattle Building Enclosure Council.

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Brice Leconte

Brice is a lifelong entrepreneur with a passion for building socially active companies. He is the founder of iUNIT, a real estate development technology company focusing on building energy-efficient smart modular communities. iUNIT is proud to have built Denver's first sustainable attainable modular apartment community and has several other communities in the works, including an off grid staff housing community. He received a Master of Science degree in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from the Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He is a frequent speaker and panelist and enjoys investing and mentoring early-stage startups.

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Alexander Person

Alexander Person is a designer at the SmithGroup Denver office. Alexander graduated with a master's degree in urban design from the University of Colorado Denver and has diverse experience in urban design and architecture, including commercial, higher education, and healthcare. SmithGroup welcomes his innovative design solutions and his ability to switch scales to view a project from a high-level planning perspective as well as develop an architectural detail.

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Reginald Truxon

Reginald M. Truxon, AIA, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), is the president of the DC NOMA chapter and an associate at Gensler. Reggie serves as Gensler's southeast region design management leader, providing guidance for the firm's design managers to strengthen the foundation of its business. A leader in large-scale, multifamily projects, he has a keen ability to manage complex projects and maintain a quality design product, all while driving both alignment and client satisfaction.

Reggie helped establish a resource group for Gensler's Black employees and is a regional race and diversity co-leader for the firm, where he organizes projects and people to make a lasting positive impact on the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry.

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Gracelyn Attablayo

Gracelyn Attablayo is a facade engineer at DeSimone Consulting Engineers, based in their Miami office. Her work involves the design, engineering, and analysis of various facade and enclosure systems for residential and commercial buildings. She is an alum of the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, taking part in the mixed-use multifamily division during her Master of Engineering in architectural engineering program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She previously graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

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Janice Lachance

Janice Lachance is the executive vice president for strategic leadership and global outreach at AGU, a professional society of more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists working in 110 countries. Her work at AGU includes management of the renovation of the organization's 62,000-square foot headquarters into a net zero energy consumption building—the first renovation of its kind in Washington, D.C. Previously, Janice served as CEO of the Special Libraries Association and in the Clinton administration as the cabinet-level director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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Holly Lennihan

Holly Lennihan is a senior project manager in CannonDesign's Science and Technology Practice. She is currently working on the NREL Energy Materials Processing at Scale project and managing two speculative laboratory projects in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sustainable design and high-performance buildings—including understanding embodied carbon—are a focus for how she approaches projects. She is currently working with structural engineers at CannonDesign to have a new office/lab building be one of five buildings benchmarked for the firm's Structure 2050 Embodied Carbon Action Plan.

At her last firm, Holly managed the net zero energy renovation of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) headquarters. She oversaw implementation of four District of Columbia's Department of Energy & Environment grants, including a multiyear grant to provide budget analysis for short- and long-term costs associated with building sustainable infrastructure and a study comparing the embodied carbon of concrete versus cross-laminated timber for a new office building.

As part of her commitment to sustainability, Holly is a member of Net Zero Energy Coalition of the National Capital Region, and she sits on IMT's Building Innovations Hub advisory board.

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Dave Olson

David Olson is the owner and manager of Olson Forensic Solutions in Niwot, Colorado. Dave earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1979 and immediately commenced his career as a practicing mechanical engineer. He has been the mechanical engineer of record for many commercial, residential, institutional, and industrial projects, including new and remodeled office building facilities over four decades. Dave currently focuses his expertise on forensic mechanical engineering and is a regular participant in the Colorado legal community. He is a past American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) director and was a member of the State of Colorado Electrical Board. Dave taught HVAC design at the University of Colorado Denver in the mid-1990s and has been an HVAC mentor for architectural engineering students and Solar Decathlon teams at the University of Colorado Boulder for many years. He has been honored with the ASHRAE Vic Johnson Award, elected to the ASHRAE Region IX Hall of Honor, and was awarded an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, prior to becoming an ASHRAE Fellow and Life Member. Dave is well versed in the governing building codes, being an active mechanical and plumbing plans examiner since the early 1990s.

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Shannon Oliver

Shannon Oliver holds a bachelor's degree in environmental health from Colorado State University and a master's degree in global environmental health from Emory University. His professional experience includes eight years of environmental and regulatory compliance for the oil and gas industry and more than three years as an energy and sustainability manager in the K–12 sector in Colorado. Shannon's recent work focus has included energy use analysis as well as tracking, climate inventories, and water conservation. A key project for his school district was opening a new K–8 school that is zero net energy ready, with a target energy use intensity of roughly 26 kBtu/ft2.

