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Council Members

The PHAUS Council comprises members chosen for their commitment to the promotion of the Passive House Building Standard, their professional experience and their geographic diversity. Currently the board consists of members nominated by PHIUS in 2010 and members nominated by the PHAUS board in 2011 and 2013. There are 11-13 board members, 8 members representing the climatic regions of the US and 3-5 at large positions. Future board members will consist of members nominated by Local Chapters and the PHAUS board, approved by the PHAUS board. Board members serve terms of three years and are not compensated for their work. The board meets monthly and yearly, at least once, in person.

John E. Avenson

Southwest Regional Rep, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)

John Avenson built his Passive Solar and voice controlled home in 1981 after observing and being inspired by the NREL (National Renewable Energy Labs) Competition for the Parade of Solar Homes in the Denver/Boulder area. He has been an advocate of low energy use homes ever since, going so far as to invite what is now a total of over 6000 people on personal and organized groups tours through his home. This home is of the Mass-and- Glass concept popular back then. In 2013, John took the CPHC® course and began the process of updating his “passive heated house” to “passive house” standards. It no longer needs a furnace. John is a lead member of the ASES/CRES National Tour of Solar and Sustainable homes for the Denver area and has interviewed and photographed solar and sustainable homes for publication since 2000. John is a DMTS of AT&T Bell Labs (Distinguished Member of Technical Staff) Electrical Engineer - retired after 42 years of traveling the world fixing telephone systems and training telco engineers. He became interested in passive heated homes in 1962 after his father took the family to a Geodesic dome house and to the Native Indian Cliff dwellings of Southern Colorado and as a result, dreamed of having a home like Indians all through elementary school. His goal is to be off-grid within the next decade. John owns his own FLIR camera and other building analysis instruments. He has taught about home energy efficiency at Lockheed/Martin, Sandia Laboratories NM, NREL and many community events.

Alan Gibson


G O Logic

Alan Gibson is a builder and a partner in G O Logic LLC of Belfast, Maine, where he is chiefly responsible for construction operations. Since 2009 he has managed construction of three certified passive buildings and a 36-unit cohousing community built to near-passive standards. The GO Home, completed in 2010, was the first certified passive house in Maine and recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Residential Project of the Year award in 2011. Terrahaus, the country’s first passive house-certified dormitory, received the Evergreen Award from Eco-Structure magazine in 2012. Alan has been a business owner since 1992, and speaks widely on passive design and construction.

Alexis Karolides

California-Pacific Regional Rep, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)

Alexis Karolides, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP is Point Energy Innovations’ Sustainability Practice Leader, focusing on life-enhancing, healthful design, “next level” energy and resource efficiency and clean energy. During the 15 years prior, as leader of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, she worked with building owners, developers, and corporations to dramatically reduce energy and resource use in new and existing facilities. She also led RMI’s research in biologically inspired design, developing, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype for the portal that links human design challenges to solutions found in nature, now found at
Ms. Karolides’ recent projects at Point Energy have included the PG&E Zero Net Energy Schools project, a zero net energy headquarters building for a foundation in Silicon Valley, a zero net energy feasibility study for a 750,000 sf new Silicon Valley office campus, a low-energy retrofit design for the Presidio Visitors’ Center, and a net zero prototype construction trailer for the Westly Group. Her past clients have included the cities of Las Vegas and Madison, EDS (now Hewlett Packard), H-E-B grocery stores, Kaiser Permanente and Denver Housing Authority.
Ms. Karolides is a Council Member for the Passive House Alliance US and previously served on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Environmental Health. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, has authored articles and contributed to books on green building, and has provided commentary for national media including the New York Times and National Public Radio.

Mary Rogero

Treasurer & Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)

Miami University Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Mary Rogero, RA, CPHC®, LEED AP is Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University. For 15 years, she was a principal in the design firm of Rogero Buckman Architects. With her business partner, she also helped develop a construction company to construct the firm’s designs and a development company. The design firm was primarily focused in the area of housing, particularly loft development and the rehabilitation of older buildings. Rogero is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Miami University. She teaches Passive and Low Energy Design seminars and Design Studio to freshman through graduate level. 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 US (PHAUS) Southwest Ohio chapter.


Keith Simon

Regional Rep for the South, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)

Building Exterior Solutions (BES)

Keith Simon is a Senior Architect with Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (BES) in Austin, Texas. He previously worked for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) and owned the Ecotone Design Lab, an architecture and sustainable design consulting firm. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®), and Legacy LEED AP. Simon was the founder of the Austin Building Enclosure Council (BEC: Austin) and currently serves as a board member for both BEC: Austin as well as the Passive House Alliance US -- Austin Chapter. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture (UTSoA) in Austin. In 2012, Simon was awarded the 2012 Emerging Professional Honor Award by the Austin AIA, which is presented to an AIA member for professional achievement in leadership during the early years of participation in AIA Austin.

