November 3, 2022

In early September, the CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center hosted staff for a special unveiling of the new name for the center’s “flex” space. The name was thoughtfully chosen to honor someone whose vision and commitment to the Training Center helped it become what it is today. Now, officially, the Anthony Cox Common Area, the new flexible space is the hub of the Energy Solutions Training Center. 

“Anthony has been at the center of all things involving the Training Center,” said Training Center Director, Phil Hull. “From the inception of its idea in 2009, Anthony’s vision has transformed the spaces in the building. His commitment and dedication to every student he encounters, his zeal for solving building science problems, and his passion for helping everyone in weatherization achieve the goal of living in a comfortable, energy efficient and safe environment is beyond measure.” 

The space had previously held a full-sized model of the House of Pressure and was used to train large groups specifically around how pressure systems in a home can impact one another. The model has been moved and the space has since been converted for more flexible use. The room can now serve as an additional classroom as well as host meetings, lunches, and other large group functions.  

A Building Science Manager and Lead Trainer, Cox has been in the weatherization field for 32 years. He started with CHP when it was known as Virginia Mountain Housing in the late 1990s.  Cox developed the nationally recognized House of Pressure and HAM House as training tools, and he received a 2005 National Weatherization Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Home Performance Coalition Linda Wigington Leadership Award.

“This dedication has made me think of my weatherization journey,“ said Cox. “I think of all the people that I’ve had the pleasure to work with and the clients/students we’ve been able to help, but also how there is still more to do.”