Ryan Bloom has been appointed to the board of directors for SPEER (South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource), an organization that is encouraging the widespread adoption of energy efficient building systems in the South Central U.S.
SPEER is advancing the understanding and adoption of energy efficiency as a low-cost energy resource, and to design, implement, coordinate and support regional projects to promote high-energy performance and clean distributed energy in the built environment.
“It’s an honor to be appointed a member of the SPEER board of directors,” said Bloom, an associate and design engineer in the Austin office. “Not only does the organization aim to accelerate the adoption of advanced building systems and energy-efficient products in Texas and Oklahoma, two states that offer tremendous opportunities for increasing energy efficiency, but SPEER is part of a national network of regional organizations partnered in the pursuit of energy efficiency in a wide variety of building types.”
He will serve a two-year term on the SPEER board, where he will be responsible for promoting energy-efficiency policy through standards and codes and industry education.
It is a mission that is important to Bloom as a design engineer, commissioning service provider and project manager for WSP USA. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including data centers, hospitals and medical facilities, laboratories, class-A office space, mixed-use and multi-family developments.
“As a board member for SPEER, I hope to work with the WSP smart/connected cities team to work toward implementing thermal load data gathering as a tool for existing and future built environment structure,” Bloom said.
Bloom is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Urban Land Institute. He joined WSP nine years ago, and since then his building systems designs for hospitals can be found throughout Texas and across the country, delivering projects such as the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Gold certified Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Waco, and Providence Health Transmountain Campus in El Paso.
“Hospitals have a high EUI [energy use intensity] as a norm, so every consideration must be taken to reduce the carbon footprint,” Bloom said. “It is exciting to be innovative in this approach to building design as well as forward thinking in standard implementation.”
He said the biggest challenge facing SPEER is getting word out to property owners about the benefits and opportunities provided by the organization’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) outreach program. PACE is a financing program that provides commercial and industrial property owners with the opportunity to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for efficiency projects.
“The PACE program is an excellent step for the state of Texas in promoting energy efficiency in existing buildings,” Bloom said.
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