Bruce Bennett is a project manager with GDS Associates and specializes in the energy efficiency of residential buildings. He is a RESNET-accredited and certified home energy rating provider (HERS) under the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards. Bruce has conducted hundreds of home-energy ratings for candidate-homes for the EPA’s Energy Star Homes’ labeling program, the tax credits through Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and for energy-efficient mortgages.
As a project manager, Bruce oversees a staff of seven residential energy-efficiency specialists and home-energy raters. Bruce’s team currently supports the implementation of various utility-sponsored residential energy-efficiency programs. Such sponsors include Public Service of New Hampshire, Unitil Corporation, NH Electric Cooperative, National Grid, NSTAR, Northeast Utilities, and the Cape Light Compact.
His familiarity with the use of the REM/Rate software is based upon seven years of experience. Prior to the development of the implementation of Energy Star Homes’ Program and the EPACT 2005, Bruce has used the REM/Rate software to model homes for energy consumption and to estimate component-specific energy savings using the software’s energy improvement analysis capabilities. Bruce joined GDS Associates in December 2000 and is based in the firm’s New Hampshire office.
Prior to joining GDS, Bruce served as a development officer with New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority where he provided finance underwriting, loan disbursements, and construction oversight for the completion of multi-family housing development projects.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design and a Master of Regional Planning, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.