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GBA’s Peter Yost Will Launch His Own Consulting Firm

The longtime contributor to GBA and a principal at BuildingGreen will open his own shop in the new year to focus on building science issues

Peter Yost, an educator and building science consultant, will open his own firm in January.

Peter Yost, the technical director at Green Building Advisor and an educator and researcher in building science, will open his own consulting company in January.

Yost is currently vice president of technical services and a principal at BuildingGreen, a specialty publisher founded by Alex Wilson in 1985. He’ll leave that company, which he joined in 2007, to open Building-Wright on January 1.

“I love my job,” Yost said in announcing the move. “I get up each morning to an ever-changing blend of consulting, writing, teaching, and research. Moving from BuildingGreen to my own business, Building-Wright, is really about what time I get up in the morning, rather than what I will be doing.”

Yost’s primary interest is in light-frame construction, although he’s happy to provide input on both residential and commercial buildings, old and new. His services will include design and material review for high-performance buildings, assessing old buildings for performance upgrades, technical writing on building performance, teaching, and research and product testing under real world conditions.

Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, Yost said apps like GoToMeeting and FaceTime would allow him to work with clients just about anywhere. In fact, he said in an email, he is currently consulting on a project in Granada, Spain. “Who knew?” he said.

Yost has a long history on the research side of the building industry, including stints at the National Association of Home Builders, as director of resource and environmental analysis at the NAHB Research Center, and as senior researcher at the Building Science Corporation. He’s also been a senior editor at Environmental Building News.

The 63-year-old Yost serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He was the NAHB Educator of the Year in 2014 and holds a master of science degree in resource economics from the University of New Hampshire.

He’ll continue in his role at GBA, which includes providing comments for the bi-monthly Q&A Spotlight.


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