Quality Council Members

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Erik Straite

Software Representative

Erik has been performing various roles in the energy efficiency industry for six years. After graduating from Arizona State University in 2016 with a degree in economics, he began working on financial auditing for Residential Science Resources, LLC. He soon moved into roles in utility program design, implementation, and quality assurance. In 2018, Erik also began working on business development for HouseRater, LLC. He has continued his work on utility programs and business development, as well as providing technical support for HouseRater’s users and energy code guidance for its developers. Erik is passionate about improving the efficiency, comfort, and durability of homes and creating a more sustainable future. In his free time, Erik enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and camping.

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Amber Wood

Quality Management Representative

Amber Wood directs the Buildings Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to increase energy efficiency and decarbonize buildings and homes through policies and codes at the federal, state, and local levels. She promotes best practices to enhance equity and affordability in the commercial, multifamily, and residential sectors.  Amber holds a Master of Science in engineering systems from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered professional engineer.

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Kevin Burk

Rater Representative

Kevin is the owner of RK Burk Consulting and Burk Energy Raters in Boerne, TX. He has been in the building science and home energy rating industry since 2015. He is a certified Home Energy Rater through the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®), an Energy Star for Homes Partner Rater, and is International Code Council certified as a Residential Energy Code Plans Examiner and Inspector.

Prior to starting his business, Kevin served in the US Army for 28 years, earned his Ranger tab and retired as a colonel of Military Police in December 2015. He and his wife Sue reside in Boerne, where Sue owns and operates a classical art studio and teaches children and adults.

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Brian Christensen

Building Science Representative

Brian Christensen has worked in the field of residential building science for over 20 years, applying his background in physics and mechanical engineering. Of that, roughly a decade was dedicated to fieldwork — providing ratings, ENERGY STAR certifications, diagnostic and consulting services, and eventually LEED for Homes Midrise certifications. He helped start and lead a Best Practices committee for Colorado raters.  He experienced the realities of co-owning a small rating company and managing the quality processes there.  After pushing the limits of HERS rating software tools, he went to work for one, eventually leading the software team producing and maintaining a widely used code-compliance and RESNET®-accredited HERS Rating software tool. At the same company, he also served as a Quality Assurance Designee for LEED for Homes. 

He remains active in multiple areas of the home performance industry, including serving on various working groups and committees addressing technical issues. A notable example is the RESNET® Software Consistency Committee, which is working to achieve consistent results across multiple competing accredited software tools. Today, Brian continues to work on software products that aim to serve the unique needs of home performance verification businesses. 

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Wes Davis

HVAC Representative

Director, Technical Services, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)

Wes Davis serves as the Director of Technical Services for ACCA. He works with the team responsible for the Quality Assured Programs (contractor accreditation), education/training, code interactions, and standards development.  Wes serves on technical committees for the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and the Residential Energy Network.

He has over 25 years’ experience in the HVAC industry.  He has experience in sales, installation of systems, and management of an HVAC business as a licensed HVAC contractor in South Carolina.  He wrote Bob’s House and has served on the development of several ANSI-recognized standards.

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Brett Dillon

Building Science Institute General Manager (non-voting chair)

A 4th generation homebuilder, Brett is the former chair of the ANSI Standards Development Committee that produced ANSI/RESNET/ICC 301-2014 (and the 2016 edition) and ANSI/RESNET/ICC 380-2016. He also served on the RESNET® Standards Management Board.

After his work in the homebuilding side, he worked for Southface Energy Institute as the first EarthCraft House™ Regional Program Manager before working in urban renewal development where his expertise in quality management and sustainability helped revitalize neighborhoods.

Brett has worked at every level in the energy rating industry as well as green building programs, and leverages his business acumen and marketing expertise to build better businesses.

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