Knowledge and experience you can count on.

Building Energy ensures that every member of our team is certified to do the testing and inspections for our clients. Becoming a Certified Energy Rater requires commitment; it is a difficult test and there are rigid procedures that must be adhered to, and every one of our staff is dedicated. All of our Raters are subject to quarterly Quality Assurance in every facet of their job by our national governing agency, RESNET. We are very selective in our hiring process and it shows; we have a stellar group of individuals on board!

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.

Colman Lamb – RESNET Certified Rating Field Inspector

Colman is an East coast native where he attended Hobart College, earning a degree in Environmental Studies. He recently moved to Idaho and is excited to start a career in sustainability through building science. He is continuing to learn about the industry and studying for his certifications. In his free time he enjoys riding mountain bikes and motorcycles as well as hiking and skiing.

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 – Training Coordinator

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.

Lexi Juarez – Energy Data Analyst

Energy Modeling and analytics are Lexi’s primary responsibilities, providing additional support to the field.  She has lived in all four corners of the US and settled in Boise after receiving her master’s degree in 2016 in Sustainability and Environmental Management. She enjoys spending time with her husband, teaching yoga, hiking and playing with her two dogs. She has been spending the past few months training for half marathons and is thinking about training for a full marathon next year.

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.