Director of Training, Senior Building Science Consultant
One of the lead national trainers in Advanced Energy's Principles of Building Science courses, he also provides training programs for builders, insulators and HVAC contractors on techniques, products and practices that are effective and cost-effective. He has served as a trainer at Habitat for Humanity events in several states, and regularly presents at national conferences.
Katz maintains a consulting relationship with a number of builders, developers and designers, helping them write standards and specifications, implement performance testing and quality control protocols and optimize the construction process based on their particular emphasis, be that energy efficiency, occupant health, comfort, or environmental responsibility.
Katz edited the original version of The Exemplary Home Builder's Field Guide, which has since been updated by the Energy and Environmental Builders Association (EEBA). His syndicated column, On the House, appeared in a number of newspapers and trade publications for several years.
Katz joined Advanced Energy in 1984. Prior to that, he worked as a carpenter, contractor, schoolteacher, writer, editor, landscaper, cab driver and community organizer, among other things. A graduate of Duke University, he also holds a master's degree in social science education from Western Carolina University.
Katz serves on the Advisory Board for the National Healthy Homes Training Center. He has served on the Board of the N.C. Solar Energy Association, the Orange County Planning Board, the Chapel Hill Energy Task Force, the Chapel Hill Sustainability Committee and the construction committee of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.
He lives in Lockridge Community, a land cooperative in Orange County with his wife, Svea Oster, their two children, two dogs, three cats and many vegetables in a home he designed and built himself, utilizing many of the techniques he teaches in his training sessions, as well as passive solar heating and natural cooling strategies.
Mailing Address: 909 Capability Dr., Suite
2100, Raleigh, NC 27606-3870