Gary Silverstein is founder and president of Energy Reduction Specialists of NC Inc and Silverstein Construction Corp. Gary has been living in Guilford County for more than 38 years and became a licensed General Contractor in 1990.
Gary has pursued industry certifications as a “Certified Green Professional”, “BPI Professional Building Analyst”, and is a committed “Energy Star Builder Partner” through Silverstein Construction Corp whose focus is on new home construction and remodeling with expertise in “green” sustainable building practices.
Silverstein has served on numerous Greensboro nonprofit boards and committees in support of improving living conditions for all local residents. He is currently Chairman of Board of Directors for Community Housing Solutions. He is a member and past chairman of the Triad Green Building Council Board of Directors, past chairman of the Greensboro Builder’s Association Housing Foundation, and a past member of Environmental Stewardship Greensboro Steering Committee. He is also a current member and past chairman of the Temple Emanuel Environmental Committee where he is an active congregant. Gary has also been and remains an active builder partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greensboro.
Gary has received numerous industry honors and awards including; Greensboro Builder’s Association 2001 Builder of the Year, and the 2002 Kavanagh Cup which recognizes efforts in strengthening affordable housing in Guilford County. Gary’s subdivision, Sanford’s Creek, was the first Green Certified Subdivision in North Carolina. Silverstein has been a speaker at the National Association of Home Builders annual Green Building Conference and has written 24 articles on sustainable building practices and energy efficiency for the Greensboro News and Record.
Gary and his wife Betsy have 2 wonderful children; Hannah who is a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill and Samuel who is an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. In his “spare time” Gary likes to play tennis and the mandolin.
Paul Swenson joined ERS of NC as Vice President and part owner in 2013. Paul has been living in the Piedmont Triad area since graduating from Wake Forest University in 1998.
Paul is certified through the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst and as a Healthy Home Evaluator. He also is a certified Lead Safe Renovator with the State of North Carolina.
Before joining ERS of NC, Paul worked for 9 years with the Home Repair Program of what is now Community Housing Solutions (CHS). Paul started working with the program on the 2nd ever home repair project, and when he left as construction manager, over 300 low income homeowners in Greensboro had their homes repaired through grants and volunteer labor. Paul led volunteers in completing repairs ranging from roof replacements, sheetrock repairs, kitchen replacements, rotten bathroom floors, termite infested framing, handicap accessibility, and energy efficiency improvements. After inspecting over 500 homes, it is highly possible he has been in more crawlspaces and attics than any other Wake Forest graduate.
Paul continues to work annually with Community Housing Solutions to lead the construction of handicap accessibility ramps with volunteers. For more information about the amazing work of CHS, please visit www.chshousing.org.
Diagnosing and fixing homes is a great merging of Paul’s analytical mind and his enjoyment for helping people improve their homes and lives. Improvements to indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency are beneficial to everyone, regardless of income or the size of their home.
After college, Paul lived in Ireland for a year and a half and then learned carpentry while working for a remodeling contractor in Winston-Salem, NC. Paul moved to Greensboro to help start a new church where he met his wife and eventually served as an elder for several years.
Paul and his wife have 3 boys and live in Pleasant Garden, NC where he helps to coach at least 2 soccer teams in the local youth league.
Can an older home be cozy in the winter and comfortable in the summer? Can an older home be Energy Star rated? From our experiences my neighbor Kathy and I say “yes!” The home must be well insulated and the holes must be sealed. We each had our homes tightened up by Energy Reduction Specialists (ERS) of North Carolina.