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Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner, founder of Building Energy, has been building and remodeling energy efficient homes and businesses in the Northeast for…

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner, founder of Building Energy, has been building and remodeling energy efficient homes and businesses in the Northeast for more than thirty years. He has national training and has earned certification in sound building practices and energy conservation technologies. Scott’s peers and clients acknowledge him as a leader in environmentally responsible construction. He created the Building Energy team to carry forward his unsurpassed commitment to environmentally responsible building practices, energy efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Scott has built a team of Building Energy professionals with solid track records and years of experience with energy conservation technologies and products.

Russ Flanigan

Russ Flanigan joined the Building Energy team in January 2014 as a Senior Energy Specialist and Project Manager. He works…

Russ Flanigan

Russ Flanigan joined the Building Energy team in January 2014 as a Senior Energy Specialist and Project Manager. He works with the solar team managing solar operations and with the thermal team performing energy audits. Russ has been involved in the building trades since the early 1980s and has focused on energy efficiency since 2005. He is a veteran of hundreds of energy audits and efficiency projects from insulation to solar to carbon accounting and reduction both in Vermont and in Southern California. He has a long-standing relationship with Efficiency Vermont and has been a Building Performance Institute certified professional since 2008.

Russ lives in Burlington in his “work-in-progress” 1890's home with his wife and boys. He dabbles on the fiddle, piano, and guitar in his rare spare time.

Nik Ponzio

Nik Ponzio is a co-founder of Building Energy and senior project engineer. He oversees the solar and heat pump divisions…

Nik Ponzio

Nik Ponzio is a co-founder of Building Energy and senior project engineer. He oversees the solar and heat pump divisions of the company. Nik has a background in electrical engineering and has been designing and installing solar PV, solar thermal, and off-grid power systems since 2001. In recent years he has led the push for the use of air-source heat pumps for super-efficient heating and cooling. With a highly detail-oriented approach to design and an engineer's insight into problem-solving, Nik brings a disciplined creativity to challenges in new and existing systems.

Joel Jackson

Joel Jackson joined the Building Energy team in 2016 as our Lead Technical Sales Representative specializing in Solar PV and…

Joel Jackson

Joel Jackson joined the Building Energy team in 2016 as our Lead Technical Sales Representative specializing in Solar PV and Heat Pump sales. Along with the rest of the Building Energy team, he is focused on delivering quality products and customer service to help our customers reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. Customer satisfaction is his number one goal.

Joel and his wife Laura live on their “one-acre” farm in Hinesburg where they enjoy beekeeping, gardening, and developing a small orchard. A true renaissance man, Joel enjoys hiking, post and beam construction, and landscaping in his spare time.

Andrew Charbonneau

Andrew Charbonneau joined Building Energy in 2001 as a Project Manager after earning a Construction Management degree from VT Tech.…

Andrew Charbonneau

Andrew Charbonneau joined Building Energy in 2001 as a Project Manager after earning a Construction Management degree from VT Tech. Andrew manages many aspects of day-to-day business operations with a focus on customer satisfaction. He schedules and manages all weatherization, ventilation, and small construction projects and oversees our insulation crew and construction teams as well as the warehouse. Andrew has been a volunteer firefighter for over 25 years. He lives in Essex with his wife and two children and in his spare time enjoys fishing and hiking.

Elizabeth Austin

Elizabeth Austin is the Office Manager responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the accounting department. Her main role is…

Elizabeth Austin

Elizabeth Austin is the Office Manager responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the accounting department. Her main role is to monitor and analyze accounting data to produce financial reporting but she is focused on providing excellent customer service for all our customers.  Elizabeth joined the Building Energy team in April 2015.  She lives in Essex with her husband Jim and their three sons. In her spare time she coaches at Green Mountain Aquatics and the Town of Essex Swim Team summer league.

Bryan Bergeron

Bryan Bergeron started with Building Energy in 1998 as a job supervisor and lead carpenter. Bryan has 30 years of experience in…

Bryan Bergeron

Bryan Bergeron started with Building Energy in 1998 as a job supervisor and lead carpenter. Bryan has 30 years of experience in the building industry as both a site supervisor and energy consultant specializing in deep energy retrofits. Currently Bryan conducts Home Performance Energy Audits and Manages Sales of all services offered by Building Energy from construction and remodeling to insulation and weatherization.

Bryan lives in South Burlington with his wife and four children and is an active member of his community volunteering his time with the South Burlington Little League and local soccer clubs.

Brent Mellen

Brent Mellen joined the Building energy team in 2009. He operates Building Energy’s White River Junction office where he performs residential…

Brent Mellen

Brent Mellen joined the Building energy team in 2009. He operates Building Energy’s White River Junction office where he performs residential and commercial energy audits and manages insulation/air sealing projects. Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology and spent several years in the research field before focusing on reducing energy use in buildings. By conducting a thorough assessment of a building’s current energy use and implementing targeted approaches, Brent’s goal is to make buildings more efficient and comfortable, while lowering the operating costs and reducing carbon emissions.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith joined the Building Energy team in August of 2014 as a BPI Certified Energy Auditor. He is currently…

Tim Smith

Tim Smith joined the Building Energy team in August of 2014 as a BPI Certified Energy Auditor. He is currently working with the thermal group as Building Energy's head foreman managing the field teams for both residential and commercial projects.  Tim relocated to Vermont from southwestern Illinois where he had been working with Green Tree Building Solutions, a highly regarded Home Performance with Energy Star partner company performing audits, leveraging local incentives, and managing the installation of efficiency measures. Tim’s goal every day is to work with customers to improve their comfort and achieve complete satisfaction for a job well done. His specialty is problem-solving!

Tim lives in Waterbury with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Tim enjoys getting outdoors with his family hiking, and fishing, and is very involved with his children's activities.

Maggie Citarella

Maggie Citarella joined the team at Building Energy in December 2020 as the Marketing Manager. In this role, Maggie is…

Maggie Citarella

Maggie Citarella joined the team at Building Energy in December 2020 as the Marketing Manager. In this role, Maggie is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating marketing strategies. She crafts content for our website, social media platforms, newsletter, and advertising campaigns. As part of our goal to provide excellent customer service, Maggie also handles and directs inquiries regarding our services. She looks forward to networking across the state to introduce Building Energy as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy services.

She lives in South Burlington with her husband, cat, and two dogs. As an avid nature lover and arborist, she enjoys getting outside and participating in the Vermont Master Naturalist Program. She serves on the Board of Friends of the Winooski River and Branch Out Burlington!

Jacob Smeriglio

Jacob Smeriglio joined the Building Energy team in September 2020 as a Weatherization Technician and has quickly become an asset…

Jacob Smeriglio

Jacob Smeriglio joined the Building Energy team in September 2020 as a Weatherization Technician and has quickly become an asset to the company. In June 2021, Jacob began a new role as a BPI Certified Energy Auditor. With a passion for the environment and experience in construction, communications, and sales, he is a great fit for the role and well-suited to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint. Originally from Connecticut, Jacob holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Hartford. He looks forward to using his problem-solving and hands-on skills to help both people and the environment. In his free time, Jacob enjoys rock climbing, fishing, hiking, and working on cars.

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