While a student at James Madison University I saw a presentation on energy auditing through the college’s student chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and was immediately hooked. I loved the opportunities for creativity and the ability to affect real changes with real impacts. I can now say I have had the privilege of working in sustainability and energy efficiency for over 12 years and my favorite way to describe what SBP does to friends and family is to say “Well, before a building project happens, we work to figure out how a project that does not exist might exist if it existed and use that work to find meaningful information that helps the building exist better when it finally does exist. Once the project is underway, we work to make sure the project comes to exist in the way it was intended to exist.”
Outside of the office I can be found existing and working on various renovation projects in our historic (and slowly getting more energy efficient) home on Chincoteague Island as well as acting and designing/constructing sets and lighting for The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company, which was founded by my (beautiful and talented) wife in 2011.
Brian, SBP’s self proclaimed trivia savant, is our extra set of eyes and ears on projects for building owners. Before joining SBP, Brian served 21 years in the Navy and then retired as a Chief Petty Officer. It’s well known throughout the military that those who rise to the level of Chief are not only technical experts, but also leaders, mentors, and problem solvers. He uses all of those skills in his work reviewing MEP designs, equipment installation, and ensuring everything is running properly before we hand a building over to any owners. He also helps buildings complete their certification processes by submitting all necessary paperwork – a true hero to those of us without the patience for paperwork. His interest in commissioning is driven by learning new things about different systems and processes every day. When he’s not in the office or playing trivia you can find him beating his friends in bowling or losing to them in golf.
“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation.” – ADM Hyman G. Rickover, USN.
Out of college Scott worked in the field of environmental science, focusing on indoor air quality. For many years he has helped clients tackle issues related to mold, sick building syndrome, designing shelter in place programs in response to biological warfare, and general issues related to comfort while indoors.
While studying issues related to general indoor comfort, Scott became involved in green building, sustainability and energy efficiency. He pursued and gained his certification with National Green Building Standard, as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater and ultimately as a Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Quality Assurance Designee (QAD). Through these experiences Scott has gained a vast knowledge of construction practices, energy modeling and diagnostic testing of buildings and building components, which help design and construct more energy efficient, healthy and ultimately sustainable buildings.
When not at work you can find Scott with his wife and two sons doing all of the activities that young boys love to do. He also enjoys going to local car shows, and if the wife allows it, playing a round of golf.
Sahiti found herself in the U.S. after a bit of soul searching and a need to utilize her skills to do something fulfilling and exciting with her passion for sustainability. Luckily, it led her to us! She grew up in Canada and attended the University of British Columbia where she studied Mechanical Engineering and then went on to work in HVAC and plumbing design for mixed-use high-rise buildings. Now, her focuses as a Commissioning Analyst include helping buildings maintain their Energy Star certifications, ensuring systems are working properly on site and deciphering data submittals. When asked what her favorite part about working at SBP is, she said “Besides the team being absolutely amazing, there is always something new to learn. Each site will introduce you to something new, and each person you meet will have something new to share with you.” If you haven’t caught on by now, Sahiti is focusing on expanding her world through knowledge, experiences, and more. She spends part of her free time walking dogs and cleaning kennels at the Humane Society of Fairfax County, camping, cheering on the Calgary Flames (she’s a die hard hockey fan), going dancing, and desperately trying to keep her plants alive. On top of all that she’s committed to crossing off items on her bucket list, anyone up for jumping out of an airplane together… give her a call!
“The seas may be rough but I am the captain. No matter how difficult, I will always prevail!” – Captain Jack Sparrow
Mike has been in the energy efficiency and green building consulting arena for twenty years. With a background in mechanical engineering and a passion for holistic building design, Mike looks to find creative solutions that balance long-term performance and environmental impact with cost, health, wellness, comfort, durability, and return on investment. Mike has an in-depth working knowledge of building systems and can translate highly technical subjects into straightforward concepts and actionable information. Mike is committed to advancing the art and science of high performing buildings through collaborative workflow, technical agility, and ultimately meaningful dialogue and is grateful everyday for the opportunity to work alongside a wonderful team of professionals that inspire and challenge him to perform at the highest level and execute this mission.
