Rob received the first MBA at the University of Vermont with an emphasis on sustainability in 2004. This degree solidified his commitment to the environment and the power of innovation. He has over 20 years of sales and strategic planning experience, all of which have been with highly entrepreneurial companies. For the past ten years, Rob has focused on renewable energy start-ups, bringing leading edge technologies to market at Draker Laboratories as Chief Operating Officer and at Thermal Storage Solutions as VP of Finance and Marketing. As CEO of better, he is driving business development, forging strategic alliances, and developing new products and services. Rob has a deep understanding of how to expedite the acceptance of new technologies and building practices.
Naomi C.O. Beal
Naomi, Executive Director of passivhausMAINE, has worked for almost 10 years promoting passive house and ultra-high performance construction. Through her photography and countless partnerships locally, nationally and internationally Naomi is committed to Maine’s built environment and the economic impact high performance components can have on our economy. As the Chair of the Board and Building Committee of Friends School of Portland Naomi helped design and build a new campus and main building, the 3rd PH school in the US.
Dr. Ivo J. Opstelten (1965) is active in the field of Energy and the Built Environment since 2000. Up to 2010 he was manager of the research program Energy in the Built Environment and coordinator of the cooperation between TNO and ECN, called “Building Future”.
From 2010 until 2016 he was program director at Platform31 for the innovation-implementation program Energiesprong”, funded by the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations. As program director, he was involved with public-private deals in the social housing sector and the private homeowners' sector, aimed at large-scale implementation of so-called Zero (Nill) on the Meter renovation concepts. At present, he is strategic advisor and
manager "home owners & owners' associations" for the public-private cooperation called "de Stroomversnelling" (the rapids), which was erected to further the goals set out through the Energiesprong deals.
Since September 2012 he is also professor at the University of Applied Sciences for the professorship “New Energy in the City” and research director at the Centre of Expertise Smart Sustainable Cities. In that capacity his focus is on connecting the research and education community with relevant market actors and local authorities.
Last but not least, he transformed his own late 30's detached house from an energy leak label G house to a Net Zero Energy Building, applying the PIAF approach, leading to one of the showcases of the International Energy Agency task 37: Advanced Housing Renovation with Solar and Conservation.