PE, CEM, CVMP, BEMP, LEED AP
Chris Balbach is an expert in using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability and occupant health and safety. Chris is proficient with over 20 different energy modeling tools, and works closely with our internal software development team to incorporate improvements to PSD’s modeling tools. His experience in developing integrated energy designs and depth of knowledge in energy analysis supports the technical underpinnings of PSD’s software tools, and he is a key participant in our software compliance testing.
Chris provides detailed training on improvement-driven modeling using TREAT & eQuest energy modeling tools. Chris’ unique approach to analyzing investment uncertainty within the energy simulation process provides Performance Systems Academy with techniques for training energy modelers that when combined with M&V (measurement and verification) efforts can lead to market transformation in energy efficiency. Chris has achieved Level 3 CMVP trainer credentials through Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO).
He is a corresponding participant for several ASHRAE committees: TC4.7 – Energy Calculations, GPC14 – Guidelines for Determining Energy and Water Savings, SPC155 – Determining Seasonal Boiler Efficiency, TC7.6 – Energy Systems Utilization. Chris is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified M&V Professional, licensed Professional Engineer, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Before coming to Performance Systems, Chris designed large mechanical systems for institutional buildings, including public school buildings throughout New York and New Jersey. He was also an Applications Engineer for a major OEM motor manufacturer.
…Chris was great. He clearly had a very good mastery of the software. I don’t think there was a single question we threw at him that he couldn’t answer. He’s very knowledgeable about field work, primary data gathering, and discussing pitfalls and best practices. Chris was very good at listening to questions and helping people along through the technical stuff as we went. He definitely has very good patience.