Al Schmidt has worked in residential construction as a carpenter, framer, cabinetmaker, builder, and consultant. For the past twenty years, Al has focused on independent consulting for private industry, utilities, and various levels of government, including a decade with A&J Energy Consultants.
Al specializes in achieving cost-neutral code compliance through ENERGY STAR® and other value-added performance paths by using smart building practices to reduce construction costs and waste, streamline the building process, and reduce service calls. He is a senior consultant for the Optimum Home Program, a market transformation program sponsored by Union Gas that promotes High Performance Housing to Ontario builders. He has also worked as a trainer with EnerQuality Corp for ENERGY STAR for New Homes, R-2000, GreenHouse™ Certified Construction, and LEED Canada for Homes, as well as working as a Lead Building Canada consultant and facilitator for the LEEP / TAP programs.
Within A&J, Al works as a managing partner and oversees company operations, as well as sharing business development responsibilities with Jack.
With a background in building science, Jack Zhou has worked in low-rise residential construction since 2004. Early in his career, Jack worked as a framer, insulator, drywaller, installed Hi-Velocity duct work, and performed energy simulation using HOT2000 and HOT2XP. He later earned the HRAI Residential Air System Design Technician (RASDT) Designation and Residential Hydronics Design Technician (RHDT) Designation, and started designing HVAC systems and performing energy audits for existing homes. He came together with Al Schmidt to create A&J Energy Consultants in 2009.
Jack specializes in using energy modelling to create practical solutions for builders to address energy efficiency requirements, both provincially and nationally. As he believes that ongoing education is key to excellence, Jack has obtained five professional accreditations to date and continues to study to bring the most current information to his clients. In addition to his consulting work, Jack teaches energy efficient housing techniques through both private and public sector organizations, colleges and universities in Ontario, British Columbia, the Republic of China, and South Korea. He also works as a Technical Committee member for Ontario Home Builder’s Association (OHBA), EnerQuality Corp, and Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Standard.
Within A&J, Jack oversees the technical aspects of the business and is in charge of training and certification, as well as sharing business development responsibilities with Al.
Julia Claus had been working as a teacher and artist prior to learning about the energy efficient construction business from Al Schmidt. On her own, and then with Al, she has completed many hands-on total home renovations. Al’s consulting business was growing so she joined him as an assistant and administrator for CTCS (Consulting Training Construction Services), prior to stepping in to help organize A&J Energy Consultants. She took over all of the administrative duties as well as assisted with site training. During the past 10 years, she helped with the development of a builder database and invoicing system. She is also on the consulting team for the Optimum Home Program.
As a business owner and former college instructor and photographer, Karen brings a diverse set of skills to her role at A&J. Karen has been a member of the team since 2012, and uses her business background and expertise in managerial and administrative positions to help the business excel. She currently coordinates enrolments in the ENERGY STAR for New Homes, EnerGuide, and SB12 Performance programs, as well as coordinating builder construction data with A&J’s operations team. Karen’s husband Jens, is a photographer who owns the very successful Langen Studio in Waterloo.
Dan is a graduate of Sheridan and Conestoga Colleges. He has been active in the industry for the past 11 years as a Registered Energy Advisor. During that time he has worked on a variety of building verification and testing programs including OBC SB12, ENERGY STAR, GreenHouse Certified Construction, Savings by Design and Eco Energy Home Retrofit. Dan manages all of AJEC’s South-Western Ontario Builders.
Sacha has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a background in construction project management and is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Building Science at Ryerson University. In addition to being a Registered Energy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada since 2015, he is also a Quality Assurance Specialist (House & MURBs) and a Net Zero Energy Advisor. Sacha delivers many services, including energy modelling, site training, Energy Star & EnerGuide labelling, SB12 compliance verification and airtightness testing and troubleshooting. Sacha received the prestigious EnerQuality Evaluator of the Year Award in 2019.
Miyoko’s work involves managing Enbridge Gas Distribution’s Savings by Design program on behalf of AJEC’s builder clients. Over the past 5 years, she has participated as a program manager, subject matter expert and energy modeller for the Savings by Design program. Miyoko also is a mentor and trainer for AJEC’s upcoming professionals, who are working towards becoming certified REAs.
Pooja is a graduate from Pokhara University, Nepal with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. She has also completed her Graduate Certificate Level in Construction Project Management and Building Information Modeling from Fanshawe College, London Ontario. Her current responsibilities are Energy Modelling, permit applications and Net Zero Optimization. She is completing her studies to become a Registered Energy Advisor.
Sarah comes to AJEC as a recent graduate from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Science with a focus in Building Science. She was very active in a number of her programs’ related studio projects. She is also a Fundraising Coordinator for the Zahra Trust which raises money to finance clean wells in under-developed countries and she volunteered with Open Architecture Collaborative Canada. Sarah will divide her training with AJEC between energy modelling and on-site evaluations. She will be a great asset to the AJEC team.
Luis has accepted the position of Certification Manager at EnerQuality Corp. We are very proud of Luis’ professional accomplishments and wish him well.