I am a building code regulator, active in the revision of modern building codes (boring). I am concerned about the effect regulation has on the production of affordable and sustainable residential construction in the US (not quite so boring). I am the building official for the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon from 2005 to date. I recently served as the Chairman of the International Code Council's International Residential Code B/E Committee for the 2006-2012 editions. I temporarily reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where I assist in providing safety for buildings, as well as promote energy efficiency and use of sustainable materials. Upon completion of this assignment, I plan to return to Colorado and build a net zero home...allowing myself and my family freedom from a utility grid tie and the politics that come with it.