Building Intelligence Group started in 2004. Since then we have been involved with projects across North America focused on energy efficiency, integrated controls, and optimization as well as participating in research efforts that range from helping to develop plans for Net Zero Energy Buildings, to programs for training next generation building technicians. Clients have included building owners, utilities, Government agencies, and Non-Government Organizations.

Paul Ehrlich, Founder and President


Paul Ehrlich, PE

Paul is the founder and President of Building Intelligence Group. He is a licensed engineer and actively involved in efforts to improve building efficiency both on a project by project basis as well as programs to elevate the performance of the industry.

Throughout his career, Paul has been actively involved with industry groups focused on the creation of new automation standards and technologies. Previous roles include chairing the BACnet sub-committee on interoperability, and acting as the inaugural chair for the oBIX committee to establish XML standards for building controls. He also served two terms as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) advisory council.  Currently Paul is a board advisor to the World Orphan Fund and is focused on programs related to development of energy efficiency and clean water.

Prior to forming Building Intelligence Group, Paul spent 20 + years working for industry leading firms including Johnson Controls and Trane.

Paul has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Ira Goldschmidt, Systems Integration Engineer

Ira Goldschmidt, Systems Integration Engineer

Ira Goldschmidt, PE, LEED AP

Ira Goldschmidt has 40 years experience in the Building HVAC, Controls and Energy Management industry and developed some of the first commercial DDC building automation systems.  He is well known throughout the industry for his expertise in building automation to solve complex control and energy management; integration with fire, security, and lighting systems; and integration with building IT/Enterprise systems.  As a co-author of the ASHRAE Guideline on “Specifying Direct Digital Controls” and the BACnet® standard for DDC communications, he  has provided numerous talks, seminars and training courses for the industry.  

Ira  is a highly respected consulting engineer with  LEED® 2.0 Accredited Professional certification and is an ENERGY STAR® Partner.  He is a respected author and expert in the industry in the area of Intelligent Building control system design and commissioning.