About The Blogger

Conrad Metcalfe

Energy efficiency and sustainability geek who lived in an old-order Amish community for over 10 years to experience first-hand one of the world’s last sustainable cultures.  Actively seeking speaking engagements that focus on energy efficient and green building practices, market transformation, building science, sustainability, and benign cultural re-engineering efforts…

Conrad Metcalfe has 10 years of extensive experience in development of building performance programs, and management of operational growth in newly emerging markets. He developed and managed the Pennsylvania Home Energy program (PAHomeEnergy.com) for the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.   He created best practice protocols for Building Analysts through the California Energy Commission (later adopted by US-HUD). He has another 10 years of demonstrated leadership and hands-on training success in a wide variety of industries, including extensive consulting experience in development and delivery of classroom, online computer-based training, asynchronous “blended” distance learning programs and online performance support systems.  Currently serves on a number of boards and committees supporting workforce development, sustainability, and education.  Conrad presents at conferences to promote sustainability and energy efficient building practices.

Summary of Professional Experience

Currently providing strategic and tactical leadership for the Building Performance Contractors Association of NY, a 10-year old non-profit trade association whose members are primarily energy efficiency contracting companies, building science consultants, and Energy Star raters. BPCA is focused on building up the marketplace and the businesses of our members through market transformation for energy efficiency services. Within this context, we function as an educational organization – specifically addressing advanced topics on energy efficiency diagnostics, deep retrofits, and building performance. Secured grant awards amounting to 344K during first two years in office.

Vice President of Business Development and Training – from 2008 to April 2012
Managed and directed implementation activities for the PA Home Energy program (www.pahomeenergy.com) which resulted in the formation of 200 new energy efficiency businesses within a three year period. Implemented state-wide educational programs for consumers while simultaneously rolling out technical training for contractors and engineering the growth of the marketplace. Collaborated with workforce investment boards, business leaders, and community colleges to facilitate the formation of new jobs. Founded Performance Systems Academy to become one of the top building science training institutions in the country, with certifications through the Building Performance Institute (www.BPI.org) and the Residential Energy Services Network (www.RESNET.us).

Vice President of Operations and Training – from 2004 to 2008
Directed strategic initiatives on several regional and national fronts to transform a small mission-focused start-up into a national leader at the apex of the energy efficiency industry. Managed growth of operations from 17 employees to 57 employees. Growing customer base, constituencies, and support mechanisms nationwide among key organizations, utilities, and training providers in the context of market transformation.

Vice President Global Training Services – from 2002 to 2004
Directed the development of an international training department “from scratch.” This included the creation of a business plan based on a 3.5 million dollar budget, as well as hiring, training, and managing a top-notch team of 27 training professionals to meet the business needs of a 100 million dollar global software company serving the energy / utility industry. Assembled a training development team and created a comprehensive curriculum with “cafeteria-style” course offerings (classroom and web-based) for certification. Developed strategic client and partner relationships. Ramped-up a team of technical trainers to initiate a global training schedule.

CEO and Sales Manager
From 1993 to 2002
Provided expertise central to management of training development services for a wide range of clientele. Developed comprehensive training programs and transition interventions. Established relationships, standards and priorities, facilitated effective group and quality processes to design and build state-of-the-art training and electronic performance support tools. Developed a stable of training developers and implementers nationwide to meet the business needs of client base. Advanced projects from conceptualization through development, to implementation. Provide timely, cost-effective training solutions to clients that included Cisco Systems, United Healthcare, Ethan Allen, Prudential, iGeneration, Cliffstar, Volvo-Penta, Cigna Corp, Softbank, Truck-Lite Corp. and others. Established a national network of reliable professionals to respond to peak fluctuations in business cycles.


The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Bachelor of Arts in Design Analysis

Certifications, Other Skills, Etc.

Creative problem-solving, group facilitation, personnel, self-directed team-building and coaching, computer/networking, cutting-edge technologies, all MS office applications, blended distance learning delivery strategies, Learning Management Systems, multiple platforms

  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups of any size
  • Certified Building Analyst 2008 – Building Performance Institute
  • Technical Committee Member for the Building Performance Institute (2005-2007)
  • Founding Trustee for the New Roots Sustainability (Charter) High School
  • Founding member of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI)
  • GC for personal residence; 1800 sq ft super-insulated home and 3-story octagonal barn.
  • 10 years living in an old-order Amish community to experience sustainable living practices first-hand. Eventually developed and implemented solar and wind systems for off-grid home with all modern conveniences.

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