Gregory Thomas has thirty-seven years of experience in building performance, as a consultant, trainer, heating contractor, home performance contractor, director of an energy service company, energy and green building conference planner, as well as an energy program designer, implementer, and energy software developer.
He is past president of Affordable Comfort Inc., the residential existing homes energy efficiency conference, and served on the Affordable Comfort board for over 15 years. He is a past chair and current board member of Efficiency First, the home performance contractor trade association, and represents EF on the board of the Home Performance Coalition. He was the founder of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York. He has been educational program director for a number of national and international conferences, including the USGBC Greenbuild Expo, the Financing Residential Energy Efficiency Conference, and the international Sustainable Steel Conference. He was the ACEEE 2009 Summer Study residential program design track co-chair and has been elected to the RESNET Board of Directors.
Mr. Thomas has served as an advisor to a wide range of national and state entities including the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the US DOE Weatherization Assistance Program, the Energy Foundation, and the California Energy Commission. Mr. Thomas designed and managed the first Home Performance program in the country in 1995. He was recognized by US EPA, DOE, and HUD for his contributions to the development of the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2005. He won the 2005 R&D 100 Award for energy efficiency software design. As the executive director of a not-for-profit energy services company, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the first utility low-income multifamily energy performance contract, a $12M retrofit of over 7000 affordable housing apartments. He built a blower door and started offering whole house audits in 1979. Greg was the first blower door trainer for the low-income weatherization programs in Pennsylvania and New York in the early 80s.
Mr. Thomas is a frequent contributor to various publications and a presenter at conferences including GreenBuild, ACEEE Summer Study, ACI, RESNET, the Department of Energy Better Building Summit, AESP, and others. Mr. Thomas was a featured speaker at the National Building Museum, addressing the application of the total quality management process to the creation of predictable energy savings. Mr. Thomas attended Marietta College and the Cornell University College of Engineering.