Building Performance Director
Ben Rabe joined Fresh Energy in June 2016 as a senior policy associate on the energy performance team and now serves as our Building Performance Director. Ben leads the research and advocacy of policies that improve energy efficiency related to buildings and the built environment. He develops positions and strategies on policy matters, assists with Fresh Energy’s legislative priorities, and develops documents to communicate policy and scientific information to policy makers and the public. In 2021, Ben was also appointed the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee where he will serve a three-year term contributing to development of the 2024 IECC using his expertise in achieving greenhouse gas reductions through building code.
Before joining Fresh Energy, Ben managed the Energy Smart Program at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce working to help small businesses take advantage of utility rebate programs and worked in the residential energy efficiency space at the Neighborhood Energy Connection. Ben holds a MA in International Energy Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in International Studies, Political Science, and Anthropology from Macalester College. He is also a Certified Energy Manager with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.