Abbey, our passionate Phishhead, spends her days fielding and solving technical sustainability problems throughout the design and construction process. She loves looking in depth at building projects and helping building owners understand the long term impact of building sustainably and valuing energy efficiency. She describes herself as “a passionate and dedicated sustainability advocate committed to lessening anthropogenic impacts on our earth” and envisions “mobility systems and vibrant communities that harmonize sense of place and the human spirit to support rich social interaction, resource efficiency, cultural integrity, and happiness”. She spends lots of time outside exploring California, playing with her pups, volunteering at her local animal shelter and cooking. If you need her you can catch her at any Phish show!
“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right” – Grateful Dead
Natalia joined SBP in the spring of 2022 to launch her career in the green building industry shortly after earning an M.S. in Environmental and Green Chemistry from The George Washington University. She leverages the skills and knowledge she gained to promote the use of environmentally friendly materials and guide clients on the adoption of low carbon strategies in pursuit of a more sustainable and healthier built environment. She enjoys the challenge that comes with applying green building program requirements to each unique project and diving into embodied carbon analysis to help project teams measure and lower the carbon footprint of their buildings. Outside of work, Natalia enjoys seeing live music, spending quality time with friends and family, and creating art.
“Fortune favors the bold.” – Terence
Mike started his path to our building performance team at Penn State University where he majored in Energy engineering, it was there that he got his first taste of energy auditing. His motivation behind his work is the fact that his job contributes towards the fight against climate change, even if he feels it’s only a small contribution. Conserving our natural world goes hand in hand with his hobby of competing in trail running. When he’s not at work you can find him traveling the country competing, reading, tuning into obscure British panel TV shows, or rooting on the Eagles – Go Birds!
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t climb a ladder with a rabbit in each hand.” – Bob Mortimer
Katharine is dipping her toes into all aspects of our projects that need a green touch. Her role is to direct and encourage sustainable designs from conception to completion of construction. She collaborates with all of our teams to deliver the most sustainable results possible! As you can imagine, her work varies constantly and is always presenting her with new challenges. She loves getting to work with different team members and watch projects develop from blueprints into buildings. Katharine stays busy outdoors when she’s not at work. From hiking and biking to rock climbing and gardening, it seems work isn’t the only place she’s switching things up.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee
One of my favorite places in the world is a cabin perched on a mountain ridge in West Virginia. Sleeping on the deck under the stars, waking to the beautiful 360 degree views and sharing it with friends and family are just some of the highlights.
My love of nature began as a child- playing outside with our dogs and learning to fly fish on the streams of CT and ME. Classes in environmental science in high school and college continued to fuel my interest in nature, as did my semester studying in Malta with a focus on sustainable societies, overfishing, and artificial reefs.
My first job out of college introduced me to the construction/building science side of things and I began to get interested in constructing environmentally friendly buildings. At SBP I have moved into a career that is a perfect match with my environmental background and my interests in nature and sustainability.
“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” – Lily Tomlin
Marisa first found her passion for the built environment as a child, building magnificent sandcastles at the beach with her father and two sisters.
Following graduation from the University of Miami School of Architecture (Go Canes!) her growing passion for sustainability eventually led her to Washington DC. From there she spent several years in architecture, finally finding her niche in sustainable building consulting. Recently, Marisa became an appointed Council member of the Maryland Green Building Council, a volunteer position that keeps her involved in State policy development. Marisa takes great pride in her work and continues to strive to be a better leader. “I find this industry very fulfilling, knowing I am contributing to making a positive impact on the environment and the surrounding community.”
