One Team Providing Smart Energy Solutions in California
Consulting for green building and energy solutions in California is a team effort. When working with architects, it’s our job to prepare the documentation required for obtaining an Energy Star rating for new homes while they work on bringing our eco-friendly visions to life. We also provide designers, contractors and architects with the green-building knowledge they need and show them the latest techniques and technologies to optimize energy efficiency.
When it comes to consulting for green building and energy solutions in California cities and counties like Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Napa, Rick’s Energy Solutions Inc. is the most efficient and affordable option. We keep our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world of energy conservation and know the ins and outs of the industry. There is no other green building consultant or energy conservation company that has their bases covered the way we do.
Rick’s Energy Solutions, Inc. Would Like to Introduce Our Staff:
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.
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
Sustainability Coordinator; California Green Building Professional (CGBP), Certified ICC CALGreen Plans Examiner & Special Inspector
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 now (working to become) a Built It Green Certified Green Building Professional to further learn and grow. 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.
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.
Certified Energy Analyst
Hoss has over five years’ experience in building consultation over four years of experience in the energy sector and shared, “I enjoy interacting and helping clients build an energy efficient home.” As a certified green building professional, Hoss has been with the company since 2014 a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) for Residential and Non-Residential buildings.
Hoss holds his Bachelors of Science in Energy Management from Sonoma State University, CA.
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.
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.
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, Senior Green Building Inspector, HERS Rater, Certified ICC CALGreen Plans Examiner & Special 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.
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 is expecting to receive her Bachelors degree from Sonoma State University in the Fall of 2018.
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
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 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.