We’re proud to say that some of the industry’s best building science experts and educators work with Building Knowledge Inc. It’s our team’s experience that allows us to help great builders to build better homes, and better businesses.

Version 3Ed VonThoma is President of Building Knowledge, Ed advocates the house as a system approach to home design and construction, in accordance with building science principles.

With over 20 years of progressive construction project management experience, Ed VonThoma is a seasoned veteran of the building industry.  Ed has extensive expertise in the development of innovative single- and multi-family homes with a commitment to prove that better design creates value for the builder, and the homeowner.

Ed has served as an Advisory Board member for the Minnesota Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, as the Energy & Environmental Building Association’s Board President, and as a member of the Minnesota Energy Code Advisory Committee.

Patrick O’Malley is the Director of Operations of Building Knowledge, with over a decade of experience in building-related energy efficiency and quality control projects. His areas of expertise include research, diagnostics, testing, data monitoring, technical assistance, consultation and training.

Pat was project and technical manager for the Minnesota Department of Commerce energy code study Evaluating Minnesota Homes and as an outside contractor managed the Xcel Energy Premier Homes Program in Minnesota from 1996 to 2003.

Pat’s activities include planning and energy analysis, builder site assistance, consultation, testing, commissioning and reporting for builders. He has also delivered training and technical consultation services for the Building Association of Minnesota, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, and the Energy & Environmental Building Association.

Our team includes some of North America’s leading building science experts, researchers and trainers:

Mark LaLiberteMark LaLiberte is a distinguished trainer, author and consultant, devoting over two decades to educating the home-building industry about the benefits of constructing durable, energy efficient, healthier, more sustainable homes. Mark travels nationwide, reaching more than 8,000 builders, architects and manufacturers annually. His presentations are a high-energy blend of technical expertise and hands-on practicality.

Mark has been featured at leading industry events such as the NAHB International Builders Show, PCBC, West Coast Green, AIA National Conferences, GreenBuild and JLC Live Conferences. He has a long history of consulting with major manufacturers for product innovation, market intelligence, and corporate training. Mark is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing commitment to helping the home construction industry embrace building science at the 2002 EEBA Conference.

Gord Cooke is a Professional Engineer, educator and industry consultant with over 25 years experience in the energy efficient residential building industry. He has a unique talent for applying his technical expertise in building science, HVAC systems and indoor air quality to current building issues. He is renowned, both in Canada and the United States, for presenting complex solutions in an easy to understand and practical manner.

Gord’s building science training curricula covers the gamut from creating and delivering basic and advanced building science principles through managing indoor air quality to HVAC system design to an intensive sales training workshop. He has pioneered new training programs designed to assist builders in the sales and marketing of higher performing, energy efficient homes – helping builders more effectively tell their story to customers, increase their margins and sell more homes.

Gord has delivered sessions at such conferences as the NAHB’s International Builders Show, Energy Design Conference, JLC Live, West Coast Green and the National Green Building Conference and is an active Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) board member and certified trainer. He authored the Build Comfort Program and provided instruction for both the Union and Enbridge Gas companies. Additionally Gord has authored and co-authored numerous white papers and research studies related to indoor air quality and home performance issues, contributes a monthly IAQ column to HPAC magazine, and is a certified R-2000 Design Evaluator and Trainer.

Justin Wilson is a leader in research and development of environmental initiatives for the construction industry. Working with developers, builders, green programs and municipalities, Justin has helped set the criteria for excellence in building materials and technologies for the building industry. He presents, in over 100 cities yearly, to architects, engineers, builders, educators and trade partners on high performance green home construction practices.

Justin’s area of expertise is in creating highly advanced energy efficient buildings through high performance process integration & implementation.  He also draws upon his experiences in the field of environmental building materials & technologies to provide both building durability analysis as well as mechanical design & integration.

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