Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. She is currently covering the Covid-19 pandemic for The New York Times. Her new book, The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness, was published in June 2020. She is also the author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, which was longlisted for the PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
Emily’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, and elsewhere. Her magazine features have won several awards, including the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the NASW Science in Society Journalism Award.
Emily is currently an instructor and thesis advisor at MIT’s Graduate Program of Science Writing. Previously, she was an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she also studied creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Catriona is the Director of Strategy and Development at the World Green Building Council.
Her work is focused on the development and implementation of global and regional projects and programmes of the World Green Building Council. Catriona provides strategic oversight of existing work to ensure alignment with WorldGBC’s strategy for a sustainable built environment. A priority for 2021 is the creation and roll-out of a new global programme on Resources & Circularity in the built environment.
Additionally, as part of this role she oversees the Better Places for People global project. This project aims to help the global Green Building Council network achieve a built environment that is healthy and sustainable for people and the planet, and is active in over thirty national Green Building Councils worldwide. Catriona regularly speaks at high level events, industry conferences, and webinars, and serves on a number of expert Task Forces related to health and wellbeing in the built environment.
Prior to joining the World Green Building Council in May 2018, Catriona worked in environmental consultancy with experience in energy modelling, sustainability masterplanning and sustainability and health-based certification standards. She is also a fully qualified secondary school teacher, with two years experience of secondary school teaching Geography (plus an experienced spin instructor). Her educational background consists of a degree from the University of St Andrews in Geography.
Originally hailing from the west of Scotland, she is currently based in London, UK.
Amélie Briend joined the Saint-Gobain Group in 2011. She went through different marketing experiences within the company mainly in the Glass activity where she was the marketing manager of the export BU Saint-Gobain Glass international. Lately she joined the central marketing team as Sustainable Business Support Manager. She is in charge of sustainability for the Glass business.
Glenna Wilson’s passion for building began when a friend became disabled and needed housing. After searching relentlessly for affordable housing that could be accessible to someone with disabilities, she realized the great need for more of this type of housing in Stark County. This led her to eventually start Charis homes in 2003 with a goal to build high performance healthier homes. Utilizing the latest innovations in building science such as ICFs and indoor air cleaning components, she has been awarded many accolades in her field. Charis has won five U.S. Housing Innovation Awards since 2015, four EPA Leadership Awards, and was awarded the grand prize in 2019 for a Zero Energy Ready Home.
Julia DiCorleto is the Vice President Innovation North America and Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Solar Solutions,
Julia most recently served as the Center Director for Saint-Gobain Research North America. She began her career at Saint-Gobain in R&D for the Abrasives Business. Over the years Julia held various positions of increasing responsibility in High Performance Solutions, leading Saint-Gobain’s solar activities in advanced films and fabrics from 2008 to 2012 and serving as General Manager of the Tape Solutions Business within Surface Solutions. Julia holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Todd DiNoia is the VP of Research and Development (R&D) for CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products and a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies. Todd oversees R&D for construction products and building materials including exterior roofing and siding products, insulation systems, interior ceilings, wallboards, and finishing systems, as well as specialty materials. Todd joined Saint-Gobain in 2010, and has more than 20 years of R&D experience in construction products with a focus on sustainability, advanced material platforms, and building construction with direct experience in the field as general contractor (a previous family business). Prior to joining Saint-Gobain, he was a Director of R&D at Grace Construction Products. Todd has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, with a focus on polymer material science and processing. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.
Zachary Easoz is the Eastern US and Canada Business Development Manager, CertainTeed Solar
Zack has extensive experience in the solar PV industry, joining CertainTeed in 2016 to help grow the solar business. During his 16-year career in solar energy, Zack has held various positions with US, Canadian, Taiwanese and German manufacturers across different parts of the solar supply chain. Along with his many achievements in the industry, in 2012 Mr. Easoz focused his expertise to successfully establish and operate ZRE Global Resources, a global polysilicon distribution organization.
Scott Fox is the District Sales manager for Vetrotech Saint Gobain North America covering the eastern seaboard. He has been with Vetrotech for 7 ½ years and has extensive fire rated glazing and framing experience. Scott has been in the construction sale industry for over 40 years in many roles.
Lucas is a Physicist with 30 years of experience in construction and construction materials manufacturing. His expertise includes forensic building envelope diagnostics and testing as well as the development of non-intrusive construction analysis equipment and techniques. Lucas is a practitioner of a variety of building performance simulation software and has spent the past 15 years working with builders and design professionals to achieve more sustainable, durable, and higher performing buildings.
Soumya leads the Product Marketing and Customer Success functions at SageGlass. Capturing the voice of the customer and staying ahead of trends in the industry is what drives her. She has been delivering the message of Electrochromic Glazing and SageGlass to the Global architecture, design and construction community for over 5 years. Her experience spans across the Engineering, Procurement and Construction fields as an architect and as the Product and Marketing manager with the Saint-Gobain Group, in High-performance Glazing and Electrochromic glazing
Soumya’s special areas of interest are in Sustainable and Occupant-Centric, design and construction practices.
Robert Marshall is the Sr. Technical Manager for CertainTeed Architectural and has been a ceiling industry professional since 1969.
Mr. Marshall is the product of one of world’s first acoustic ceiling contracting and distribution businesses; a family-owned company founded nearly 100-years ago in Philadelphia, that later became one of the nine member-companies which created the industry trade organization (known today as CISCA). In essence, Robert learned the commercial ceiling industry from those who invented it.
