About

A United Voice for Sustainable Home Building

The Green Builder® Coalition is a not-for-profit association dedicated to amplifying the voice of green builders and professionals to drive advocacy and education for more sustainable home building practices. We unite individual small builders, building professionals and suppliers to drive policy-change and education for more resource-efficient home building standards. We work together to determine the smartest leverage points for legislative change and provide valuable opportunities for member networking and education. We are an action-oriented community of green builders and professionals dedicated to uniting and growing our joint expertise, values and voice to create stronger standards for sustainable, more environmentally responsible home building.

Why Become a Member?

Becoming a member of the Green Builder® Coalition gives you access to a determined network of like-minded home builders, building professionals, and related businesses eager to combine voices and create forward progress in the area of sustainable, healthy home building.

History

Formed in July 2010 by Ron Jones and Mike Collignon, Green Builder® Coalition is a 501(c)(6) organization.

Board members include Chairman  Steve Hale of Hale & Sun Construction, Chad Ray of Olde Heritage Builders, Craig Conner of Building Quality, Maria Kingery of Southern Energy Management and Kim Shanahan of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. Ron Jones* serves in an Ex-officio role.

*Founding Board member

Board Members


Steve Hale
Chairman 

Steve HaleSteve is President of Hale & Sun Construction, Inc, a 25-year old custom homebuilding and remodeling company. He is also the Director of Build Green New Mexico.

He is an advocate for water conservation. He worked to revise the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard (ICC 700; NAHBGreen) as a task group member on Water Efficiency. Steve is also a proponent of composting.

In addition to his Board seat with the Coalition, he also serves on the Board of NAHB and the New Mexico HBA.

 


Chad Ray

Chad RayChad is a second generation builder who still works with his mother, father, and wife in the family business. Olde Heritage Builders has been building homes in the Raleigh, NC area since 1984. The company is built on pillars of respect, fairness, honesty, passion and excellence. Chad’s family has been running Olde Heritage Builders that way from day one.

In early 2002, Chad and his wife, Jodi, wanted to take the company in a new direction, while still retaining the core company values. Because of their personal passion for the outdoors and stewardship of all things, green building was a natural fit for them. It has taken 10 years of incremental steps, but Olde Heritage Builders has successfully merged their deep-rooted reputation with their standing as one of the top green builders in NC. They also are known for practicing the triple bottom line approach to success. Chad does his best to not only build better homes for his clients, but talks to builders all over the southeast about the benefits to building green and certifying green.


Craig Conner

Craig ConnerCraig founded Building Quality, a consulting firm that focuses on energy and green building codes. Prior to starting that company, he worked at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 18 years and at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory for 10 years.

Craig formerly served on the development committee for the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and NAHB's Energy and Green Building Subcommittees. He is a past member of the IECC's code and exam development committees. He is also a former chair of the Technical Committee and past Board of Directors member at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA).


Maria Kingery

Maria KingeryMaria co-founded Southern Energy Management in 2001 and currently serves as the company’s CEO. In 2012, she also co-founded ecoSelect Certifications, LLC.

Maria is a frequent speaker on energy and sustainable business topics, and is actively engaged with a number of organizations dedicated to bolstering the sustainable business community. She serves as Board Chair for the NC Sustainability Center, President of the NC League of Conservation Voters and is a board member and Past Chair of the NC Sustainable Energy Association. She has also contributed to a number of statewide public initiatives, including the State Energy Sector Partnership and the NC Community College System's Code Green Leadership Team. In 2011, she was among a select group of energy sector business leaders invited to participate in the President's Council for Jobs and Competitiveness.

Maria also remains actively engaged with her alma mater, NC State University, serving as an Advisory Board Member for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Kim Shanahan

Kim ShanahanKim is the Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, a position he has held since the end of 2008. Prior to that he was a residential builder of green, affordable housing subdivisions in Santa Fe, NM.

Kim helped the City of Santa Fe draft and adopt one of the country’s first comprehensive residential green construction codes, based on the 2008 National Green Building Standard. As an Executive Officer, he serves on the Executive Officers Council Board of Directors representing Region E, which encompasses most of the western United States. He also serves as the EOC Liaison to NAHB’s Construction Codes & Standards Committee.


Ron Jones

Co-Founder & Ex-officio

Ron JonesInternationally renowned pioneer of the green building movement, award winning builder, architectural designer, and the only person ever to serve on the national Board of Directors for both the U. S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders, Ron Jones, founder of GREEN BUILDER®, Co-Founder and President of Green Builder® Media LLC, is a unique individual within the sustainability arena.

Selected as Chairman of the Consensus Committee to develop the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Green Building Standard™, his lengthy resume of leadership bridges a wide variety of organizations, associations, industry groups, sustainability advocates and stakeholders, including seven years of service as an original member of the USGBC LEED for Homes committee.

Ron enjoys a distinguished record of industry service and green building advocacy at local, state, national and international levels. A Life Director on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors, he served five consecutive years on the NAHB Executive Committee from 1998 through 2002, including two years as an NAHB National Vice President.

He has been a clear and persuasive voice for green building, both within the home building industry and across the wider community, throughout his years of volunteer service and elected leadership.

Officers

Mike Collignon
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Mike CollignonMike engages in national and state-level advocacy, co-produces quarterly research reports, and publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter, a monthly member publication and a monthly feature in Green Builder® Magazine. He has presented at RESNET, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference. Mike has also delivered testimony at the IECC and IgCC final action hearings.

A former Market Manager of Residential for the Portland Cement Association (PCA), he supervised the $1.2 million residential co-op advertising program for regional and local promoters, delivered 10 guest lectures between Cal State University at San Luis Obispo, Cal State University at Chico and Middle Tennessee State University, and managed the 10,000+ sq. ft. Concrete Pavilion, the cement and concrete industry’s marquis annual presence at the Builders’ Show.

Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Advertising from Drake University.


Kate McLean

Finance Director

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance and International Business from Drake University, Kate began her career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen.

She later joined the Huron Consulting Group, where she started in their Strategic Sourcing Practice. Kate earned a promotion to Manager, Higher Education Procurement Solutions Practice, where she designed and implemented procurement systems for 2 universities in the California State education system.

Staff


Laureen Blissard, AIA, ALA, LEED®AP, LEED®AP HOMES, NCARB
Technical Director

Laureen BlissardMs. Blissard holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois and has built a successful 20-year+ practice in the design and construction of buildings and interiors. She is also a licensed architect in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as having received approval for reciprocal licensure designation in every state except California via NCARB certification.

A Founding member and Past Chair of the Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Laureen currently serves as the chapter’s Governance committee Chair and Residential Green Building Advocate which entails numerous public speaking engagements on behalf of the chapter.

Additionally, Laureen is the principal and owner of LTLB Envirotecture, a small architecture and design firm that primarily focuses on Green Building Program certified projects and existing home retrofits for aging in place clients.


Bill Fay
Advocacy Director

Bill FayBill currently serves as the Executive Director of two organizations involved in promoting the benefits of strong, but readily achievable building energy codes: the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) and the Building Energy Efficient Codes Network (BEECN).

With over 28 years in the nation's capital, Bill has organized, managed and led several trade associations and national public policy coalitions. He has a strong background in energy, environmental, transportation, tax and natural resource policy and regulation. His experience on Capitol Hill includes working for both the US Senate and House of Representatives, with Members of Congress who served on the Senate Appropriations, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment & Public Works, and Finance Committees and the House Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources and Agriculture Committees.