Outside of the office, Marisa is a dedicated equestrian, competing with her horse Winston in the world of eventing. Raising two wonderful girls alongside her husband, striving to instill the importance of caring for the future and for each other.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” – Sir Winston Churchill
Kyle is another one of our James Madison University ISAT representatives. His passion and motivation for working in the sustainable building sector is knowing the work he’s doing every day is contributing to a more sustainable future. He made an amazing addition to our building performance team as an analyst and works extensively with our modeling software to create 3D models of buildings and various mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems within those buildings. Another aspect of work he covers is creating a baseline model to measure our projects against so we can estimate energy and annual savings compared to a typical building. When he’s not busy modeling for us he likes to spend his time painting, tabletop gaming or watching Formula 1!
Kalin graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Integrated Science and Technology, concentration in Environment and Sustainability. Kalin first joined SBP as an intern the summer before my Senior year at JMU, then officially joined the Building Performance team a year later. As a building performance analyst, she examines architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumping drawings to create a building performance report. Kalin likes knowing that the work she does is helping the environment by being a part in creating sustainable buildings that are energy efficient. Outside of work she enjoys volunteering for environmental conservation and protection groups, as well as going camping and skiing!
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” -Rachel Carson
Jessica has a background in Mechanical and Energy engineering and loves using the skills and tools she’s developed towards the evolution of the built world, helping make a real difference in the fight for a more sustainable planet. As part of our commissioning team, she helps ensure sustainable systems and solutions are implemented and functioning properly to generate the best energy results. Another aspect of her life where she enjoys contributing to better the community is through tutoring high school students. She focuses on STEM subjects and SAT/ACT prep to help students achieve their best in high school and hopefully pursue college degrees. Although Jessica is busy as ever, she finds time to travel, continue exploring the DC metro area and attend lots of different sporting events, especially her Baltimore Ravens games!
“Prior planning prevents piss poor performance, probably.” – The 7 P’s
Becca gained her education at University of Maryland where she studied Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Environmental Economics. Now, she uses that knowledge to educate our project teams on sustainability and the LEED program. She loves watching the information she shares integrate into new projects to make them more sustainable. She’s got plenty of hobbies to keep her busy when she’s not at work like hiking, going to concerts and festivals or playing with her kitten.
“Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
Laura graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning and a minor in Sustainable Natural Environments. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Laura tried to go outside as often as she could. One of her favorite pastimes was walking through the fields and forest with her family’s horses in Nokesville, Virginia. This developed an appreciation for the environment and her desire to preserve it.
While at Virginia Tech she pursued a career in environmental planning which let to an opportunity to become an intern for the Office of Energy and Sustainability, which truly started her love affair with sustainability. Working as an intern helped Laura appreciate both urban planning and sustainability, ultimately leading to her goal of helping to create a more sustainable built environment.
In her free time, Laura can be found trying out local restaurants, going to farmers markets, walking and exploring local parks, and cuddling with her dogs and cats. She is a fan of good food, tea, videogames, and reality television shows. Straight out of college, she is now working at Sustainable Building Partners with the sustainable programs team. She is excited to have the opportunity to work for such a sustainability-oriented company.
John, another member of our commissioning team piqued his interest in the construction industry when he began his degree in mechanical engineering at University of Maryland College Park. After he graduated he went on to gain some experience as a general contractor before switching to a career in commissioning work. His work at SBP involves facilitating the commissioning process of a project from start to finish. He assists in reviewing design documents and creating a commissioning plan, reviewing installation of equipment, testing equipment to verify it meets the design requirements and facilitating the hand off of building operations to the maintenance staff. One thing John loves about working in commissioning is that he gets the opportunity to work on lots of different projects with many teams, allowing him to have an impact on each project and meet a variety of people with different backgrounds. His hobbies also keep him active meeting new people. He loves spending his free time outdoors rock climbing, backpacking, and playing volleyball!
“Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Sierra joined us as a recent graduate from Virginia Tech where she obtained a B.A.P.U.A In Environmental Policy and Planning. She helps assist in the collection of data supporting the verification of compliance with various green building certifications. The most satisfying part of her work is being able to affect the design of buildings in a way that will benefit the environment, as well as the occupants who will be residing or working there. Outside of work you can find her doing all sorts of physical activities. She’s a gym enthusiast and also enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga, boating and listening to music. She’s also loving spending her free time exploring the DMV area and finding new places and things to experience.
