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Gregory Thomas

Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Performance Systems Development

Gregory Thomas has forty years of experience in building performance, as a consultant, contractor, director of a pay for performance energy services company, efficiency program implementer, and energy software developer.  His current work focuses on the deployment and promotion of data standards and open source calculation methods to support the wide scale deployment of energy efficiency.

Greg is past president of Affordable Comfort Inc., now the Building Performance Association. He is a past president and policy chair of Efficiency First, the national contractor trade association now a part of the Building Performance Association. Greg has also served on the RESNET Board of Directors.  He was the founder of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York. He has been educational program director of national and international conferences, including the USGBC Greenbuild Expo, the Financing Residential Energy Efficiency Conference, and the international Sustainable Steel Conference. He was the ACEEE 2009 Summer Study residential program design track co-chair.

Mr. Thomas has served as an advisor to a wide range of national and state entities including: the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the US DOE Weatherization Assistance Program, the Energy Foundation and the California Energy Commission. Mr. Thomas designed and managed the first Home Performance program in the country in 1995. He developed and was funded to design the initial implementation of the HPXML residential retrofit data standard.  He was recognized by US EPA, DOE and HUD for his contributions to the development of the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2005. He was a winner of the 2005 R&D 100 Award for energy efficiency software design. As the executive director of a not-for-profit energy services company he was responsible for the development and implementation of the first utility low income multifamily energy performance contract, a $12M retrofit of over 7000 affordable housing apartments. He built a blower door and started offering whole house audits in 1979. Greg was the first blower door trainer for the low income weatherization programs in Pennsylvania and New York in the early 80s.

Mr. Thomas is a frequent contributor to various publications and a presenter at conferences including GreenBuild, ACEEE Summer Study, Home Performance Conference, RESNET, AESP, the Department of Energy Better Building Summit, AESP and others. Mr. Thomas was a featured speaker at the National Building Museum, addressing the application of the total quality management process to the creation of predictable energy savings. Mr. Thomas attended Marietta College and the Cornell University College of Engineering.