Janice K. Means is a mechanical engineer with a passion for sustainable building design and alternative energy. Her research in high performance buildings has led her to: study pre-industrial, vernacular architecture to uncover forgotten secrets of design for heating, cooling and daylighting; become a co-editor of the 4th edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide; contribute text to the 2008 ASHRAE Handbook; co-author a new ASHRAE Guideline for Energy Efficiency for Historical Buildings; present papers internationally; work on grants for measuring building performance (State of Michigan, EPA 3P and ASHRAE Equipment); and organize or chair nine Sustainability Conferences.
Janice coordinates and teaches the Architecture environmental courses. She has also taught courses in Solar Energy Design in Architecture and Advanced Lighting in Architectural Engineering.
Professor Means is a Registered Professional Engineer, holding certification as a Lifetime Instructor for Energy Codes with the State of Michigan, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Recognized locally, regionally and internationally for her professional activities, Janice is a Fellow in the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and has received multiple distinguished service awards from both ESD and ASHRAE.
She holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School), a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Social Sciences with a Sociology Concentration and a Physics Minor, and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering (both from Oakland University).
Her hobbies include traveling the world, photography and researching/lecturing on ancient peoples’ petroglyphs and pictographs. Janice’s volunteer activities include renovating LTU’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Affleck House and swinging a hammer for Habitat for Humanity from 1984 into this century. Professor Means is dedicated to students, serving as the ASHRAE Regional Vice Chair of Student Activities and co-advising LTU’s Student groups for ASHRAE and the USGBC.