Our Training Team
Chris is the Energy Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the FSL Southwest Building Science Training Center. He has over 15 years experience working in the weatherization program as a program administrator, crew trainer, and energy auditor/technician. Chris is BPI BA certified, a BPI Trainer,a Building Analyst and a Manufactured Housing Written and Field Proctor for BPI. Chris has extensive experience in blower doors, APT’s and other energy auditing tools to diagnose efficiency problems in residential housing structures. He served alongside Ken Pancost and Charlie Gohman in the development of the National DOE workforce guidelines. He was part of a panel of 43 recognized experts from across the country that was assembled under the request of our vice president Joe Biden. Chris is a self proclaimed “Building Science Black-belt”
Ken Pancost – Arizona Energy Mgmt Residential Building Science Consultant and Trainer
Ken has provided curriculum development and training on building science principles and weatherization applications for over 10 years. For five years, he was the Weatherization Program Manager and Energy Engineering Specialist for the Arizona Department of Commerce, Energy Office and has been providing all aspects of WAP service with Arizona Energy Management and Remodel, LLC for the past 10 years. Currently, he provides BPI training and certification, building science principles, combustion safety, and numerous other weatherization related subject matter at the FSL Southwest Building Science Training Center. Ken is BPI certified as a Building Analyst I, Envelope Specialist, and is a training and testing Proctor. Ken is seen as an authority in the industry and has been recognized with several awards and acclamations including the honor of serving on the DOE task force to develop the National Retrofit Guidelines (NREL) for multi-family, manufactured housing and weatherization.
Vinny is an advanced building science technician with over 13 years experience working in the Weatherization Assistance Program as a field technician, energy auditor and program supervisor. He is also a trainer for the FSL Southwest Building Science Training Center and is a Building Performance Institute proctor. Vinny is one of seven state-approved mentors for the Arizona Weatherization Program. He provides technical assistance to contractors and agency staff. Vinny holds an HVAC contractor license for FSL and he is BPI Certified as a Building Analyst and as an Envelope Professional. Vinny is seen as an expert in the industry and often presents at national and regional building science and efficiency conferences.
Charlie Gohman is a specialist in residential energy conservation with over 27 years’ experience in related state and national programs. Charlie is currently Manager of FSL’s Arizona Home Performance with Energy Star Program. During 21 years with the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office, he served as the Manager of the Building Science and Efficiency section implementing DOE’s Low-Income Weatherization Program, affordable housing programs and residential efficiency programs for both new and existing buildings. Charlie is expert in residential diagnostics techniques, including pressure diagnostics, blower door, computer simulation and infrared photography.
Ben Chao, Arizona Energy Management OSHA Trainer
Ben is an OSHA authorized construction outreach trainer and safety consultant. He has been involved with the Safety and Health industry for over 10 years with experience in manufacturing, warehousing, and residential construction. Exclusively for SWBSTC, Ben has taken the OSHA curriculum and designed a class to address the specific hazards encountered by weatherization/energy retrofit contractors. In addition to teaching OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses for construction for FSL’s Southwest Building Science Training Center, Ben is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Proctor.
Tim Steele – Lead Safety Training
Tim has been providing EPA required lead safety training for 2 years with the FSL Southwest Building Science Training Center. He has 15-years of experience in environmental testing and training as a consultant, state regulator with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for multiple Superfund sites, and remediation and restoration of industrial sites for residential use. He brings 20-years of experience and a range of skills from his engineering background in the energy field, solar housing, and construction industry. He is certified by BPI as a Professional Building Analyst.
Carrie Smith – Senior Manager FSL, Business and financial management Training
For over 10 years, Carrie has been the primary administrator for the FSL weatherization program. She also helped to spearhead the development of the Southwest Building Science Training Center and the Arizona Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Carrie holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree and has extensive experience in strategic and business planning, employee relations, regulatory compliance and program management of federal and state funded contracts. She has provided training for the U.S. Department of Energy in the areas of financial management standards related to 10 CFR Part 440 and 10 CFR Part 600 and on business development and marketing strategies and has presented at national, regional and local conferences.