Build Smart is an independent energy consultancy specializing in California energy modeling, energy code, and building performance. We support architects in designing energy-efficient buildings with code-compliance documents, and optimization services to create high-performance buildings. Nick Brown is a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) for residential and an Associate Energy Analyst (AEA) for nonresidential construction by the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC), and has maintained his certifications for 2008, 2013, and 2016 code cycles. He is a Subject Matter Expert on the Energy Code Ace statewide education team and teaches classes for Southern California Edison on Netzero Design, All-electric Homes, and Selling Clean Energy Homes. As part of a CalSEED team, Nick is currently researching phase change material applications in HVAC systems. Nick was elected to the Board of Directors of CABEC beginning in 2018. He holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan. He remodeled his own home in 2014 in a deep energy retrofit and has written and presented extensively on net-zero buildings, high-performance walls, and energy efficient building. Prior to starting Build Smart, he served as President of Merlex Stucco for 15 years, a $15 million Southern California stucco manufacturer.
- CABEC Certified Energy Analyst (CEA)
- BA, Economics, Princeton University
- MBA, University of Michigan Business School
- Subject Matter Expert, Energy Code Ace Statewide Education Team