Knowledge and experience you can count on.


The company was founded by Ingo Stroup, who has been involved in the Building Science industry for over 30 years. He was one of the original participants in establishing ENERGY STAR in Idaho and has a comprehensive understanding of building performance and efficiency measures. The company has grown significantly through the years and is one of the largest rating companies in the Northwest.


In recognition of our commitment to the ENERGY STAR program, Building Energy, Inc. received the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA ENERGY STAR Market Leader Award in years 2009 – 2019. This national award recognizes the company’s work in promoting energy efficient construction and helping to protect the environment through its partnership with ENERGY STAR.


Additional recognition includes:
2012 Most Innovative Verifier of the Year Award 
2014 and 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award
2016, 2018, 2019 Sustained Excellence Award.


Core Values


Commitment to great service.
Operate with honor and integrity.
Take responsibility for our actions and decisions.
Practice safety on the job at all times.


Meet Our Team 


Brendon Smith – RESNET Certified HERS Rater – ENERGY STAR Certified
Brendon attended the University of Idaho and worked for the US Forest Service for six years prior to joining Building Energy. He is the senior employee in our Field Services Division and has been instrumental in coordinating our Energy Modeling and HERS certifications. In his spare time, Brendon likes to camp and hike.
Diane Rule – Finance Administrator
Diane has been involved in the construction industry for over 15 years and in finance for over 30 years. In addition, she operated her own business for 22 years. Combined, this experience is a perfect fit for Building Energy and we are very happy to welcome Diane to the team. She is responsible for all things financial and will be taking over additional responsibilities in the near future. Hobbies include anything that involves water!
Evan Westphal –  RESNET Certified HERS Rater – ENERGY STAR Certified – Certified RESNET Field Assessor
Evan is a Boise native and is excited to be a part of assisting with better energy performance of homes in the Treasure Valley.  He studied Physics at Boise State and is applying what he learned about Thermodynamics to the field of building science. He spends most weekends in Cascade, where he enjoys swimming and hiking.
Heath Chisholm – RESNET Certified Senior HERS Rater – ENERGY STAR Certified – Green Rater – NGBS Certified
Originally from Missoula, Montana, Heath has been living in Boise since 2012. He graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and has a genuine interest in sustainability and has taken a lead role in the green programs the company offers. He worked as a fly fishing and raft guide in Glacier Park for 4 years and his other interests include hiking, biking, walking his dog Finley and generally being outdoors.  
Ingo Stroup – President and CEO – RESNET Certified HERS Rater/Provider – ICC Certified – ITC Certified Infrared Thermographer – QA Designee
Ingo started Building Energy in the early 2000’s and has steadily grown the business into a full-service energy services company. He previously enjoyed a fifteen year career with the State of Idaho as a Senior Energy Specialist for the Department of Water Resources, Energy Division and the Division of Building Safety. He is known as one of the Northwest’s leading experts in building performance and efficiency. Born in Germany, Ingo is particularly fond of German cuisine and libations. He likes to fish in his spare time and is an avid traveler, preferring tropical destinations.
Jacob Derig – Certified Rating Field Inspector
Jacob is a native Idahoan and after graduating from the University of Idaho, moved to Seattle, Washington to work in the security industry. Now back in Idaho, Jacob has joined the team and is diligently working on a career in Building Science. In his free time he likes to ride motorcycles and go camping with his dogs.
Lynn Shoemaker – Scheduling Coordinator
Lynn coordinates the field services at Building Energy. With a background in the construction industry, Lynn has stepped into this role easily. She schedules all field calls and ensures that we are on track and on time. Lynn is the first point of contact for calls to the office and works closely with our team and builder clients to ensure we are providing great service.


Maggie – Building Energy Mascot
Maggie is a West Highland Terrier. Her responsibilities include greeting visitors to our office, politely begging when there is food around and sleeping a lot.