Brad directs the Zero Energy Program for the Institute. In this role, he is an international thought leader in zero energy concepts and systems, and helping reinvent humanity to thrive without fossil fuels. For the Institute, he speaks, teaches, and consults regularly on zero energy buildings and communities, and plays the lead role in developing the intellectual framework for energy related programs and systems. He plays a leading role in developing key new partnerships for the Institute. In addition to directing the Zero Energy Program, he was the launch director of the Living Community Challenge from 2014 to 2016, now in the able hands of Alicia Daniels Uhlig
Brad has three decades of experience catalyzing change in the fields of planning, environmental policy, urban design, construction management, lean operations, and sustainable building. Early in his career, he was a key member of the team implementing one of the first urban growth boundaries in the United States, which stands to this day. In the late 90s and early 00s, he was one of the main practitioners of neotraditional urban design in the Pacific Northwest, designing walkable communities for thousands of residents. In 2000, he established and managed the first municipal green building program in the Northwest outside of a major city. More recently, he directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology award.
He is author of The Power of Zero: Learning From the World’s Leading Net Zero Energy Buildings. His work has been covered by The New York Times, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, national NPR, The Seattle Times, GreenBiz, and many other media. He was educated at Georgetown University, the University of St. Andrews, the University of Washington Evans School, and Seattle Central College.