My name is Gary Welch and I am the founder of CalGreen Energy Services.
As the founder of CalGreen Energy Services, I spent over 35 years engineering sustainable buildings in California and throughout the world. These included the 5th tallest building in the world in Xiamen China, San Francisco International Airport Central Terminal and multiple projects for Walt Disney World, Hilton Hotels and Kaiser Hospitals. I provided sustainable design services to dozens of residential projects throughout California.
Later in my career I moved to Sonoma County and became a principal for a consulting engineering firm. When the CalGreen Code first took effect in 2009 it was it was the first state building code to mandate sustainable design. I was enthused about the impact this would have on the buildings I was designing.
I have now designed more than two hundred CalGreen projects. Almost every created confusion from design team members over the application of the CalGreen Code. There is no doubt the code content and format varies greatly from the other Title 24 building codes. This can make it challenging for those who are not specifically trained in the code intent.
It seemed to me the industry needed a specialist. It needed a firm whose entire focus was CalGreen. Architects, contractors and building departments needed the resources of a professional CalGreen firm. A firm that not only performed CalGreen services but also provided consultation and education on the finer points of the code. After considering this for some time, I left the consulting engineering firm and founded CalGreen Energy Services.
CalGreen compliance touches every facet of the construction industry. It takes a professional with an extensive experience to manage the CalGreen process. I believe my broad-based background in building design and construction provided the foundation for this role.
I am passionate about the benefits the CalGreen Code brings to our industry!
ICC Certified CalGreen Special Inspector, AABC Certified Commissioning Authority