Paul Karr is an expert with a wealth of experience in the field of energy efficiency and building performance. As an Existing Home Specialist at Clean Efficient Energy Company (CEEC), he aids homeowners, realtors, and contractors in improving energy performance for existing homes, as well as testing and evaluating new construction projects.
In his day-to-day responsibilities, Paul uses his expertise by analyzing homes with energy modeling tools, providing valuable insights and recommendations to enhance efficiency and improve a healthy environment for homeowners. He bridges the gap between commercial and residential projects, offering customized solutions for clients.
Paul's journey in energy efficiency began with a Bachelor's degree in Construction Science and Management from Kansas State University, followed by a Master's degree in Architecture. During his time in school, Paul conducted research on computational fluid dynamics. He presented his research at the Residential Building Design and Construction Conference at the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, showcasing his dedication to advancing industry knowledge.
With 24 years of engineering consulting experience, Paul managed mechanical, electrical, and plumbing designs for commercial projects. He holds a Professional Engineering License (Texas PE# 99460) and certifications as a HERS Modeler in REMRate and Ekotrope, and a Building Analyst Professional (BPI).
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Paul takes pride in mentoring young engineers. His past involvement in teaching at K-State and former role as a faculty advisor for the Solar Decathlon student design competition allowed him to shape the industry's future and foster the growth of aspiring professionals.
His commitment to environmental responsibility and an engineering mindset fuels Paul’s passion for energy efficiency and sustainability. His values of efficiency, innovation, and waste reduction drive his dedication to finding optimal solutions for his clients.
Outside work, Paul treasures his role as a husband of 34 years, father of three, and grandfather of two. He enjoys family time, home improvement projects, and community and church involvement.
Looking ahead, Paul sees a future where residential energy efficiency is standard. Drawing inspiration from his childhood experiences during the 1970s energy crisis, he envisions a near future where all homes are Zero Energy Ready.
Paul’s guiding principle is best captured by his favorite quote by Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” With this mindset, he continues to drive the transformation toward a greener and more energy-efficient future.