People

Healthy Zero Energy Buildings (HZEB)

Mike Apte

Mike Apte
(510) 486-4669
MGApte@lbl.gov
Principal Investigator

Bill Fisk

Bill Fisk
(510) 486-5910
WJFisk@lbl.gov
Project Leader

Rengie Chan

Rengie Chan
(510) 486-6570
WRChan@lbl.gov
Research Team

Sebastian Cohn

Sebastian Cohn
(510) 486-7859
SCohn@lbl.gov
Research Team

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Molly Davies
(510) 486-5762
MMDavies@lbl.gov
Research Team

Hugo Destaillats

Hugo Destaillats
(510) 486-5897
HDestaillats@lbl.gov
Research Team

Spencer Dutton

Spencer Dutton
(510) 486-7179
SMDutton@lbl.gov
Research Team

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Katia Eliseeva
(510) 495-2675
EAEliseeva@lbl.gov
Research Team

Mark Mendell

Mark Mendell
(510) 486-5762
MJMendell@lbl.gov
Research Team

Nandini Parthasarathy

Nandini Parthasarathy
(510) 486-7859
SrinandiniP@lbl.gov
Research Team

Marion Russell

Marion Russell
(510) 495-2915
MLRussell@lbl.gov
Research Team

Meera Sidheswaran

Meera Sidheswaran
(510) 486-6402
MASidheswaran@lbl.gov
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Mike Spears
(510) 486-7044
MSpears@lbl.gov
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Doug Sullivan
Research Team

Henry Willem

Henry Willem
(510) 486-7138
HWillem@lbl.gov
Research Team

Technical Advisory Group

Leon Alevantis — California Department of Public Health

Leon Alevantis is currently the Senior Mechanical Engineer and a Sustainability Manager with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Leon is responsible for coordinating the greening efforts at CDPH's Richmond Laboratory Campus. Prior to his current position, Mr. Alevantis was the Deputy Chief of the Indoor Air Quality Section at the California Department of Health Services where he coordinated the state's numerous pioneering efforts to conceive, specify, design, and implement indoor air quality and other sustainable measures in California state buildings. Leon was one of the key individuals in the development and implementation of California Section 01350, an internationally recognized health-based specification for testing and selecting building materials. Mr. Alevantis has been actively involved with research in the area of indoor air quality since 1983. During this time he has conducted numerous research projects, such the largest study of emissions from building materials with recycled contents, and he has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed reports articles on issues related to indoor air quality. Leon is an ASHRAE member and a voting member of the following ASHRAE committees: SSPC62.1 "Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality"; SSPC189.1 "Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings"; Environmental Health Committee; and Project Monitoring for RP-1596 "Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Spaces". Leon was also a committee member and contributing author to ASHRAE's IAQ Guide. Mr. Alevantis is a registered professional mechanical engineer and a LEED accredited professional. He received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1984 and his Bachelor's from Oklahoma State University in 1982.

Deborah Bennett — University of California Davis

Deborah Bennett is an Associate Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health at University of California Davis' Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research focus on the fate, transport, and exposure to chemicals in a multimedia environment within the context of environmental risk assessment.

Greg Brunner — US Environmental Protection Agency

Gregory Brunner is employed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as a mechanical engineer in the Indoor Environments Division within the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. His education includes a master of mechanical engineering degree from the Catholic University of America in 1988. He has been employed by the EPA since 1997, where his duties include investigating a variety of issues related to indoor air quality and building science, including heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. He currently manages an interagency agreement between the EPA and DOE-Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank project (see iaqscience.lbl.gov).

William Chadwick — Carrier Corporation

William Chadwick is a Senior Systems Engineer at Carrier Corporation. He has 40 years of experience in building systems engineering. He provides HVAC systems expertise on Indoor Air Quality and building HVAC systems within Global Engineering (current), and to Systems Engineering department within Applied System Group (1980's). Mr. Chadwick is an expert in HVAC systems analysis, design, and integration. He has broad experiences in ventilation for pollutant source control, indoor air quality remediation, and code investigation. Some examples of his projects include product assessment of commercially available high performance particle filters, series of HVAC design and systems technical education publications, industrial furnace exhaust particulate control and odor control through outdoor air ventilation, industrial plant air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, university research and teaching building retrofits.

