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Patricia Gunderson, P.E.
January 27, 2017

SolSmart Serves Up Soft Cost Savings

Soft costs can often be a deal-breaker for solar installation. DOE's SolSmart is helping builders and developers overcome barriers to solar in residential construction that can often come from arduous local zoning, permitting, and inspection requirements. Find out more about the program and how it can help in your community.

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Patricia Gunderson, P.E.
August 15, 2016

Streamlined Permitting for PV? Yes, Please!

DOE's SolSmart is helping builders and developers overcome the barriers to solar in residential construction that can often come from arduous local zoning, permitting, and inspection requirements. Find out more about this new program and how it can help in your community.

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Patti Gunderson
Patricia Gunderson, P.E.
Research Engineer

Patti’s background in sustainable HVAC design is a perfect fit for Home Innovation's investigative focus and work for DOE. She conducts research on building envelopes and MEP systems, and has a strong background in engineering software tools, energy modeling, BIM, design documentation, and construction administration. Patti is part of our NGBS Green team and is a LEED AP and Certified Passive House Consultant.