PITTSBURGH and WASHINGTON — The board of directors of the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) has announced that Brian T. Castelli has been named chief executive officer of the organization.
“Brian Castelli is a knowledgeable, experienced, and well-respected individual in the home performance and weatherization industry. He’s a strategic thinker with exceptional vision and passion, and I couldn’t be happier to announce his appointment as CEO,” said Steve Cowell, chairperson of HPC’s board of directors. “I have a longstanding relationship with Brian and have every confidence in his ability to lead HPC at this critical stage in its development, and to advance the industry as a whole.”
HPC was formed through the merger of Affordable Comfort Inc. (ACI) and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC) in order to unite the different voices of the home performance and weatherization industry. Cowell noted that Castelli’s experience in both the public and private sectors made him an ideal candidate for the role of CEO.
Castelli brings 30 years of leadership experience with contractors, utilities, service providers, and government agencies to this position. As senior fellow at the Alliance to Save Energy, he specialized in international and federal energy management programs and oversaw team leaders in the organization’s buildings and utilities, industrial, development, education, international, and Building Codes Assistance Project departments. From 1994 to 2001, Castelli served as the presidentially appointed chief of staff to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, managing 550 staff members and more than $1 billion in programs and research, development, and deployment initiatives. Prior to his time at DOE, Castelli served as deputy director for administration and public affairs, then as executive director, for the Pennsylvania Energy Office, where he became a strong supporter of — and was instrumental in securing funding for — the annual Affordable Comfort Conference, which is now known as the ACI National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show.
Castelli has served on the boards of directors of both ACI and NHPC and has been a board and advisory council member for numerous energy industry organizations. He has frequently been consulted on national energy policy and has testified before Congress and state and local legislatures.
“I feel as if I’ve come full circle, having been involved with both ACI and NHPC from their inception and now being chosen to lead the Home Performance Coalition at this exciting time,” Castelli said. “Residential energy efficiency is crucial to community and economic development and to environmental stewardship, and I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders throughout the industry — and in related industries — to continue to advance our shared mission.”
As CEO, Castelli will focus on HPC’s strategic development and on strengthening partnerships with industry stakeholders.
Publication date: 8/11/2014