Author: Ronnie Kweller and Allyson Schmutter
The Alliance to Save Energy is pleased to announce that Maureen Guttman, AIA, is the new executive director of its Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), a joint initiative of the Alliance, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. An architect by training with 25 years’ experience in energy-efficient and green building design, Guttman is also the Alliance’s new senior director of building programs.
Guttman has worked on building codes policy at the state level and on the International Code Council’s (ICC) code development process as a member of the International Green Construction Code Development Committee.
“As the new head of BCAP, Maureen combines the unique and valuable perspective of a professional architect with her commitment to the deployment of energy efficiency in the buildings sector,” said Alliance Senior Vice President for Programs Jeffrey Harris. “I look forward to working with her to advance the Alliance’s overall mission of promoting energy efficiency throughout our economy.”
Guttman’s previous posts include four years as executive director of the Governor’s Green Government Council in Harrisburg, Pa., where she designed and managed new programs providing more than $32 million in consumer incentives for energy efficiency projects and developed High-Performance Building Standards required for certain state funding and incentive programs. From 1996 to 2003, Guttman headed her own architecture firm based in Pittsburgh.
Said Guttman, “With buildings accounting for 40 percent of all U.S. energy use – and resulting pollution – I am eager to collaborate with all the players in the energy-efficient buildings arena on strategic, coordinated initiatives that will maximize the impact of energy efficiency in this important sector.”
In addition to the ICC, her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects’ national board of directors and Pennsylvania chapter.
Guttman has won several prestigious awards, including the President’s Award from the AIA Pennsylvania’s board of directors and the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for developing an educational video, aimed at state and local governments, on environmentally-preferred purchasing.
Guttman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.
The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, the economy and national security.