Founded in 2008, the Open Green Building Society (OGBS) is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to creating green building tools and resources to educate and amplify the impact of the green building community.

We believe in the “open-source” and Creative Commons movement, and that to work in the green building sector is to work for a shared sustainable future that is better served by sharing resources and best practices. If you also share this vision, please consider contributing your green building resources to this website and/or making a donation by contacting us here.

Board of Directors

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Principal, Recollective

Eesmyal is a social entrepreneur with a background in engineering, creativity, and sustainability. He has co-founded and continues to serve as director of six social enterprises that focus on web and mobile applications, green buildings, education, co-working, and civic engagement. Some of these include The HiVE, Design Nerds, and Open Green Building Society, which he co-founded in 2008. Eesmyal earns a living as a green building expert and CEO of Recollective, a B-Corp certified multi-disciplinary green building consulting firm he co-founded in 2006.

Dave Ramslie

Principal, Integral

With over a decade of experience in the green building industry, Dave is a leader on urban sustainability issues and policy. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative policy makers in the Pacific Northwest, due to his track record of delivering effective programs and building lasting partnerships. As a pragmatic problem solver and a highly engaging public speaker, Dave has presented his findings to a variety of audiences.

Christian Cianfrone

Principal, Morrison Hershfield

Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, BEMP is a principal and building energy specialist with Morrison Hershfield in Vancouver. Christian’s primary focus has been on using energy simulation tools to assist in the design decision making process for new construction projects. Christian sits on the Energy Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) for both the Canada Green Building Council and US Green Building Council, and frequently presents and lectures at local industry events, colleges and universities.

Production Team

Neil Thomson

Executive Director

Neil grew up in South Africa and moved to London, UK after his undergrad. Neil is excited about the potential for technology to improve the health of our communities. Through the Open Green Building Society he’s making it easier for the real estate sector to access and share tools for increasing the resource efficiency of buildings. He’s also currently satisfying a long standing desire to start a company. Naked Snacks is a natural foods brand and online snacking service, shipping healthy and delicious food to happy customers throughout Canada.

Ryan McCuaig

Software Designer

Ryan is a registered architect and software designer practicing in Vancouver. He worked as a project architect for fifteen years, specializing in complex recreational and academic renovations. He now concentrates on coaxing computers of all kinds into helping architects, engineers and contractors make better, more sustainable, more humane buildings, both as a consultant and through development of his own software products.

Lisa Westerhoff

Senior Researcher

Lisa brings her expertise in sustainable planning and green building performance gap issues to her work with a range of academic, government, and private sector actors. She holds a PhD in urban sustainability and is proficient in sustainable neighbourhood and green building post-occupancy assessments, including occupant interactions with green technologies and the needs of building operators and managers. Lisa is also a Senior Planner at Integral Group.

Sarah Hay

Communications Designer

Sarah Hay BID, MAA is an independent designer and facilitator working at the intersections of art + design, urban planning + architecture, identity + sustainability. Sarah teaches at Emily Carr University in the faculty of design and dynamic media, and at Simon Fraser University through the Certificate Program in Dialogue and Civic Engagement.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board includes representatives from the following organizations:

  • University of British Columbia
  • City of Vancouver
  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • Canada Green Building Council
  • BC Hydro
  • Fortis Energy Inc.
  • Enersys Analytics