Rich is a Building Performance Contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) in shell and heating, and performs energy audits for existing houses as well as upgrading them to reduce their energy cost by air sealing, insulation and replacing the heating systems. He is also a HERS rater and performs ratings on new construction buildings to Energy Star standards. He has been a home inspector for over 10 years and has inspected over 3000 residential and commercial buildings; and is also a New York State Building Code Enforcement Officer. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and sits on the board of the Long Island chapter and also serves on the Education committee and the LEED for Homes committee; and holds the LEED AP-Homes certification, as well as the USGBC Green Rater designation. He also performs moisture evaluations inspections on buildings. Rich has been an instructor for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), a state run vocational school for the last 15 years; and an instructor for the American Real Estate School for 14 years. He is an expert witness, as well an arbitrator in the construction industry for the past 15 years. Rich is also a veteran of Viet Nam who served in the US Navy from 1967-1971.