Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. are Energy Conservation and Green Building Consultants who assist home owners, contractors and designers in the preparation and submission of California Title 24 energy conservation and Green Building compliance documents. We are certified Energy Star HERS Raters and are available for both residential and commercial energy audits in the San Francisco Bay Area including Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Napa Counties.
We also assist home owners, contractors and designers to prepare their plans and documents to build Certified GreenPoint Rated new homes and Certified GreenPoint Rated existing home remodels and additions. We are certified CALGreen Special Inspectors who can help builders prepare their CALGreen Checklists and perform CALGreen Field Verification Inspections.
We can prepare the documentation required for obtaining the Energy Star rating on new homes as well as the documents required to be submitted to the IRS for tax rebates for energy conservation measures and photo voltaic renewable energy systems for new homes. We are certified PHIUS+ Raters for Passive House projects and can help builders with the DOE Challenge Home certification.
We are HERS raters qualified to perform HERS verification of new home photo voltaic renewable energy systems and new home Title 24 Energy Conservation measures required for building permits, Energy Star rating and tax rebates.
We do Home Energy Audits and evaluate homes for their Green Building environmental impacts and their carbon footprint.
Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. are …
Certified Energy Plans Examiners
Certified Energy Analysts
Certified Green Building Professionals
Certified GreenPoint Raters
Certified Home Energy Rating System Raters (HERS Raters)
Certified CALGreen Special Inspectors
Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. are members of …
California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC)
Build It Green
International Code Council (ICC)
Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. Would Like to Introduce Our Staff:
Rick Cowperthwaite; Owner, Building Science Consultant
Rick Cowperthwaite is the heart and soul of Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc.. With more than thirty-five years’ experience in the construction industry, Rick is specially tailored to advise homeowners, builders, and architects, on how to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort levels and environmental qualities of every site. With keen knowledge in single/multi-family homes, new and existing, and non-residential buildings, Rick has been at the forefront of energy consulting since 1978, and has continued to quickly learn and adapt with the industry. With new, periodically released energy standards and codes, Rick stays up to date with the most recent findings in Energy Efficiency, encouraging his team to do the same.
Rick founded Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. in 2008, with a vision of Saving the Environment One Building at a Time.
Anna Ullerich, Worksheets Financial Accountant
Anna and her team at Worksheets Financial build systems and strategies for sustainable, thoughtful growth. They joined the Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc.’s team to develop Rick’s Accounting Department, utilizing the most current tools and systems to fully support the company goals of socially and environmentally responsible growth and efficiency. With years of experience and a talent for money management, Anna has been an important character with the company since she began working with Rick in 2015.
Ullerich holds a B.A. from Prescott College and has deepened her education with graduate coursework in Geography, Environmental Justice, Urban Planning, Writing, Business and Economics.
Milagros Maxi Vizcaino; California Green Building Professional (CBGP),ICC CALGreen Pans Examiner, Sustainability Coordinator
Milagros Vizcaino joined Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. in the Summer of 2018 as the Sustainability Coordinator, where she harmonizes the scheduling of the CalCERTS and California HERS field testing/verification services. Vizcaino shared, “I wanted to be a member of this team, because I believe in the services that this company provides and I wanted to be a part of the positive change they are helping create”. She is a Built It Green Certified Green Building Professional looking forward to learning and growing. Vizcaino is a strong community and social services professional who has spent more than five years merging art and sustainability into simple, thought provoking learning programs for her local community.
Vizcaino holds her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University, with a special minor in Community and Criminal Justice.
Adrienne Tatman; Certified Energy Analyst
Working hard as a Certified Energy Analyst, Tatman has been a member of Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. since 2017. “After the [Sonoma] wildfires it’s nice to help people rebuild,” Tatman shared. A quick and avid learner, Tatman has already passed one of her California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) exams, and is eagerly awaiting her next hurdle with the company.
Adrienne Tatman holds her Bachelors of Art in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University.
Babette “Barbie” Beaudette; Certified Energy Management
Babette Beaudette, or “Barbie” as she prefers to be called, has been with Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. since 2014. Beaudette has obtained several certificates, including, but not limited to, green building. She’s earned certifications as a BPI Multifamily & Building Analyst, and dual credentials as a LEED AP (BD+C & EB-OM). She is a currently Certified Energy Analyst for Residential & Non-Residential building, a CalCERTS HERS & Energy Star Rater, and a Certified GreenPoint Rater for Single and Multifamily Homes, both existing and new. Barbie shared,” I really enjoy assisting our clients, whether by helping them understand the various codes impact on their construction, or overcoming other issues they encounter in their projects…,” when asked why she has stayed so long with Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc.
