Naomi C.O. Beal, passivhausMAINE, Naomi Beal is the Executive Director of passivhausMAINE.  As a founding member of phME and former Board Chair, she embraced the challenge of developing phME into a sustainable organisation through local, national and international partnerships. Naomi believes Maine’s economic development can be fostered through a framework of building efficiency and innovative and traditional wood products.

Hans Breaux, Briburn, Hans holds a B.S. Arch. and M. Arch. from the University of Louisiana where he was active in many urban & community development initiatives. He also bears LEED Green Associate and Certified Passive House Consultant credentials.  Hans is the Chair of the Baord of passivhausMAINE.

Chris Briley, Briburn Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at BRIBURN. Chris is a Maine Licensed Architect and a Certified Passive House Consultant. He is an adviser and blogger at and co-host of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. He is an enthusiastic participant and part-time moderator for the Building Science Discussion Group in Portland, Maine, a founding member of the USGBC Maine Chapter, and a founding board member of passivhausMAINE.

Phil Chaney: Phil is a Maine Licensed Architect who has been practicing at Scott Simons Architects for 4 years. He has been an integral part of the design team on several award winning projects including: The Shimmield Residence Hall at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, The Brattleboro Music Center, and Patrons Oxford Offices.

Rachel Conly, Rachel Conly Design, Rachel Conly is principal of Rachel Conly Design LLC, a residential and commercial design group specializing in high performance buildings. Rachel and her team have many combined years of design + build experience under their belt, and a particularly rich understanding of deep energy retrofits. Rachel lives and works on Peaks Island. 

Chris Corson, Ecocor. Chris has over twenty-five years of multidisciplinary experience in construction, architecture, design and engineering. Chris was one of the first Certified Passive House Designers in the United states. He trained at the Passive house institute in Darmstadt Germany and has several patents pending on the only opaque building components in the United States that are certified by the Passive House Institute.

Harry Hepburn, BRIBURN Harry Hepburn has over 21 years of professional experience in project planning, design, management, administration and construction of a large architectural projects. Harry is passionate about design, energy efficiency and the environment.  In his spare time he enjoys Sailing the Maine coast, skiing and spending time with his wife and two children.

Phil Kaplan, Kaplan Thompson Architects Founded in 2004, Phil Kaplan and his firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects, have received numerous accolades in the world of design and high-performance building. The firm’s motto, “Beautiful Sustainable Attainable”, reinforces their commitment to creating vibrant, healthy and durable buildings for all. 

His other venture, BrightBuilt Home, aims to provide more affordable, modular net-zero homes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Phil’s ‘edutainment’ podcast, Green Architects’ Lounge, is a topical blog on the popular website, Green Building Advisor. Phil currently serves as Chair of NESEA’s Board of Directors.

Oliver Klein, 475: Oliver comes to 475 following a wide-ranging career in engineering and architecture. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993 with a Master of Science in Materials Science and then in 2008 from Boston Architectural College with a Master of Architecture. Oliver is a registered architect in Massachusetts, a Certified Passive House Consultant and a LEED Accredited Professional. Oliver brings to his sales work a deep concern for building science and sustainability. His other passion is classical violin, which he has played since he was 6 years old.

Jesper Kruse, Maine Passive House, Danish born, Jesper Kruse founded Maine Passive House 10 years ago and is now a national leader in passive house design and construction and has developed proven systems that are uniquely designed for the northern climate.

Sean Landry, Sean is an Associate at Lavallee Brensinger Architects. A graduate of The University of Oregon, he brings an enthusiasm for design that is unparalleled, and a comprehensive knowledge of sustainability to every project.

Tim Lock, GO Logic, Timothy is a registered architect in both Maine and New York and he maintains national NCARB certification. He joined GO Logic in 2012. Timothy’s work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper and New York Magazine.

Matt O’Malia, GO Logic, The principal architect and cofounder of GO Logic, a Maine-based design/build firm, Matthew O’Malia is an award-winning architect with a nationwide reputation for innovation and expertise in the design of high-performance residential and institutional buildings. 

Mark Pollard, Thompson Johnson Woodworks Mark Pollard has been a project lead for nearly all of his 16 years as a carpenter, good or bad this is his lot in life.  Energy efficiency has become as important as bulk water management and best practice building solutions.  Someday he hopes to come up with a clever play on the environmental activist slogan, "Save the Whales".  "Save the Btu's!" has a nice ring to it but doesn't sit well with the metric crowd.  "Save the W/m^2" ???

Mike Pulaski, Thornton Thomasetti:Michael Pulaski, PhD, leads Thornton Tomasetti’s Portland, Maine, office, which operates as the center of excellence for the Sustainability Practice.  He has more than 12 years of experience in energy and sustainability consulting, with a strong focus on higher education institutions. 

Richard Price, Richard Price is an owner of Construction Le Tournesol, a Certified Passive house consultant & one of the founding board members of Maison Passive Québec. He was integral to the envelope design and construction of the first PHI certified building in Québec. He continues to develop methods to help democratize the construction of passive buildings.

Austin Smith, Austin is a principal at Scott Simons Architects. He is both a registered architect and landscape architect and has been practicing in Portland for 25 years.

Robin Tannenbaum, PDT Architects Robin Z. Tannenbaum has a background in history and architecture, and a passion for energy-efficient design. She has realized designs on everything from private residences to cooperatives to schools. As a project manager, she welcomes educating clients about what it means, and exactly what it takes, to design sustainably.

Julia Tate, Julia is a graduate of The Cooper Union and lived and worked in New York prior to moving to Maine in 2015.  With an ever-present focus on sustainability, she has worked on projects of various scales, ranging from residential to institutional in nature.  She is happy to be a project manager with Scott Simons Architects in Portland.  Julia is a member of the City of Portland Historic Preservation Board and has recently joined the AIA Maine COTE. 

Jesse Thompson, Jesse Thompson is an award-winning architect who has become a national leader in green building design.  A partner at Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, he is a President Elect of Maine AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional.  He grew up in Vermont, received his BArch from the University of Oregon, and now lives with his family in the Deering Center neighborhood of Portland.

Heather Thompson, Heather Thompson is the owner of Thompson Johnson Woodworks, a residential construction company located off the coast of Portland, that is committed to high performance building and best building practices. TJW has nine remarkable, funny, smart, highly skilled, conscientious employees, who work their asses off. Heather is very lucky to have them.