The UTOPIA editorial team continues its live webinar series with, "The Healthy Home Boom: How Builders Are Meeting Demand for Healthy and Clean Homes," a 45-minute panel discussion and presentation by four leaders in the healthy homes movement.
Our expert panel includes the president of a leading "Wellness Home" builder in Texas; the VP of Innovation at a national homebuilding giant; one of the nation's top authorities in how indoor environments can improve human health and well-being; and a healthy home and IAQ solutions expert.
Collectively, our experts will present actionable advice for building and selling healthy homes, and will highlight novel innovations and practical solutions in the healthy/clean homes market.
Our experts are:
UrbanLUX Home Builders is a custom home building and general contracting company. We have been building and luxury home building projects in the Hill Country and surrounding San Antonio, Texas area for several years now. Our specialty is building beautiful custom homes and completing large-scale remodels for our clients in the most popular upscale neighborhoods. Patrick Hamann, the owner of UrbanLUX Builders, is celebrating over two decades in fine home building, construction, and real estate, and still strives to provide exceptional customer service and homes of the highest quality.
Vice President, Innovation
In 2009, CR Herro joined Meritage Homes as the Vice President of Innovation. Meritage is credited as the first large home builder to: achieve 100% certification to the US EPA’s Energy Star for Homes, achieve 100% certification to the US EPA’s Indoor airPLUS, certify all three US EPA best building practices (Energy Star, Indoor airPLUS, and WaterSense), and offer Zero Energy Homes. CR has a 25-year history of leading innovation initiatives for performance, materials, and process for High Production Residential Building. CR earned a BS in Biology / Chemistry, an MS in Environmental Science, an MSE in Chemical and Civil Engineering, and an MA in Philosophy.
Well Living Lab
Senior Vice President
Barbara Spurrier, M.H.A., serves as Executive Director of the Well Living Lab and Senior VP at Delos. Prior to joining the Well Living Lab, Spurrier served as founding Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), responsible to build innovation from the ground up, with a mission to transform the delivery and experience of health and health care and advance a competency of innovation across Mayo Clinic. Spurrier holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Olaf College and an M.H.A. from the University of Minnesota. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, where she developed and teaches a course in innovation.
Healthy Home Expert/Product Management
Panasonic Life Solutions Company of America, IAQ Division
Russell Pope manages the Product Management team for Panasonic Life Solutions, North America. Russell has over 15 years of experience in the residential ventilation industry and genuinely enjoys his job with Panasonic and the opportunities it provides. Russell serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Home Ventilating Institute, is active on the Board of Directors for EEBA, is a participant in ASHRAE 62.2, ENERGY STAR, Department of Energy Programs, and Codes and Standards development.
David Barista has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than 19 years, including multiple editorial roles at Building Design+Construction magazine, where he currently serves as Editorial Director. He also leads content direction for UTOPIA, SGC Horizon’s new media platform for innovation and advancements in the U.S. housing sector.