2021 Women in Building Services: Carmel Pratt


Carmel Pratt_Director of NCName: Carmel Pratt

Title: Director of New Construction

Company Name: Bright Power

Real estate associations or organizations that you are currently a member of: Board Member of New York Passive House (NYPH), member of Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), member of Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), member international Passive House Association (iPHA)

What led you to your current profession?

Marriage of my passions for the built environment and conserving our natural environment.

In the past year, what project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of?

All of the NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence projects I’ve had the privilege of being involved with (almost 20 award-winning projects over the years!)

Who was/is your mentor and how did s/he influence/help you in your career?

Jerry Flach, my first boss when I was working at Paterson Habitat for Humanity. She taught me the importance of servant leadership, holistic sustainability, and working for real impact on the world.

What trends will dominate your industry in the coming months?

Embodied Carbon, electrification, carbon/emissions reductions, and innovative energy recovery/storage

What books or social media influencers would you recommend to other women?

Christine Williamson (@BuildingScienceFightClub) and “The New Carbon Architecture” by Bruce King et al.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Architect or jam-band singer

How do you contribute to your community or profession?

Learning constantly and trying to share everything I learn.