Nick Brown
Build Smart

Nick Brown is President of Build Smart, an independent energy consultancy specializing in California energy modeling, energy code, and building performance.  He is a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) for residential and an Associate Energy Analyst (AEA) for nonresidential construction by the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC), and has maintained his certifications for 2008, 2013, and 2016 code cycles.  He served on the CEC’s team formulating the 2019 residential energy code for High-Performance Walls, and was elected to the Board of Directors of CABEC beginning in 2018.  He serves on various California energy code technical committees and teaches Net-Zero Design classes at SoCal Edison’s Energy Innovation Center.  He holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan.  He remodeled his own home in 2014 in a deep energy retrofit (  and has written and presented extensively on net-zero buildings, high-performance walls, and energy efficient building.


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