Emmanuel Normant, French citizen, is graduated as engineer from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris. Before joining Saint-Gobain, he worked for the French Ministry in charge of environment. Since 2002, he works for Saint-Gobain, mostly within the Construction Product Sector, in Brazil between 2002 and 2005, in China between 2005 and 2012, in France since then. In Asia, after having been in charge of the development of the pipelines activity for China, he took over the responsibility of General Delegate for Asia-Pacific for the Saint-Gobain Group. Between 2012 and 2016, Emmanuel Normant was President of the insulation activity of Saint-Gobain, the worldwide leader for sustainable insulation solutions. He has been appointed in May 2016 as Vice President for sustainable development for the Saint-Gobain Group.
Also, he was the chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council between 2017 and 2021. And he is the vice chair since 2021.
Ivan Rupnik is an architect, scholar, consultant and Associate Professor of Architecture at Northeastern University. Over the last decade, Prof. Rupnik has collaborated closely with Prof. Ryan E. Smith on a series of research and consulting projects supporting the international offsite industry, including the “5 in 5 Modular Growth Initiative” Report for the Modular Building Institute (MBI). In 2018, Rupnik and Smith launched MOD X, a platform for knowledge generation and exchange in the offsite industry. Rupnik’s doctoral work at Harvard University focused on the international knowledge networks and policy initiatives that led to the first large-scale offsite construction programs in Europe and the United States. In 2020, he served as an expert advisor for HUD’s exploratory panel, facilitated by 2M. He is a fellow of MBI. He was the Associate Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education from 2010-2018. He has held academic appointments at Harvard University, City College New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and Syracuse University.
Mitchell Schittler has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. Mitchell specializes in the Gypsum product line, specializing in Fire Rated Assemblies, Sound Assemblies, and Sustainability. As a LEED AP® with BD+C Specialty and a WELL® AP, Mitchell understands the need to lower our carbon footprint in the manufacturing, construction, and end of use of building materials. Mitchell assists Architects, Engineers, Contractors, DIYers, and others to help them achieve their projects fire, acoustic, sustainability, and overall project needs.
Pascal EVEILLARD is an executive manager with experience and expertise in sustainability, in particular in the building sector. He holds a master degree in management from ESCP-BUSINESS SCHOOL and a post-master degree in communications. He joined the Saint-Gobain Group in 2000 as Marketing and Innovation Director of the Insulation activity for France first and then for Western Europe. In 2007 he became the Head of Public Affairs and Communications at global level, and, in 2010, the Group Director for Sustainable Construction. Since January 2019, he is the Group Director for Sustainable Business Development. He contributes to develop and implement Saint-Gobain’s strategy to foster the market transition towards more sustainability, in particular on the construction markets. He supports the Group’s BUs to develop sustainability roadmaps and more sustainable offers. He is strongly committed to the promotion of sustainable buildings and the development of more sustainable constructions products. He has been involved since many years in the World GBC network. He co-chairs the WBCSD working group on circular economy in the built environment. He was an active member in the steering committee of LEVEL(S), the European Commission’s framework of core indicators for sustainable buildings.
Tyler Schmetterer is a sustainable prefabrication industry expert and thought leader based in New York and Switzerland with 30+ years of commercial experience. Tyler is currently Managing Partner of MOD X and serves on multiple International Advisory Boards in the high-performance building, renewable energy and impact capital sectors. In 2006, Tyler co-founded an advisory group and award-winning producer of sustainable prefabricated buildings focused on the design and manufacture of high-performance residential housing. The company is based on universal collaboration, knowledge sharing and integration of world-leading performance standards [Passivhaus | Passive House] and sustainability certification programs [World Green Building Council | WGBC] across the global offsite construction industry. To date, the venture has earned several historic United States environmental certifications and awards including: Nation’s 1st U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum Factory-Built Home in New York (2009), New Jersey (2011), Georgia (2009); Nation’s 1st National Association of Homebuilders NGBS Emerald Factory-Built Home, New Jersey (2012); NAHB Green Project of the Year (2010); EarthCraft Project of the Year (2010); NAHB EVHA Factory-Built House of the Year (2010); Professional Builder Design Awards | Best Modular Project (2018)
Samantha Schneider is the Process Sustainability Engineer for Saint-Gobain North America. Samantha leads the SGNA Sustainability Network, a group of Sustainability Champions at our 130+ manufacturing plants across NA. She supports our facilities in achieving our sustainability objectives, including waste, water, energy, and carbon reductions.
Ryan E. Smith is a Professor and Director of the School of Design & Construction at Washington State University. Professor Smith has been teaching, researching and consulting with respect to offsite construction, industrialized building, prefabricated and volumetric modular product R&D, factory setup and layout, design assist, and market analysis and surveys, for 16 years. Smith is author of numerous offsite construction reports, papers and books including the seminal text, Prefab Architecture (Wiley, 2010). He is the founding past chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Offsite Construction Council, a fellow of the Modular Building Institute and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University in the UK. He currently serves on the board of Ivory Innovation Housing Affordability Foundation and the Housing Development Consortium, Offsite Construction Task Force in Seattle.
Blair Sturm is the Senior Manager of Process Sustainability and Energy for Saint-Gobain North America. In this role, Blair leads renewable energy strategy and resource efficiency initiatives in pursuit of sustainability goals across NA operations including the achievement of net zero carbon emission by 2050.
Ted Winslow is the Brand Product Manager of Building Science, Systems and Technical Marketing for CertainTeed Insulation. He has been involved in the building industry for over 15 years with various residential and commercial product manufacturers. Ted strives to understand all aspects of building physics and works to develop products, systems and solutions tailored towards the needs of today’s building professionals through continuous engagement with a variety of trade organizations and by providing training for the building industry. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Temple University.