SAN FRANCISCO - A. Tamasin Sterner of Pure Energy was named the recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry by Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) at a ceremony at the opening plenary of the ACI National Conference in San Francisco.

Sterner was nominated by her industry peers and selected by an independent panel of impartial judges for her national impact on home performance contractor training and her pioneering work in low-income weatherization, bringing residential energy efficiency to the nation’s attention.

“For nearly 30 years, Sterner has been a crusader for conserving energy, a pursuit that’s taken her into more than 40,000 homes to advise residents on how to become more energy efficient. More recently she has applied her depth of experience to contractor training,” said David Hepinstall, chairman of the BPI board of directors. “Throughout her work in the field and classroom, she has demonstrated a bedrock understanding that the work we do as energy auditors, trainers, or QA inspectors depends on effective communication with key audiences, whether they be homeowners, students, contractors, or senators.”

Twenty-five years ago Sterner founded Pure Energy Coach LLC, an energy services firm that designs and implements energy-efficiency programs. Sterner and her team provide inspection, quality assurance, contractor mentoring, and energy auditing services for low-income weatherization programs, improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people.

Also part of the ACI Opening Plenary session, three individuals were inducted into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame. They were recognized for their significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of their careers. The new inductees are Stephen Cowell, Hap Haven, and Courtney Moriarta.

Publication date:05/16/2011