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NGBS Green Advisory Group

Through the Advisory Group, dedicated stakeholders share their ideas to help grow NGBS Green.

NGBS Green Advisory Group

The NGBS Green Advisory Group provides support and guidance on the NGBS Green Certification program with the goal of opening new markets and recruiting new clients. The Advisory Group members bring diverse expertise, experiences, and connections from the building, appraisal, policy, and media realms.

Troy Johns

Troy Johns, Chairman, NGBS Green Advisory Group

As Founder of Urban Northwest Homes, the largest home builder in the Pacific Northwest, Troy Johns has been actively involved in the development, construction, and renovation of sustainable, healthy, highly energy-efficient homes in Clark County, Wash. for the last 20 years. Troy's company has established significant efficiencies among subcontractors in the region, allowing him to implement highly sustainable features for his homebuyers, while maintaining affordability. Believing that “green building” is just another way of saying smart and responsible building, Troy’s mission is to cut energy consumption in the homes he builds by 50% above Energy Star standards. He holds leadership positions with the BIA of Clark County, the BIA’s Green Building Council, and the BIA of Washington State. Troy also serves on Home Innovation’s Board of Directors.

Kyle Abney

Kyle Abney, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Kyle Abney, Principal of Abney + Abney Green Solutions, is an accredited NGBS Green Verifier, LEED® Accredited Professional (AP), and state-licensed General Contractor. Kyle has first-hand experience with all green building certifications for both commercial and residential construction in Florida. Prior to founding his own firm, Kyle worked for a large commercial contractor and later for his family’s construction business. He is a recognized speaker on the topic of sustainable development and has been cited in various publications, including the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and was featured on National Public Radio (NPR). Kyle is active in the Florida Green Building Coalition and US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter where he served as the organization’s president from 2008 to 2010.

Sandra Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate, Adomatis Appraisal Service

Sandra Adomatis, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Sandra Adomatis, Principal at Adomatis Appraisal Service, is a real estate appraiser, instructor, author, and appraisal course developer. She authored “Residential Green Valuation Tools,” which was published by the Appraisal Institute in April 2014. Sandra spearheaded the development of the Appraisal Institute Residential and Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendums. Her valuation and green building knowledge is prized by many for consulting in the area of valuing energy efficiency and green building technology. Her consulting clients include builders, governmental agencies, utility companies, and energy organizations, and members of the national media often quote Sandra on high performance topics of valuation. She is a national speaker at events such as GreenBuild, IBS, EEBA, ACI, The White House Conference Center, and Appraisal Institute Conferences.

Kat Benner

Kat Benner, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Kat Benner is the Director-Multifamily of US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy, a large firm providing NGBS Green verification and LEED for Homes rating services. With 15+ years of experience in sustainability and construction, and a dizzying array of environmental and energy certifications in both commercial and residential, combined with her degrees in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Kat’s an adept leader and qualified expert in the green field. With a broad knowledge base across low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise building types, in both wood and concrete/steel construction across diverse climate zones and various regions of the country, Kat and her team provide energy modeling, environmental consulting, plan reviews, energy code and above-code inspections, an array of testing and analysis, research and much more.

Matthew Cooper, Senior Vice President, PEG, LLC

Matthew Cooper, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Matthew Cooper is the Senior Vice President of PEG, LLC. His 25 years of expertise in the evaluation, design, and control of the built environment has helped to establish PEG as an industry leader and innovator; providing utility and municipal demand side control programs as well as code compliance inspections and new construction third-party program implementation. PEG currently operates in 28 states as licensed mechanical engineers, and is a RESNET Provider, BPI Accredited Contractor, USGBC LEED for Homes Provider, and has NGBS Green Verifiers on staff. PEG is a 2015, 2016, and 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, and a 2015 and 2016 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence..

Bill Greene

Bill Greene, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Bill Greene is a licensed Architect in the State of Texas with over 15 years of multifamily design and construction experience. He is currently the Senior Design Manager for Wood Partners Central Region. Wood Partners is leading the industry in green development. Recently, Wood Partners has committed that all of its new multifamily developments would meet National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) whenever possible. Many of their communities also incorporate construction waste recycling, transit orientation and other techniques to reduce their environmental impact. 

Stuart Proffitt

Stuart Proffitt, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Stuart Proffitt is a Co-Founding Partner of Proffitt Dixon Partners, a multifamily investment and development firm. Proffitt Dixon has committed to getting all its communities NGBS Green Certified and, in fact, the company’s Peyton Stakes community in Nashville was home to the 100,000th NGBS Green certification! Since 2008, his company has closed transactions valued at over $518 million with an active development pipeline in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Stuart’s experience spans from the development of high-rise urban projects to suburban multifamily, apartment acquisitions, as well as value-add investments. Prior to forming Proffitt Dixon Partners, Stuart was VP of Mixed-Use Development at Pappas Properties in Charlotte, NC, and Director of Development for Champion Development Group in Los Angeles. Stuart graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University, and earned his MBA and Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Lisa Stephens

Lisa M. Stephens, NGBS Green Advisory Group

Lisa Stephens is President of Saigebrook Development, LLC, a certified WBE and Texas HUB real estate development firm. Lisa is a LEED Green Associate, a founding member and President of the Texas Coalition of Affordable Developers, and a current member of the NGBS Green Advisory Group.

During her tenure in the real estate industry, Ms. Stephens has worked throughout the southeast developing new communities, conducting extensive rehabilitations and replacing functionally obsolete housing. As an affordable housing developer, the job requirement is to transform funding applications, complicated program requirements and governmental red tape efficiently and effectively into the “sticks and bricks” that become someone’s home. Most recently Ms. Stephens was recognized as a 2016 Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for her work in NGBS certified apartment communities.