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What is Cocoon? How is Cocoon different? What separates Cocoon from other contractors?
Cocoon is a performance-based, results-oriented thought process for maximizing energy solutions for existing (retrofit) residential homes. Kinzler team experts, trained and certified in the Cocoon philosophy, take a holistic view of the home as a system. We perform state-of-the-art tests to understand how your home is functioning. We use the test results to prescribe a prudent scope of work, avoiding unintended consequences that often occur without careful consideration of how a home’s systems interact with each other. Finally, we verify quality by performing post testing, ensuring your comfort, health and safety and the long-term durability of your home.
Cocoon started in 2011 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with a like-minded group of people passionate about building performance. With their innovative philosophy to harmonize all aspects of the building envelop from cladding and insulation to moisture control and HVAC, Cocoon has built a reputation for solving the most complex performance issues through scopes which not only fixed the performance issue but increased comfort, durability, occupant health and efficiency. Through state-of-the-art scientific diagnostic tests, Cocoon is able to assess a building’s efficiency and apply their knowledge to create solutions that have the greatest impact on overall function.
In August 2014, Kinzler Construction Services acquired Cocoon to bring Kinzler’s resources to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, while simultaneously supporting the mission of expanding the Cocoon high-performance philosophy to other markets around the country.
History of Kinzler Construction Services, Inc.
Kinzler Construction Services is a 30 year old company that began in a garage with Kevin and Yvonne Kinzler. Today, Kinzler is recognized as an industry expert with a reputation for superior service and innovation. Kinzler installs insulation from the largest commercial project to the smallest homeowner attic. In addition, Kinzler offers a full line of B2B construction products and services for contractors. Kinzler continues to be family owned and operated with Tanner Kinzler now serving as CEO. Kinzler has eight locations across the country with Ames, Iowa serving as company Headquarters. Kinzler currently employs over 300 employees.
Meet the Cocoon Home Performance Team..
Peter V. Burns
Prior to joining Cocoon, Pete was a Technical Sales Representative for The Energy Conservatory (TEC), the manufacturer of the Minneapolis Blower Door and Duct Blaster System. Pete has over 25 years of field experience in building performance diagnostics and insulation contracting. He has worked as House Doctor, Insulator and as a Technical Representative working with over 35 insulation contractors in the upper Midwest on residential and commercial insulation projects. Pete served on the Minnesota Energy Code Advisory Committee and has been a continuing education trainer for Builders and Architects throughout the upper Midwest.
Before joining Cocoon, Rick was a Project Coordinator for the Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC), a 30-year-old Saint Paul-based nonprofit organization that provides energy conservation information, as well as services and programs to residents and communities across Minnesota. Rick has over six years of experience in the building performance industry that include consulting with builders to ensure durability, health and energy efficiency in new construction; performing HERS, LEED and Energy Star testing, rating and certification; and supervising crews in the installation of energy efficient products for residential clients. While a student at the University of MN, Rick was also a union waterproofer and ran a summer construction program for high school students.
Tessa’s passion for building science was sparked in Louisiana in the wake of hurricane Katrina. As a construction crew leader for Habitat for Humanity, the great need for creating more energy efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes inspired her to pursue a degree in Residential Building Science. Shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Tessa interned as a research analyst for Building America, a highly esteemed member of the building science community. At Cocoon, Tessa’s construction experience, building science knowledge and communication skills ensures sound solutions and opportunities to educate and inspire along the way. Tessa also lectures for the Residential Building Science program at the University of Minnesota and contributes articles for the MBPA.
Tyler is the newest member of the Cocoon estimating team with the distinction of being a part of the award winning design teams (OPTI-MN) for both the 2014 and the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home Student Design Competitions. In 2014 he placed with top honors and four awards and in 2015, OPTI-MN was the grand winner out of 33 teams. In addition to bringing academic excellence to Cocoon, Tyler also brings practical hands on experience from various internships spent working in the field as a professional insulation and spray foam installer.
Clayton began his estimating career at Cocoon shortly after graduating from the University of MN with a degree in Residential Building Science. Clayton and a team of graduate and undergraduate students (OPTI-MN) won top honors on four awards and were widely recognized for the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home Student Design Competition. The 2014 competition had 28 teams from the U.S. and Canada competing to design cost-effective, zero energy homes for mainstream builders.
Lonney has over eight years of professional experience in auditing and sales of renewable energy and energy efficiency for residential and commercial customers. Highlights of Lonney’s career prior to joining Cocoon, were launching an energy efficiency division for a local solar energy company and managing a regional sales force for California Green Designs, a pioneer in the design and installation of custom solar electricity arrays for homes and businesses that are safe, reliable and aesthetically pleasing.
Minneapolis/St Paul, MN
6253 Bury Drive, Suite 110, Eden Prairie, MN 55346