The Smart Buildings Institute
About The Institute

About the Smart Building Institute (SBI)

The Smart Building Institute (SBI) is a non-profit corporation organized to facilitate the growth and education of smarter building and smarter building operations.

SBI establishes an ongoing and updated series of conditions that qualify a building as “smart”.  These conditions are set by SBI Board of Directors.

As practices, products, and solutions emerge and evolve, the conditions and versions of the scoring criteria will change to reflect these innovations.

Members of SBI are committed to change and innovation in the way buildings are designed and operated.

Board of Directors

Jim Sinopoli, PE, RCDD, LEED AP
BoD Chairman
For over 25 years, Mr. Sinopoli has designed and engineered operationally efficient, intuitive and sustainable buildings through an integrated design matrix of building systems and technology.  His design work can be found in many building types including healthcare, education, manufacturing, airports and ports, government agencies, commercial office, retail, hospitality, and government across the US, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa. He has consulted and lectured government organizations, industry associations and Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Sinopoli is a published author for numerous publications including The New Economy Magazine, Green Building Pro and Green Intelligent Buildings.  He is an industry advocate granting informative interviews to radio, web, TV and including the London Stock Exchange.  Mr. Sinopoli is a contributing editor to Automated Buildings and the Regional Editor for the Intelligent Building Journal, a UK publication.  He is the author of two books, Smart Buildings: a Handbook for the Design and Operation of Building Technology Systems and Smart Buildings Systems for Architects, Owners and Builders. Mr. Sinopoli is a winner of the international “Pfister” award from the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI).  His projects have won many awards from industry associations and organizations.

Mr. Sinopoli holds a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a M.A. in Environmental Management from Governor's State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Registered Communications Distribution Designer, and a LEED Accredited Professional.  He is a registered Continuing Education Provider for AIA and GBCI.  Mr. Sinopoli is Chairmen of the Continental Automation Buildings Association’s Task Force on Industry Training and Education. He is also Board of Directors Chairman of the Smart Buildings Institute, a non-profit organization that awards building certifications.

Jake Jackson
Assurity Design Group

Jake Jackson has more than 18 years of automation experience, with a focus on building systems. He is a Certified Automation Professional (CAP), LEED AP, and MCP. Standards organization such as ISA, ASHRAE, and InfoComm are a high priority to him. He is the co-chair for ISA’s Building Automation System Technical Interest Group, the VP-Elect for Professional Development Department at ISA (2012-2013), and is the co-chair for ISA 111, Unified Functionality for Building Automation. With InfoComm he serves on the Energy Management Standard and is an advisor to the Integrated Building Technologies Task Force. He is a member of the ASHRAE/NEMA SPC 201 SmartGrid Information Model standard as well. "Pushing the industry forward by recognizing professionals in the field, and building consensus about practices are key."

Ron Bernstein
Mr. Bernstein is a Director at RBCG providing consulting services to organizations needing help navigating their energy and automation strategy. He also holds the position of LonMark Chief Ambassador supporting the non-profit association with direction and industry stewardship by providing lectures, education, workshops, and support.

Mr. Bernstein served as the Senior Director of Commercial Programs and Business Development for Echelon Corporation where he focused on energy management and open solutions for energy efficient control networking. He helps organizations implement technologies and solutions based upon open, proven, multi-application control networks.

Mr. Bernstein recently completed a five year assignment as the Executive Director and CEO of LONMARK International. In this role, he was responsible for the direction and activity of LONMARK worldwide and worked to continue developing open standards, provide educational programs, and grow market presence. He created an Ambassador program to support the organization through education, outreach, and stewardship.

Prior to joining LonMark International he spent 14 years with Echelon Corporation in a variety of roles focused on control systems in building automation, transportation, industrial process control, and home automation as well as developing open specifications and help people understand how to successfully implement open building control systems

In addition to serving the Smart Buildings Institute, Mr. Bernstein is an advisory board member of the City University of NY Building Performance Laboratory and has been a staff instructor for the APPA Institute of Higher Educational Facility Managers. He is an adviser to Carnegie Mellon University’s Architecture Department’s projects on building energy efficiency and is on the board of advisers for ICEBO (the International Conference on Enhanced Building Operations), and the Mt San Antonio College Curriculum Committee.

Mr. Bernstein co-authored the latest edition of “The LonWorks Installation Handbook” published July 2010, was the Editor in Chief of the LonMark Magazine, and has written articles appearing in a variety of industry trade publications and is currently working on a new book about industry best practices and principles of building control systems.

Mr. Bernstein holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineer from Carnegie Mellon University and two Masters Degrees in varying fields of psychology.