Board of Directors
Charles (Charley) Cormany, Executive Director
Charles has been involved in the home performance industry for over a decade. Prior to his position as executive director, he was a home performance contractor. Working as a project manager, he supervised home performance crews for several different companies, including his own. After multiple years of managing home performance crews he has a first-hand understanding of the challenges of the industry. With the knowledge gained from being involved in hundreds home performance projects, he has a fact-based understanding of what solutions provide effective results. He is formerly trained in HVAC design, installation, and troubleshooting and has wide ranging experience with new technologies. Having run his own home performance company he understands the entire process from developing leads, closing sales, interacting with consumers, and building effective process. At EFCA, he has helped to streamline operations and restructure the organization in order to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry.
Dan Thomsen, Board President
Dan Thomsen is the President and founder of the Building Doctors, a home performance contracting that is a Building Performance Institute accredited company. Dan received a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University and a Master of Science from North Carolina State University. He is a Building Performance Institute certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, an instructor and verified contractor with the California Building Performance Contractors Association, a verified contractor with the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, certified through the California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services and an existing home rater, and a founding member of Efficiency First where he is on the Board of Directors, the National membership chair, on the marketing committee and the Southern California Chapter Chair.
Together with his partner Michael Winkler, Sean Armstrong of Redwood Energy has led the Zero Net Energy design (all-electric and 100% solar powered) in new construction and rehab design of more than 7000 units of housing in California, primarily affordable but including subdivisions and market-rate condos. A committed environmental leader since starting environmental clubs in two successive high schools, his career in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) construction began in college in 1995 the oldest ZNE-effort demonstration house in the U.S., at Humboldt State University. As a Co-Director in 1999, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology allowed Sean to support the installation of a new wind turbine in the backyard, a new ZNE-scale PV array on the roof, a biodiesel refinery in the backyard, a pedal-powered TV/VCR, and many more experimental technologies.
Professionally, Sean began work on ZNE design in 2005 with developers of affordable housing in HSU's college town, Arcata. The City Council required the developers to build the first 50% ZNE apartment complex in the U.S. (Courtyards of Arcata). When it successfully opened in 2006, the City of Arcata raised the bar and in 2009 required a 100% ZNE offset at the senior housing called Plaza Point, which in 2012 was the first apartment complex to actually achieve ZNE in North America. In 2011 Michael and Sean formed Redwood Energy to support ZNE multifamily affordable housing, and we have grown to support ZNE tiny homes, subdivisions and residential towers. Our clients include Affirmed Housing, AMCAL, CHISPA, Eden, Pacific Communities, the Corporation for Better Housing, Mutual Housing California, MidPen, MLK Partners, Danco Communities, Palm Communities, Mini Mansion, RCD, Duffie Inc, Community Housing Works, Standard Property, Related Properties, and many more.
Dav Camras, a strong believer in sustainable living, formed HouseSmart Green Solutions/HERSRaterLA in 2008. He formerly served in the non-profit sector, as National Program Director of The American Red Cross's AmeriCorps program and Business Director of a California Summer Camp and Retreat Center. With a master’s degree from Humboldt State University in Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, and certification as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater through CalCerts, Dav has extensive experience in the technical aspects of “green” science. In addition, Dav is a certified residential and commercial Air Balancer through the National Comfort Institute. Dav also earned a Masters of Business Administration from American Jewish University, Los Angeles and Bachelors of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dav is an active member of Efficiency First, Build It Green, and RESNET.
Tom DiCandia has over 25 years of management experience, responsible for quality, productivity, and bottom-line profit in a variety of business fields. Tom is a BPI Building Analyst, certified by the Building Performance Institute. Tom began studying and implementing energy conservation and alternative energy in commercial property management in the 1990’s. Tom’s technical background includes electronics, electrical, audio, and a working knowledge of plumbing and mechanical systems. Tom trained in residential home performance with the California Building Performance Contractors Association, Pacific Energy Center, Saturn Online, Home Safe Environmental, and a variety of individual classes ranging from residential water conservation strategies to the technical installation and servicing of high-efficiency combustion appliances, solar thermal systems, and hydronic radiant distribution systems. During the 5 years Tom spent at Recurve/Sustainable Spaces, Tom performed home performance testing on at least 300 homes and managed close to 1,000 projects as a project manager. Tom joined SDI Insulation in 2011 to continue to offer home performance efficiency solutions to homeowners and improve existing residential building stock using building science principles. Tom’s current studies continue to include building science, building performance testing and remediation, and environmental impact awareness.
Matt Golden is the CEO of OpenEE, that supports the development of distributed energy procurement markets through open-source tools for measuring and valuing energy savings. Matt serves on a number of national and state nonprofit boards, including the Building Performance Institute (BPI), National Home Performance Council, Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI), Home Performance Resource Center, and Efficiency First. Matt has been featured in numerous articles in publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Economist and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Matt holds a bachelor's degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University and is a licensed California Solar, Insulation, and General Contractor.
Devon Hartman is now focusing his 35 years of experience in architecture, construction, and strategic business development on the field of Energy Efficiency. He is an expert in strategic business systems development, consumer-facing sales and marketing strategies and energy efficiency management operations in Home Performance. Newly retired from his decades-long role as Co-Founder and President of HartmanBaldwin Design/Build, Inc., he has created Hartman Energy Strategies to form collaborative partnerships with contractors and cities to promote sustainable building practices and the reduction of fossil fuel use in buildings throughout California and beyond: Hartman takes a new role. His award-winning architecture and construction work has garnered over 50 national awards, including the Gold Nugget Grand Prize from the Pacific Coast Builder's Association and the Grand Prize Design Award from Remodeling Magazine. His work has been featured in numerous articles and interviews including Preservation, Wall Street Journal, Remodeling Magazine, LA Times and HGTV and he has worked in France, Peru, Brazil, and Egypt. Devon is a General Contractor, Designer, Developer (VGM Santa Barbara ), LEED AP, Green Point Rater, lecturer; consultant; community organizer/educator. Board positions: founding member of Efficiency First, Sustainable Claremont, Co-Founder of CHERP (Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project), Co-Founder and project consultant for the Pilgrim Place Energy Efficiency Project.
Debra is a home performance and valuation specialist and creator of AjO, a data tool that equips contractors to quickly collect and report data on energy upgrade projects. AJO produces a One Page Report that supports data requirements of appraisers to attribute value to performance assets. Debra is active in education of real estate appraisers and agents on valuation and market representation of high-performance home assets; energy and water efficiency, beyond energy, and renewables.
Debra’s experience building her own high-performance home in 2007, appraising in CA (2001- present), home performance consulting (2009-present), along with earlier work in data, video production, and marketing in NYC informs her current focus as she directs AjO. AjO integrates behavior and brain science to drive demand for building science.
Nehemiah Stone is an energy consultant who has worked for years on the integration of energy efficiency into multifamily and affordable housing through programs, policy development, economic tools, and codes and standards. He led the creation and implementation of California’s first utility sponsored multifamily new construction program in 1999, as well studies on the performance of central DHW systems in existing multifamily buildings in support of both utility incentive programs and updates to Title 24. For several years, he has been a consultant to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee on sustainable building measures for affordable multifamily projects. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a CEC grant researching all-electric ZNE multifamily buildings. Nehemiah’s background includes years as a contractor, Humboldt County Chief Building Inspector, staff in the Standards Office at the California Energy Commission (CEC), Special Advisor to the Chairman of the CEC, consultant on numerous multifamily energy efficiency projects, and Board Member of several non-profits.