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PHIUS Board of Directors

Allison Bailes

Founder, Energy Vanguard

Allison Bailes, despite being included in Who’s Who of American Women, is not a woman. He was raised by Cajuns in the swamps of south Louisiana but overcame that difficulty and went on to get four degrees (including a doctorate) in physics. He built a house out of structural insulated panels (with his bare and gloved hands), ran a home performance contracting business, and was regional manager of the EarthCraft House green building program. In 2008, he started Energy Vanguard, a HERS training provider, HERS QA provider, and BPI Test Center. He is most known, however, for publishing the Energy Vanguard Blog and writing a weekly column for Green Building Advisor. Dr. Bailes is a member of the RESNET Quality Assurance Committee and the PHIUS Board of Directors. He sometimes puts his knowledge of projectile motion into practice as a juggler, which you may occasionally see him doing at a conference.

Prudence Ferreira

Partner, Passiv Science

Prudence Ferreira is a Partner in Passiv Science, a consulting partnership focused on large scale multifamily, commercial, and institutional passive building projects. She heads the firm’s energy modeling team and has unique expertise and experience with WUFI® Passive. Her credentials include LEED AP BD+C, LEED for Homes Rater, GreenPoint Rater Certified Title 24 Energy Analyst, Hygrothermic Analyst, and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®). She is a licensed trainer, core curriculum developer, and exam author for Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), and teaches the CPHC® training program and advanced passive house technical workshops around the US. She helped author the CPHC Exam, helped train over 500 CPHCs, and is a core contributor to CPHC training curriculum. Ferreira also teaches Hygrothermal Analysis around the US as a certified instructor for the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and Oakridge National Lab’s WUFI-ORNL program. She plays a key role in the partnership between the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and PHIUS in developing, beta testing, and field verifying a new energy and hygrothermal analysis design tool specifically for passive, low and zero energy building design and verification.

Ferreira currently serves on the PHIUS Board of Directors, where she previously served as President, and as a member of the PHIUS Technical Committee. She also interfaces with USGBC national technical staff on the LEED for Homes and PHIUS+ Standard integration effort and inputs significantly continuing education program development. Ferreira is a founding member of the PHIUS Technical Committee and has consulted on 30+ passive house projects across 7 different climate zones.

Walter Grondzik

PHIUS Board President -- Professor of Architecture, Ball State University

Walter Grondzik is a Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, an architectural engineer, and a licensed professional engineer. His academic and professional interests include high-performance building design and all areas of building environmental control systems and their effects on buildings and occupants.

Grondzik is author of Principles of Building Commissioning and co-author of Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings (10th, 11th, and 12th editions) and The Green Studio Handbook (1st and 2nd editions). Grondzik is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society and an ASHRAE Fellow. He is a past-president of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), a past-president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Society of Building Science Educators.

Terence Hill

PHIUS Board Senior Policy and Board Member

Terrence Hill is an energy efficiency advocate and member of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC). He is a PHIUS CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant) and has been instrumental in helping to forge relationships between PHIUS and the US Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental and Energy Study Initiative (EESI), and National Institute of Building Sciences. He also built his own high-performance house using SIPS, a geothermal heat pump, radiant floor heating, rainwater retention and photovoltaic panels.

Mike Kernagis

Ex-Officio PHIUS Board Member -- PHIUS Co-Founder & Program Director

James M. (Mike) Kernagis was one of the first American builders to adopt passive building principles and build projects that meet the passive building energy standard.

In 2003, he and Katrin Klingenberg co-founded e-cological Construction Laboratory (e-colab) as a non-profit affordable housing developer in Urbana, Illinois to further investigate the feasibility of applying passive building principles in the United States. In 2005 he served as construction manager for the affordable housing units built to the passive building standard in cooperation with the City of Urbana.  

