25 Years of Remodeling &
Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest value in terms of quality, cost, health, and sustainability. We believe in helping others, treading lightly on our planet, and finding elegant and effective solutions.
Our goal is to help customers live and work in structures that are energy efficient, durable, comfortable, and beautiful. We do this by providing a complete set of Energy-Performance-Contracting and Remodeling services.
We strive to operate our business in a manner that is fair to our employees, our customers, our community, and the planet. We strive to provide excellent customer service and a good place for employees to work. We reduce, recycle, and re-use wherever possible. We also attempt to use products and vendors that will contribute to a strong local economy.
In the year 2000, we started as a small Washington Business called Metro Green Remodeling, a green remodeling, general contracting firm in Olympia, WA. We changed the name to Quality Renovation and Carpentry along the way, all the while, continuing to provide residential remodeling services in Thurston County. In 2008, we learned of energy auditing and building performance. We got hooked, took more and more classes, and created Energy Efficiency First to partner with our general contracting firm and to focus on energy performance contracting.
We found that by marrying our construction experience with principles of building science, and by embracing emerging energy-efficiency technologies, we can provide customers with a complete set of home performance contracting services. Most often these days, we're approaching homes and small businesses through the lens of energy efficiency. We're working to make structures energy efficient, safe & healthy, and comfortable. When we see structures in need of repair, we address those building durability issues. We still do remodeling and we really like it when a customer wants to incorporate home performance into the design.
Bernie Miller - Owner and Team Lead
A third-generation carpenter and artisan, Bernie takes his commitment to quality and reliability to heart. Bernie learned the trade from his father and older brothers in Ohio doing projects from framing houses to building sailboats.
Bernie moved to Washington in 1999 for the great outdoors. Bernie has provided remodeling and carpentry services in Thurston County since 2000 and offers fine craftsmanship at affordable prices. He is proud to be the owner and operator of Quality Renovation & Carpentry LLC.
Bernie is also certified by the Building Performance Institute to apply nationally recognized standards when conducting energy audits and weatherizing buildings and homes. From 2010 to date, Bernie has conducted over 300 full diagnostic energy audits and hundreds of residential energy assessments. Bernie created Energy Efficiency First as a partner of Quality Renovation and Carpentry to focus on doing the work to make homes and small businesses in our community more energy efficient, durable, and healthy. Bernie is committed to lowering carbon emissions one building at a time and to making customers happy through enhanced comfort and energy savings.
Jacqui Brown Miller - Owner and General Manager
Jacqui uses her entrepreneurial, organizational, and analytical skills to provide general company support.
The company’s mission and eco-friendly philosophy are inspired by Jacqui’s passion for environmental sustainability and social justice. In addition to a regular law degree, Jacqui has an LL.M. in environmental law from George Washington University.
Jacqui has served public sector clients as an attorney and public policy analyst, primarily on environmental and natural resources issues. Jacqui also worked as a community organizer to address monetary and corporate influence over public policy, in particular policy relating to the environment. She is pleased to manage a company that acts as a market participant and succeeds by providing quality services in a manner that serves a triple bottom line – people, planet, and profit.
Nancy Thompson - Executive Assistant
Nancy graduated with honors from both Pe Ell High School and from the Legal Office Assistant program at Centralia College. Nancy has worked as a librarian, a property manager, and as a bookkeeper and office manager in the fields of real estate and heating & cooling.
Nancy has been with our company since 2012. She executes a combination of administrative and managerial functions. She is responsible for scheduling company-related appointments, managing records, and assisting with office management. She is our company brain. She simultaneously administers the glue to keep our company cohesive and the grease to keep the gears functioning smoothly.
Thomas Murphy - Energy Auditing and Quality Assurance
Thomas cares about helping people and wants to help clients save every kilowatt and therm possible.
Thomas is a graduate of the Energy Management program at the Lane Community College- Northwest Energy Education Institute. He is Building Performance Institute certified as a Building Analyst.
Adam has been with our company since 2012 and has done hundreds of residential energy efficiency evaluations for our customers. He also does quality assurance reviews of our weatherization installations.
Omar Garcia, Zak Beckwith, Jeff Kreutzer, Aaron Herr - Weatherization Technicians
Each of our weatherization technicians joined our company in 2012 or earlier. They usually work in teams of two. Our customers are often astonished by how hard these guys work! But we also get lots of great reviews, months after the installation, about the tremendous difference their work has made. We often hear, “ my home is so much warmer,” or “my energy bills are 40% lower!” That’s because we train our technicians on how to use installation methods that are quality and performance tested and approved by experts in our field.