The People Behind BuildingGreen
For more than 30 years, Alex Wilson has been the most trusted voice on energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction. Since launching Environmental Building News (EBN) in 1992, he’s built a reputation, resources, and staff to provide the foundation for BuildingGreen, an information company that produces GreenSpec, BuildingGreen.com, and LEEDuser, as well as providing consulting for a variety of companies for whom sustainable design is a core value.
Alex’s expertise in energy efficiency comes from hands-on engagement in the industry, including serving as executive director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association for five years in the early 1980s and teaching workshops on the construction of solar greenhouses in New Mexico in the late 1970s. A noted author, his work includes Your Green Home; the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, as co-author; and the Rocky Mountain Institute's comprehensive textbook, Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, along with hundreds of articles for publications from Architectural Record, to Popular Science. Alex also leads BuildingGreen’s involvement with Boston Architectural College’s sustainable design curriculum. He served on the board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council for five years, was a founding member of the USGBC Research Committee, and received the 2008 USGBC Leadership Award for Education. Alex is currently a trustee of The Nature Conservancy–Vermont Chapter, an appropriate role for someone who has written guidebooks on quiet-water paddling throughout the Northeast. (Read More)
Nadav Malin – President
Nadav Malin is the building industry’s acknowledged go-to resource when you need thoughtful perspective on the materials and design solutions that define sustainable building practice. As president of BuildingGreen, he oversees the company’s industry-leading information and community-building resources, including Environmental Building News, its sister publication GreenSpec, and the project certification help tool LEEDuser. He also lends his technical expertise and vision to McGraw-Hill Construction, serving as executive editor of the award-winning GreenSource magazine.
When the LEED rating system was just starting out, Nadav was tapped to lead its new Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group, which he chaired throughout LEED’s formative years. A long-serving member of the national LEED Faculty, he is a sought-after speaker for USGBC, AIA, and CSI events, and as a consultant to architecture firms and government agencies alike. Nadav led the team that created the U.S. Department of Energy’s High Performance Buildings Database, and continues to oversee BuildingGreen’s responsibility for ensuring the quality of case studies and collecting meaningful data on actual building performance. When he is not facilitating a rich conversation among design professionals, he can often be found chasing a hockey puck or a soccer ball, depending on the season.
Peter Yost – Vice President, Technical Services
Peter Yost is the person you turn to if you want to truly understand how to design or retrofit a high-performing building. He brings more than 25 years experience in building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes to his twin roles as vice-president of technical services for BuildingGreen, and technical director for Taunton Press’s GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability.
Peter has been called upon to provide this building-science expertise to the nation’s leading homebuilding programs, including NAHB’s Green Building Standard, USGBC's LEED for Homes, EPA’s WaterSense, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America. Peter is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and for the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst. A LEED AP, he is a past co-chair of the USGBC's LEED for Homes program, a member of the LEED faculty, and a certified instructor for the NAHB Advanced Green Building: Building Science course. When not at his computer or teaching a class, Peter is often in the attic, basement, or inside the walls of his own 100-year-old home, which he is methodically transforming from an energy hog to a model of efficiency.
Tristan Roberts – Editorial Director
As Editorial Director for BuildingGreen, Tristan Roberts brings a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, a broad knowledge about sustainable design, deep understanding of green building products, and a mastery of all things LEED. A longtime contributor of in-depth feature articles in Environmental Building News and regular reporting on green news in BuildingGreen.com, he may be best known for his role in launching and managing the continuous updating of LEEDuser, a tool sought by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide demystify LEED on a credit-by-credit basis for project teams. Tristan is a daily presence on the LEEDuser forum, where he provides advice and facilitates conversations on knotty LEED issues.
A speaker known for his sparkling wit and insight, Roberts has recently spoken at the AIA National Convention, Greenbuild, Yale University, the State University of New York, and the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, and you’ll find his byline in Landscape Architecture, Energy Design Update, and GreenSource magazines. A LEED AP BD+C, Roberts is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Certificate program, and can tell you, in dozens of variations, how many green builders it takes to change a light bulb. Tristan has a personal passion for combining natural building materials, energy-efficiency, and budget-friendly construction practices with sustainability at the community level.
Brent is the products editor at BuildingGreen, where he researches and writes about green building products, materials, and their health and environmental impacts for the Environmental Building News and GreenSpec product database. He has been writing about green building for nearly a decade, but has also taught college composition, copyedited science journals, worked as a carpenter, managed a large commercial kitchen, and held various other occupations. An active runner and cross-country skier, Brent now lives in Vermont with his wife and two children.
Paula Melton – Managing Editor
Paula Melton is Managing Editor at BuildingGreen, where she writes feature articles, blog posts, and product reviews on a variety of sustainable design topics, including LEED and other green building rating systems. She was also the lead developer of the company's recent white papers on LEED version 4 and on toxic chemicals in building products. With an MFA in creative writing and a background in both journalism and socially responsible marketing, she has been researching and writing about health and sustainability for more than 15 years.
Angela Battisto – Operations Director
Ben Hewitt – Web Developer
Andrea Lemon – Web Designer
Walter Pearce – Publisher
Candace Pearson – Research Associate
Sarah Rice – Accounting and Office Manager, Human Resources Director
Charlotte Snyder – Customer Service Manager
Jerelyn Wilson – Outreach Director