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life” – The Great Gatsby
Thiru is another University of Maryland alumni who managed to find his way into the SBP family. At UMD he completed his Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Energy Systems and also joined the University Energy Audit group where he performed Energy Analysis on campus facilities and data centers. He also went on to work for the Maryland Department of General Services where he carried out Energy Auditing and Modeling for various state facilities and after graduating began working for a utilities company helping with rebate incentives. All of this previous experience led Thiru into his current position with us as a Building Performance Analyst where he analyzes the energy of buildings and facilities to measure project performance and identify energy savings measures. The direct outcome of his work is what he finds most interesting about his job, contributing towards a more sustainable future and getting to see the energy saving results of his personal work. However, limiting our carbon footprint isn’t the only dedication Thiru has, he follows Arsenal soccer club religiously and never misses a game. When he’s not at work and there isn’t an Arsenal game on, you can find him reading, hiking, or planning his next road trip!
“Each of us is a tiny being, permitted to ride on the outermost skin of one of the smaller planets for a few dozen trips around the local star” – Carl Sagan
Haley grew up along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia where she first developed a keen interest in sustainability. With this in mind, she attended the University of Virginia to pursue a BS in Civil Engineering with a Concentration in Environmental Engineering. After finishing her degree, she spent several years in the general contracting industry before boarding the SBP ship to dive deeper into the world of green building! At SBP, her primary focus areas include certifying LEED Multifamily Midrise residential projects and conducting whole-building life cycle assessments to capture building embodied carbon impact. She loves how her role in designing more sustainable buildings makes a positive difference for the environment and for future generations. She also enjoys collaborating with and driving project teams towards more sustainable solutions. When she’s not busy at work you can find her scouting out new restaurants, honing her cooking skills, and discovering new hiking trails on her explorations of the great outdoors.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
My name is Dave Jacob, and I am a Sustainability Technical Manager on the Sustainable Programs team at SBP. I went to James Madison University (go Dukes!) and majored in Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) with a double concentration in Energy and Biosystems. This background enabled me to become a subject matter expert in residential and non-residential building ventilation, as well as a LEED Project reviewer specializing in Minimum Energy Performance, Enhanced IAQ Strategies, and Thermal Comfort. I believe that one should strive to learn something new every day, which fits in well with the type of work SBP does since I am constantly being exposed to new concepts and ideas. In my spare time, I enjoy making movie props, learning new home improvement skills, listening to music, and watching movies and sports.
Mandy is a wearer of many hats here at SBP, as our operations coordinator she juggles marketing, accounting, office administration, and HR, without her we’re not sure how we would keep this place running smoothly! She’s also dubbed as the unofficial Morale Manager of the office as the woman behind the catered lunches, team outings, and company parties. No day looks quite that same for her but she likes that she gets to use her personal skills to connect with different departments throughout the company. Mandy is a Reston native and studied Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration at Marymount University. She then spent 5 years in retail management specifically creating retail visuals at a prominent women’s lifestyle store before moving on to retail property management where she gained experience with short term leasing, tenant communication and marketing. Whatever work she’s doing needs to have an aspect of creativity to it, at SBP she gets to showcase her talents through our marketing material and website design. When Mandy and Luna, her canine sidekick, aren’t at work you can find them hiking, practicing photography, enjoying brunch with friends in DC, or watching Harry Potter with her cat Asha.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore
Rishiraj came to the United States when he joined Drexel University for a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He loved every minute of it! Soon after his first year as a mechanical designer fate took him to work in India, and then briefly, to work in Ireland. Locked up at home in a foreign country amidst a pandemic, he took to reading books. Most books geared towards climate change inspired him to pursue a career in sustainability. One book in particular, The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson, inspired him to apply to Johns Hopkins University, Rachel Carson’s alma mater. After graduating from Hopkins with a Masters in Civil Engineering, he joined Sustainable Building Partners as a Commissioning Analyst.
