The NEHERS Alliance Board is consists of the following positions:
Current Board Members
President: Frank Swol
Vice President: Emelie Cuppernell
Secretary: Doug McCleery
Treasurer: Nick Jones
Rater Category (1 Position)
Chris Mazzola, Production Manager
Home Energy Raters, LLC
Chris is the Production Manager at Home Energy Raters, LLC. He oversees five office staff and nine full time certified HERs raters performing utility efficiency program inspections, IECC code compliance, Builder and Municipal Inspector informational sessions.
In addition to twelve years of service the military, Chris also has 25 years of experience in logistics and engineering. He started his Building Science career with Building Diagnostics doing primarily weatherization of existing homes and, with time, evolved that into Home Energy Raters. Chris has worked as a residential framer, HVAC installer and Electrician. He is certified with FLIR Infrared and Energy Star Homes.
Associate Member Category (1 Position)
Nick Jones, Energy Efficiency Consultant
Nick Jones serves as the Residential New Construction — Energy Efficiency Program Lead for Eversource Energy. He also serves as the Residential Demand Response Program Lead for the energy efficiency group. Nick has spent the bulk of his career working with builders, developers, design teams, efficiency programs, industry associations, and state and federal organizations to advance high performance building practices and technologies. In 2016, Nick served as a presenter for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and published a white paper entitled Zero Energy Homes: Available and Scalable. In 2017, Nick served as a presenter for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)'s Building Energy conference in New York City. Nick has also served multiple terms as a judge for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Housing Innovation Awards. Nick holds credentials as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a LEED — Green Associate, and a Green Professional (G-PRO) Operations & Maintenance (O&M). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC), and serves as chair of the Education committee and co-chair for the Emerging Professional (EP). He holds degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University in Sustainable Energy Studies, and is currently pursuing a degree in Global Sustainability from Central Connecticut State University.
QA Provider Category (5 Positions)
Bruce Bennett, Project Manager
GDS Associates, Inc., Manchester, NH
Bruce is a Project Manager with GDS Associates, a multi service engineering and consulting firm, and is based in GDS’ northeastern office located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Bruce manages the residential energy efficiency services division providing home energy ratings for most of the utility sponsored programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and for non-utility sponsored ENERGY STAR Home certification, Federal Energy Tax Credit certifications, energy auditing and assessments throughout New England. He has been with the firm since 2000 and has over twenty years of experience in construction and real estate planning and development. Specific experiences include landscape construction, new home construction, city/town planning, environmental compliance, finance structuring for multi-family affordable housing projects, and since joining GDS, residential and commercial energy efficiency consultation. Bruce is a past-president of the NH Residential Energy Performance Association. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders and Remodeler's Association of New Hampshire, and the Builders Association of Greater Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mike Browne, Founder
Advanced Building Analysis
Mike holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Brown University. He is the founder of ABA. Previously, Mike worked in traditional woodworking and then architectural woodworking and CNC programming for 10 years. Returning to engineering, Mike then studied for and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Test and completed the training and certification for RESNET energy raters. As more and more energy efficiency alternatives become available, Mike is excited to be able to help local builders and home owners quantify their options and take advantage of the best construction practices and the best funding assistance programs available (tax credits, rebates, grants and energy efficient mortgages). Mike is a RESNET certified Energy Rater and Provider as well as the first 2012 NGBS accredited rater in Massachusetts. He is also a certified PHIUS+ rater, and has trained in Infrared Imaging at the world training headquarters of FLIR in Billerica, MA. For more on the capabilities of Infrared see FLIR's website. Mike is also President and board member of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET accredited HERS Provider that specifically caters to Independent HERS Raters working in Massachusetts.
Douglas McCleery, PE, CEM - Vice President of Technical Services
MaGrann Associates, Mount Laurel, NJ
Doug has worked to improve the energy performance of residential buildings at MaGrann Associates for the past 25 years, where he currently oversees all technical activity as the Vice President of Technical Services. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in six states and a Certified Energy Manager. He has been engaged with home energy ratings since their inception and has worked as a rater, trainer, program implementer, program manager and manager of quality assurance. He regularly advocates for the interests of the northeastern region and multi-family buildings through his engagement with EPA and RESNET.
