Get to know our expert staff

D. Ryan Miller – Founder & Executive Director

Ryan leads the association’s work to grow North Carolina’s home and building performance industry by working with members and partner organizations to develop and manage valuable programs and services that create financial and market value.  This work includes establishing a stable workforce of trained professionals, creating new market opportunities through partnerships and new initiatives, and advocating for a better business climate.  Ryan also leads NCBPA’s efforts on industry policy, legislation, consumer marketing and more.

Since founding NCBPA in February of 2014, Ryan has led the startup of three other building performance associations in Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland.  On January 10th of 2018, Ryan was awarded the 2017 Young Green Professional of the Year award by the National Association of Home Builders.

Prior to founding NCBPA, Ryan was a Project and Program Manager at Advanced Energy in Raleigh and also served as the Operations Manager for Green Horizon, a home performance contractor based in Durham.  Ryan also spent five years in Austin, TX working for the electric cooperatives and started his career in business consulting with BearingPoint and The Home Depot in Atlanta.

Ryan served on the Board of Directors of Efficiency First for several years and is a member of NAHB’s Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee.   Ryan is a regular speaker at universities and colleges in North Carolina and at national conferences focusing on workforce development, market valuation and the benefits of participation in industry trade associations.  Ryan is originally from Atlanta but considers North Carolina home.  He holds a Bachelors degree in International Business Management from the University of Georgia and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional.

Learn more about Ryan’s work in this article featured in the Habitat X Journal from June of 2018.

Phone: 919-521-3385

Curt A. Hurd – Residential Buildings Specialist

Curt provides technical assistance, quality assurance, market research and development, and other services to the association’s members and industry at large to support growth and development in North Carolina’s new and existing home and building performance industry.  Curt splits his time supporting new construction builders and Home Energy Raters through the association’s nonprofit RESNET Rating Providership, where he performs certification reviews and quality assurance audits, and the association’s training and education work in the home performance (retrofit) space.  Prior to joining NCBPA,

Curt spent five years as Business Development & Residential Energy Consultant with Home Energy Solutions of the Triad in Greensboro and has more than 15 years’ experience in the building performance and sustainable materials industries.  Curt is originally from New Jersey (Southern Jersey), but has called North Carolina home for over 25 years.  He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and multiple certifications from the Building Performance Institute and RESNET.

Curt is originally from New Jersey (Southern Jersey), but has called North Carolina home for over 25 years.  He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and multiple certifications from the Building Performance Institute.

Phone: 336-263-5299

Email: Curt@BuildingNC.org

Connect with Curt on LinkedIn here.

Abby Coulter – Commercial Buildings & Member Services Specialist

Abby leads the association’s commercial buildings and member services work.  This work includes integrating Passive House construction into North Carolina’s residential and commercial construction industries, surveying industry professionals for market, workforce development and other needs, and developing and delivering research projects, educational workshops and communications campaigns that benefit consumers and industry professionals opportunities.

Abby started with NCBPA as an Intern in the summer of 2017 focused on residential consumer education and member services.  Since then, she transitioned to a part-time position with increasing responsibility on commercial building performance and member services.  After twelve months of intern and part-time work at NCBPA, Abby earned a full-time position with the association, which she began on May 23rd of 2018.  Originally from Asheville, Abby graduated from North Carolina State University with a major in Environmental Science and a focal area in Sustainable Building, along with a minor in Landscape Architecture.

Phone: 828-507-2472

Rebecca Wyhof – Strategic Initiatives & Events

Rebecca works part-time with NCBPA on strategic initiatives and events, including managing the association’s annual conference.  Outside of NCBPA, Rebecca is the President of Blue Roof Strategies and is a city council member in Sanford.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC.

Phone: 919-721-6881

Scott Hoover – Field Instructor

Scott has worked part-time for NCBPA since 2015 in support of the association’s Providership and training programs.  He teaches RESNET Rater, BPI Analyst, BPI Envelope, Building and Energy Code, and LEED Green Associate courses as well as proctoring BPI field exams. Scott is a RESNET-certified Quality Assurance Designee, allowing him to perform remote and field quality assurance audits of Home Energy Raters working in new construction homes.  His teaching skills were honed teaching English in Thailand while traveling around SE Asia. Scott earned a BA in Biology from Arkansas Tech University, and a MS in Renewable Energy from Murdoch University, in Perth Western Australia.  After realizing the opportunities and impact that conservation has on reducing energy use and changing lives, Scott turned his focus to energy efficiency.

Phone: 919-619-7100

Connect with Scott on LinkedIn here.

Emily Bulla – Summer 2018 Intern

Emily is a rising Senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she’s studying to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy with minors in Sustainability and Urban Planning.  For the summer of 2018, Emily is leading NCBPA’s “Energy Efficiency Potential Study” that will provide an industry perspective on the amount of energy efficiency savings possible across the state, focused on homes and buildings.  To complete this work, Emily will be contacting NCBPA member companies, partners, state agencies and many others to collect data on existing energy saving projects, projects planned over the next few years, and other data to forecast “the big number”.  Upon completion, the findings of Emily’s study will be used by NCBPA to draft legislation seeking state funding and support for a state-mandated study with an expanded scope and involvement of the state’s utilities and regulators.  Prior to joining NCBPA, Emily interned at the Southeastern Wind Coalition and studied energy efficient and sustainable building development in Germany and the Netherlands last summer.

Phone: 919-6841-6207

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn here.