Stephanie Horowitz

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.

Mike Duclos

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.

Nick Falkoff

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.

Paul Eldrenkamp

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.

Steve Baczek

Steven Baczek Architect is a nationally recognized architect, designing and developing custom residential structures for over 20 years. His work is routinely found in numerous local and national media outlets. He has designed hundreds of projects across the spectrum of energy performance, comfort, and durability, to include many of the nation’s top energy conscious homes. Notable projects include a handful of Passive Homes to include the Nation’s first Certified Passive House Retrofit under Enerfit, numerous Zero Energy Homes and Retrofits, and many Deep Energy Retrofits. His commitment simply equates aesthetics and durability with performance. In addition to his design work, he routinely provides detail and content for use in Publications, Books, Webinars, and associated educational formats, most notable being the author of over 1,000 details for Green Building Advisor. He can also be found at various conferences around the country, talking and sharing his knowledge on the bridge of architecture and sound building science.

Steve DeMetrick

After graduating from Georgetown University in 1995, I went to work for Habitat for Humanity in Washington DC as an Americorps volunteer where I caught the building bug and began my great adventure as a carpenter and builder.  Two years later I moved back to southern RI where I still reside, eighteen years later, now with my wife and 4 children.  My company, Stephen DeMetrick Fine Woodworking, specializes in residential remodeling.  My work focuses on highly detailed projects with an emphasis on meticulous woodwork, craftsmanship and customer service.   At this time, my company is beginning a transition from high end remodeling to new construction of high performance homes.   Last year I became a certified passive house contractor, the only one in RI, and am currently building what I hope to be the first certified passive house in RI in my hometown of Wakefield.  With this project, and the construction of 4 net zero ready houses I am breaking ground on this spring, I plan on introducing high performance building to my community in southern RI. 

Fred Gordon

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 PHNE. He owns and manages real estate in South Boston at the Distillery, an old industrial building on almost two acres of land. The 1860's building has about 150 artists, artisans, and various small manufacturing people working and living there. He has begun construction there, a 65 unit Passivhaus. It will try to bring together the cause of the arts - maintaining affordable arts space in the  city - with a broad variety of environmental goals - which includes Passivhaus' energy efficiency, but goes beyond them. Some of the main projects involve incorporating higher levels of filtration into Heat Recover Ventilators to address the health problems of urban air pollution, integration of rooftop PV with an elective transportation system build around rental vehicles and vans, and providing year round fresh produce on the site, which will have about 300 people in residents and businesses. The second phase of the new building will hopefully use a panelized systems of PH construction, developed by Adam Cohen who is the Owner's Rep on the construction.

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. His wife, Judy Hall, teaches psychology at Northeastern. They have three grown kids (in Brooklyn and Boston), and intend to move to Southie (they now live in Newton) when the project is built.