As interest in passive building grew in North America, Kernagis and Klingenberg oversaw the expansion of e-colab into Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) in 2007. PHIUS is now the leading passive building standard setting, research and information provider, training, and certification institute in North America. In his role as Program Director of PHIUS, Kernagis has overseen PHIUS operations, training, and membership programs since its inception. In 2012 Kernagis helped launch the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, where he was instrumental in the development of its curriculum and continues to serve as a lead instructor for the program.

Katrin Klingenberg

Ex-Officio PHIUS Board Member -- Co-Founder & Executive Director, Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)

Katrin Klingenberg designed and built the very first home in the United States built to the passive building energy standard. Her experience led her to co-found e-cological Construction Laboratory (e-colab) with builder Mike Kernagis in 2003 as a non-profit affordable housing developer in Urbana, Illinois to further investigate the feasibility of applying passive building principles in the United States. As interest in passive building grew in North America, Klingenberg and Kernagis oversaw the expansion of e-colab into Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) in 2007. PHIUS is now the leading passive building standard setting, research and information provider, training, and certification institute in North America.

Klingenberg has since designed and consulted on numerous passive building projects across North America’s varied climate zones. In her role as Executive Director of PHIUS she directs the technical and research programs of the organization. In addition to her executive role, she is also the lead instructor and director of curriculum development for the PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) Training program. Klingenberg earned the German equivalent of a B.S. in Architecture at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany, earned an M.S. in Architecture from Ball State University, and is a licensed architect in Germany.

Richard S. Levine

Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Cities

Richard S. Levine, the principal architect and Co-Director at the Center for Sustainable Cities Design Studio, is an award winning environmental architect, a solar energy and sustainability pioneer, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. He was an early solar architecture proponent, starting with his innovative Raven Run Solar Home of 1975. His sustainable city research has been the foundation of urban development projects in China, the Middle East, Austria, Italy, and the United States. In 2010 Levine was named “Passive Solar Pioneer” by the American Solar Energy Society to honor his lifetime achievements in solar design.

Levine and colleague Ernest J. Yanarella founded the Center for Sustainable Cities (CSC) at the University of Kentucky. Their book entitled The City as Fulcrum for Global Sustainability, was published in 2011. Partnering with Dr. Heidi Dumreicher, Director of Oikodrom at the Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, the CSC identified the city-region as the master scale at which homeostatic balance could be achieved among social, environmental, economic, urban, and governance issues. The CSC Design Studio has completed seven Net Zero Houses, four of which were done for low-income families and are PHIUS+ certified.

Mary Rogero

Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture & Associate Professor, Miami University

For 15 years, Mary was a principal in the design firm of Rogero Buckman Architects. With her business partner, she also helped found a development company and construction company to construct the firm’s designs. The design firm was primarily focused in the area of housing, particularly loft development and the rehabilitation of older buildings.

Rogero is now Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture and an Associate Professor at Miami University, where she teaches Passive and Low-Energy Design seminars and a Design Studio at the freshman through graduate levels. She is passionate about engaging students in the practice of passive house and high-performance design to prepare them as future leaders in sustainability. Rogero continues to practice architecture and is the current president of the Passive House Alliance Southwest Ohio chapter.

Gray Swicegood

Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven University, Belgium

C. Gray Swicegood is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven University in Belgium where he teaches family demography and is the resident director of a student mobility program linking KU Leuven and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He holds emeritus status in the Department of Sociology at UIUC, where he taught in the area of social demography for more than two decades.

Dan Whitmore

Indicator, PHIUS Trainer

Dan Whitmore has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor, builder, and consultant with additional stints as a designer and FEMA Inspector. His introduction to high-performance building came at an early and impressionable age when, in 1977, his family built an award-winning Solar Home in Oklahoma where he grew up. As designer, builder, and CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant), he completed one of the first passive houses in Washington State in 2010. Since this time, he has consulted on and/or built more than twenty passive house projects. He now divides his time between Indicator, his new energy, durability, and constructability consulting firm, and Cascade Built, a builder/developer of sustainable multifamily projects in Seattle. Whitmore is also an Instructor at PHIUS, co-developer of the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, Council Chair of Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), and a founding board member of Passive House Northwest.

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