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Kolin Baffet, LEED AP


Kolin Baffet has been working on blending building energy efficiency with culture and community since 1978. A 1977 BA from the University of Alaska focused on studies in psychology and ethnology and gave Ken a structured awareness of the role values play in creation of strong community. His 1982 Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho developed energy and resource efficient construction techniques and the use of local-based materials to create vernacular and sustainable buildings. His first company, Integrated Living Designs, registered in Idaho in 1982, recognized that buildings were systemic in nature and that good design needs to reflect that the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts.

Ken works with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance as an educator and training coordinator for the commercial building energy efficiency sector. Through contracts with both Idaho and Nevada Offices of Energy Ken has developed energy efficiency strategies and programs with school districts and utilities and assisted in development of LEED design professional procurement guidelines for public and private buildings. In Idaho he led a statewide university consortium and Idaho National Lab project to capture the differential cost of LEED Silver certification for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls.

Ken is a co-founder and advisory board member of the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab. He coordinates International Energy Conservation Code development and education in Idaho and has co-led energy code efforts in Nevada and Utah. Ken has developed and led eco-charrettes for the City of Tolleson, Arizona, Ada County Idaho Parks and Recreation, Idaho State University, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and the City of Post Falls Idaho.

He is an experienced writer, educator, facilitator, and mediator.

Energy Efficiency Highlights

  • Led the first Governor’s task force for the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance
  • Served on the Conservation and Efficiency legislative committee for development of the 2007 State of Idaho Energy Plan
  • Technical Administrator, State of Idaho K-12 Energy Efficiency Project
  • LEED Silver cost analysis for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies
  • Co-developed and advocated the State of Idaho commissioning guidelines
  • Co-developed State of Idaho, performance contracting guidelines
  • Developed performance-contracting language for the states of Nevada and New Mexico.
  • Assisted in development of Idaho K-12 Statute for building commissioning and integrated design
  • Assisted in development of Idaho Statute requiring state building minimum efficiency
  • Co-developed Idaho’s first energy codes and worked with a stakeholder group to form Idaho’s Energy CodeCollaborative in 2001, paving the way for statewide adoption of the four cycles of the IECC
  • Leads Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance education and training in Idaho and Montana


Seminars / Presentation Highlights

  • Lead developer of the 2009 IECC educational series. Energy code education in Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Texas, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska
  • The Roadmap to Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Benchmarking
  • Building commissioning
  • Integrated Design and Integrated Project Delivery

Memberships / Associations

  • BOMA Member (2009 – current)
  • U of I Integrated Design Lab Advisory Committee
  • Idaho Building Contractor’s Association


  • Integrated Project Delivery, Kolin Baffet, Amy Hellmund and Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, published in proceedings of the 2008 West Coast Energy Management Congress and as article in Energy Engineering, July 2008.
  • Building Community in Buildings, The Design and Culture of Dynamic Workplaces. Kolin Baffet and Jana Kemp. Greenwood (Praeger) Publishing Co. (Due in November 2006)
  • New and Emerging Technologies that Affect the Built World, Kolin Baffet, Eric Makela and Michelle Britt. Developed for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, June, 2002
  • Creative Information: Tools for Environmental Education and Personal Change, Kolin Baffet and John Black. A professional paper for the 1992 ACEEE Summer Study.
  • The Residential Gas Demonstration Project, Kolin Baffet. A poster session for the 1990 ACEEE Summer Study.
  • Forced-air Distribution Heating System Efficiencies, Kolin Baffet, State of Idaho Department of Water Resources Technical Conference, 1993

Education / Accreditations / Certifications

LEED Accredited Professional (2006)

1974-1976 Alaska Methodist University
1976-1977 University of Alaska, Anchorage
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ethnology Minor
8-77 to 6-80 Metropolitan Technical Community College
Studied Architecture
9-80 to 6-82 University of Idaho
Degree: Master of Architecture