Rick Wertheim, Senior Vice President for Housing and Green Development
United Way of Long Island
Mr Wertheim is the Senior Vice President for Housing & Green Initiatives at United Way of Long Island. He oversees the Green Construction, Energy Retrofit and Workforce Development Training programs the organization offers to Long Islanders wishing to enter the High Growth, High Demand emerging careers in the Green and Energy Efficiency Industry. He is a graduate Architect, BPI and RESNET trained energy professional, construction manager and builder/developer. He has developed/renovated over 150 homes following the Energy Star for Homes standards, Universal Design principles for aging in place, HUD Healthy Homes protocols, and most recently, the U.S. Dept of Energy's "Zero Energy Ready Home" Program.
He developed the NYSERDA funded "E3 (Energy Efficiency Education) SmartBuild Center" in Deer Park to train the next generation of Green Collar Workers with state-of-the-art equipment, a fully operational "House of Pressure" and a hands-on fee-for-service division to install the most advanced air-sealing and insulation strategies for high performance homes as well as complete gut rehabilitations, deep energy retrofits, and ground-up green construction for the special needs and affordable housing sector on Long Island.
His latest achievement was to receive the 2015 "Housing Innovation Award" Grand Award in the Affordable Housing Category from the U.S. Dept. of Energy's "Zero Energy Ready Home" Program, showcasing health, comfort, durability and sustainable energy savings that Long Islanders desperately need. This particular home yielded a "Net Positive" return for the agency that runs the special needs project, meaning it generates more energy than it uses and returns a check back to the agency yearly from the utility.
The E3 SmartBuild Center is the Hub for United Way of Long Island's Zero Energy Ready Home initiative, the United Way of Long Island's Housing Development Corp, Weatherization Division, Industry and individual energy retrofit training, OSHA safety training, as well as programs like Youthbuild, VetsBuild, and Green Job Corp.
Frank Swol, Lead Project Consultant & QAD
EAM Associates, Wall, NJ
Frank is a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, LEEP AP Homes, LEED AP BD&C, LEED for Homes Green Rater, EPA WaterSense Quality Assurance Designee, NAHB Green Verifier, and an ACCA Certified Residential HVAC System Designer. He studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and brings practical knowledge of the construction industry to the rating and green design process from the decade he spent working for a commercial/residential general contractor. At EAM Frank annually supervises the rating and inspection of thousands of homes for various EEP, green construction, and energy code programs. In addition he also performs QAD services for independent Raters and other RESNET Providers in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2013 Frank joined the NEHERS QAD committee to help develop guidance on difficult rating situations for all NEHERS member to use.
Training Provider Category (1 Position)
Emelie Cuppernell, Manager of Provider Services
Performance Systems Development, Ithaca, NY
Emelie Cuppernell is a Manager and the QA Designee at Performance Systems Development. She holds a Bachelor of Applied and Computational Mathematics with a Concentration in Physics. In her 7 years of auditing, rating, and consulting experience, she has analyzed and improved hundreds of buildings (single family, multifamily, new and existing). As a certified EPA Universal Refrigerant handler, she conducted a two-year study of cooling systems in New England, including data monitoring, performance testing and modeling in 80 homes. At PSD, an Accredited HERS Provider, Training Provider, and Sampling Provider, Emelie supports 70 raters in 15 states, participating in EPA ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, FirstEnergy, NYSERDA, LIPA, and other state specific programs. She oversees rater education, training, communication, software and modeling support, and delivers ENERGY STAR 3.0 and HERS rater training.
Program Category (1 Position)
Peter Hubbe, Account Manager
Joint Management Committee
Peter is an Account Manager for the MassSave Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program for the Joint Management Committee (JMC) Program sponsors. His responsibilities include program development, program outreach, support to builders and developers of low rise projects, and support to HERS raters. Peter is a HERS Rater, NGBS Green Verifier, LEED for Homes Rater, and has been a NABCEP Certified Solar PV installer. Peter has worked in the energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic fields for 20 years and has an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.