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David Johnston About David Johnston
David Johnston, founder and President of What's Working, Inc. is one of the pioneers of the sustainability movement in the US. For the last 30 years he has been working to transform the building industry to become greener and more sustainable.
Johnston worked as a consultant to the USDOE solar program from 1978-81. During that time, he was involved with the early work at the Solar Energy Research Institute and the Regional Solar Energy Centers. He was responsible for the commercialization of passive solar technology and the integration into the residential building industry and the introduction of the technology to many building industry trade associations.
Johnston continued with his passive solar career by founding the award winning company; Lightworks Construction, Inc. For 10 years, Lightworks built passive solar homes and offices across the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland market. He was named builder of the year by the D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and inducted into the Remodeling Hall of Fame for his innovative work.
David established the first private sector green building program in Denver, CO through the local Home Builder's association. It is now the largest program in the private sector and was the catalyst for the National Association of Home Builders to develop national green building guidelines.
David was part of the development team for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) that has transformed the market for green commercial buildings in the US. He was also a co-director of the original LEED for homes development process in 2000, another national market transformation program.
All together he has influenced the construction of tens of thousands of green homes built from coast to coast. The unique quality of his work is to use a whole-system approach that brings together all the relevant stakeholders who deliver a home to the consumer. This approach has focused on the human side of sustainability to create market demand for innovative solutions for affordable, environmentally friendly housing across the country.
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