Jeff Merritt, chief operating officer of Reynolds, attended the launch of the International Centers of Excellence on High Performance Buildings on July 10, 2018, in New York City. The event, hosted by the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), celebrated the creation of an international network that supports high performance building development worldwide. The network comprises building developers, architects, engineers, contractors, and planning officials, whose goal is to reduce, and eventually eliminate, fossil fuel energy utilization in the operation of residential and commercial buildings.
The event also was attended by representatives of Penn State University, Jeff’s alma mater. Penn State’s Global Building Network, an academic consortium for research in high performance buildings, played a significant role in bringing the network to fruition.
Reynolds is at the forefront of high performance buildings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, currently acting as construction manager for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) headquarters expansion. Designed to achieve LEED Platinum and Passive House certifications, the addition incorporates best practices to optimize resource consumption, such as a 36-panel photovoltaic system to derive energy from the sun, a living roof to decrease runoff, and electrochromic glass that tints on demand to reduce glare and light pollution.