Beth Eckenrode

Beth Eckenrode

Beth Eckenrode co-founded AUROS Group in 2016 and is currently Board Chair. Beth is a collaborative leader with a track record of delivering business results in a broad range of operating roles, functions, industries, and environments. She has successfully built and developed high performance businesses and teams as an executive, a consultant, and an entrepreneur. Beth is accomplished in the fields of strategy, general management, marketing, business development, executive coaching, training, facilitation, and conflict resolution. She is most frequently asked to speak on disruptive innovation and evidence-based performance.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Beth is certified RESET AP with Regenerative Ecological Social & Economic Targets, Fitwel Ambassador with Centers for Active Design’s Fitwel Certification Program and is a Strategic Advisor to the North American Passive House Network. She is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Pittsburgh-based Green Building Alliance.

Beth's entrepreneurial passion was the impetus for creating AUROS360, as she recognized the opportunity to use technology to provide building owners a pathway for confidently investing in sustainability strategies. AUROS360 is the first system of its kind to use technology to balance sustainability goals with first costs and long-term operating costs providing building owners and developers a map on how to invest in existing buildings to minimize energy consumption and maximize occupant health and productivity without spending a premium in construction costs.

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#ForewordFriday: The Power of Existing Buildings

Your building has the potential to change the world.

Your building has the potential to change the world.

Existing buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the energy and emit nearly half of the carbon dioxide in the US each year. But few realize the value in existing buildings and how easy it is to get to “zero energy” or low-energy consumption. Through deep energy retrofits, existing buildings can reduce environmental impacts that contribute to climate change, while improving human health and productivity for building occupants.
 
In The Power of Existing Buildings, academic sustainability expert Robert Sroufe, and construction and building experts Craig Stevenson and Beth Eckenrode, explain how to realize the potential of existing buildings and make them perform like new. This step-by-step guide will help readers to: understand where to start a project; develop financial models and realize cost savings; assemble an expert team; and align goals with numerous sustainability programs.

The following book excerpt will get you thinking about how and why you'd want to retrofit your building and make it a high-performance space.