Rick Delao — Communications Workers of America

Rick Delao is the President of Local Chapter 9431 of Communications Workers of America. He participates in District 9 Occupational Safety and Health Committee.

Deborah Gold — California Division of Occupational Safety and Health

Deborah Gold is a Senior Safety Engineer for the State of California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

David Grimsrud — University of Minnesota

David Grimsrud is an Emeritus Professor in the Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering of the University of Minnesota. He is the founding editor of the Indoor Air Journal, is an ASHRAE Fellow and has been active in building research for over 30 years at both Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and at the University of Minnesota. In 1996-97 U of M researchers studied ventilation and IAQ in a Target store in Stillwater, MN. This study was updated and expanded in the period from 2006 through 2009 in stores located in Roseville, MN; Mount Dora, FL; and Rockville, MD.

Judith Heerwagen — US General Service Administration

Judith Heerwagen is a Program Expert in Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings of US General Service Administration. She founded J.H. Heerwagen & Associates, a firm that consult and research on the social impacts of sustainable design, workplace performance and behavioral change. Prior to founding her company, Dr. Heerwagen was a Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwest National.

Peggy Jenkins — California Air Resources Board

Peggy Jenkins manages the Indoor Exposure Assessment Program in the Research Division of the California Air Resources Board. Her program oversees research on all aspects of indoor air quality and exposure assessment, implements a regulation that limits ozone emissions from indoor air cleaning devices, collaborates with other organizations to reduce indoor pollution, publishes indoor air quality guidelines and other public educational materials, and has prepared two major reports at the request of the California Legislature: the first on environmental health conditions in California's portable classrooms, and the second on indoor air pollution in California. Peggy has served on many advisory committees and peer review panels, including a National Academy of Sciences Task Force on assessing and preventing exposures of deployed forces to biological and chemical agents. She also served two terms as an elected officer of the International Society of Exposure Analysis. Peggy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Policy Analysis, both from the University of California at Davis.

Kazukiyo Kumagai — California Department of Public Health

Kazukiyo Kumagai is currently the Chief of Indoor Air Quality Section of the California Department of Public Health and also a Guest Professor at Kyushu University in Japan. Dr. Kumagai is a member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning and Engineers and other major organizations on indoor and outdoor atmospheric environment. Dr. Kumagai holds a B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Architectural Engineering from Tokyo University of Science, Japan, MPH in Environmental Health from the Institute of Public Health, Japan and PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Tokyo. Dr. Kumagai has worked for over 20 years in the field of environmental science, focused on air quality monitoring, human exposure to environmental and occupational pollution, participation in study exposure and/or effects of pollution on human health in indoor environment and controlled environments, and research driven by air quality policy. His recent research support is from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, Ministry of Economic, Trade and Industry, Japan and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan.

Richard Lam — California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Richard Lam is a Staff in the Exposure Modeling Section of the Air Toxicology and Epidemiology Branch. His work involves indoor environmental quality, green/sustainable buildings, portable classrooms, and criteria air pollutants.

Andy Persily — National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Persily works on indoor air quality and ventilation in commercial and residential buildings. His work includes the development and application of measurement techniques to evaluate airflow and air quality characteristics in a variety of building types, including large, mechanically ventilated buildings and single-family dwellings. The evaluation procedures include tracer gas techniques for measuring air change rates and air distribution effectiveness, contaminant concentrations measurements, and envelope airtightness. He is also involved with the development and application of multi-zone airflow and contaminant dispersal models. Dr. Persily was a vice-president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) from 2007 to 2009, and is past chair of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1, responsible for the revision of the ASHRAE Ventilation Standard 62. He is a past chair of ASTM Subcommittee E6.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance and past vice-chair of subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air Quality. Dr. Persily received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2008. He was named an ASTM Fellow in 2002 and an ASHRAE Fellow in 2004.

