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Workshop Trainer Bios

About the Workshop Trainers

Lois Arena is Director of Passive House Services at SWA. She possesses over 25 years of experience in the building energy field. She has conducted applied research in condensing boiler technology, whole house ventilation strategies, and the moisture performance of high R-value walls.  Ms. Arena has extensive experience with new and existing buildings including on-site testing and diagnostics, design assistance and energy modeling. She has co-authored and presented training programs about energy efficient building practices to professionals in all sectors of the building industry.

Lois holds both US and international Passive House consultant certifications and is currently consulting on projects ranging from single family homes to high rise apartment buildings and is regularly invited to present at conferences around the world on topics ranging from large scale Passive House implementation to road blocks to Passive House adoption.

William Zoeller is a Registered Architect and Senior Vice President with SWA. He has over 35 years of experience in building design and construction, building science research, energy-efficiency, envelope durability and moisture-management, and building materials product development. He has specialized expertise in building envelope design and detailing; design to resist natural hazards; and energy upgrades in historic buildings. He has participated in product development and marketing analysis work for major building material manufacturers including CertainTeed, DuPont, Dow, Owens Corning, BASF and Georgia-Pacific.

As director of SWA’s Building Enclosure work, he has managed projects ranging masonry restoration of landmarked buildings and deep-energy retrofits to historic academic properties, to residential new construction towers located in FEMA designated flood zones.  Bill has managed hazards resistance research for HUD and FEMA, and leads SWA efforts in multifamily resiliency assessments and solutions implementation, including multiple property portfolios of Hurricane Sandy affected properties for NYC Housing Development Corporation.  Mr. Zoeller occupies the Energy-Efficiency seat on the State of Connecticut Codes & Standards Committee and is a frequent speaker and trainer on cost-effective high-performance building at national conferences and educational workshops.

Nicole Ceci is a Principal Mechanical Engineer at SWA, focusing on energy consulting and design for multifamily buildings. She has experience conducting energy audits, building performance analyses, commissioning, and mechanical systems design.

Dylan Martello is a Senior Building Systems Consultant at SWA. He possesses 5 years of experience in the building science field, and focuses primarily on advanced energy modeling, Passive House design consulting, and building performance analysis. With a degree in sustainability, Dylan brings a keen understanding of the economic, social, and environmental implications that come with energy efficiency measures in advanced building design.

Dylan has extensive experience on Passive House (PH) projects ranging from small townhomes to larger multifamily and commercial buildings. He has also worked as a project consultant in a variety of climates and locations spanning from Sri Lanka to the northern United States. Dylan holds an international Passive House Designer certification – CPHD. He has conducted and presented his research on internal heat gains, humidity loads, and efficient domestic hot water design in multifamily Passive House projects. He also has extensive experience in performance modeling of systems specific to ultra-high-performance building design such as thermally broken cladding attachments and large building mechanical systems.