Marc, today's charrette was terrific. Thank you for your truly generous collaboration. You've caused me to turn a mental corner. Until recently, I thought that that to do really intelligent buildings, we'd need the right clients, the right engineers, and a premium budget. Thanks to you, I now believe that to do intelligent buildings all we need is INTELLIGENCE!—and the guts to ask the simple questions until we get the answers, and the courage of our convictions to persuade others...

We can do this and it will change things. You've empowered us. Thanks. –Ellen

Training, Presentations, and Workshops

We can create a presentation, workshop, or training program for your organization that directly addresses the educational goals of the target audience.  Energysmiths has been teaching people about many aspects of environmental building design for over twenty-six years.  We’ve done custom workshops and presentations for many clients.  Examples include:

  • A half day jump start workshop on green building and how to procure one for Bates College
  • In-house presentations for architecture firms such as Tsoi Kobus, Goody Clancy, William McDonough & Partners, HMFH Architects
  • Consensus-building presentations to build solid support for the green goals of the project amongst Boards of Directors and Trustees, staff, faculty, or students.  
  • In-house presentations for engineering firms such as Tighe & Bond and Rist Frost Shumway
  • Workshops on the process of procuring a green building for the Maine Higher Education Council and the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England
  • Presentations on green buildings and their benefits for the Society of Women Engineers, Facility Managers of Northern New England Colleges and Universities, Twin Pines Housing Trust, and the Town of Williamstown, MA
  • Participant in colloquia on sustainable design for Smith College and Washington University
  • Trainer of State of CT Code Enforcement Officials in Building Air Barriers
  • Part of the training team for MA Technology Collaborative Green Schools program
  • Full day workshops on sustainable design for CT AIA, Earthright Institute, VT Builders for Social Responsibility, NESEA, Timber Framers Guild of North America, American Solar Energy Society, Affordable Comfort, Building With Value, and several others
  • Full day workshop on low and zero energy homes for NESEA, Under The Sun, and VT Green Building Network

We’ve done numerous presentations, workshops, and trainings at conferences and find our presentations very highly rated on conference evaluations.  During the 1990s, Marc was a lead trainer for the utility-sponsored Energy Crafted Homes program, where he trained well over a thousand builders, architects, and homeowners.  We can provide the training and education your organization needs on a wide range of sustainable design and high performance building topics.  Over twenty-five years of experience yields numerous real world images and case studies to really make the subject matter clear (and occasionally quite humorous).

Conferences presented at include:

US Green Building Council (papers selected for special Best of Greenbuild volume in both 2002 and 2003), NESEA, EEBA, Affordable Comfort, Ecobuild, Better Buildings By Design, Timber Framers Guild of North America, American Solar Energy Society, NAHB, Build Boston.  Keynote speaker at NESEA Building Energy 2000 and Green Cincinnati 2003.