Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow is founder and principal of The Green Engineer, Inc. 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 was a charter member of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Faculty(TM), training more than 9,600 building industry professionals in the use of the LEED Rating System since 2001. He is a currently a member of the USGBC Board of Directors, as well as a volunteer with the LEED Advisory Committee and the Education Events Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and as a member of the Indoor Environmental Quality TAG.
Chris is currently is a part-time Lecturer at Northeastern University, after several years teaching at the Boston Architectural College. He has also lectured at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, MIT, Duke 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 American Rainwater Catchment Association and the Society of Building Science Educators. He holds the LEED AP designation with both BD+C and ID+C specialties.
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.