Mark Smith

Northeast Regional Rep, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) & PHIUS Certified Builder

Mark Smith is a CPHC®, PHIUS Certified Builder, LEED Green Associate, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, Envision Sustainability Professional. He's a visionary leader of the “greening” and Net Zero energy movement at the United States Military Academy. Mark founded the West Point Energy Council, which coordinates major interdisciplinary energy, water, and waste projects with West Point staffs, and other satellite universities. He supervised energy, water, and waste initiatives within the United States Military Academy’s 4,400 Cadets, established 41 energy and environmental officer positions within the West Point Corps of Cadets and obtained flexible, portable solar panels in excess of $1 million dollars to support cadet training at West Point. Mark has been an instructor for 11 years at the United States Military Academy, West Point: Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Geology (Natural Hazards), Physical Geography, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering Technologies, and Environmental Engineering for Community Development. PhD research, field research, technical reports, oral presentations, reporting, and recommendations.

Ginger Watkins

Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)

ORB Studio

Ginger Watkins is a Principal of ØRB Studio, an ultra-low energy building design firm located in Lexington, Kentucky. Ginger has a decade of experience in sustainable architecture, affordable housing and energy modeling, and enjoys working closely with builders and owner-builders during the construction process. She designed the first certified Passive House in Kentucky demonstrating that low energy homes can be more affordable (lower monthly cost) than typical construction.  While with EOP Architects, she coordinated the sustainable strategy for the renovation and LEED Gold certification of the nationally-registered historic Boone Tavern in Berea, KY. Ginger has organized three green affordable housing conferences in Kentucky and is actively engaged with utilities and community groups in developing demand side management (DSM) and renewable energy programs. She was involved in the writing of the Kentucky High Performance Building Standards, established the Virginia Sustainable Farmerworker Housing Program, and is a member of the Central Kentucky Inventors Council, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth New Energy and Transitions Committee, and the East Kentucky Power Cooperative DSM and RE Collaborative. She is a designer, energy rater, Certified Passive House Consultant, and LEED AP, having received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. Ginger is an advocate of systems thinking and serves on the PHAUS Government and Code Committee.


Brandon Weiss

Midwest Regional Rep, PHIUS Certified Builder

Evolutionary Home Builders

Brandon is president and founder of Evolutionary Home Builders (EHB), Chicago’s premier sustainable homebuilder. Weiss applies a scientific approach to building homes, employing quality control each step of the way to ensure that all EHB homes function at the highest level of building science, health, and efficiency.

Weiss is a third generation builder, and his performance-focused methodology draws inspiration from his time in Europe playing professional basketball, where he was drawn to a more sustainable way of life and construction. He looked to bring these ideals to homebuilding in the United States when he started his business in 2005.  Since, Weiss has been recognized by several awards and distinctions, including: 2013 US Dept of Energy Grand Award Home Innovation, 2013 NAHB Master Certified Green Professional of the Year, 2013 USGBC Emerald Award for Home Innovation, and 2012 Northern Illinois Home Builder of the Year.

Brandon is a PHIUS Certified Builder, Graduate Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP, BPI Building Analyst & Envelope Professional, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and built the first Certified Passive House in Chicagoland in 2012.

Dan Whitmore

Chair, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) & PHIUS Certified Builder


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 Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®), he completed one of the first passive houses in Washington State in 2010. Since this time he has consulted on and/or built an additional twenty passive house projects. Following five years working with Hammer & Hand, Inc., he is now engaged in energy, durability, and constructability consulting with his new company Indicator. Dan is also an Instructor for Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), co-developer of the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, Council Chair of the Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), and a founding Board Member of Passive House Northwest.



Lance Wright

Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)

Green Energy Man

Lance Wright graduated from Auburn University with a degree in the Forest Ecology Honor’s Program in 1976 and worked with the U. S. Forest Service in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska until 1983. He then went on to work for Democratic and environmental campaigns in Colorado through several election cycles, including three of his own runs for a seat in the State House of Representatives, before being elected to the Parker Town Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. In 1998, Lance built his first energy efficient house, and his low heating bills helped him convince fellow Council members to increase building code requirements for energy efficiency in the Town of Parker. In 2002 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress against Tom Tancredo in the heavily Republican Sixth District. Lance ran on an anti-terrorism, energy-independence platform that was called “aggressive” and “unrealistic” by the Rocky Mountain News in its endorsement in the race. He moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2004 for family reasons and became the first US EPA Energy Star building partner in southern Missouri. After building Energy Star rated homes in Missouri for two years, Lance returned to Colorado and established the energy efficiency design and consulting business, Green Energy Man, Inc. Lance was part of the charter group of Passive House Consultants trained by PHIUS in the fall of 2008. He and his wife live in Denver in their “Near Passive House”, which they are currently retrofitting to gain Passive House Certification.

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