Hank Keating serves as President of the PHMass board. He is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in the design and construction of multi-family residential developments. Recently retired from Trinity Financial, Hank completed over nine affordable housing developments totaling over 1,500 units in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York City while at Trinity. Prior to Trinity, Hank spent 10 years at the Boston Housing Authority as the Senior Architect for the Hope 6 Program where he was instrumental in the planning and redevelopment of over 3000 public housing units. For the last 10 years, Hank has been engaged with the Passive House movement and has designed and completed a passive house for himself while pushing to move Trinity's large scale affordable projects toward Passive House standards.
A passionate advocate for sustainability, Michelle Apigian, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, CPHC, Associate at ICON Architecture, is an architect, planner and urban designer who has worked on a broad array of project types and scales, from large, multi-phase master plans and design and construction of new multifamily developments to strategic infill , adaptive reuse and modernization projects. Her work has achieved LEED certification at numerous levels and soon will include the first Passive House certified multifamily project in New England. Michelle received a B.A. from Dartmouth and Masters in Architecture and City Planning from MIT.
Since 2013, Betsy has been the Sustainability Program Manager for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) – the state agency which oversees 44,000 units of low income, multi-family housing located throughout the Commonwealth. Prior to this role, Betsy worked as a consultant at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), advising state utility councils and energy agencies in four New England states. Previously Betsy was the Project Manager for a developer of two new construction urban infill sites – giving her critical on-the-ground experience with design, financing and construction. She recently created a panel for NESEA’s BE18 Boston designed to engender a lively discussion on the merits and challenges of three metrics – Enterprise Green Communities, Zero Net Energy and Passive House. Betsy received her BA from Williams College and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Anthony is a Senior Project Manager at AKAL Engineering, Inc., a mechanical engineering firm in Central Massachusetts. His early career experience on LEED Certified projects in the NYC Metro area contributed to his passion and commitment to energy management and green construction, which steers his current work toward energy and water efficiency, and clean energy utilization. After becoming a LEED AP, Anthony also participated in NYC’s Urban Green Council’s GPRO Curriculum, advancing his abilities in applying green building technologies in urban environments. His work in NYC also included fulfilling the Local Law 87 requirements of existing building energy audits and retro-commissioning. Anthony is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York; LEED AP; Certified Energy Manager (CEM); and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Anthony earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at The University of New Haven.
Laura, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal at PCA, an architecture, interiors and planning firm that recognizes the architect’s responsibility to mitigate the impact of building on our environment. With a core belief in a holistic sustainable design approach the PCA team addresses technical performance, resource efficiency, universal + inclusive design and user health + community responsive design on projects resulting in - efficient, high-performance buildings that re-energize their communities.
In addition to her role as leader of PCA’s sustainability practice, Laura is an active member of Building Green – Sustainable Design Leaders, Built Environment Plus and CREW Boston. She received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Building Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Laura is a registered architect in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Andrew is a Project Architect at RDH Building Scince, a CPHC, LEED AP, and RA in Massachusetts with more than 15 years of experience. Andrew leads RDH Boston’s Passive House consulting practice and has broad experience with commercial, residential, and higher education projects. As a well-rounded and detail-oriented architect, he can carry a project from conceptual design through construction to ensure the design intent is realized.
Andrew has experience leading design and construction administration of large-scale PHIUScertified higher education projects and promoting sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives across multiple projects. Andrew has also presented regularly at the national PHIUS conference and Passive House Massachusetts, and he has served as a guest lecturer at academic institutions such as the Wentworth Institute of Technology and Boston Architectural College. Prior to joining RDH, Andrew previously worked for SGA, Perkins + Will, and CBT.
Keirstan, EIT, is a Project Manager at Petersen Engineering. She worked as an engineer and project manager for a utility company before coming to Petersen. In her role here, she manages a team of eight mechanical and electrical designers, in addition to serving as a mechanical designer herself. Since joining Petersen, she has worked on a wide variety of projects, including assisted living, multifamily, mixed-use commercial/residential (including commercial kitchen work), institutional projects, and tenant fit-outs.
Keirstan’s interest in energy efficiency and sustainability developed while completing case studies on the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Schools and Public Housing Integrating Renewables and Efficiency (SAPHIRE) program as part of her Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This interest grew with the completion of her Major Qualifying Project (MQP), which paired geothermal heat pump design with a consideration for business feasibility.
She has a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is an Engineer-in-Training, working toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.
