The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recently announced the election of its new Board of Directors for the 2009 term. Eight members have been elected to a three year term.

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recently announced the election of its new Board of Directors for the 2009 term. The following members have been elected to a three year term:

Gregg Ander, FAIA, Southern California Edison Company (;
Paul Bertram, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (;
Jared Blum, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA);
Diana Brown,Environmental Design + ConstructionMagazine (;
Leon Chatelain, III, AIA, LEED AP, Chatelain Architects (;
Deane Evans, FAIA, New Jersey Institute of Technology's Center for Architecture and Building Science Research (;
Doug Read, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (www.ashrae);
andMaria Viteri, International Masonry Institute (

"SBIC has been promoting high-performance buildings for years. But, within the last few years high-performance buildings have clearly become a national priority," said Sophia Greenbaum, Executive Director of the Council. "With public demand for safe, sustainable, and cost-effective buildings, our training and education programs are more relevant than ever. We anticipate these new Directors will bring excellent insights and a fresh perspective to the organization."

Here are brief profiles of the Board members:

Gregg Ander, FAIA is the Chief Architect of Southern California Edison. He was the Executive Producer of six environmentally focused television programs for NBC, CBS, and PBS. One program, "Greener Buildings/Bluer Skies," won a 2006 Emmy award. He has authored more than 70 technical and design related articles and has won awards for various energy related projects from AIA, ASHRAE, Department of Energy, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has commissioned a wide variety of building and lighting research efforts including, field studies for photocontrols, Light-Emitting Diode (LED) performance assessments, and remote connectivity for demand response. He is the author of the book "Daylighting Performance and Design," published by John Wiley & Sons.

Paul Bertramis Director, Environment and Sustainability for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). He is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute, as well as a past Institute Vice President, and current Chairman of the GreenFormat Program Management Task Team that is developing a standardized sustainable product attributes reporting form and interactive Web site. Prior to joining NAIMA, for over 30 years, Paul was CEO and founder of PRB Design, in Orlando, FL, specializing in graphic design and technical communication programs for the building team. He began his career in Design and Development at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Jared Blumis President of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA). PIMA is the national trade association that represents polyiso insulation manufacturers and suppliers to the polyiso industry. PIMA advances the use of polyiso insulation and is one of the nation's foremost industry advocates for energy-efficient practices and policies and has been recognized by both the Environmental Protection Agency and SBIC for advocacy and products that both contribute to this country's efforts to promote energy efficiency and combat global warming.

Diana Brownis Group Publisher of four publications, including the award-winningSustainable Facility (SF)andEnvironmental Design + Construction (ED+C) magazines. Owned by BNP Media, SF and ED+C are dedicated to furthering the message of green building with a combined circulation of more than 50,000 readers nationwide. Diana joined BNP Media in 1998 and became publisher of ED+C in June 2002, which earned SBIC's Best Sustainable Practices Award for special achievement in Communications in 2004. Diana has been actively involved in the production of several environmental building supplements and special sections including theLEED Guide, Sustainable Flooring and Cool Roofing, among others. In 2007, Diana and her team re-launchedEnergy and Power ManagementintoSustainable Facility, the first green publication for facility managers. Committed to educating others about green building and the environment, Diana is a member of the Sustainable Practices Committee for the City of Troy, MI, and a national and local (Detroit) member of the U.S. Green Building Council, currently working to produce Greening the Heartland 2009 in Detroit. Diana is also a judge for the annual Designing & Building with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Award.

Leon Chatelain, III, AIA, LEED AP, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and is the Principal of Chatelain Architects, located in Washington, D.C. He has held several leadership positions within various organizations, including the Washington Chapter of the AIA, National Easter Seals Society, and Columbia Hospital for Women Foundation. In his 30 years of experience, he has designed global projects including private and public education facilities, institutional and government buildings, and residential projects. Leon has received design awards from the American Institute of Architects Washington Chapter, American Association of School Administrators, Pre-cast Concrete Institute, Masonry Institute, and Classical Architecture League.

Deane Evans, FAIA is a registered architect and currently directs the Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has over 25 years experience -- in both the private and public sectors -- in architectural design, construction technology and building performance. Deane's current area of concentration is high-performance, sustainable buildings, particularly housing and schools. He is author of SBIC'sHigh-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide , a set of guidelines for school superintendents and other key decision-makers. He established the New Jersey High Performance Schools Information Center in cooperation with the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation and recently launched the High Performance Schools Online Academy ( He served on the U.S. Green Building Council's "LEED for Schools" advisory committee and co-authored New Jersey's 21st Century Schools Design Manual. He has a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia.

Doug Readis Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 51,000 people. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. Doug is responsible for management and oversight of ASHRAE's advocacy and public policy agenda and the coordination of cross-functional and industry forums. He provides ASHRAE leadership in front of Congress and relevant federal and state agencies.

Maria Viteriis National Director of Program Development for the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and has over twenty years experience in architectural design, construction administration and marketing experience within the construction industry. Her architectural experience is healthcare focused and includes responsibilities as Project Manager and Owner's Representative. Within IMI, Maria leads IMI's Green Strategy and has made various presentations on design, energy efficient masonry construction, education, and material understanding. Maria is involved with contractor business development and architectural education, including leading IMI's Masonry Camp program. She is an instructor for IMI's Contractor College program and IMI's Instructor Certification Program. In 2003-2004, Maria served as guest curator/project manger with Stanley Tigerman, FAIA at the National Building Museum's exhibition on masonry design, "Masonry Variations." She maintains architectural registration in the state of Pennsylvania. Maria holds a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University, Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.