Christopher Schaffner | U.S. Green Building Council
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Christopher Schaffner

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-IDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
  • LEED Fellow

Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow is founder and President of The Green
Engineer, Inc. a sustainable design consulting firm located in Concord, MA.
Chris has 30 years of experience in the design of building systems with a
focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering from M.I.T., and is a registered professional engineer in
Massachusetts, California and Vermont.

A long time promoter of sustainable design, Chris was a charter member of the
US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Faculty(TM), training more than
10,000 building industry professionals in the use of the LEED Rating System
since 2001. He is a currently an elected member of the USGBC Advisory
Council, as well as a volunteer on the LEED Steering Committee. He previously
served on the USGBC Board of Directors, as Chair of the Energy and Atmosphere
Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and LEED Advisory Committee, and as a member
of the Indoor Environmental Quality TAG, among other volunteer roles with the

Chris is currently is a part-time Lecturer at Northeastern University in
their Sustainable Building Systems program, after several years teaching at
the Boston Architectural College. He has also lectured at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, MIT, Brandeis, Duke, WPI and Wentworth.

In 2008, Chris was selected as a member of Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s
Zero Net Energy Building Task Force, where he chaired the State Interim
Standard working group. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts
Renewable Energy Trust Fund Green Building Advisory Committee and on Boston
Mayor Menino’s Green Building Task Force Advisory Committee. He was a
founding Board member of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.

Chris is a member of ASHRAE, which certified him as a “High Performance
Building Design Professional”, and a “Building Energy Modeling
Professional”. He is also a member of the Society of Building Science
Educators. He holds the LEED AP designation with both BD+C and ID+C
specialties. In addition he is a WELL AP.

Over the past 30 years Chris has been involved in a large number of projects
incorporating energy efficiency and sustainability. These projects have been
across many building types, ranging from high-rise office buildings to
small-scale multi-family residential. Many of his projects include energy
intensive building types such as research laboratories and hospitals. His
portfolio includes more than 160 projects that have achieved LEED