Working at SBP, Rishiraj is dedicated to improving building energy efficiency and to make the commissioning process as efficient as possible for the owners, the GC and other stakeholders of the project. He loves meeting new people and seeing new buildings come to life, which he gets to do on a daily basis at SBP! In his opinion, no team is better equipped and more passionate towards making a considerable impact on our projects and seeking out opportunities to increase building energy efficiency.
When not working, he loves playing squash and strumming his guitar. When outdoors, he loves to play badminton and to travel with his wife.
“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique.” – Conan O’Brien
Andy is a Virginia native who continued his education at James Madison University where he was enrolled in the Integrated Science and Technology major with concentrations in the Energy and Environmental sectors. After JMU he began his career in energy modeling where he specialized in single family homes and townhouses. He continued to nurture his knowledge of energy modeling and moved into the commercial sector ensuring that the designs from the architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing teams all come together to make an energy efficient building. Andy chose the green building industry because he likes knowing that his work has a direct impact on mitigating environmental damage and that he’s contributing towards this effort on a daily basis. He’s looking forward to expanding his knowledge in the commercial sector and to continue pursuing a cleaner, greener world. His favorite activities outside of work include playing guitar, watching movies, and getting together with his friends to cut a rug- something we’re all looking forward to seeing at the next holiday party.
“If you don’t risk doing something foolish, you’ll never do anything special” – Ethan Hawke
Scott’s passion for the environment came about from camping and canoe trips in Ontario and Maine. His inspiration – and some degree of romanticism – came from environmental writers like Thoreau, Jon Krakauer, and Edward Abbey. After receiving an undergrad in cultural anthropology from UMW, his ambitions grew out of the unique understanding whereby Westerners view nature – as an object of alienation. Seeking to close this gap that he too was experiencing, he spent several months in South America learning amongst Amerindian societies.
With the fortune to have had this experience, Scott went back to earn a master’s in natural resources at Virginia Tech to apply theory into practice. As a student consultant he developed a practical understanding of resource challenges we are currently facing. Energy being the primary global driver that dictates environmental policy. Ever since he has worked in various capacities installing retrofits, performing residential ratings, and energy modeling. SBP has encouraged him to pursue a balanced approach to energy consulting; reaffirming an ethos that people with informed decisions (or lack thereof sometimes) are what makes the world tick. Realizing them as the most important of resources will pay off for future generations and our planet.
Aside from being a national parks junkie, Scott enjoys hiking with his wife Sarah, reading, occasional DC United games, spicy foods, jiu jitsu practice, and volunteering.
As a youngster, Rachel was fascinated to learn about green house gas and pollution. Over the years, she has turned this fascination into her chief ambition to single-handedly save the earth. She currently spends her days advising projects how to incorporate sustainability into the built environment. Originally an army brat, she decided to stay in the DC area so she can pollute the air while in traffic, thus keeping herself marketable.
Rachel joined SBP in 2011, adding to the 70% JMU ISAT population within the company – Go Dukes! Though she has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, she has yet to design a wastewater treatment system and hopes that will never be in the cards for her (crappy work). Rachel’s 9 years of experience with LEED projects has lead her to managing the LEEDers in SBP where the team kicks sustainability butt.
Her family has been susceptible to her environmental influences while updating their 50+ year old home. They tolerate her antics only because if she ran away they would never have clean clothes. She and her husband are raising two rug rats raring to save the planet.
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud – Maya Angelou
Meet Scott, a sustainability enthusiast who received his education in Environmental Systems Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Scott joined SBP in the spring of 2022 and enjoys using his previous experience in sustainable materials and remediation practices to help project teams achieve their sustainability goals. During his time at SBP, he has loved growing his LEED knowledge and helping clients find innovative solutions to incorporate on their project site. Outside of work, Scott is involved in various extracurricular activities and enjoys hiking, attending concerts and festivals, and spending time with friends.
