Marc, today's charrette was terrific. Thank you for your truly generous collaboration. You've caused me to turn a mental corner. Until recently, I thought that that to do really intelligent buildings, we'd need the right clients, the right engineers, and a premium budget. Thanks to you, I now believe that to do intelligent buildings all we need is INTELLIGENCE!—and the guts to ask the simple questions until we get the answers, and the courage of our convictions to persuade others...

We can do this and it will change things. You've empowered us. Thanks. –Ellen

Marc Rosenbaum's Bio

Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities which connect us to the natural world, and support both personal and planetary health. He brings this vision, experience and commitment to a collaborative design process, with the goal of profoundly understanding the interconnections between people, place, and systems that generate the best solution for each unique project. Design practiced at its highest level goes beyond efficiency and conservation to create places that regenerate and nurture the natural world and all of its inhabitants.

Energysmiths was founded in 1979 on the principle that sustainable communities can only be based on renewable resources. Marc has focused on integrating renewable energy systems, daylighting, high performance envelope design, health-sustaining mechanical systems, food production and storage, ecological waste systems, efficient electrical and water systems, and benign, resource-efficient materials selection into his projects. Having realized that the barriers to high performance buildings and communities are neither technical nor economic, his work scope has expanded to assist clients design the process that is necessary to create these high performance projects.

Current areas of concentration include Passive House design, Deep Energy Retrofits, and Net Zero Energy buildings.

Projects of his have won awards from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA – four times a winner), ASHRAE (twice a winner), and the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA). Three of his projects have been on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Earth Day Top Ten list. The French Wing for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests earned a LEEDTM Gold certification, the first LEEDTM certified project in New England.

In his practice of sustainable design consulting, he has worked for institutional clients such as MIT, Vermont Law School, Yale, Dartmouth College, Cambridge School of Weston, and Middlebury College; non-profit clients such as the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and the Woods Hole Research Center; commercial clients such as Stonyfield Farm, Inc., Tom’s of Maine, and the Hanover Consumer Co-op; cohousing groups such as Pioneer Valley, Pine Street, Island Cohousing, Peterborough, Cobb Hill, and Alchemy Farm; and with many architects including William McDonough Architects, Tsoi/Kobus, Solar Design Associates, Bruner Cott Associates, Banwell Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell, and Payette Associates.

He has been published in ASHRAE Journal, Fine Homebuilding, Northeast Sun, Solar Today, Journal of Light Construction, and Northwest Builder, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Environmental Building News.

He is a frequent speaker on sustainable design and has been a featured presenter at many conferences, with audiences that include architects, engineers, construction professionals, facilities managers, planners, educators, utility professionals, and those working in the public sector.

An experienced and enthusiastic teacher, he has trained thousands of professionals and especially enjoys working with students. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, where he studied mechanical engineering. He is a licensed engineer in NH, VT, MA, and ME, and is a LEED Accredited Professional, certified by the U.S Green Building Council.