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Richard Osbaugh

Richard Osbaugh, PE, has more than 40 years of experience in innovative low-energy HVAC system design. A considerable amount of his career was spent as director of advanced energy technology for the RMH Group in Colorado. He designed the Golden Hill Energy Centre in collaboration with the Solar Energy Research Institute (now known as NREL) in 1983 as a prototype for energy-efficient design and was awarded ASHRAE highest honors for energy efficiency in an international competition in 1988. More recently, he designed the cooling retrofit of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, reducing the cooling energy consumption by more than 90%. Rick also returned to his mechanical engineering alma mater when he designed the remodel of the University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Center, the first recreation center to receive LEED Platinum Certification in the country. Rick has dedicated his career to energy-efficient design and has been responsible for hundreds of these projects, including commercial construction, higher education, hospitals, central plants, data centers, and more.

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Nicole Peterson

Nicole Peterson is a senior project engineer within Thornton Tomasetti's sustainability practice, where she integrates engineering and environmental design into every project with her balance of analytical and creative perspectives. Nicole has academic and consulting expertise in building performance analysis, with specialties in daylighting, facade optimization, building science, thermal comfort, water, and operational and embodied energy. Prior to her current position, she worked at Atelier Ten in New York City and the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab at the Bullitt Center in Seattle while pursuing a Master of Science in architecture-design computing with a focus in daylighting. She holds bachelor's degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in mechanical engineering, Spanish, and international studies.

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Sam Petty

Sam Petty is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Department of Energy in the Building Technologies Office (BTO). Sam has been supporting BTO for the past few years as a contractor and recently transitioned into the fellowship. He is supporting the Emerging Technologies' Technology-to-Market, Opaque Envelope, and Windows portfolios. Sam received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. Prior to joining BTO, Sam worked in the coal-fired steam generation industry mitigating mercury emissions, and on precast modular construction projects.

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Solar Decathlon Semifinal Competition Division Jurors

Learn more about the individual jurors for the 2022 Semifinal Competition Event (February 25-26, 2022) by Division below. Visit the Design Challenge Rules to learn how the jurors evaluate projects.

New Housing

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Jaime Van Mourik

Jaime Van Mourik is an ORISE Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow in the Building Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy, supporting the Residential Buildings Integration program working toward a zero carbon emissions future for all homes. Jaime is passionate about educating people of all ages about the impacts of the built environment on their lives. She believes that providing knowledge and opportunities for action will result in true transformation. Prior to her current role at DOE, she served as the vice-president for education solutions at the U.S. Green Building Council where she led a team to create and deploy education solutions for every learner of all ages, from young students to professionals looking to advance in their career path. She collaborated with higher education institutions and advocates across the country to develop and deliver innovative learning platforms that integrate sustainability and green building concepts into curriculum and create pathways to professional credentials. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia.

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Scott Tjaden

Scott Tjaden is currently the innovation and growth product manager for zero-carbon energy products at Constellation Energy in Baltimore, Maryland. Constellation is a carbon-free energy provider in the United States that helps customers, ranging from commercial to mass market residential, achieve their sustainability goals through energy management solutions. Scott previously managed emerging innovation opportunities that focused on grid edge technologies for Pepco Holdings, Inc. in Washington, D.C., where a balance of large-scale grid benefit, customer adoption, and regulatory alignment was critical for success. Scott has previously served as a Design Challenge and Build Challenge juror, reviewer, and mentor for numerous Solar Decathlon events, including Irvine, California, in 2015; Denver, Colorado, in 2017; Golden, Colorado, in 2019; and Washington, D.C., (virtual) in 2020. Scott was a student lead for WaterShed, the University of Maryland 2011 Solar Decathlon Build Competition winning entry, and also received the Richard King Award for an Outstanding Student Alumnus in 2021.

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Retrofit Housing

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Bennett Doherty

Bennett Doherty is an Energy Consultant at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). He advises builders on high performance building strategies and supports both residential and commercial energy efficiency projects across the state of Vermont. Before starting with VEIC, Bennett has held a diverse range of positions across the building, energy, and agricultural sectors. His interest in building science began as a participant in the Solar Decathlon 2018 Design Challenge (formerly Race to Zero), in which his undergraduate team designed an award-winning zero energy elementary school. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in physics from Middlebury College, he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, through a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship. Continuing at NREL as a research engineer, he supported multiple efforts, including empirical plug load research, the Building America Program, and Washington, D.C. microgrid technology projects. Deciding to put his research experience to practice, he went on to design and build a zero energy home with his father in his home state of New Hampshire. Prior to his role at VEIC, he also worked at Philo Ridge Farm as a member of the Market Garden Team.

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Ray Tonjes

Ray Tonjes is the president and founder of Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc., a home building company based in Austin, Texas, that specializes in mainstream, sustainable, and high-performance custom homes and renovations. In 1985, Ray became one of the first “Austin Energy Star” builders as part of an aggressive energy conservation program. This program evolved into the nation's first Green Building Rating System, established in 1991. Ray was a founding member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Sustainability and Green Building Subcommittee in 1999. During his tenure as chairman (2001–2008 and 2017–2018), the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines were developed. First published in 2005, these guidelines were the basis for the development of the National Green Building Standard. Ray was the founding director/chairman of the board (2004–2014) of the Green Building Initiative, a national nonprofit. Based on its Green Globes Environmental Design and Assessment Rating System for New Construction, the Green Building Initiative created the ANSI/GBI 01-2010 Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings.

