James Scott Brew

Architect, Director & Chief Building Scientist, Ebert & Baumann Consulting Engineers, Inc.

James Scott Brew


James Scott Brew is an Architect, Director & Chief Building Scientist with Ebert & Baumann (Denver, Colorado) where he specializes in creating high-performance building enclosures and ultra-low energy buildings, campuses, and communities. He has over 3 decades of design and construction experience, and has completed hundreds of projects in historic preservation, healthy, high-performance, low-energy homes, buildings, and creating sustainable campus and community plans. His work extends from the U.S. to Asia, Australia and Europe.

Before joining Ebert & Baumann, James co-led the buildings practice as a Principal Architect at Rocky Mountain Institute. James also spent 18 years as a principal owner, vice-president and leader of sustainable design, helping to grow his own Minnesota-based architecture and engineering firm from a small, single-focused team, to over 165 people in 7 client-focused teams.

James is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a volunteer for the Living Building Challenge. He is a regular instructor in Environmental Design and Architecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder—where he focuses on building enclosures and building science. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on many aspects of sustainability, energy, integrative design, high-performance enclosures, and the business case for going “beyond green”.