NCBPA is proud to recognize some of the amazing People from our membership that make North Carolina the nation’s leader in Building Performance. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself below!
Have a story of your own to share? Contact us!
Pam Fasse – Owner, Fasse Construction in Wilmington, NC
Pam Fasse is an award winning Builder in the Wilmington area and served on NCBPA’s Board of Directors in 2018 – 2019. Pam’s projects incorporate high-end design, strong energy efficiency standards and high performance measures that ensure comfort, sustainability, low energy bills and much more. In addition to building high performance homes for her Wilmington-area clients, Pam has been a strong industry voice for improved building and energy codes at the state level. Get to know about Pam’s work at www.FasseBldgs.com or through the below resources:
- Video: Click here to watch a short video tour on one of Pam’s high performance projects in the Wilmington area
- Article: “Stronger energy codes bringing long-term rewards to North Carolina”
- Article: “North Carolina’s energy code is under short and long-term attacks”
- Article: “Low impact building with high rewards”
NCBPA interviews Aaron Hope of member company Southern Energy Management in Raleigh, NC
How do you make a positive impact on the environment? By crawling through hot attics and advocating for beneficial industry policies with legislators, of course.
When he’s not crawling underneath or on top of energy efficient homes, Aaron Hope is busy raising a family, writing books and serving as an active voice in North Carolina’s building performance industry through NCBPA. Aaron started with Southern Energy Management in May of 2017 and has been actively expanding his industry knowledge and technical experience since. This past spring, Aaron participated in NCBPA’s 2019 Lobby Days where he spoke to dozens of legislators about the benefits of supportive policies for our industry.
Here, Aaron answers some questions about his pathway into building performance and provides young professionals with recommendations on finding their own entry point into our industry.
Sonny Gordon and Charles Leahy of Eco-Panels in Mocksville, NC
Eco-Panels manufactures the most advanced and integrated panelized building solution on the market today, and we are helping clients all over the world build some of the strongest and most energy efficient homes on the planet. With continuously insulated single-piece corner panels and a quick-connect cam-lock joining solution, the Eco-Panels building system eliminates many of the opportunities for error associated with traditional methods of construction. Far superior to traditional EPS SIPs or stick frame construction, Eco-Panels are rapidly erected and perfect for international, governmental or corporate housing solutions. Very low-skilled local labor can be employed for the betterment of the local communities while providing a stronger, safer and significantly more energy efficient building solution. Visit www.Eco-Panels.com for more information.
Video courtesy of The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
NCBPA Interviews Graham Lewis of Schneider Electric in Raleigh, NC
What are the risks and rewards of guaranteed energy savings contracts for state and local government projects? Ask Graham Lewis of Schneider Electric. He knows.
Graham Lewis is the Performance Contracting Sales Representative for Schneider Electric’s western North Carolina region. His day-to-day work involves calling on potential customers with energy and water savings project opportunities, working through the paperwork and regulations involving state and local government projects, and participating in industry growth initiatives that help advance the industry and his career.
Graham was recruited by Schneider Electric as a Senior at NC State University in Raleigh and has been with the company for almost three years. In this time, Graham has spent a wealth of time on job sites learning building performance firsthand, has presented at industry conferences and has received sales and relationship management training through Schneider Electric, which consistently ranks in the world’s top firms for most-admired, ethical and sustainable.
Here, Graham answers questions from NCBPA about his career pathway, advice he has for students looking to enter the workforce and addresses common misconceptions that young professionals may have about their first position out of school.
NCBPA Interviews Rachel Dodgen of Energy Recovery Specialists in Greensboro, NC
Building Scientist. Energy Auditor. Social Media Manager. Home Performance Contractor. Sustainability Educator. Emerging Leader.
These are just a few of the roles that Rachel Dodgen fills on a daily basis while working at Energy Reduction Specialists in Greensboro, North Carolina. Rachel graduated from Appalachian State University’s world-renowned Appropriate Technology program in May of 2016 and attained a Master of Technology in Building Science soon thereafter. With a wealth of education and an industry internship under her belt, Rachel knew that a career in building performance was for her. In early 2018, she got to work.
Rachel recently took some time away from hot attics and cold crawl spaces to reflect on her first year in the industry. Below, Rachel describes some of the challenges she’s faced thus far, talks about her motivation and provides advice to other young professionals, students and women on joining the industry.
Dennis Tharrington of Innovative Green Builders in Henderson, NC
There are many ways that NCBPA member professionals find themselves in our state’s building performance industry. For member Dennis Tharrington of Innovative Green Builders, it didn’t happen until his fourth, and final, career. Read here about Dennis’ later-in-life transition to green building in an article he wrote for NCBPA.
With Innovative Green Builders, Dennis and his son Daniel have become regional leaders in green single and multifamily buildings. The family-owned business has been committed to building the most energy efficient, green and high performance homes and buildings they can. Even working in the state’s low-income affordable housing program, their company makes sure to use high performance construction practices and ensure that their projects perform and last.
Learn more about Dennis’ work here.
Judy Dinelle of 84 Lumber in Asheville, NC
Since 2014, Judy Dinelle has served in the role of Building Ambassador for 84 Lumber, a leading building supply company based in Pennsylvania with supply centers across the country, including many in North Carolina. With 84 Lumber, Judy participates in a wealth of industry initiatives that support residential builders, create new opportunities for women and that educate stakeholders on energy efficiency, green building and high performance construction practices.
In January of 2020, Judy was recognized as the 2019 Woman of the Year at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. While she is a frequent award winner herself, Judy also sponsors and supports a wealth of industry and nonprofit events and awards. Judy and 84 Lumber sponsored the 2017 Best in Green awards at the IBS show where NCBPA’s Ryan Miller won Young Green Professional of the Year!
When in North Carolina, Judy can be found at her customers’ job sites, meetings of the state and local home builders associations, and also NCBPA events. NCBPA is truly appreciative to have strong leaders like Judy in our membership!
Learn more about 84 Lumber by visiting their website here.
John Kidda of ReNew Home in Boone, NC
I’m passionate about the science involved in improving your home’s performance, and ensuring your future home construction or renovation project will provide long-lasting durability and livability. I became involved with building science and green building when graduating college in 2008 because it was closely related to my major, sustainable development. I had great experiences with a firm in the Bay Area that specialized in home performance remodeling (insulation/air leakage, HVAC, water heaters, windows, solar PV), but felt the quality of our projects couldn’t reach the standards I desired.
We returned to Boone, NC when my wife won a scholarship to start grad school at Appalachian State University. I began doing general construction on a subcontractor basis, and in 2013, I incorporated reNew Home. As a business owner, I have the authority to ensure that the products used for any project meet my standards for quality.
Outside of work, I spend a lot of free time fixing up my own existing house. My wife and I have both enjoyed rock climbing for years and we have traveled all over the place to camp out and rock climb, especially during the summer when my wife is off work. I’m strangely obsessive about waste in my personal life and try to avoid throwaway items and unnecessary packaging.
Learn more about ReNew Home by visiting their website here.
Video courtesy of Blue Ridge Electric.