Sam Rashkin Appointed Ex-Officio Director
Mississauga, ON, Canada, May 16, 2012 – The Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition Board of Directors were pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel Rashkin as a member and ex-officio director of the board at their 2012 Annual General Meeting.
Mr. Rashkin has recently joined the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy as Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Program to help deploy successful energy efficiency research for new and existing homes. Prior to this role, he managed the Energy Star for Homes program since its start in 1996. Under his leadership, the Energy Star for Homes program grew rapidly to include more than 8,000 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and to represent nearly 30 percent of the national housing market. Mr. Rashkin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for reinventing housing industry at a time of crisis. Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.
“Sam’s experience in high performance homes from practical, technical and policy perspectives will add greatly to the efforts of the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition to achieve our vision that by 2030 all new home construction will meet a net-zero energy performance standard. We welcome Sam to our board and look forward to working together to accelerate the market development of affordable net-zero energy homes.” stated Gary Hamer, President of the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition.