2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

From Components to Systems, From Buildings to Communities

Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA
August 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016

OverviewProgram | Plenary Sessions | Informal Sessions | The GrapevineChampion Award | Scholarship | Past Buildings Summer Study

Buildings Summer Study Overview

The 2016 Summer Study was the 19th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world gathered at this pre-eminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. The Summer Study enabled sharing of ideas and dialog among leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while in the midst of the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

Participants Included: Policymakers; utility staff; architects; builders; financial and insurance professionals involved with buildings; clean-tech investors; building products, equipment, and appliance manufacturers; building owners and operators; engineers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy researchers; NGOs; consultants; behavioral scientists; and energy efficiency professionals.

Follow the conversation on Facebook!


2016 Program Committee






Click on the links in the panels below to view the list of titles and authors.

Session Schedules by Panel:

PANEL 1           PANEL 2          PANEL 3        PANEL 4         PANEL 5       PANEL 6

PANEL 7           PANEL 8          PANEL 9        PANEL 10       PANEL 11    PANEL 12  

Click on the Panel below for its detailed description. 

PANEL 1 - Residential Buildings: Technologies, Design, Performance Analysis, Construction, and Building Industry Trends
David Roberts, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Meli Stylianou, Natural Resources Canada 
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 2 - Residential Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Valerie Richardson, DNV GL and Tory Weber, Southern California Edison
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 3 - Commercial Buildings: Technologies, Design, Performance Analysis, Construction, and Building Industry Trends
Srinivas Katipamula, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 4 - Commercial Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Tom Coughlin, National Grid and Ramin Faramarzi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 5 – Codes and Standards
Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and My Ton, P&R Energy LLC
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 6 - Utilities and the Future
Rafael Friedmann, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Tim Stout, E Source
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 7 - Market Transformation with Speed and Scale
Chad Bulman, Chicago Bridge & Iron and Susan Hermenet, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 8 - Capturing Savings through Behavior
Tianzhen Hong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and David Lehrer, University of California, Berkeley
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 9 – Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Policy: U.S. & Beyond
Adam Hinge, Sustainable Energy Partnerships and John Wilson, Energy Foundation
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 10 – Net Zero, Net Positive
Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Peter Turnbull, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 11 - Resilient, Sustainable Communities
Katherine Johnson, District of Columbia Department of the Environment and Stephanie Ohshita, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 12 - Smart Buildings, Smart Grid, Information Technology
Larry Brackney, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Chad Gilless, EnerNOC
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 13 - Poster Display Presentations
Kristen Parrish, Arizona State University
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

Plenary Sessions

Click on the presentation title to view presentation slides.

Cole RobertsSunday, August 21

Cole Roberts, Associate Principal

Energy & Resource Sustainability, Arup

From Zero Net Energy Buildings to Zero Net Energy Communities

Cole leads the energy and sustainability business in Arup’s 300 person San Francisco office, specializing in design, planning, and innovation in the new and existing built environment.  He is a co-author of the book “Two Degrees – Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate” and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences.  He is a published contributor to many peer reviewed journals and is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.  Most recently, Cole has led Arup’s WeatherShift initiative to generate future climate data for 250 of the largest cities in the world.

Monday, August 22

Bill Ritter, Governor

Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

Powering Forward:  What Every American Should Know About America’s
Clean Energy Revolution

Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006.   During his four year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country.  Governor Ritter has authored a book that was recently published entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone should know about America’s Energy Revolution.


Tuesday, August 23

Hunt Allcott, Assistant Professor of Economics

New York University

The Economics of Energy Efficiency

Hunt Allcott is an Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a Scientific Director of ideas42, a think tank that applies insights from psychology and economics to business and policy design problems, an Affiliate of Poverty Action Lab, a network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty, and a Faculty Affiliate of E2e, a group of economists, engineers, and behavioral scientists focused on evaluating and improving energy efficiency policy. He is also a Contributing Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. According to a recent article in the American Economic Journal, Professor Allcott is one of the top five most-cited economists who have completed a PhD after 2005. 

Professor Allcott holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BS and MS from Stanford University. Before coming to NYU, he was the Energy and Society Fellow in the MIT Economics Department and the MIT Energy Initiative. During academic year 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor at Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. He has also worked in the private sector as a consultant with Cambridge Energy Research Associates and in international development as a consultant to the World Bank.

Professor Allcott is an applied microeconomist who studies topics in environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, behavioral economics, and development microeconomics. He uses a variety of tools, including both structural and reduced form econometrics, applied theory, and randomized field experiments.

The Grapevine

Sunday Edition

Monday Edition

Tuesday Edition

Wednesday Edition

Thursday Edition

Friday Edition


Informal Sessions

Informal Sessions allow individuals an open forum to meet and follow up on the ideas and issues raised during formal presentations. They are also a venue to facilitate discussion of other topics of mutual interest to participants.

Click below on each time period to view the Informal Sessions that were presented at the 2016 Summer Study.

          Monday, August 22                          2:00 – 4:00 pm                4:00 – 6:00 pm

          Tuesday, August 23                          2:00 – 4:00 pm

          Thursday, August 25                        2:00 – 4:00 pm


2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards


Scott Wood, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, Margie Harris, Energy Trust of Oregon,
and John Cymbalsky, US Department of Energy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards last night at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in research and development, energy policy, implementation and deployment, buildings leadership, or lifetime achievement. The winners for 2016 are:

  • Margie Harris: For leading the Energy Trust of Oregon from startup to becoming one of the foremost energy efficiency program administrators in the United States, bringing large energy savings and financial and environmental benefits to Oregon consumers and businesses. 
  • John Cymbalsky: For his work leading the DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, streamlining the rulemaking process, and improving transparency. More than 40 product standards have been completed under his leadership, achieving cumulative energy bill savings of more than half a trillion dollars. 
  • EDF Climate Corps: For their innovative program to help organizations identify and implement energy efficiency measures in commercial facilities. Since 2008, over 600 Climate Corps fellows working in 400 public- and private-sector organizations have identified efficiency projects with the potential to save close to $1.5 billion in energy costs and reduce annual carbon emissions by 2 million metric tons. 

The winners were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of ACEEE's Board of Directors from an impressive group of nominations. Selection criteria were based on each nominee's impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.

To learn more about the awards and to read about the previous winners in the buildings sector, please visit: aceee.org/press/2014/08/aceee-presents-2014-champions-energy.

If you have any questions, please contact Champions@aceee.org.


Linda Latham Scholarship

2016 Linda Latham Scholars

Top row (left to right): Dakota Pekerti, Swarthmore College, Kurt Borth, University of Alberta, Colm Gallagher, University College Cork, Brittany Carl, University of Colorado, Boulder, Anayo Ezeamama, Brandenburg University of Technology
Bottom row (left to right): Annie Secrest, California State University, Fullerton, Oluwatobi Adekanye, Carnegie Mellon University, Ellen Abramowitz, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, Michaela Neuberger, University of British Columbia, Darren Bingham, Utah State University, Imran Sheikh, University of California, Berkeley, Jin Guo, Renmin University of China, Emily Howell, University of Wisconsin

Scholarships are sponsored by the Linda Latham Scholarship Fund which was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them. For the 2016 Summer Study, Linda Latham Scholarships are were awarded to students at three different scholarship levels.

Questions about the Linda Latham Scholarship may be directed to scholarships@aceee.org.

Help support our Linda Latham Scholars!

They are our next generation of energy efficiency professionals. Their attendance at Summer Study is due to the generosity of people like you who understand the importance of their participation and the learning and networking opportunities only Summer Study can offer.