For more than 30 years, Emanuel Levy and his colleagues at The Levy Partnership (TLP) have pioneered innovations in building technologies, developed and operated programs that influence building practices and spearheaded code and regulatory changes designed to lessen our dependence on non-renewables. As a U.S. Dept. of Energy Building America team lead, TLP has championed the need for practical, cost effective approaches to improved efficiency that benefit the affordable housing community, working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks America, and the nation’s home manufacturers on next generation solutions to energy challenges. Emanuel embraced Passive House early on, demonstrating though dozens of completed projects that exemplary performance and great design have a natural affinity. Current work includes the design/development of a single home design for FEMA, a prototype for next generation disaster relief housing design, that is at once energy-efficient, durable and capable of being placed anywhere in the nation.
In 1995, Emanuel was tapped to help create and administer the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA), a nonprofit research organization serving as the research arm of the factory-built housing industry. During his tenure, SBRA has spearheaded important innovation for the industry, conducting research that altered industry building design, construction, production and management practices. On the energy front, SBRA championed improvements in energy-efficiency, serves as the national quality assurance provider for the EPA (overseeing the ENERGY STAR programs for manufactured and modular housing) and – in partnership with utilities across the nation – has developed rebate programs to promote the adoption of building practices that reduce energy use.
Emanuel is a registered Architect with a M. Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and B. Architecture from Syracuse University.