About the Discussion Panelists

Brandon De Young, executive vice president, De Young Properties

Brandon De Young is the executive vice president for De Young Properties, a three-generation, family-owned homebuilder headquartered in Fresno, California. Having built over 7,000 homes since 1974, De Young Properties has advanced greatly through the years, and is not only a leader in quality craftsmanship and customer service, but in designing and building Zero Energy SmartHomes, as well. With a variety of floor plans, styles and locations to choose from throughout the greater Fresno area, De Young homebuyers enjoy long-lasting value in the homes that stand the test of time. De Young Properties is currently building California’s largest community of Zero Energy (ZE) single-family homes in Clovis, known as RidgeView. All 58 ZE homes are designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year. This community is the third and largest ZE community De Young has broken ground on in recent years. Brandon has been instrumental in developing these projects. He has been in the real estate and construction industries since 2008 after having completed studies at the University of San Diego, where he completed a Master of Science in Real estate degree.




Robert E. Raymer, PE, senior engineer and technical director, California Building Industry Association (CBIA)

In 1981, Robert E. Raymer was hired by the California Building Industry Association to serve as staff engineer. In 1985, he obtained his license as a professional mechanical engineer and was soon promoted to the position of CBIA technical director. In this capacity, Mr. Raymer represents California’s homebuilders at the local, state and national level on code-related issues such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, green building design, disabled accessibility, fire safety and indoor air quality. He also served as Chair of the Building Standards Commission’s Green Building Code Advisory Committee for nine years. Mr. Raymer has degrees in mechanical engineering, environmental studies and engineering technology from CSU Sacramento, where he served as president of the student body from 1978 to 1979.



Garth Torvestad, senior technical consultant, ConSol

Garth Torvestad is the senior technical consultant for ConSol, where he oversees the consulting department’s technical work on a variety of projects and business development initiatives. His primary focus is on economic, policy, software and technology concerns related to California’s Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards and Zero Net Energy for residential new construction. He works with homebuilders, land developers, product manufacturers and the California Energy Commission to advance cost-effective approaches to energy efficient construction and renewable energy integration. Mr. Torvestad is a LEED Accredited Professional who received his bachelor’s of science from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and his master’s of science in Urban Land Development from CSU Sacramento.    



Tom Harvey, Tesla, Inc.,

Tom Harvey manages the channel sales teams for Tesla’s commercial and industrial and new homes account management teams. Mr. Harvey has been actively working to increase the adoption of renewable energy for more than a decade. He was director of sales and marketing at Sunrun and senior vice president of sales at Spruce Finance before joining Tesla. Tom holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s of art International Affairs from the University of Colorado.


Dr. Chelsea Petrenko, Opinion Dynamics

Bio coming…

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