Jim Fowler has been a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering for over 30 years and currently holds licenses in Washington and Alaska. He has additional certifications in Commercial Energy Auditing (CEA), Commercial Energy Manager (CEM) in Building Commissioning (CBCP) and as a Green Building Engineer (GBE) from the Association of Energy Engineers, and has Retro-Commissioning training through NEBB.
Over more than a decade, as the founder and principal of Energy Audits of Alaska and Global Energy Audits, he has performed over 500 Level 2, Level 3 and Investment Grade Energy audits on more than 5 million square feet of municipal, industrial and commercial buildings for municipalities and commercial building owners. He has deep experience in cold climate energy efficiency in remote locations including more than 40 native Alaskan villages across the State. Audited buildings have included schools, maintenance and repair shops, warehouses, commercial kitchens, office buildings, multi-family housing, swimming pools, ice arenas, waste and potable water treatment plants, health clinics, fishing vessels, municipal infrastructure and fire stations.
Fowler has also been on teams performing other energy efficiency projects including a co-generation study for the UMED district in Anchorage and the preliminary engineering study for a proposed power transmission line from Barrow to Atqasuk on the North Slope.
Jim has been a landlord, has owned and operated two engineering and manufacturing businesses for 20 years and was a general contractor prior to shifting his focus to commercial and industrial energy efficiency in 2010. This background as a landlord, business owner, contractor and facilities manager provides the deep, broad “real world” perspective that shows up in his realistic, bottom-line oriented energy efficiency recommendations.
While many energy auditors perform audits as a sideline business, it is Fowler’s sole focus and full-time activity. While other auditors may perform 2 or 3 audits each year, Jim performs 50 or more; and because every building is unique, and every building brings with it a new set of technical and energy consumption issues, this level of activity brings you, as the client, a broad, deep perspective and a wealth of experience that few other auditor’s possess.
Fowler has 3 successful business start-ups, 2 acquisitions and 2 business sales across 4 industries involving combinations of private equity and debt. He has 16 years of experience in residential construction, has managed over 300 engineering and manufacturing projects ranging in size from 20 to 2000 man hours and has a combined 35 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing operations, finance and business management.
Jim has lived in a number of Alaskan towns, and currently resides in Anchorage.