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BTEC Announces New Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft


Washington, DC, February 27, 2017 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is pleased to welcome David Bancroft as its new Technical Engagement Manager. David has a broad range of experiences in government, non-profits, and renewable energy over a 30-year career. In addition to augmenting BTEC's management team, he will be the lead on BTEC's technical projects, including:

  • Completing BTEC's Commercial Thermal Efficiency Protocol, the first US efficiency test standard for commercial-sized biomass boilers. The next step is laboratory validation of the standard. Following this, the testing method will be developed into an ANSI standard that will form a basis for efficiency measurements to be used in state and federal programs and regulations.
  • Assisting in the development of a US ANSI woodchip standard, along with other industry stakeholders and led by the Biomass Energy Resource Center.
  • Seeking to include biomass thermal in green building standards, such as those promulgated through ASHRAE and the US Green Buildings Council, by working with strategic partners at the US Forest Service and other industry groups.
  • Completing and training users in the Wood Energy Financial Calculator, an online pre-feasibility tool to give facility managers estimates of the cost and energy savings possible in converting to biomass heat.
  • Compiling and disseminating best practices for the use of combined heat and power and thermal storage to help inform inform government and industry stakeholders.
  • Completing a best practices guideline for bulk wood pellet storage, handling, and delivery.

Through his experiences in the wood energy sector and in association management, David will also be looking for new technical areas in which BTEC can engage. His work in developing technical codes and standards will help move the industry forward towards higher efficiencies, gain recognition for biomass thermal as a clean form of energy, and engage new industry stakeholders in the high-performance building and engineering communities.

David has served in executive roles in multiple environmental and energy non-profits, including the Council for Environmental Affairs, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Environmental Business Action Coalition, American Consulting Engineering Council, Solar Energy Industries Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Additionally, he was Director of Washington DC Relations for the University of Wisconsin Foundation. He is also the author of Obama Green, an examination of President Barack Obama's environmental leadership and the policies implemented during the first two years of his administration. He has also been appointed to numerous environmental boards by the governor of Maryland. He holds a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and a Masters in technology and policy from Washington University in St. Louis.



The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies, and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy and combined heat and power as renewable, responsible, clean, and energy-efficient pathways to meeting America's energy needs and strengthening local economies. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast-growing biomass thermal energy industry. Read more at, or contact Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, at 202-596-3974 or