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Britt/Makela Group

Michelle Britt

Michelle is a LEED AP BD+C, with a particular interest in working with jurisdictions to effectively adopt and enforce building energy codes and beyond-code programs. She has a background in land use, transportation, and energy, with extensive experience conducting technical studies and plan reviews, producing energy code compliance documentation, and as a project manager of multidisciplinary studies.

Michelle's building codes expertise includes work for the International Conference of Building Officials, the U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program, and her partnership with BMG. She received her M.S. in architecture from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University.

Eric Makela

Eric's building energy codes expertise spans 25 years, numerous states, and several foreign countries. Eric served on the International Code Council's IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles. He was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and was the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year.

Eric has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in education from California State University, Sacramento.

Gary Klein

Gary has been intimately involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1973. One fifth of his career was spent in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the rest in the United States. He has a passion for hot water: getting into it, getting out of it, and efficiently delivering it to meet customers' needs.

Having completed 19 years with the California Energy Commission, Gary started a new firm, Affiliated International Management LLC, which provides consulting on sustainability through an international team of affiliates. Gary received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1975 with an independent major in Technology and Society, and an emphasis on energy conservation and renewable energy. Gary is working under contract to IMT to increase the efficiency of hot water design and distribution in model building energy codes.

Dick Meyer

Dick assists IMT's efforts to strengthen building codes and improve energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings across the United States. An enthusiastic advocate for better building practices, his work includes development of innovative policies, incentives, and technologies toward this end.

As a building science professional, Dick has many years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial construction, in addition to being a Certified Building Official and a HERS Certified Rater. A veteran of many model code hearings, he is a member of the International Code Council as well as the National Association of Home Builders.

Dick graduated from Virginia Tech (a Hokie!) and received his wings as a U.S. Navy pilot.

Ron Nelson

Ron leads IMT's contribution to COMNET, a collaborative initiative to standardize and improve building energy modeling. He came to IMT after completing a Masters of Architecture at the University of New Mexico in 2009. He was a physicist with the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 31 years, the majority of which he spent working at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center. Ron received a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University in 1971, an MBA from the University of New Mexico in 1997, and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Florida State University in 1967.