Chris is a mechanical engineer specializing in the design of energy efficient building systems and exploring how the built environment intersects with socioeconomic issues. He has designed high performance mechanical systems for numerous LEED Platinum and Net Zero buildings, with a focus on balancing thermal comfort and energy savings. He is an expert in high efficiency HVAC systems including radiant heating and cooling, low friction “state of the shelf” variable air volume systems, passive low-energy strategies and energy recovery. Chris leads PEI’s engineering team and is often on site working directly with clients identifying cost-effective energy saving opportunities and ensuring design intent is met.
He is a graduate of Stanford’s Masters Program in Sustainable Design and Construction. Chris is a co-instructor for Stanford’s Civil Engineering Graduate class “Advanced Topics in Integrated, Energy-Efficient Building Design”. He speaks at local industry events sharing the lessons he’s learned on Net Zero design and gives company instructional lectures on new systems and strategies.