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Speakers Bureau

All speakers listed in the CTGBC speaker's Bureau are self selected volunteer members of the CTGBC. Many are experts in there respective fields. However, the CTGBC does not warrant, verify or endorse any information they provide. Each member, except those speakers listed under Overview of the CT Green Building Council are speaking for themselves and their point of view do not necessarily reflect the CTGBC.



Bruce Bockstael FAIA, Chief Architect, Dept. of Construction Services, State of CT

Bruce has been the chief architect for DPW for over 20 years overseeing most of the State Funded building projects undertaken within the State of CT. He has guided DPW into requiring sustainable design in most of its projects. He has been instrumental in encouraging the passage of sustainable design in all state funded projects. He is one of the founders of CTGBC, and is active in AIA, CSI, QBS, the Construction Institute and most building code activities.
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Barry Katz, CGP, LEED AP, President of Barry Katz Homebuilding and Greenworks Consulting

After more than twenty years experience in new construction and remodeling, Barry now works exclusively on green design and construction projects. He also offers sustainability consulting services for residential and commercial projects through his new company, Greenworks Consulting, LLC. He is the recipient of the 2007 HOBI Award for Best Green House from the Connecticut Association of Homebuilders.
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George V. Keithan, Jr.

Mr. Keithan is the original founder of CES, and serves as the studio director of two multi-disciplined design teams specializing in technologically advanced building systems for many different project types. He is a "hands - on" practicing engineer, well-versed in local, state and federal codes throughout the United States. Mr. Keithan frequently serves as an on-air expert for local and regional radio programs, addressing topics of energy saving design and construction.
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William Leahy, Director of Operations, Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

As Director for Operations for the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Bill is responsible for the overall organization and operational management of the Institute. Mr. Leahy expertise is in sustainable design and operations with an emphasis on green campuses, benchmarking and distributed generation.
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Adam K. Ney, President of AuctorVerno, LLC

AuctorVerno is a green building/green business marketing services firm with offices in Bloomfield and Bethany. AuctorVerno assists businesses, non-profits and government agencies with developing green business strategies for their operation, supply chain, mission and culture. In addition, Ney also serves as assistant director of public affairs for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the state's largest business organization with more than 10,000 member companies.
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Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP

Linda Reeder is an architect and author of the book Guide to Green Building Rating Systems: Understanding LEED, Green Globes, ENERGY STAR, the National Green Building Standard, and More. She has developed and taught courses in sustainable design and construction in the Construction Management program at Central Connecticut State University and the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford. Linda is the former Building Performance Editor for the American Institute of Architect’s Architects Knowledge Resource website, where many of her articles on sustainable design topics are posted.
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F. Todd Renz, President and CEO of O,R&L Construction Corporation

Mr. Renz has over twenty-six years experience in the commercial construction field, having managed and successfully completed over 300 new construction and renovation projects throughout the Northeast. Mr. Renz directs all construction projects for a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, prestigious hospitals, cutting edge bio-technology firms, educational institutions and major corporate accounts.
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John Rountree, Rountree Architects

John is an architect with fifteen years experience, the last five specializing in solar energy. The firm specializes in the design of energy efficient, environmentally sound buildings that utilize non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. John's field of expertise is solar photovoltaic and the architectural integration of this technology.
John's Bio

Delbert B. Smith, Jr., PE, CPD, LEED AP

Mr. Smith is a founding principal of CES, and possesses over 20 years of experience in building systems design for project types such as high-end residential, research & development, health care and education. He serves as the head of the CES Green Team for research in sustainable design, and is a frequent lecturer for AIA continuing education seminars as well as local universities and government agencies.
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Michael Trolle, BPC Green Builders

Mike established BPC in 1998 to offer a unique set of residential construction services that emphasize the use of building science and green building strategies to maximize the performance potential of each home, whether new or old. Performance issues addressed by BPC include energy efficiency, indoor air quality, comfort, durability, maintenance, and safety from microbials, radon, combustion byproducts, and fire.
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Bruce Bockstael FAIA

