Chris Balbach

Qualifications: 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.

Emelie Cuppernell

Qualifications: HERS, RESNET, BPI, NAHB

Emelie has leveraged her background in physics to become an expert building scientist. Her foundation in field-based activities has honed her skills in building analysis and software modeling. She conducted a two-year long research project on cooling systems in Massachusetts that included a comprehensive inspection of 80 homes with data monitoring. Emelie is a RESNET certified Rater, Trainer and Quality Assurance Designer, NAHB green verifier, EPA universal refrigerant handler, and hold two BPI certifications.  She manages the HERS Rater Provider division of Performance Systems Development and oversees quality assurance for more than 70 raters.

Ethan MacCormick

Qualifications: HERS, RESNET, BPI

Ethan has a distinctive background as both a builder and software developer. As Vice President of Services to Energy Businesses, he delivers quality software, training and efficiency solutions to home performance contractors and energy raters. He is a certified HERS Rater, a RESNET trainer and a BPI-certified Building Analyst, Building Envelope and Heating Professional and a field proctor for BPI. An expert energy modeler, he contributed to the development of TREAT and is a primary trainer in the software. Ethan is a founding Director of the Northeast HERS Alliance and sits on the RESNET Quality Assurance and Ethics Committee.

Mike Turns

Mike Turns, PSD Senior Program Manager will lead the PSD team for the CSCS Initiative. He is a leading national expert in the International Energy Conservation Code, having developed and taught numerous training programs on three versions of the IECC. He has over 10 years of energy code training experience and has presented at national conferences like the RESNET Building Performance Conference, the DOE Energy Codes Conference, and AESP. Mike is also an experienced manager, with direct experience managing several residential new construction programs in different states. Prior to joining PSD, he was the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University. While, at the PHRC, Mike managed the largest provider of residential building code training in Pennsylvania, and developed and presented training programs and webinars for the residential construction industry. Mike holds a Master’s degree from Penn State with a thesis focused on assessing and reducing energy consumption in new homes. He is certified residential energy inspector/plans examiner.

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