Rick Jenkins is a visionary leader at Clean Efficient Energy Company (CEEC), where he serves as the business manager, driving the company’s success and promoting environmental sustainability.
Rick begins a typical day by reviewing and distributing HERS certificates to builders whose houses have undergone a HERS Rating. He then sets up new projects brought to the company. The rest of his day is dedicated to being available to anyone seeking to discuss the business and providing assistance and support to the company’s team of experts.
His journey in the field began in 2006 when he founded CEEC with a focus on renewable energy installations. However, he soon realized the importance of reducing energy demands in buildings to complement renewable energy sources. This led him to prioritize residential energy efficiency, helping homes become more energy-efficient and suitable for integrating renewable energy systems.
Rick began his education at the University of Kansas, then transitioned to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he obtained a degree in speech and communication. Rick’s educational background enhances his ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships.
Motivated by his commitment to the environment, instilled by his Catholic upbringing, he is dedicated to addressing environmental challenges, particularly the impact of buildings on the planet. His mission is to create a healthier, more sustainable world for future generations by promoting energy-efficient buildings and reducing our carbon footprint.
Rick’s expertise is evident through numerous certifications and credentials, including being a RESNET Energy Rater, ENERGY STAR Verifier Partner, ZERH Verifier, NAHB Green Verifier, PHIUS Rater, LEED Rater, and ICC certified for plans examination and field inspection. His most notable professional accomplishment is being the verifier for Missouri's first certified passive house in 2022, showcasing his dedication to sustainable construction practices.
Beyond his professional life, Rick finds joy in his personal life, being happily married for 33 years with five children and two grandchildren. He also participates in various physical activities and enjoys songwriting.
Looking ahead, Rick envisions a future where homes are built with materials that minimize negative environmental impact, solar panels are better integrated into building materials, and advanced fresh air systems ensure tight yet well-ventilated homes for optimal energy efficiency. He believes there will always be a demand for improving home energy efficiency, contributing to sustainable living.
Rick’s guiding principle is best captured by his favorite quote by Henry F. Harrower, “It is always safe to assume, not that the old way is wrong, but that there may be a better way.” With this mindset, he continues to inspire change, challenge conventional practices, and spearhead the transition toward a more sustainable future.