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The 2016 Standard Bearers Award Panel

Brian Bishop, CBO, Deputy Building Official, City of Des Moines
Mr. Bishop is the Deputy Building Official for the City of Des Moines, Iowa. He serves on the International Code Council (ICC) Sustainability Membership Governing Counci, ICC 500 Storm Shelter committee, and is an officer with both the Iowa Association of Building Officials and the ICC Upper Great Plains Region III chapters. Previous to his current position, Mr. Bishop worked for the State of Iowa Building Code Bureau where he developed a state energy code program that increased energy code education, enforcement, and resources to local communities. Mr. Bishop has presented on Iowar's energy code efforts at numerous conferences throughout the Midwest and with DOE and PNNL. He holds a construction engineering degree from Iowa State University. In 2014, he received the ICC Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year award.

Chris Burgess, Technical Manager for Codes Compliance, MEEA
M.r Burgess is the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (MEEA) Technical Manager for Codes Compliance.  He works with all stakeholder groups to improve energy code compliance for new residential and commercial buildings. Mr. Burgess is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. He began his career at a Chicago neighborhood development not-for-profit, working as the Program Director for their construction trades training program.  He has also worked as a historic restoration architect where projects included the restoration of a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.  For the last 20 years Mr. Burgess has been in private practice working on commercial and residential buildings throughout the Great Lakes region, educating his clients about integrating energy efficiency and the principles of sustainable design into their projects.  He has also served on the Board of Directors at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and as the chair of their publications committee.

Isaac Elnecave, Senior Policy Manager, MEEA
Mr. Elnecave has spent 15 years as both an engineer and energy policy analyst. Currently, Mr. Elnecave is the Senior Policy Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) with responsibilities that focus on the building energy codes program. Prior to arriving at MEEA, Mr. Elnecave managed the appliance efficiency standards and building energy codes programs at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships where he was responsible for promoting the adoption and effective implementation of both these policies through the development and dissemination of technical and policy related information. He was actively involved in the recently adopted stretch code in Massachusetts where he worked closely with the Executive Office of Energy and Environment to develop the stretch commercial code. Before this, Mr. Elnecave worked as a policy advocate for the Michigan Environmental Council where he promoted policies and reviewed permits with the aim of cleaning up the dirty coal fired powered plants that dot the region. The first half of his career was spent as a civil engineer focusing on the structural retrofitting of older buildings to help them withstand earthquakes.

David Epley, Green Building Program Manager, District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
David Epley is the Green Building and Sustainability Program Manager at the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).  Hired in 2013, Mr. Epley created and developed the nationally recognized Green Building Division.  The Division is responsible for enforcement, development, outreach and education on the District’s hallmark progressive green building regulations, including the Green Construction Code, Energy Conservation Code, and Green Building Act.  In 2015, the Division won the national Standard Bearers Award in recognition of their Energy Code Enforcement Program.  The Division also played an integral role in the District’s 2015 ranking by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as the 3rd most energy efficient city in the country, as well making the District the city with the most LEED and ENERGY STAR-certified buildings per capita in the country.

Prior to DCRA, Mr. Epley was a Program Director in the Green Communities Program at Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing non-profit.  At Enterprise he managed the Green Communities certification, verification, and energy benchmarking programs.  Before Enterprise, he was a Solar America Cities Fellow at the City of Pittsburgh, PA and owned a home energy audit company in Knoxville, Tennessee.  David holds a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Cosimina Panetti, Vice President, Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
Ms. Panetti joined the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) over 10 years ago supporting the organization’s nationally recognized efforts to assist states and local jurisdictions in enacting and implementing strong and effective building energy codes through advocacy, technical assistance, outreach programs and coalition building efforts. She is a certified energy manager through the Association of Energy Engineers, a LEED AP, and a graduate of the State University of New York Institute of Technology.

Prior to joining BCAP, Ms. Panetti spent over 20 years working in different aspects of energy engineering in both the private and public sectors. Working for BCAP, she has given numerous educational workshops, testimonials and energy code advocacy presentations all over the country. Her work rallying and supporting public and private stakeholders has brought an awareness of the existing regional and local viewpoints that must be accounted for in any successful advocacy campaign. Cosimina has worked effectively with these varying perspectives that exist in the country, managing to build consensus which has resulted in far-reaching acceptance and awareness of the value of energy efficient building codes as good public policy.

Robert Sale, ICC, GR Programs Liason

Justin Wiley, ICC, Vice President, Government Relations Planning & Operations
Mr. Wiley has been with the International Code Council since 2007 and serves as Vice President, Government Relations Planning & Operations in Washington, DC. His responsibilities include developing and managing relationships with national organizations, federal agencies, and members of Congress, as well as overseeing planning and opperations within the Code Council’s Government Relations department. Justin also serves as the primary contact for state and local governments within the greater Washington, DC area. Preceding his move from Utah to Washington, DC in 2008, Justin served as the ICC Government Relations Manager for the Rocky Mountain region where he oversaw code adoption and implementation at state and local levels.

Prior to joining the International Code Council, Mr. Wiley served as an advisor on policy and political affairs for the Salt Lake County Council where he impacted local ordinance for Salt Lake County, Utah.