Position: Chief Architect, Dept. of Construction Services, State of Connecticut
Board of Directors Organization: CTGBC & CT/AIA

Bruce has been the chief architect for DCS for over 20 years overseeing most of the State Funded building projects undertaken within the State of CT. He is nationally registered by NCARB and hold licenses in CT, MA, RI, & NY. He has guided DPW into requiring sustainable design in most of its projects. He has been instrumental in encouraging the passage of sustainable design in all state funded projects. He is one of the founders of CTGBC, and is active in AIA, CSI, QBS, the Construction Institute and most building code activities.
Business Phone (860) 713-5631
Subjects: Introduction to USGBC LEED, High Performance Green Schools, Green Building for Design Professionals, Overview of the CT Green Building Council

I will speak about the need for Green Building in Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Building Council, the mission, and recent activities. I can give a short overview of the LEED rating system. Speak on the overview of the benefits of sustainable design. The real cost of sustainable design. The vision and benefits of a long term sustainable designed building. The merits of the design process imposed by adhering to the LEED design requirements. State of Connecticut venture into sustainable design with a portfolio of current projects. Finally, I will provide an opportunity for question and answers.

Availability: Almost any evening or day with at least 4 weeks notice.
Fee: None
Code of Conduct: I agree to the Speaker's Bureau Code of Conduct.



Barry Katz, CGP, LEED AP

Barry Katz is one of Connecticut's leading proponents of green building. A home builder with more than twenty years experience in new construction and remodeling, he now works exclusively on green design and construction projects. He also offers sustainability (i.e. green) consulting services for residential and commercial projects through his new company, Greenworks Consulting, LLC. He is the recipient of the 2007 HOBI Award for Best Green House from the Connecticut Association of Homebuilders.

Katz's speaking engagements have taken him as far afield as San Diego for "Reinvention 2006," sponsored by Residential Architect magazine, and to the Boston Society of Architects' Residential Design Conference (2007, 2008, & 2009 - upcoming) where he has participated in panel discussions and presents an annual green building workshop for architects and building professionals.

Barry is a former chairman of the Westport Architectural Review Board. His published writings have included newspaper columns on home improvement, and magazine articles on green building, architecture and the arts. He is currently at work on a book, "Practical Green Remodeling: Down-to-Earth Solutions for Every Day Homes," due out from Taunton Press in early 2010. His blog, The Future is Green can be found at http://tfigblog.com/


Adam K. Ney

Adam K. Ney is the President of AuctorVerno, LLC, a green building/green business marketing services firm with offices in Bloomfield and Bethany. AuctorVerno assists businesses, non-profits and government agencies with developing green business strategies for their operation, supply chain, mission and culture. The firm provides services in the following areas:


Greenstorming...Green Idea Generation

  • Green Building/Green Business Event Coordination and Promotion
  • Strategic Communications
  • Workforce Development
  • Image Enhancement and Integrated Outreach Campaigns
  • Sustainability Speakers' Bureau
  • Media Relations

AuctorVerno is also the producer of buildingctgreen.com, a one-stop on-line clearing house for all that is green in CT. The site includes a Green Jobs Directory, CT Green News Section and features Auggie V's CT Green Blog.

In addition to heading up AuctorVerno, Ney also serves as assistant director of public affairs for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the state's largest business organization with more than 10,000 member companies.



Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP

Linda's New Haven-based firm Linda Reeder Architecture, LLC provides residential design services and consults with architecture firms, nonprofits, and others on commercial and institutional projects and sustainability issues. Before starting her own firm in 2005, Linda was an associate at Roth and Moore Architects where she designed multi-family and institutional buildings. Linda has taught graduate and undergraduate students since 2004 and is a speaker at the American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s 2010 national convention. She is the editor of the AIA's SPP Journal, a national journal for small project practitioners. Linda has served on the New Haven Commission on Disabilities since 2004 and is a member of the AIA Connecticut's Committee on the Environment and the Building Performance & Regulations Committee. She has a Masters of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture.
Telephone 203.789.8377

Linda's speaking topics include:
Commercial rating systems
Residential rating systems
Introduction to green building strategies



F. Todd Renz

President and CEO of O,R&L Construction Corporation, Mr. Renz has over twenty-six years experience in the commercial construction field, having managed and successfully completed over 300 new construction and renovation projects throughout the Northeast. Mr. Renz directs all construction projects for a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, prestigious hospitals, cutting edge bio-technology firms, educational institutions and major corporate accounts. Additionally, he is responsible for negotiating multimillion dollar contracts for new construction and renovation projects including construction management, build to suit projects and leaseback facilities.

Mr. Renz is a LEED accredited professional, certified in the "Green" environmentally sensitive approach to construction.

Through various projects, Todd has used "green technologies" to design and build facilities with "green" features such as the use of solar, photovoltaic panels and fuel cells that reduce energy consumption. Sites are being designed to reduce water run off and minimize pollution, and recycling is being incorporated into all projects. Many incentives are available through utility rebates, the Clean Energy Fund, the Federal Energy Act, and tax credits. At O,R&L, Todd has standardized these green concepts and has incorporated them into all projects thus reducing the pay back period of new buildings.

Speaking Engagements
Subject: "High-Performance Schools In Connecticut"
Subject: "Greening Your Business"
Accreditations
LEED Accredited Professional
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Glider Pilot
Instrument Rated Pilot



John Rountree, AIA

John Rountree graduated from Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1982. He worked for a number of large architectural firms in New York City before forming his own firm, Rountree Architects in 1990. Mr. Rountree's firm, Rountree Architects, specializes in the design of energy efficient, environmentally sound buildings that utilize non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. In 1992 Mr. Rountree founded the AIA/Connecticut Committee on the Environment (COTE) and in 1995 was appointed to serve on the national COTE steering committee. In 2003 he along with good his friend and colleague, Mark Pizzi, received a grant from the US Department of Energy and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to promote the use of Solar Photovoltaics in Fairfield County. He and Mark now lead a company, Westport Solar Consultants, specializing in the design of grid-tied PV systems for commercial and institutional buildings.



Michael Trolle - BPC Green Builders

Mike established BPC in 1998 to offer a unique set of residential construction services that emphasize the use of building science and green building strategies to maximize the performance potential of each home, whether new or old. Performance issues addressed by BPC include energy efficiency, indoor air quality, comfort, durability, maintenance, and safety from microbials, radon, combustion byproducts, and fire. Services provided by BPC include:

Custom home building
Home additions and major renovations
Performance diagnostics
Performance-related improvements
Consultation to homeowners, architects, and builders

BPC is a leading authority in Connecticut on high performance residential construction. A home we built in Redding was awarded the 2004 HOBI award for Best Energy Efficient and Healthy Home* in Connecticut and another BPC home in Norfolk received the 2006 award. BPC built the first house in Connecticut to meet the stringent standards of the American Lung Association's Health House designation. Since then, the company has managed the construction of eight new homes and the complete reconstruction of six existing homes, all of which have earned five star ratings from the EPA's Energy Star program. Articles on our work have appeared in the New York Times and Connecticut Magazine, as well as in numerous area newspapers. We were featured on a CPTV series entitled "Connecticut's Energy Future," and we have spoken about residential building science to a wide variety of groups, including consumers, architects, builders, and building inspectors.

Mike holds a BA degree in geography, an MA degree in American Literature, an advanced business certificate and has years of training in green building and building science with some of the most prominent practitioners in the country.

BPC holds licenses in Connecticut as a New Home Contractor (#2277), Home Improvement Contractor (#572283), Real Estate Broker (#REB750723), and Professional Engineer CT(#19135) and has additional certifications in building science, energy efficient construction, performance rating, healthy home construction, and indoor air quality assessment.



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