Mark Masteller – PRESIDENT
Mark is an assistant professor in the Renewable Energy Program at the Mat-Su College. Previously, he worked as the Alaska Director for Cascadia Green Building Council, a not-for-profit chapter of both the US and Canada Green Building Councils. Mark has worked in Alaska for 29 years, in both urban and rural areas. He worked for 19 years as a wildlife biologist, and 8 years as director of the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology. He is dedicated to developing ecological sustainable communities, and helping people address the significant challenges found across this geographically and culturally diverse and beautiful state. Mark graduated from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology. TERM EXPIRES: 2018
Sebastian Eckmann – VICE PRESIDENT
Sebastian Eckmann was born in Europe, transplanted to Anchorage in 1961, where he grew up. He apprenticed in Germany as a chef from 1980 to 1982, and majored in Philosophy and Studio Art at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. He attended Allan Mackey Log Building School in British Colombia, Canada in 1990 and worked as a log builder for a year. He completed Union Carpenter Apprenticeship in Anchorage, and worked as a commercial carpenter for 14 years in Anchorage, AK and Chicago, IL. In 2002, he started Nordic Constructors, and began a General Contracting company focusing on building homes, commercial buildings, and remodels. STRENGTHS: Providing creative solutions, simplifying design and thinking outside the box. PASSION AND APTITUDE: Ability to gather and inspire people toward purposeful and meaningful collaboration. TERM EXPIRES: 2017
Jason Collins, AIA LEED AP – SECRETARY
Jason is a registered Architect, a certified Energy Rater and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He has been practicing in the field of Architecture for over 12 years with 7 years of projects in the Mat-Su Valley. He has a broad range of experience in project scales ranging from full campus master planning, to large-scale new construction, to small renovations. Much of his focus has been on environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient design and construction. He has worked on two LEED projects in Alaska. In 2008, Jason formed Collins Architecture + Energy Conservation LLC to provide residential architectural services as well as energy ratings. Since then he has been providing residential energy ratings through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation program. He has also been working with non-profit organizations and church groups to perform commercial energy audits to help them reduce their capital operating expenses. TERM EXPIRES: 2018
Jessie Huff – TREASURER
Jessie has a M.S. in Applied Resource Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and works as State Energy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Alaska. Her master’s work in economics examined the first four homes built in the Sustainable Village at UAF, and provides a suggested framework for future development. Jessie has a B.S. of Interdisciplinary Studies titled Renewable Energy for Alaska’s Rural Community, also from UAF. She headed the UAF Office of Sustainability’s solar PV initiatives and in 2012 saw four projects finalized, totaling about 35 kW. Jessie came to Alaska in 2007 as a naturalist tour guide. She has worked in off-grid locations powered lightly by renewable energy technologies in Yosemite N.P., Mendocino and Hopland CA, Mexico, Kantishna AK, and Skilak Lake, AK. She also has associate degrees in Art, Theatre and Digital Media. TERM EXPIRES: 2017
Bruno C. Grunau, P.E.
Bruno C. Grunau is passionate about developing and implementing socially conscious and sustainable technologies in Alaska and the North. Bruno joined the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) team in the winter of 2011 after serving as the chief engineer for a local renewable energy firm that specializes in the design and fabrication of solar and wind energy systems. Currently serving as a research engineer at CCHRC, he conducts projects including advanced super insulated wall systems in the Arctic, solar thermal heat plant design for the CCHRC building with seasonal thermal storage, Anchorage foundation insulation research and dynamic thermal modeling, and combustion safety failure analysis. He and his wife have just built a super insulated house in Fairbanks that uses a seasonal solar thermal storage system to supply heating to the home without the use of fossil fuels. Bruno believes sustainability in the Arctic is achievable and, through demonstration and education, that sustainable infrastructure can become the norm in Alaska. When not at work, he can often be found sharing the best parts of life with his wife and infant daughter, making music, dancing, and playing in the backcountry of Alaska.TERM EXPIRES: 2017
Mark D. Houston is a former contractor, Alaska Energy Rater, the first PHIUS certified Energy Rater in Alaska, Instructor in the UAA Construction Management program, instructor for ACHP and a founding board member of the Alaska Association of Energy Professionals. He has been a Four Seasons Sunroom franchise operator for 7 years, as well as an advocate for recycled building materials as the contractor liaison for Second Use Building Materials in Seattle, diverting millions of pounds of useable building materials from landfills over a 7 year span. Mark is passionate about the path to Net Zero, and reduction of energy and building materials waste.TERM EXPIRES: 2018
Alan is owner of the energy consulting firm Analysis North. He is the primary software developer of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation AkWarm Energy Rating software. Other energy work includes designing, installing, and analyzing data from building energy monitoring systems, and performing economic analyses of energy efficiency and energy supply projects. Alan has held energy-related positions at RurAL CAP, the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Alan’s hometown is Palmer, Alaska, and nearly 50 years of Alaskan residency has given him an understanding and appreciation of our great state. Alan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.TERM EXPIRES: 2018
Ben is a small business owner and entrepreneur, whose current businesses include two hostels in Anchorage (Bent Prop Inn & Hostels) , and a small snow plow business (Snow Guard Plowing). He has learned the nuances of complying with Anchorage Code, while remaining profitable. With more that 10 years in commercial real estate in Anchorage, he has overcome the short term difficulties of long term investment. Ben is a former Marine Officer, Commercial Pilot, and Realtor. He graduated Concordia College in Minnesota with a double major in Scandinavian Studies, and Economics. He has lived and studied in Sweden for over a year, which was eye opening in terms of alternate energy techniques.
Michelle passes along her personal enthusiasm for energy efficiency as Outreach Coordinator for Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP). A life-long learner, she has a BS in Astronomy from Caltech and has studied graduate level geophysics at CU Boulder and UC Berkeley and Civil Engineering at UAA. Michelle was raised in Alaska and has been providing outreach on energy efficiency and renewable energy for years as staff and volunteer for local non-profits including Renewable Energy Alaska Project and ACHP. She has managed the content of the State’s energy efficiency website, akenergyefficiency.org, for most of its life. Michelle also upgrades her ‘eco’ 4-plex in Anchorage in her spare time, creates edible food forests and community gardens, and commutes mainly by bike.TERM EXPIRES: 2018