high performance building engineer

About

 

Eric Martin, PE

 
 

Education

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Environmental Resources Engineering, 2011

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Civil Engineering, 2006 - 2008

UC BERKELEY EXTENSION
HVAC Certificate Courses, 2015 - 2017

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Python for Data Science Bootcamp, 2017

Certifications

• License Professional Engineer, Mechanical (M36996, California), 2014
• LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction (BD+C), 2016

Associations and Awards

• International Building Simulation Association (IBPSA)
• American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
• Homer Arnold Award for outstanding achievement in Environmental Engineering

Career

From collecting waste vegetable oil to fuel my car, to working with leading clean energy consulting firms, I have followed my passions of environmental stewardship and energy efficiency throughout my personal and professional life. I was extremely fortunate to begin my career while still in college, landing incredible internship opportunities in the Canadian energy sector (Ecosystem) and the New England solar industry (US Solar Works).

After college, I started working as a HVAC designer at a traditional MEP firm (Thompson Consultants), which allowed me to develop an understanding and appreciation for high-performance buildings. At kW Engineering, I focused on energy efficiency in existing buildings, performing energy audits and retrocommissioning, certifying buildings for Energy Star, and verifying measure savings for utility incentive programs.

My work at Interface Engineering involved all aspects of building performance analysis, including detailed energy simulation modeling, thermal comfort and radiation studies, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, measurement and verification, as well as complying with various performance criteria such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, and the California Energy Code.

I began specializing in parametric energy modeling and delved into software development when I moved to Denver in 2018. At Big Ladder Software, I contributed to an open-source parametric modeling framework called Modelkit, and developed expertise in the EnergyPlus simulation engine. Leveraging custom programming with the Modelkit framework, I performed large-scale parametric energy modeling for technology screening studies and developed new prototype models for the Database of Energy Efficiency Resources (DEER).

I am currently a Senior Engineer on the Policy and Ratings team at Energy Solutions, an employee-owned clean energy consulting firm, located in beautiful downtown Oakland, California.