Focus areas: Green buildings, high performance, carbon neutrality, strategy to drive market adoption of efficiency, environmental stewardship in the built environment
Smita Chandra Thomas is a building science professional with more than two decades of experience in consulting and a passion to reduce the environmental footprint of the built environment. She is focused on facilitating the market adoption of energy efficiency in the buildings sector; to bridge the space between the body of knowledge pertaining to green buildings on one side and the decision makers on the other.
Ms. Thomas’s clients include the World Bank, USDOE, DC Department of Energy and Environment, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and Maryland Environmental Services. Ms. Thomas was elected to the Market Leadership Advisory Board of the US Green Building Council including as Vice-Chair in 2018 and served on the Commercial/Multifamily Green Building Stakeholder Work Group to help design a property tax incentives structure for Montgomery County
Ms. Thomas created and led the Building Energy Analytics team at ICF International where she performed extensive techno-economic analyses to create portfolios of Demand-Side Management programs for several US and Canadian utilities and technical reports for the utility commissions, and for public entities including EPA, and the Midwest Governor’s Association. Ms. Thomas also served as an Energy Efficiency subject matter expert at Booz Allen for DOE, DoD and ARPA-E clients.
Ms. Thomas is a published author and speaker at universities and conferences where she has spoken on energy-efficient design and the path to net zero.
Ms. Thomas received her Master’s in Building Science from University of California (LA and Berkeley) and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Kerala in India. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2002, a Certified Energy Plans Examiner in California in 2006, and is completing a certification from the Passive House Institute US.