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.
Board members include Ingrid Mattsson* of Uponor, Scott Palmer* of Salt River Materials Group, Tom Miller of Miller Brooks, Steve Hale of Hale & Sun Construction and Chad Ray of Olde Heritage Builders.
*Founding Board member
Internationally 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.
Steve 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.
Ingrid is the Senior Manager of Advertising & Brand Management at Uponor (formerly Wirsbo.)
In the 15 years that she has been with the company, Ingrid has devoted her brand, communications and marketing expertise to the advancement of radiant floor heating, PEX Plumbing and Residential Fire Sprinkler systems to both the trade and consumer markets. She is a founding member of the Green Team at Uponor.
Ingrid also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) as well as on the Board of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.
Ingrid earned her Master’s in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas.
Tom Miller is a founding partner and principal of Miller Brooks, an independently owned branding and marketing firm now in its 28th year. During the past 30 years, Tom’s work in building products and green business operations has allowed him to keep a pulse on the sustainability movement, while helping spread the word and speed organizational adaptation of sustainable practices.
He guest lectures on marketing and branding at various universities and organizations; and is a speaker at industry conferences and events, including the American Institute of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the Indiana Health Industry Forum and more. Tom works closely on marketing and branding initiatives for companies, such as Whirlpool Corporation, Delta Faucet Company, BASF, Masco Cabinetry, Hearth & Home Technologies, 360 Resources, Kimball Office, Fiberweb, CertainTeed Corporation and others.
Tom holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit and a Master's Degree from Western Michigan University.
A LEED®-AP, Scott is the Market Development Manager at Salt River Materials Group. In a little over 6 years with the company, he has become heavily involved with the sustainable building industry. Scott spearheaded the construction and sponsorship of a concrete frame, net-zero energy Habitat for Humanity project in 2009. The result of this project earned the platinum designation under the LEED for Homes program and was featured at Greenbuild 2009 as part of the Contemporary Desert Living Tour.
Scott is also involved with a residential offshoot of Green Ideas, LLC, a Phoenix-based sustainability consulting firm. He was also integral to the creation of the Smart Homes Alliance, a non-profit that promotes the durability and sustainability of concrete homes and recently developed Solution 50™, a building envelope design, guaranteed to achieve a HERS 50 in the Energy Star Qualified Homes program. Scott currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Buildings Committee for the Portland Cement Association.
Chad 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.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Mike engages in national and state-level advocacy, co-produces quarterly research reports, and publishes both a bi-monthly e-newsletter and a monthly feature in Green Builder® Magazine.
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.
Secretary/Treasurer & Finance Director
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Michigan University, Patty began her accounting career with the Alcar Group, Inc., a financial consulting, software and education firm.
She later joined the Portland Cement Association. During her 17.5 years with the Association, she held the title of Accounting Supervisor/Senior Accountant - U.S. & Canadian Operations. In addition to her financial reporting responsibilities, Patty had direct supervision of U.S. A/R and A/P and indirect supervision of Canadian A/R and A/P.
Ms. 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 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.