Stephen L. Cowell of Conservation Services Group Receives BPI's 2014 Tony Woods Award

Posted by Leslie McDowell on May 02, 2014
Stephen L. Cowell of Conservation Services Group Receives BPI's 2014 Tony Woods Award
Steve Cowell receives the Tony Woods award from Larry Zarker, BPI CEO.

On April 30, the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) honored Stephen L. Cowell of Conservation Services Group by naming him the 2014 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, at the Opening Plenary ceremony of the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Detroit, Michigan.

Cowell was nominated by industry peers and selected by an independent panel of impartial judges for his tireless efforts to restore funding for the Department of Energy's low income weatherization program, and for his leadership in unifying disparate non-profit elements of the home performance industry under the Home Performance Coalition. 

For the past 30+ years, Steve has successfully advocated for energy efficiency as a least-cost power supply option. He has helped create and build the industry through sound public policy, legislation, and establishment of trade ally networks. As the founder and CEO of Conservation Services Group, Steve has led the effort to design and implement conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies, and other groups throughout the U.S., providing services to more than three million businesses and households over the last 30 years. 

"Steve's invaluable contributions to the home performance industry, from coalition building to spearheading energy efficiency programs from coast-to-coast, have positively impacted the lives of millions of people throughout the United States," said Larry Zarker, BPI CEO. "He is a critical asset to the future of the home performance industry, and a role model for future industry leaders."

The Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry is an initiative from BPI in honor of Tony Woods, former president of Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc. and ZERODRAFT®, and a pioneer of the home performance industry. During his career, he served tirelessly as a volunteer board member with BPI, Affordable Comfort Inc. (ACI), as president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council and on more than ten standards committees dealing with air leakage control, air barriers, ventilation and more. Woods passed away after a battle with leukemia on May 8, 2009, just over two weeks after the inaugural award in his name was presented by BPI. 

Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame Inductions

Also at ACI, two new individuals were inducted into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame. Nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of impartial judges, these individuals were recognized for their significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of their careers. The new inductees are:

John Proctor: John Proctor P.E., a nationally recognized expert in energy efficiency, is CEO of Proctor Engineering Group, an energy efficiency and quality assurance consulting firm that specializes in improving the performance of new and existing HVAC equipment. John's experience is in both commercial and residential buildings. He has worked with clients including, but not limited to ARTI, USDOE, EPRI, the California Energy Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Florida Power and Light. John is one of the original "House as a System" gurus, and the creator of CheckMe!®, an integrated system that combines human experts and computer expert systems in real time contact with field technicians to achieve proper installation and repair of air conditioners, heat pumps, duct systems, as well as other residential and commercial systems. 

Brad Oberg: Brad Oberg was the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of IBACOS, and one of the nation's foremost building scientists. Over Brad's lengthy career, he directed extensive research into the integration of ventilation strategies, residential ductwork design and performance, improved residential air tightness approaches, and durable construction approaches. For IBACOS, Brad provided technical oversight for a majority of systems-based research, product development and performance guideline work for private clients. He was also a critical element of a group of industry experts that partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy to create the Building America program, and served as a lead contributor to Building America projects. Brad passed away on March 10, 2014 after a battle with heart disease. He was 64.


This blog originally appeared on BPI's website. 

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