Shellie Collier began her interest in construction at an early age. At three-years-old she received a doll and baby carriage. She promptly rolled the carriage outside, tossed the doll out and filled the carriage with sand, creating a makeshift wheelbarrow. As an adolescent she made extra money by painting houses in her neighborhood; some things are just meant to be.
Shellie left her hometown of Dallas and went on to earn a double business degree from the University of Oklahoma. She was then offered an opportunity to work in sales in California. After a few years, she left her sales job and supported herself as an artist making glass mosaic tables. The mosaic work gradually expanded into tiling and construction. Shellie enjoyed the hands-on experience of building and came to understand the importance of living and work space. She studied Feng Shui and Color Therapy to help cultivate her ability to create environments where her clients could flourish. In creating positive spaces for people, Shellie realized that there is little room for synthetic materials and excess waste. This realization expanded into her studies of green building principals.
Shellie has over fifteen years of experience in green project management, renovation, new construction, and architectural restoration. With this background she is able to consult from a builder’s perspective, while having a full knowledge of green building techniques and materials. In addition, Shellie has studied elements of sustainable design through both biomimicry and permaculture.
Ms. Collier is one of a select few LEED for Home representatives in California. Shellie is guiding 32 projects through the LEED for Home process and has completed 16 LEED projects that achieved the Platinum rating. Throughout the state of California, she is ushering Custom homes, Condominiums, Mid-Rise, Multi-Family Complexes, as well as a 16-unit Foster Care Facility through the LEED for Homes process. Shellie is a green consultant for multiple development and architecture firms in Los Angeles and is a Green Point Rater and Certified Green Building Professional. She has been a guest speaker for many organizations and community events including Alt Build and the Green Building Advisor Program, and has lectured at Santa Monica College for their new Green Building Advisory curriculum. Shellie is currently Field Manager with Davis Energy Group for the Los Angeles County Energy Upgrade California WNA Pilot Program. This Program funded through the Department of Energy is currently working with EUC, utility companies, BKI and Davis Energy Group to retro fit existing housing stock in Los Angeles County. The WNA Pilot Program concentrates on offsetting 15-20% of the energy load of the existing housing stock in LA County.
Shellie loves to travel and observe how other cultures use sustainability practices in building homes and other structures, and in their waste streams. She visited a dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and was amazed by the lack of trash. Everything there is re-used; all that is left are shreds. Shellie’s favorite pastimes in Los Angeles include hiking in Griffith Park with her dogs Barkley and Audrey, and attending lectures at the Griffith Observatory. The little Texan girl with the makeshift wheelbarrow has grown up to be an environmentally thoughtful woman who continues to be resourceful and creative.