Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED AP is founder and principal of The Green Engineer, LLP. Chris has 25 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 has been a USGBC Faculty member since 2001, training more than 9,200 building industry professionals in the use of the LEED Rating System. USGBC Faculty are the official instructors for USGBC's instructor-led workshops working with USGBC's education delivery partners. Chris is authorized to teach the following instructor-led workshops:
He is also chair of the USGBC’s LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (TAG), having previously served as a member of the Indoor Environmental Quality TAG, Curriculum Committee, and LEED-NC Core Committee.
A frequent speaker at national conferences on sustainable design and energy efficiency, Chris has taught in the Sustainable Design and Building Technology department at the Boston Architectural College, and lectured at MIT, Harvard, 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.
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 American Rainwater Catchment Association and the Society of Building Science Educators.
Over the past 25 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.