Passive House California is guided by a Board of Directors. Our bylaws allow for five to eleven board members with two-year-long terms. Our annual elections, open to current PHCA members in good standing, are held in January to fill any open seats.
There is no limit to the number of eligible candidates that may nominate themselves for a seat.
The newly elected board will designate officers or other board roles amongst themselves.
A majority of the board must be Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants/Tradespeople (CPHD/C/T). In the event election results yield four or fewer CPHD/C/T, the next CPHD/C/T with the largest number of votes will replace the non-CPHD/C/T candidate(s) with the lowest number of votes until a CPHD/C/T majority is attained.
No more than one employee from the same firm or company may serve on the Board simultaneously.
For more information see our bylaws.

2021 Elections

The two-year terms of the following board members are ending December 31st, 2020:

  • Xavier Gaucher, CPHC – joined 2016, re-elected 2018;
  • Christian Kienapfel, CPHD – joined 2016, re-elected 2018;
  • Sofia Siegel – joined 2018;
  • Colin Shane – joined 2018.

Sofia, Colin and Christian have elected to stand for an additional term and are included in the ballot for confirmation.

The following board members are half-way through their two-year term and remain on the board until December 31st, 2021:

  • Mike Horgan, CPHC – joined January 2020;
  • Irina Tehrani, CPHD – joined January 2020;
  • Ryan Hayes, CPHC – joined January 2020;
  • Rob Nicely, CPHC – joined 2018, re-elected in 2020;
  • Jay Gentry – joined 2018, re-elected in 2020;
  • Jed Donaldson – joined in 2018, re-elected in 2020.


  • January 3rd – election and candidate nomination information posted;
  • January 10th, midnight – candidate applications due;
  • January 17th – elections open, PHCA members are emailed a link to an online ballot voting form;
  • January 27th, midnight – elections close;
  • January 30th – election results announced;
  • January 31st – board term begins;
  • February 1st & 2nd – Board Retreat & Orientation, mandatory for all new Board members. In 2021 it will be in virtual format.

2021 Board of Directors Candidates

Nominations will be published as they are received. The following nominations have been received for consideration for the 2021-2022 term:

Cyril Petit

Cyril is a versatile engineer, graduated from a French engineering school, who worked in different industries like railroad, aeronautics, aerospace, automotive and the building construction one. He has always been passionate about the technologies of the future, no matter what industry he worked for. Before starting the company Construction Progress (aka CPHBA), he developed 3 patents while working in Research and Development for the Millet Group, already creating smart and efficient new lines of products fighting discomfort problems and energy overconsumption. Cyril moved to California in 2014. Since then, he has been able to provide his support and expertise to local builders, engineers, architects and homeowners with a green mindset.

Steve Mann

Steve Mann is a California HERS Rater and Certified Energy Analyst (CEA), LEED AP+ Homes and Green Rater, and a certified Passive House Consultant, Tradesperson, Trainer, and building Certifier with the Passive House Institute ( He has been actively involved in high-performance residential construction, in a variety of roles, including owner/builder, for more than 15 years.
His two most recent design/build projects are Net Zero Energy, and are both LEED Platinum and Passive House certified. He is currently working on several Passive House projects as Certifier or Consultant. His former non-profit experience includes President of the California Association of Building Energy Consultants and President of the San Luis Obispo chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Jason Scheurer

Jason Scheurer has been in the construction industry for over 30 years and as a pioneer in the construction and management of environmentally responsible buildings. He has vast experience as a General Contractor, Project Manager, Project Estimator, and has been in the Energy Efficiency field for over 15 years. He has built one of the first Net Zero Energy Homes (NZEH) in Orange County, California. This home was certified by Build It Green as a GreenPoint Rated home that achieved an astonishing 210 points. Jason’s mission is to first – “Do No Harm” and help teach and educate the green construction industry and the end consumer about the rights and wrongs of our existing building stock and how to make these buildings perform at their BEST by applying House-as-a-System, Building Science and Energy Efficient techniques through the standards established by Passive House Institute, Building Performance Institute, Build It Green and National Comfort Institute. Jason is a BPI Approved Super Proctor, has numerous certifications with BPI, Build It Green, National Comfort Institute, etc. As a “Building Scientist” Jason takes his profession to heart and educates contractors and homeowners towards energy efficiency in residential buildings across the nation. Jason has taken training classes on the CPHD/C course, and is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT).

Application Instructions

  1. Review the candidate Eligibility section and confirm you meet all Minimum Criteria and will adhere to the Campaigning Rules;
  2. Review the Board of Directors Commitment Statement;
  3. Prepare a short bio;
  4. Submit your application materials by emailing them to before midnight, January 10th, 2021. The application materials should include: a short bio; a signed Board of Directors Commitment Statement and an optional portrait photo. Please maintain an offline version of your application as a backup.


Minimum Criteria

  • Be a PHCA Professional Member in good standing;
  • Reside and do business in California;
  • Complete and submit an application by the stated deadline;
  • Abide by the PHCA Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy (in development).

Desired Experience

  • Current participant in a PHCA effort or committee;
  • Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant or involved in Passive House projects;
  • Marketing, PR, fundraising, grant writing or advocacy experience;
  • Experience serving as a board member or on a committee of a non-profit organization.

Campaigning Rules

  • Candidates shall be truthful about their credentials and experience;
  • Candidates shall conduct themselves in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner;
  • Negative campaigning is prohibited;
  • Each candidate’s photograph, biography, and statement of qualifications will be posted in the Elections section of the PHCA website for the duration of the election. No other marketing via the PHCA website is allowed;
  • Candidates and those acting on their behalf shall not distribute unsolicited information to anyone who does not request such information from the candidate. Candidates may answer questions and respond directly to inquiries received.