Project Manager, Energy Conservation – Green Building Certification and Design

The person who fills this role will be part of a dynamic team delivering best-in-class green building and sustainability expertise.  Project Manager, Energy Conservation is a full-time position in our rapidly growing company, with strong long-term prospects.


Position summary

Sol design + consulting is looking for a Project Manager/Engineer to both manage and work on the energy conservation aspects of green building certification of multifamily, single family, and commercial projects.   This professional will develop energy models and oversee the review and verification of energy-related green requirements in construction drawings during design phase, and verification of energy conservation measures during construction through field inspections, testing and commissioning. Some projects may entail mechanical systems design and building code responsibility.  Managing meticulous tracking and maintenance of energy-related certification documents throughout the course of the project is an essential requirement of this role.  The Project Manager, Energy Conservation reports to our Vice President of Operations.



  • Manage team members on the energy conservation aspects of multiple projects through multiple green certification programs (such as LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, Energy Star) and related documentation processes simultaneously, often on tight deadlines.
  • Review preliminary drawings and construction documents to ascertain sustainable energy conservation measures are incorporated appropriately.
  • Create energy models to assess the expected performance of green buildings.
  • Conduct Energy Star home performance testing to validate residential energy models.  This includes air infiltration and duct leakage tests required for residential buildings seeking LEED and other green certifications.
  • Conduct ASHRAE Level 1 and Level 2 energy audits, and present actionable recommendations based on findings.
  • Conduct basic commissioning of commercial building energy systems, following ASHRAE procedures.
  • Advise clients and their contractors on necessary improvements to residential and commercial HVAC, domestic hot water, lighting, controls and other energy systems to meet certification requirements.
  • Lead trades-training sessions with construction teams, with emphasis on mechanical systems optimization.
  • Review and compile energy systems documentation packages for green building certification programs such as LEED, Energy Star and Enterprise Green Communities.
  • Regular travel to job sites two or three days per week, with overnight travel about one night per week.
  • Pitch in to help colleagues and clients as needed in our small, rapidly growing business.



  • Associate or BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Passion for sustainability, green building and energy conservation.
  • Three to five years’ experience working in residential and commercial HVAC and other energy systems as a project manager.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of residential and commercial HVAC system types.
  • Proficiency in ASHRAE 90.1 energy simulation software.
  • Experience in ASHRAE energy auditing.
  • Experience in basic commissioning of commercial building systems.
  • Aptitude for interpreting architectural drawings and construction specifications.
  • RESNET or BPI certification preferred.
  • LEED Accredited Professional and/or Certified Energy Manager designations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical and program concepts in written and verbal form.
  • Ability to lead a team by example and service.


Who we are

Sol design + consulting (Sol) is a sustainable consulting firm on the leading edge of the green building industry. From its inception in 2006, Sol has been true to its mission of facilitating equal footing for environmental and social issues during early financial decision-making of projects. Today, Sol is a leading green building certification firm based in Cincinnati with a 5% market share of LEED for Homes certifications in the nation. Sol has clients across the U.S. and is currently working on over 100 green building projects totaling more than 2,500 homes in 10 states.  We are one of only eight organizations certified as an International Green Rater.


Sol’s clients are developers, architects, builders, public entities and private owners.  Our key point of differentiation is in superior knowledge of leading green building design and construction techniques and processes. As a result, our experienced professional service adds value throughout the development process, from initial financial evaluation through delivery.   We strive to continually improve internally and in the marketplace to deliver on the triple bottom line – financial, environmental, and social.


The Sol team is a diverse group of architects, engineers and construction professionals committed to excellence in green building, energy and water efficiency.  Our culture emphasizes teamwork, client service and a hands-on approach to accomplishing our goals.  We’re a fast-paced, tightly-knit group who enjoy both our work and working with our colleagues.  You can learn more about us at


Next steps

If you meet the qualifications listed above and think you might be a good fit for this position, please send the following materials to

  • Your resume
  • Several examples of energy model reports and commissioning reports you completed
  • A professional writing sample (1-3 paragraphs) in your email body about what attracts you to this position and how you think you will benefit our firm
  • At least two professional references


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