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
Amrut Ratnala holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and possesses a diverse educational and work background. During the academic years, Amrut interned as a research mechanical engineer at the GAMCO manufacturing plant, concentrating on the automation of assembly lines. This endeavor resulted in heightened efficiency in product development and timeline processes. Additionally, Amrut undertook a pivotal role as a participant in a senior design project, contributing significantly to the inception of an autonomous harvesting robot for Beanstalk Farms, an indoor vertical farming establishment situated in Herndon, VA. At SBP, Amrut engages with diverse industry professionals across an array of projects and showcases used for tackling the distinctive challenges each project brings forth. What truly captivates Amrut about the profession is the daily exposure to new systems and concepts. Beyond the professional sphere, Amrut plays the guitar, has a love for soccer—both as a participant and an observer—and derives pleasure from partaking in a variety of outdoor sports and activities.
Kirsten is another Hokie member of our team with a degree in Construction Engineering & Management and is our resident carbon specialist. She provides sustainability consulting with a focus on life-cycle assessment, embodied carbon, and carbon accounting and works with project teams through design and construction to select materials that will have a reduced environmental impact. One of her favorite materials to work with is concrete! She finds being able to influence the concrete mixes used in a project to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of a building, one of the coolest things she’s learned since joining the green building industry. Speaking of the industry, Kirsten and another SBP team member, Rachel Nicely, started the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) Hub in Washington, DC with the hope of bringing the DC AEC industry together to brainstorm and discuss strategies on how to reduce embodied carbon in our projects and in our city. You can catch Kirsten going to see live music, hiking or backpacking when she’s not in the office!
“The answers to our questions are everywhere; we just need to change the lens with which we see the world.” – Janine Benyus
Alison is a dedicated member of our team who is committed to promoting sustainability and green building design in our city. With a degree in Environmental Science and Policy and a minor in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland, Alison has a deep understanding of the complexities of environmental issues and how they intersect with design and construction practices. At SBP, she works closely with project teams to implement sustainable building strategies that improve the environmental impact of buildings and facilities. Alison takes pride in knowing that she is making a positive contribution to the environment in our area and looks forward to seeing the positive impact she will continue to make in the years ahead. In addition to her work, Alison is passionate about cooking and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is also an avid fan of reality TV and enjoys keeping up with the latest shows and trends.
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” -Emily Dickinson
Aaron joined us as a recent graduate from the University of Maryland where he earned a degree in Environmental Science and Technology with a focus in Ecological Technology Design. It was there that he was first introduced to the LEED program and developed a passion for the integration of natural systems into the built environment. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge in the sustainable construction sector and helping set industry standards to build a more sustainable and just world. When he’s not working as a sustainability consultant and our in-house photographer, he loves being outdoors, photography, reading comic books, and camping with his friends and family.
“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” – David Attenborough
After completing his undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Nepal, Bishan worked in the solar thermal industry. Bishan was looking to engage in the sector where his contribution could be broad. While pursuing his Master’s Degree in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems at UNC Charlotte, Bishan realized that he could have maximum impact as a professional if he focused his energy in the built environment. Therefore, over the last five years, Bishan has dedicated his time to research or professional settings related to the built environment. During his internship, Bishan got an opportunity to work on a DOE Building America project which further fueled his passion. As a Building Performance Analyst at SBP, his usual work routine consists of constructing whole building energy modeling from drawings so that an energy efficiency plan can be laid out for the building. Outside of work, Bishan incorporates meditation into his daily routine. Volunteering in the meditation programs is what he misses most from back home in Nepal. Hiking, running, and physical activities complement his work routine and Bishan makes time for them as much as possible.
Success is not in a particular conclusion achieved but in the joyful and ceaseless striving of what you truly care for – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Hawkins Thomas brings over ten years of project and account management experience to SBP. Hawkins’ experience as a green building consultant and construction manager for a premier general contractor provides project teams with unique perspective solutions and thorough yet streamlined service. Over the years, Hawkins has had a sustainable impact on millions of square feet across various building types, green municipal codes and rating systems throughout the country. Dedicated to customer service and experience, Hawkins also believes in the intersection of sustainability and creating business value for project stakeholders.
