Get to know our member companies
NCBPA is proud to share these stories of our hard-working member companies and professionals that improve the performance of NC’s homes and buildings every day. Here, member professionals tell their stories about getting started, what market barriers they struggle with and share their most successful projects to date. Want to have your story heard? Contact us!
From Student to Building Scientist: NCBPA Interviews Emerging Leader Rachel Dodgen
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.
Learn About High Performance Walls with Dave Box of Superior Walls
Join Dave Box of Superior Walls for tours of a church project, single family build and townhome project in Raleigh, NC. Filmed in August of 2018, this video provides builders, consumers and contractors with helpful information on high performance construction techniques using precast concrete walls from Superior Walls.
Short on time? Skip ahead to catch these highlights:
- 0:24 – Church build using Superior Walls for basement and main level
- 2:10 – Single family build using two 12′ stacked Superior Walls
- 5:44 – Townhome project with basements made from Superior Walls
- 7:50 – What help is needed to improve the market for high performance homes?
Tour a Passive House with Will Alphin and Dylan Buonfrisco of REdesign.build
What’s a Passive House? Find out in this video interview and tour filmed in August 2018! Member company REdesign.build is midway through the first of four single family Passive House builds in Raleigh, NC. In the first part of this video, owner Will Alphin talks about the reason his company chose to build a spec Passive House, describes the challenges his team encountered along the way and shares what he thinks all builders can learn from going Passive. In the second part of this video, Dylan Buonfrisco provides a highly technical tour of the home’s foundation, interior walls, mechanical system, air sealing measures and much more.
Want to know more about Passive House? Want to see one being built? Watch this video interview to find out! And, if you’d like more information on Passive House, contact NCBPA!
Short on time? Skip ahead to catch these highlights:
- 0:47 – Start of the interview with Will Alphin
- 3:41 – What’s been the learning curve with Passive House?
- 6:04 – What can other builders learn from it?
- 7:11 – Start of the technical tour with Dylan Buonfrisco
- 12:37 – Learn about the mechanical system
- 16:05 – Learn about the windows and doors
- 19:28 – How efficient is the water system?
- 22:52 – What’s your strategy for efficiency and renewables?
“Meet the Home Performance Contractor” with John Kidda of reNew Home
John Kidda is the Founder and Principal of reNew Home, a home performance contracting company based in Boone, NC. reNew Home helps homeowners and builders diagnose, test and improve energy and performance issues in new and existing homes. John is a talented building scientist who received his Sustainable Development degree from Appalachian State University in 2008 and began working as a Technical Program Manager at the start of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided federal funding for energy efficiency and home performance job training and weatherization programs. Four years into his career, John formed reNew Home and has been helping homeowners and builders save energy and improve home performance ever since.
In this interview filmed in early 2018, John describes how he started in the industry, what his company needs to be more successful and provides advice to students and young professionals looking to join our industry. Learn more about John’s work at www.reNewHomeInc.com/home.html.
“From Building Science Student to Building Science Professional” with Nathan Kahre of Thrive Home Builders
Nathan Kahre is the High Performance and Healthy Home Manager at Thrive Home Builders in Denver, CO, awarded Builder of the Year for 2017 by Builder Magazine. Nathan received his industry education at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he obtained a Masters of Science with a dual concentration in Building Science and Sustainable Building Design and Construction. Watch this video to learn how Nathan got started in the industry, what he enjoys most about his job and to hear what advice he has for students and young professionals considering a career in building performance.
“The Technical Side of Building Green” with VandeMusser Design, PLLC
Amy Musser and Matthew Vande are co-owners of VandeMusser Design, PLLC located in Asheville, NC. VandeMusser Design provides technical consulting and certification services for green residential construction to builders, architects, developers and homeowners in Western North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Amy and Matthew are architects, engineers and home energy raters that work with clients to design, build and retrofit single and multifamily homes to energy efficient, green and high performance certification programs. In this interview filmed in early 2018 in Asheville, NC, Amy and Matthew answer questions about how they got started in the industry, what high performance homes will look like in 2030 and also offer career guidance to students and young professionals interested in joining our industry. Find more information on their company at www.VandeMusser.com.
“Meet the Building Scientists” with Meghan McDermott and Francis Conlin of High Performance Building Solutions
Meghan McDermott and Francis Conlin, Co-Owners of High Performance Building Solutions, are building science consultants, engineers, educators and expert problem solvers that diagnose performance issues in new and existing multifamily, commercial, governmental, public and institutional buildings. They make buildings behave all across the country. In this interview filmed in early 2018 in Durham, NC, Meghan and Francis answer questions about how they got started in the industry and what building owners don’t know about their buildings, and also offer career guidance to students and young professionals interested in joining our industry. Find more information on their company at www.hpb-solutions.com.