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Attached Housing

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Ankit Chouhan

Ankit Chouhan is a climate technology entrepreneur currently at Avrio as it's co-founder and CEO. Avrio is an international tech startup based in Europe and Asia that is building scalable solutions to decarbonize operations in the built environment, which are responsible for 28% of global carbon emissions. Avrio enables reduction in energy consumption and improvement of operational efficiency for small- and medium-sized commercial/industrial buildings, which represent 90% of our built infrastructure and have been historically underrepresented in energy programming. Ankit holds a bachelor of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and was an integral part of the first team from India to represent the country at Solar Decathlon Europe. Ankit also serves as a technical member with Solar Decathlon India to mentor participating teams with technical support related to their entry in the competition.

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Neeti Menon

Neeti Menon is an architectural designer, with a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, where she earned her bachelor's degree in architecture and gained experience as a project architect. Over the past four years, she has worked with Chicago firms on projects of varied scales and types. With a keen interest and background in architecture focused on health and well-being, she designs for community healthcare projects in Chicago and is currently leading efforts on the design and construction of a 40,000 square-foot Community Wellness Center, which is pursuing certification benchmarks for sustainability and wellness. She was a part of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition held in Versailles, France, as a design team member on the first team to represent India at the competition; the team won an Honorable Mention for Sustainability.

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Multifamily Building

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Jason Acosta

Jason Acosta has worked as a building enclosure consultant at RDH Building Science in Seattle for the past six years and is a licensed engineer in the state of Washington. At RDH, Jason is a building science engineer and is responsible for building enclosure design review as well as field review to ensure a project is built in conformance with drawings and specifications. He manages energy code permit submittals for a variety of new construction and existing building projects and specializes in thermal modeling. Prior to working at RDH, Jason received his master's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado and interned at NREL while pursuing this degree.

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Kathy Loftus

Kathy Loftus is the vice president of business development at e2s energy efficiency services, bringing life-cycle solutions to the built environment. Before joining e2s in 2020, Kathy was the vice president of sustainability for Whole Foods Market for 14 years, innovating with teams in many areas regarding the built environment; waste and packaging; and education, marketing, and communication. She was a founding steering committee member for the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance and was a founding member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Partnership. With a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, she is chair of the board of the Green Building Initiative and board member of the Future of American Energy—and was former chair of the boards of Clean Air-Cool Planet and WasteCap of Massachusetts. She also served on the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund Advisory Committee for eight years.

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Office Building

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Kathryn Anne Lee

Kathryn Anne Lee is a graduate of the University of Colorado Building Systems Program and was an intern at NREL for several years before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. The past 15 years have been packed full of energy modeling, engineering, and other green building shepherding adventures around the world. Currently, Kathryn leads the building physics team at Harris, a U.S. mechanical contractor specializing in design, construction, building automation, service, and manufacturing.

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Parag Rastogi

Parag Rastogi is a building scientist with a background in civil engineering and 10 years of experience in research and development. At arbnco, Parag leads the research and development of health, well-being, and controls products. His work touches upon health and well-being in buildings, Internet of Things-based controls, integrating climate risk analysis into building performance evaluation and planning, and the use of machine learning and data science in software and hardware for buildings.

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Education Building

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Eddie Abeyta

Over the course of his 29-year architectural career, Eddie Abeyta's designs enhance the connection between people and place, creating urban landmarks that transform and enliven cities, foster livability and accessibility, revitalize neighborhoods, and celebrate the public realm on a human scale. From boutique hotels to transit-oriented developments, live-work communities to large-scale convention hotels, Eddie Abeyta's designs are urban centerpieces, revitalizing the built environment on a grand scale while serving the community on a very accessible level. Many of his projects are cultural and community landmarks, contributing to the city's distinct identity, fabric, and pride.

Eddie's leadership and commitment to designing for a more sustainable future is exhibited by his participation in the Solar Decathlon Professionals Program pilot in 2021. Eddie recently founded his own firm, Abeyta Tibbs Architecture, after serving as Chief Design Officer for HKS Architects.

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Nathaniel Jones

Dr. Nathaniel Jones is an expert in building occupant visual and thermal comfort analysis. He is a senior building scientist at Arup, an architecture professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and a board member of the U.S. chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. His portfolio at Arup includes numerous daylighting, visual and thermal comfort, microclimate, air quality, and COVID-19 disinfection projects. Nathaniel created, Arup's advanced online comfort modeling tool, and Accelerad, a suite of open-source GPU-based lighting and daylighting simulation tools used by architects, engineers, and educators around the world. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed papers related to occupant health, comfort, and building energy use.

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