The GBA Advisory Team — The Best in the Business

You’ll see the impact of our team of advisors throughout greenbuildingadvisor.com. The advisors are a geographically dispersed team of green building experts and industry thought leaders that are committed to contributing to the ideas, instruction and accuracy of Green Building Advisor. Their expertise ranges from architecture and building science to interior design and building codes.

Allison Bailes

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Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, is founder and owner of Energy Vanguard in Decatur, Georgia. Like many in the field of building science and green building, he is multi-faceted: His academic credentials in physics (BS, MS, MST, and PhD all in that field) give him a solid foundation in the science that underlies buildings. Having taught physics at the high school and college levels, he's adept at explaining technical concepts in a way that people new to green building can understand. In addition, he has practical, hands-on experience.

Ann Edminster

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ANN EDMINSTER, M.Arch., LEED AP, is a consultant and recognized national expert on green home design and construction. She is a principal author of the LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. Rating System and consults to builders, owners, developers, supply chain clients, design firms, investors, and public agencies. She sits on the advisory boards of several private companies.

Ann can be reached at designavenues.net.

Carl Seville

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CARL SEVILLE is a green builder, educator, and consultant on sustainability to the residential construction industry. After a 25-year career in the remodeling industry, he and a partner founded a company, SK Collaborative, dedicated to advancing residential green building and remodeling by consulting with, speaking to, writing for, and training industry professionals, and by certifying homes under the LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. , EarthCraft, NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification., and Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. programs.

Chris Briley

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Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at BRIBURN. He is a Maine licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. In late 2012 he teamed up with Architect Harry Hepburn and founded BRIBURN where they practice “architecture for life”, specializing in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design. For seven years prior to this he was the principal architect and founder of the Green Design Studio in Yarmouth, Maine.

Jeff Medanich

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JEFF MEDANICH has been building, remodeling, and preserving residential buildings for 35 years. For the last 14 years he has been specializing in green building and sustainable building techniques for new homes. Medanich Preservation Manager at Colorado Chautauqua Association in Boulder, a national historic landmark. Jeff is combining his passion for sustainable building and love of historic buildings into what he’s calling High Performance Preservation.

Jim Sargent

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A pioneer of energy-efficient home building in Texas, JIM SARGENT began building green before the concept had a name. AndersonSargent Custom Builder has achieved national renown for its ecological and energy-efficient homes. In 2006, it was named Energy Value Housing Award Builder of the Year by the U. S. Department of Energy and National Association of Home Builders (NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification.) Research Center.

Joseph Lstiburek

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JOSEPH LSTIBUREK, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal of Building Science Corporation. He is a forensic engineer who investigates building failures and is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture-related building problems and indoor air quality. He is an ASHRAEAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). International organization dedicated to the advancement of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration through research, standards writing, publishing, and continuing education. Membership is open to anyone in the HVAC&R field; the organization has about 50,000 members. Fellow, a member of ASTMAmerican Society for Testing and Materials. Not-for-profit international standards organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Originally the American Society for Testing and Materials. and past chairman of ASTM E241 - Increasing the Durability of Building Assemblies from Moisture Induced Damage. He is a contributor and reviewer of Chapters 21 and 22 of ASHRAE Fundamentals.

Michael Chandler

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MICHAEL CHANDLER, president of Chandler Design-Build, has been designing and building high-performance homes since 1978. He volunteered with the NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification. Research Center to help create the new NAHB-ICC National Green Building StandardNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. and also worked with his local HBA to establish their Green Building Council and implement a credible third-party certification process.

Mike Guertin

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While it may look like I spend all my time writing and talking about construction, I still swing a hammer most days. It's hard to pinpoint when I officially started a career in construction because it wasn't planned.

Phil Kaplan

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Phil Kaplan is an award-winning and oft-published architect whose Portland, Maine, firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects — with the motto “Beautiful, Sustainable, Attainable” — is committed to designing only vibrant, healthy, and low-energy buildings. He also serves as Professor at UMA's School of Architecture. His firm's recent accomplishments include the LEED for Homes Innovative Project Award for 2009 as well as three LEED Platinum homes.

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