Beaudette has a B.S. in Business Administration from CSU Sacramento, concentration in Real Estate Land Use Affairs, with a special minor in Construction Management Tech & Project Administration.
Jake Saville; Certified Energy Analyst (trainee)
Senior Airman Saville served in the United States Air Force before pursuing his education at Sonoma State University. Upon graduation he began his work in the industry of green building. Joining the team of Rick’s Energy Solutions, in early 2019, Saville has dived in to the California Energy Code and the software that pairs along with it. He is helping model quality and efficient homes for families and companies alike.
Saville holds an Associates degree in Logistics from the United States Air Force and a Bachelors of Art Degree in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University.
Sean Stephens; Certified Energy Analyst
Stephens joined Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. in 2015, as a member of the energy analyst team. Since his hire, he has been a star with clients, by helping them meet and exceed the energy standards of their buildings. Dedicated to a greener future, Stephens project management skills and attention to detail are always put to work to deliver the most efficient solutions, saving homes energy and saving homeowners on energy bills.
Stephens holds his Bachelors of Science in Energy Management from Sonoma State University.
Kelly De La Rosa; GreenPoint Rater, HERS Rater, Supervising Green Building Inspector
Kelly joined the Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. in early 2017 as a certified CALGreen Special Inspector and shared, “I haven’t enjoyed going to work like this in… well, forever…” He is second generation in the field of HVAC and Architecture Sheet Metal Fabrication. With more than thirty-five years working on site with builders and other licensed professionals, Kelly works to surpass the California Green Building Standards Code with all of the clients he helps.
A San Francisco native, De La Rosa studied Business Administration at El Camino College, in southern California.
Kelsie Titus; Energy Analyst, ICC CALGreen Plans Examiner & Special Inspector
While wrapping up her final year at Sonoma State University, Kelsie Titus joined the Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. Team in the Summer of 2018 and began her career with Rick’s as an Energy Analyst, later transitioning over to the CALGreen Department. Titus is environmentally conscious and has been working in the field of sustainability in the years leading up to becoming an Energy Analyst. Both her knowledge and her positive attitude make her a valued asset at Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc.
Titus received her Bachelors degree in Energy Management from Sonoma State University in the Fall of 2018.
Nathan Molony-Benjamin; ICC CALGreen Plans Examiner, HERS Rater (trainee)
Retired, professional basketball player, Nathan Benjamin, joined the CALGreen Special Inspector’s Department in the late Winter/early Spring time of 2019. Benjamin played professionally in Brazil’s Best League as a strong asset and has carried this tenacity with him into the field of green building. Having experience with competing companies, Benjamin joined the Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. team sharing, “it’s just the right thing for me.” As he prepares for his ICC CALGreen Exam in the short term, he is eager to learn more about the ever changing industry and work on both personal and professional growth in the years to come.
Nathan holds his Bachelors of Art in Geography and Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University
Bruce Dichter; ICC CAL Green Special Inspector, HERS Rater
Dichter shares, “I like problem solving. I’m a HERS rater and do ACCA Manual J, D, S, and T modelling, but troubleshooting energy efficiency and comfort issues is what I find most fascinating. Before joining Rick’s team, I worked as a carpenter, a home performance contractor, and was active in the CBPCA, which is where I was introduced to building science. The basics of building science are pretty simple: determine how heat, air, and moisture move through a house and then control their movements. Done well, homes will be energy efficient, comfortable, and durable. But houses are complex systems, and these elements can move in surprising ways—especially moisture. To go into a home and figure out what’s going on is an enjoyable challenge. Helping the homeowner develop a plan of attack is satisfying. Bringing comfort into someone’s life is what’s best of all “.
Bruce is native to the Boston-area and holds his Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
James Young; HERS Rater
James Young joined the Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. team with concrete knowledge of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technology; and, has manned the field of air quality issues with grace since joining the crew in 2017. With more than thirty years of experience working with HVAC systems, there is no unit that Young cannot manipulate. As a specially trained inspector, he can optimize your homes energy without batting an eye or breaking your budget.
James Young is a proud Cardinal Newman alumnus.