Dennis Stanke — Trane

With a BSME from the University of Wisconsin, Dennis joined Trane in 1973, as a controls development engineer. He is now a Staff Applications Engineer specializing in airside systems including controls, ventilation, indoor air quality, and dehumidification. He has written numerous applications manuals and newsletters, has published many technical articles and columns, and has appeared in many Trane Engineers Newsletter Live broadcasts. An ASHRAE Fellow, formerly a member of the USGBC LEED Technical Advisory Group for Indoor Environmental Quality (the EQ TAG) and formerly Chairman for ASHRAE Standard 62.1, "Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality," he now serves as Chairman for ASHRAE Standard 189.1, "Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings."

Steve Taylor — Steve Taylor, Taylor Engineering

Steve Taylor is the principal of Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA. He is a registered mechanical engineer specializing in HVAC system design, control system design, indoor air quality engineering, computerized building energy analysis, and HVAC system commissioning. Mr. Taylor graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Physics and a MS in Mechanical Engineering and has over 30 years of commercial HVAC system design and construction experience. He was one of the primary authors of the HVAC sections of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-1989 and 1999 "Energy Conservation in New Non-residential Buildings" and California's Title 24 Energy Standards and Ventilation Standards. Other ASHRAE project and technical committees Mr. Taylor has participated in include Standard 62.1 Indoor Air Quality (chair), ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Comfort (member), Guideline 13 Specifying DDC (chair), Guideline 16 Economizer Dampers (chair), TC 1.4 Controls (chair), and TC 4.3 Ventilation (vice-chair). He is past vice-chair of the USGBC LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, a member of the CSU Mechanical Review Board, and a member of the IAPMO Mechanical Technical Committee administering the Uniform Mechanical Code.

Peter Turnbull — Pacific Gas & Electric

Peter Turnbull is the Principal Program Manager of the Zero Net Energy Program at PG&E. As a Principal in Commercial Buildings, he works with PG&E's Integrated Demand Side Management Department to improve commercial building energy performance. Mr. Turnbull has a long, successful history with the design and implementation of utility energy efficiency and load control programs for customers. He has expertise in management and set-up of 501 (c) 3 organizations. He has significant knowledge and experience in Codes and Standards, including development of equipment and whole-building performance rating programs. Mr. Turnbull has strong end-use knowledge in commercial food service, commercial lighting (including daylighting applications), commercial HVAC (including thermal energy storage systems), building envelope technologies including cool roofing, and utility energy center administration. Mr. Turnbull served first as CCRC Board Vice Chair and later as Board Chair of Cool Roof Rating Council 2002-2006.

Diane Vrkic — Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance/Waypoint Building Group

Diane founded Waypoint Building Group in 2009, building on her 15 year experience in real estate, energy, sustainability and process reengineering fields. Diane has deep experience developing and managing portfolio and individual asset optimization programs. Most recently, Diane was the Global COO of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle where she launched and oversaw services in corporate GHG strategy consulting, portfolio energy management and high performance building development and retrofit. She also launched and managed Jones Lang LaSalle's own sustainability program across its footprint of 170 offices and 30,000 employees. She is currently the Chair of the DOE's Commercial Real Estate Energy Efficiency Alliance's Existing Building Committee. Diane earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University. She holds a February 3, 2011 Certificate in Public Sector Management and Environmental Sustainability from Stanford University and completed the course equivalent of a Masters in Human Physiology and Biophysics while attending Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Scott Williams — Target

Scott D. Williams, PE, is Group Manager of Mechanical Engineering for Target Property Development. At Target, he oversees the mechanical engineering team in development of mechanical prototype documents, R&D efforts, construction document production and support of the operations of mechanical systems in Target facilities. Before joining Target in 1999, Scott spent 18 years with a Minneapolis consulting firm, managing projects for health care facilities, college campuses, and corporate clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Scott is a member of ASHRAE 62.1 IAQ Standard Committee and has actively applied a performance based approach to appropriate ventilation in hundreds of buildings based on research at Target starting extending back to the late 1990's.