Ed Sople is the Chief Operating Office at Dellbrook JKS. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and previous experince as a Construction Superivsor and as the Vice President of Project Management. He has led several trainings for PHMass on cost estimating and construction management and led the Passive House charge at Dellbrook with thier latest project, The Loop at Mattapan Station. Ed and his wife, Brenda, have four kids and he enjoys coaching sports of all kinds and playing golf.
Aaron is the Executive Director of Passive House Massachusetts, overseeing member engagement, public outreach, educational programing, and organizational administration. He is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson and an accredited LEED professional with prior experience in community outreach & development for clean-tech companies and solar power installers. He holds a Master's in Sustainability from Harvard University where he focused on sustainable building design, embodied carbon and energy analysis, greenhouse gas reporting, and community-level climate adaptation. Aaron lives with his wife and young son in an old (and not yet Passive) house in Dorchester and can frequently be found hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing across New England.
Advisers and Former Board Members
Stephanie is Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design (ZED), a green architecture and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. The firm’s commitment to innovative and ecologically sensible design is reflected in their multidisciplinary knowledgebase, which spans the fields of architecture, mechanical engineering and finance. ZED is committed to designing homes and buildings that use 50% less energy than building code requires, in pursuit of energy independence.
In addition to her role at ZED, Stephanie serves on the Massachusetts Design Selection Board as the AIA of Massachusetts’ representative and is a founding board member of Passive House New England. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Stephanie is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a Massachusetts Registered Architect.
Principal of Auburndale Builders Inc. He has worked in residential and commercial construction for 17 years, the company received the Angie’s List Service Award nine years in a row. Projects range from custom built Passive and Net-Zero homes to historic restorations of Victorian houses. Currently working on a passive retrofit of a commercial office and classroom. 3 Year Board Member at Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, CAPS Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Current VP of Passive House of Massachusetts and active NESEA Member.
Luke is a registered architect and CPHC with over 20 years of diverse design and project development experience in architecture and renewable energy systems. He trained as a registered architect under the guidance of talented principals and staff at The Stubbins Associates (now KlingStubbins), Lindsay Architecture Associates, and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (now EYP). During that period, he became increasingly involved in sustainability and environmental issues and took a sabbatical to expand his knowledge of living systems, earning a Masters degree in Biology from Harvard. Then at New Ecology, Luke further developed his energy efficiency and sustainable design focus, earning LEED and Passive House credentials working on high-performance multifamily housing and providing WUFI Passive modeling and Passive House design guidance for a range of projects. Luke is now focused on improving the efficiency and sustainability of every building’s materials, systems, and construction to provide owners and tenants with durable and healthy buildings that make a positive impact on our environment. Wherever possible, he looks for opportunities to integrate renewable energy systems and strive for carbon neutrality, with fewer fossil fuels.
Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of The DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of Deep Energy Retrofit, Zero Net Energy and Passive House related consulting services. He is responsible for the design and certification of the second certified Passive House in Massachusetts, and assisted with the design, and preparation of the PHPP for the first EnerPHIT certified home in the US. Mike is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Passive House New England.
Paul Eldrenkamp is owner of Byggmeister, Inc., a Newton, MA-based design/build remodeling founded in 1983. He is also a principal of The DEAP Energy Group, an energy consulting firm that specializes in three areas of residential construction: Passive House, Zero-Net Energy, and Deep Energy Retrofits. Paul is a certified Passive House consultant and serves on the board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
John is a native of Cape Cod who began working on family homes during his high school years, learning the nuts and bolts of home construction from local builders before attending Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Engineering Technology. This was excellent preparation for the launch of his design/build company, which he operated successfully for 17 years before becoming a project manager and estimator for a respected custom building company on Cape Cod. He now operates JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions, where he offers comprehensive energy auditing, assistance with new code compliance, third party verification services and peace of mind to homeowners. John Is a CPHC, PHIUS Certified Builder, PHIUS+Rater, and Certified PHIUS Verifier for Multi family buildings
Fred Gordon is a long-time environmental activist, working with Newton Green Decade and on the Board of Mass. Climate Action Network, besides being a founding member and Board Member (and Treasurer) of PHMA. He owns and manages The Distillery building in South Boston, featuring a 65-unit Passive House section and an old industrial building with about 150 artists, artisans, and various small manufacturing people working and living there. The building brings together the cause of the arts - maintaining affordable arts space in the city - with a broad variety of environmental goals - including Passive House. He studied philosophy at Harvard, got his PhD at UC San Diego, spent 15 years (eight of them at the Harvard School of Education) on researching and consulting on democratic workplaces, and over the past 10 years became increasingly interested in architecture and the environmental crisis. He lives in South Boston with his wife, Judy Hall, who teaches psychology at Northeastern.