Program Director for Enabling Technologies
“I am passionate about reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to energy consumption, whether through research on changing people’s behavior, developing sensors to improve controls, writing new control algorithms, or connecting it all through the Internet of Things.”
Therese Peffer directs BECI’s Enabling Technologies program, which was first launched at California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), and has grown to support many research projects on smart buildings. An architect by training, Therese enjoys working across multiple disciplines, such as building systems, sensors and controls, computer science, user interfaces, and behavior related to reducing climate impact and improving indoor environmental quality for people. Therese conducts research and manages multi-institutional research projects that focus on smart building controls, thermostat control and usability, Demand Response, Smart Grid, and “Building-to-Grid.” Examples of current projects include developing a low-cost MEMS-based ultrasonic anemometer to improve building performance and a demand-response enabling platform for small and large commercial buildings (XBOS).
Therese also serves as an Associate Director for the Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative for CITRIS — the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (formerly i4Energy). She works with researchers and facilities management to improve the performance of Sutardja Dai Hall, the CITRIS headquarters, as a living laboratory.
Therese received a Ph.D. in Architecture, emphasis Building Science, from UC Berkeley in 2009, focusing on Demand Response enabling technologies for homes. She is a licensed architect, and has practiced under her own business as well as two small firms. Therese earned a Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon in 1998, where she worked with G.Z. “Charlie” Brown at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. Working at the crossroads of energy research and practical application, Therese formerly lived on a solar- and wind-powered homestead in southern Oregon and wrote for Home Power magazine. She earned a B.A. in neurobiology and psychology from UC Berkeley in 1990.
More about Therese Peffer:
Ph.D. in Architecture, emphasis Building Science, UC Berkeley, 2009
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, 1998
Bachelor of Arts, Neurobiology and Psychology, UC Berkeley, 1990