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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.

Michael O’Donnell is a Senior Building Systems Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., with over ten years of energy efficiency and building science experience.  He provides consulting, certification support, site inspections, and performance testing for new construction multifamily projects in the New York City region.  Project types include Passive House (PHI and PHIUS), ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, Enterprise Green Communities, and NYC Energy Code TR8 Inspections with sizes ranging from smaller four story buildings to large high rise towers.  Michael enjoys working with teams to find solutions to unique project challenges.  He currently holds the Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, PHIUS+ Verifier, and BPI Multifamily Building Analyst certifications.

Jenny Powell focuses on LEED Fundamental and Enhanced commissioning projects, as well as commissioning for energy code compliance. Ms. Powell has been involved in several commissioning projects, where responsibilities have included reviews of design drawings and control sequences, submittal reviews, construction inspections, and HVAC equipment performance testing. Additionally, she has experience with ASHRAE level energy audits and retro-commissioning studies for Local Law 87 compliance.

Kelly Westby has a wide range of experience in building science, commissioning, and energy efficiency retrofitting. She has worked with developers, owners, contractors, and design teams to improve building performance throughout the east coast and has completed energy audits on millions of square feet of existing buildings. Kelly ensures that all commissioning project managers have the resources they need to provide our clients with the highest level of commissioning service.