New Buildings Institute CEO, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing sustainability, green building and energy efficiency innovation to scale. For more than 20 years he has served as a consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects. He has been invited to provide keynote presentations at corporate meetings and international conferences and serves as an expert facilitator and educator. Ralph served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. Ralph was founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, served on the USGBC LEED Retail Committee and was recipient of the Better Bricks Green Building Advocate Award and voted one of the 50 most influential Portlanders by Portland Monthly Magazine. Ralph has a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from University of Oregon.
Webly Bowles, Project Manager at New Buildings Institute
Webly has a practical and educational background in architecture and over a decade of experience in the design and green building industry. A Project Manager at NBI, Webly’s focus is zero net energy (ZNE) buildings and she heads NBI’s ZNE programs in California. Webly is a strong advocate of the integrated design process as she works to provide quality deliverables and solutions for clients. Webly presents at conferences and facilitates charrettes to encourage the understanding of green building implementation. Her vast project experience paired with her clear communication style contribute to her fun and dynamic presentations. Recently, she has been responsible ZNE buildings trainings across California in an ongoing effort to progress California’s Big Bold Goals in building energy efficiency. These live training sessions help design, construction, and local governments improve their design, construction, and operations policies and processes to provide measurable results. Webly earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Oregon, and has a variety of certifications related to the sustainable building sector
Benjamin Glendening, CEM, BOC II, Energy Advisor for Consumers Energy
Benjamin Glendening is an Energy Advisor (CEM, BOC II) for Consumers Energy’s Business Energy Efficiency Programs. His current role as the Zero Net Energy Pilot Program Manager includes developing a program that will make pursuing Zero Net Energy Buildings practical, affordable and repeatable for building owners, A&E firms and developers. His previous 4 years were spent working on Consumers Energy’s Commercial and Industrial incentive programs, where he conducted detailed facility assessments for large business customers to identify significant energy waste and energy conservation measures. He has advised thousands of Consumers Energy’s largest customers through the application and construction process and has secured them millions of dollars in incentives and bonuses. Benjamin graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with his Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Environmental Planning and Sustainability.
Cheri Holman, LEED AP, Executive Director of USGBC West Michigan Chapter, Director of Grand Rapids 2030 District and Michigan Battle of the Buildings
Cheri Holman is the Executive Director of the USGBC West Michigan Chapter, Director of the Grand Rapids 2030 District and the Michigan Battle of the Buildings. Cheri is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience and a genuine passion for energy & water conservation. Other areas of interest include indoor environmental quality, clean/renewable energy, access to healthy food and all things related to educating and promoting a healthy built environment.Cheri spent the early years of her career partnering with the private sector to reduce resource consumption within their facilities through the implementation of energy conservation technologies and improved operational practices. Mrs. Holman is Past President of USGBC West Michigan Board of Directors after serving as Treasurer for 2 years. She sits on the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award Steering Committee and was proud to accept a 2016 Sustainability Champion Award from Grand Valley State University. Cheri has served as a subject matter expert for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED for EB Operations and Maintenance test and the Commercial Reviewer exam test development.
Celia King-Scott is a Senior Engineer (PE, LEED AP, BEMP) with DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities group. Her current role as a senior engineer involves being part of the development and implementation team for the Consumers Energy Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. Celia has developed whole building energy performance, detailed thermal comfort analysis, daylighting modeling and computational fluid dynamic modeling on residential and commercial projects to inform design decisions on Zero Net Energy and high performing buildings and communities. Celia has presented on high performance design and zero net energy design subject matter for architects and engineers design community, utility clients and trade allies across the country. She has worked on the Consumers Energy program for 7 years providing energy modeling training and technical support. She continues to provide energy modeling training, technical support and review of whole building design incentive applications for utility programs across the United States.
Doug Kot, AIA, AICP, LEED Faculty at DNV GL
Doug Kot, AIA, AICP, LEED Faculty, is Head of Section for Sustainable Buildings and Communities for DNV GL, has more than 20 years’ experience in green building. Doug’s educational and professional background is in planning, architecture and building science. His work experience includes all phases and scales of project development—from conceptual design through building operations. Doug is part of the development and implementation team for the Consumers Energy Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. He has been a technical consultant for dozens of high-performance buildings advising on ventilation strategies, energy efficiency measures, on-site renewable energy generation, water efficiency and healthy interiors. Doug has Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of City Planning degrees. He is a LEED AP in Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Building Design and Construction (BD+C), LEED for Homes, and LEED for Neighborhood Development.
Annie Koch, PE, LEED AP (BD+C, O+M), Consulting Engineer at DNV GL
Annie Koch, PE, LEED AP (BD+C, O+M), is a Consulting Engineer for DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities team. She is currently part of the development and implementation team for Consumers Energy’s Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. She specializes in sustainable practices, energy analysis, and technical assessments of high-performance and Zero Net Energy projects. Annie holistically advises on energy efficiency systems, passive sustainability measures, water efficiency systems, and sizing of photovoltaic arrays through benchmarking, energy modeling, and economic analysis. She has provided energy modeling training and review of whole building design incentive applications for Consumers Energy program and other utilities across the United States.
Jim Wenson, Assistant Business Manager at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 58
Jim Wenson is Assistant Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 58 which represents 4,700 highly skilled electrical professionals in Southeastern MI. Jim began his electrical career in 1986. His career has taken him to some of the most exciting projects in the region including project managing the Zero Net Energy renovation at the IBEW Local 58 headquarters in Detroit.