President, CPHC, CEA, LEED-AP
Ross founded Homesol Building Solutions in 1999 to deliver energy design and green building consulting services, following two decades building and renovating super-energy-efficient, earth-friendly homes, including some of Canada’s first R-2000 houses. With over 30,000 hours of hands-on residential and commercial construction experience, his addiction to building science and low-energy buildings can be traced back to Shelter Institute and Cornerstones in Maine, where he was licensed as an Energy Auditor and bought his first blower door in 1980.
Ross has a good rapport with professional designers and builders, working with them on a daily basis and personally completing over 10,000 energy evaluations including labeling the first ENERGY STAR home in Canada. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant (Germany & US), LEED-AP (Building Design & Construction), LEED Green Rater, PHIUS+ HERS Rater, PHIUS Certified Builder, Licensed Carpenter and a Certified Energy Advisor for EnerGuide, ENERGY STAR, R-2000 and Net-Zero Energy Homes. His qualifications include HRAI Air Systems and Radiant Hydronic Design Technician, and an Ontario BCIN Designer designation.
Ross has received training from NRCan, CaGBC and both the German and US Passive House Institutes. He is an active member of the Canadian Homebuilders Association, founding member of Passive Buildings Canada and Canadian Residential Energy Services Network, past director of EnerQuality Corporation and a director of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition.
Ross regularly attends continuing education conferences, and has presented at many events including GreenBuild, Affordable Comfort and the North American Passive House Conferences. He has provided research and training for several organizations including EnerQuality, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Ontario First Nations Technical Services and Natural Resources Canada.
He was the recipient of EnerQuality Evaluator of the Year award in 2007 and 2011 in recognition of excellence in professional practice and exceptional service to builders, and the EnerQuality Hall of Fame award in 2014 for lifetime achievement of making a lasting impact on energy efficiency and green building.
Ross studied bio-science at Concordia University in Montreal and is completing his M.Sc. in Green Building with the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. He lives in a low-carbon owner-built LEED Gold / R-2000 / Net-Zero Ready home, insulated to the same levels as the 1976 Saskatchewan Conservation House, that uses less than 1/3 the energy of a house built to the 2012 Ontario Building Code , with a strawbale studio and a unique soap-bubble insulated organic greenhouse, along with his partner Kathryn in the heart of a 5 acre permaculture maple sugarbush near McDonalds Corners, Ontario.