Bruce Bennett - Residential Workshop Series Main Speaker
Bruce Bennett is a Project Manager with GDS Associates and specializes in the energy efficiency of residential buildings. Bruce is a RESNET-accredited and certified home energy rating provider (HERS) under the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards. Bruce has conducted hundreds of home energy ratings for candidate-homes for the EPA's ENERGY STAR Homes labeling program, the tax credits through Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and for energy efficient mortgages. As a project manager, Bruce oversees a staff of 7 residential energy efficiency specialists and home energy raters. Bruce's team currently supports the implementation of various utility-sponsored residential energy efficiency programs which includes Public Service of New Hampshire, Unitil Corporation, NH Electric Cooperative, National Grid, NSTAR, Northeast Utilities and the Cape Light Compact. Bruce has over seven years of experience working with the REM/Rate software. Prior to the development of the implementation of ENERGY STAR Homes Program and the EPACT 2005, Bruce used the REM/Rate software to model homes for energy consumption and to estimate component-specific energy savings using the software's energy improvement analysis capabilities. Bruce joined GDS Associates in December 2000 and is based in the firm's New Hampshire office. Prior to joining GDS, Bruce served as a Development Officer with New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority where he provided finance underwriting, loan disbursements and construction oversight for the completion of multi-family housing development projects. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design and a Master of Regional Planning; both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jonathan Osgood - Residential & Commercial "Energy Code Background" Presenter
Jon Osgood is currently the Energy Conservation Coordinator at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. Jon worked in energy and building related fields his entire professional career, beginning with UNH Extension where he conducted more than 300 home and 100 business energy audits in the North Country before moving south to accept a series of appointments with the Governor's Energy Office under Governors Gregg and Sununu. Osgood was appointed Director of that office by Governor Gregg who later asked Osgood to form the Governor's Office of Energy and Community Services which he directed until 1997. He subsequently joined the Public Utilities Commission staff to run the energy code program and upgrade the code. He held positions in the Consumer Affairs, Finance, Telecommunications and Safety Divisions within the PUC before he resumed responsibility for the energy code in 2007. Jon is a Portsmouth native who was educated in West Germany and Bangor, Maine. He earned an Economics degree from the University of New Hampshire. During and after high school and college he worked in the building trades as a carpenter/plumber/electrician. He has also been a volunteer Fire Fighter and part-time Police Officer.
Alan Mulak, PE - Commercial Workshop Series Main Speaker
Alan Mulak, a licensed professional engineer, has 36 years experience in the energy field. After earning a BSCE from Lowell Technological Institute, Alan began his career as a test engineer on nuclear submarines. Following this tour of duty, Alan spent 10 years working on power plant construction, overhaul and maintenance. From 1982 to 1999, he worked on a variety of energy management and conservation projects for utilities, private owners/investors and public municipalities. From 1999 to 2004, Alan worked as a Program Manager for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), focused upon improving operation and maintenance of commercial and industrial facilities through the Building Operator Certification Program. Currently, Alan enjoys professional associations with 14 local energy service companies and utilities as well as other private organizations, performing a wide variety of energy related services. Alan's primary activities include training, conducting energy audits and energy efficiency consultation with Architects and Engineers.