After spending no less then half of his parenting-life reading (and re-reading) Dr. Seuss, its only fitting that Dr. Seuss has provided Jake with some much needed guidance when it comes to maintaining a clear head both at home and work. When not being fully consumed in the energy modeling lifestyle at SBP, Jake balances life with two little ones, a hyperactive dog, and his patient wife. Somewhere in-between he finds time to coach swimming, train for marathons, fix-up his dream home, and play countless games of Pretty, Pretty Princess. Jake’s affinity for problem solving helps to work through the trials and tribulations of potty training a toddler, but ultimately piqued his interest in building energy performance and drove him into the field of energy modeling.
“Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act.” – Dr. Seuss
Adam Ugliuzza holds an engineering degree from Syracuse University and is currently one of SBP’s Directors of Building Enclosures. Throughout Adams’ life, he has always been very hands on and captivated by engineering and science. As he was growing up, he always had a project to obsess over in his backyard or on his grandparents farmland. In the early days once Adam was out of school, he was obsessed with bridges and continued designing and inspecting them for many years, until he had an amazing opportunity to shift career paths into the Building Construction industry. Building Science and the Building Enclosure quickly became his new areas of expertise. Over a decade later, Adam is even more excited than ever about his profession at SBP; it is a natural fit for him with his skillset.
Neha is a part of our sustainable program team and joined us with a background in sustainability consulting, architectural design and urban planning, green buildings rating systems and health and wellness.She has always been passionate about sustainability in the built environment and the use of passive design techniques to create an environment that mimics nature. At SBP she gets to utilize all of her skills and experience to help project teams navigate the complexities of design and construction when the focus is sustainability.She believes that sustainable design, construction and operation should be an integral part of any building project and that ratings and certifications should be a by-product of this process. Being a part of something that is helping our planet keeps her motivated and passionate about her work and leaves her satisfied with the results achieved at the end of every project. While Neha already has an impressive set of skills, she loves collaborating with different teams and learning new aspects of the industry through her colleagues. In her personal life she also likes dabbling in different hobbies. She spends her free time traveling, hiking and watching sunrises with her husband, volunteering at a local homeless shelter, and growing and cooking with her own home-grown veggies.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever” – M.K. Gandhi
As Partner and co-founder of SBP, Mr. Wilcox offers clients over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He has experience in utility power procurement, energy auditing, building commissioning, measurement & verification execution, HVAC design reviews, LEED consultation and administration, LEED credit calculation and compliance, business development, sales, and project management. He is also heavily active in ENERGY STAR consulting services and general energy project support. Dan’s work experience includes commercial, industrial, and residential facilities.
Mr. Wilcox graduated with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University. He is a Certified Energy Auditor in the State of California, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Jennifer graduated from Virginia Tech and started her career in the construction industry with a commercial contractor in the Washington, DC area. After working on a high school project targeting LEED Gold certification and managing the construction credit documentation she realized her true interests were in the green building field. She made a career switch into a green building consulting role at SBP and has loved every minute! At work, most of her time is devoted to guiding projects through the LEED certification process. During her free time, you can find her traveling with her husband, daughter, and crazy Lab and doing anything active (biking, skiing, boating, fishing, running). If she happens to be at home, she’ll attempt to whip up a good meal or tend to her garden. But she’ll be the first to tell you, she is better at finishing a great movie.
“Go Hokies !!”
Jared attended college at Grove City College where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As part of a professional development program at his church, Jared started working at SBP as an intern on the Building Performance team. Going into it, Jared had minimal experience with sustainability and energy modeling so he learned a lot over this period. A great team culture and knowing that Jared was helping to make the earth more sustainable caused him to want to come on full-time after his internship. He particularly enjoys coding in Python, which allows SBP to present a more complete story of the results the Building Performance team’s models produce. Outside of work Jared enjoys volunteering at his local church, hiking, and watching every Manchester United game he can.