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Paul Correa, LEED AP, GreenPoint Rater

Founding Principal

Overall, Paul brings a unique perspective on how to improve building performance and achieve green building goals through his diverse experiences working in real estate development and land planning experience.  He has experienced and worn many hats in his field of experience as a city planner and building inspector for local cities, as a development manager for a market rate home builder, and as a elected official promoting smart growth strategies and policies.  This diverse background coupled with his facility planning and operations experience he gained via assisting large property owners such as the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, retro-commissioning services for UC Berkeley, provides him with a unique and unmatched understanding of built environment to advise clients on how to accomplish their green building goals while satisfying any local and state building code requirements.  


Paul 's Areas of expertise includes the following:

  • Sustainable Building and Assessment

  • LEED consulting

  • GreenPoint Rating (all systems)

  • Multifamily energy audit

  • Permit/Entitlement Processing

  • Land Planning & Development

  • Project Feasibility

  • Code Analysis/Code Compliance (Title 24/CalGreen)

  • Project Management and Respresentation

  • Market Analysis

  • Government Relations

  • Neighborhood Outreach


Key Experience:


Lead Sustainability Consultant, The Hanover Company (2015 - present)

  • Provide green building services for Hanover's new northern California multifamily residential projects;

  • Key services include: Title 24 compliance, green building certification, code compliance, commissioning 


Special Advisor to the President, Academy of Art University (2008-2011) 

  • Assisted the Unversity address critical facility planning and operations, entitlement, code compliance, and government relations issues;

  • Managed a environmental review process (EIR) valued over $1 million;

  • Successfully resolved dozens building and planning code violations filed against the University

  • Completed a draft Insitutitional Master Plan as required by San Francisco Planning Code for large academic institutions;

  • Re-built trust and productive relationships with the San Francisco Planning and Building Departments and numerous city officials needed to successfully address the many compliance issues facing the largest building owner in the City with over 35 buildings;

  • Since his tenure at the Academy of Art, Paul has provided advisory services for numerous clients in need of facility operations, land planning, green building and permit services.


Development and Land Acqusition Manager, SummerHIll Homes, Palo Alto (2004-2008)

  • Responsible for land acquisitions and forward planning activities in the San Francisco Bay Area;

  • Performed all code, land planning, entitlement, acquisition , government relations, and market analysis due diligence for potential new acquisitions;

  • Successfully identified and negotiated the acquisition of over 300 residential units;



  • Public Sector: City of San Jose’s Planning & Housing Departments, Cities of Hayward and Belvedere - acted as a staff land planner, building inspector; 

  • Former member of the Gilroy City Council and Planning Commission - helped develop policy to revitalize the city’s downtown and advocated for affordable housing and smart growth policies;

  • Former political appointee for then California Governor Gray Davis working as a education policy analyst in the Office of the Governor.

Education Background: 

  • B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University

  • M.Ed. from Harvard University

  • M.C.P. (Master’s in City & Regional Planning) from the University of California, at Berkeley.  




  • HERS Rater

  • GreenPoint Rater, New Home

  • GreenPoint Rater, Existing Multifamily

  • GreenPoint Rater, Existing Single Family Home

  • BPI MF Building Analyst

  • Certified Green Building Professional

  • CalGreen Inspector

  • Certified Sustainable Building Advisor

  • Approved Rater for PG&E Energy Upgrade Multifamily

  • Certified Green Building Inspector for the City of Palo Alto

Paul Correa, Founding Principal of CPG-Consultants, has worked in the land development, green building and sustainability field for over ten years.   Paul founded CPG on the premise that he wanted to leverage his vast experience in the built environment and the policy arena to advise property owners, developers, building operators and builders of multifamily market-rate and affordable housing reach both development and energy efficiency goals.  


He advises clients on such as goals as how to lower operating costs through building systems improvements or high performance building design, obtain entitlements, reach sustainability targets and satisfy any local and or state regulatory requirements effectively and efficiently, and, on time and on budget.  











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