Kent Peterson

PE, ASHRAE Presidential Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, BEAP, MCIBSE

Vice President & COO

Since co-founding P2S over 30 years ago, Kent Peterson has never looked back. Kent and his brother Kevin, have guided P2S from a small start-up, into one of Southern California’s premier engineering, commissioning and construction management firms. As Vice President and COO, Kent provides technical leadership for the team and maintains the quality of P2S services. His award-winning design experience includes high-performance green buildings, ultra-efficient central plants, and innovative control strategies. His mission is not only to maintain the success of P2S, but to redefine what’s possible in the building and infrastructure industries.

Kent is a renowned sustainability and energy efficiency expert who has authored numerous papers and journal articles, presented to national governments, and helped develop a common definition for Zero Energy Buildings. He’s an ASHRAE Distinguished Fellow who has served as President of the organization and chaired over 20 committees. In ASHRAE, Kent also serves on the Task Force for Building Decarbonization, which was formed in Spring 2021 and is chair of the Building Decarbonization Position Document Committee.

Kent is on the Federal Green Building Advisory Committee and was also appointed co-chair of that body's new Federal Building Decarbonization Task Group in January 2022. He also serves as the Chair of the CSU Mechanical Review Board and is influential in the Long Beach area business community. He served as Chairman of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce from 2017 to 2018.

Published Articles
  • Building a Foundation For Building Decarbonization
    ASHRAE Journal, March 2022 Read more →
  • Building Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
    High Performing Buildings, Summer 2010 Read more →
  • Code Green: Standard 189.1 Comes at a Crucial Time
    High Performing Buildings, Spring 2010 Read more →
  • Finding Common Ground: Defining Zero Energy Buildings
    High Performing Buildings, Winter 2015 Read more →
  • Greater Efficiency Today, Blue Skies Tomorrow: Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment
    ASHRAE Presidential Address, August 2007 Read more →
  • Improving Performance Of Large Chilled Water Plants
    ASHRAE Journal, January 2014 Read more →
  • Face Velocity Considerations In Air Handler Selection
    ASHRAE Journal, May 2014 Read more →
  • Underground Piping Systems
    ASHRAE Journal, September 2014 Read more →
  • Chilled Water TES Hydraulics
    ASHRAE Journal, February 2015 Read more →
  • Avoiding Common Chilled Water Distribution Problems
    ASHRAE Journal, June 2015 Read more →
  • Understanding Sensor Terms
    ASHRAE Journal, October 2015 Read more →
  • Open Cooling Tower Design Considerations
    ASHRAE Journal, February 2016 Read more →
  • Modeling for Improving Variable Flow Piping Design
    ASHRAE Journal, June 2016 Read more →
  • Understanding Airside TAB Measurements
    ASHRAE Journal, October 2016 Read more →
  • Considerations for Selecting Modulating Control Valves
    ASHRAE Journal, February 2017 Read more →
  • HDPE Pipe for Corrosion- And Leak-Free Operation
    ASHRAE Journal, July 2017 Read more →
  • Avoiding Stratified Chilled Water TES Problems
    ASHRAE Journal, November 2017 Read more →
  • Designing Pipe Insulation Systems
    ASHRAE Journal, March 2018 Read more →
  • Design Tips to Avoid Boiler Short-Cycling
    ASHRAE Journal, July 2018 Read more →
  • Avoiding Centrifugal Chiller Surge
    ASHRAE Journal, November 2018 Read more →
  • Design Considerations For Underground Hot Water Piping
    ASHRAE Journal, July 2019 Read more →
  • Heat Recovery Chillers In Campus Chilled Water Distribution Systems
    ASHRAE Journal—November 2019 Read more →