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Ellen Franconi



  • Buildings

Ellen is Energy Analytics Manager with RMI’s Buildings Practice and Energy Web Foundation, working to advance grid-friendly, high performing buildings through market transformation, integrated technology solutions, improved energy services delivery, effective policy, and stakeholder engagement. She leverages recent developments in data access, advanced analytics, intelligent efficiency, and automation to progress current methods, demonstrate new applications, and evaluate impact potential.


Ellen brings over twenty years of experience in systems engineering and building energy analysis. She has worked for ten years in research and twelve years in the private sector. Her research work at the Solar Energy Research Institute included data collection and modeling that led to the development of effective energy conservation measures for mobile homes. At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she completed modeling for a bottom-up study that involved completing over 3000 DOE-2 runs to characterize energy use and savings potential for the U.S. commercial building sector.

At Schiller Associates and Nexant, she applied her modeling skills to develop measurement and verification procedures to support utility demand-side management programs. She designed and managed a new Recommissioning Program for a utility client. At Architectural Energy Corporation, she led a team of energy analysts to provide design assistance services for over 50 commercial new construction projects.


Doctor of Philosophy, Building Systems Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
Masters of Science, Building Systems Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelors of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers: A Guide to Specifying and Securing Services

Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers: A Guide to Specifying and Securing Services was developed to help owners and managers define and procure modeling services in commercial new construction, renovation, or operation improvement projects. The topics and examples focus on issues relevant to the owner, including the value of…


Request for Proposal for Building Energy Modeling Services

This document serves as a template and comprehensive example of a request for proposal for securing building simulation performance modeling services for a fictional building. It is designed to help building owners articulate the services they desire. It also directs the response format to facilitate proposal comparison to reveal distinguishing…


City of Boulder Climate Action Plan Analysis Report

Rocky Mountain Institute worked with the City of Boulder to conduct a thorough analysis of Boulder’s demand side management programs. RMI examined 19 residential, commercial, and renewable energy programs using a modified utility cost test approach to determine their full lifetime emissions reductions and the cost/benefit ratio for each program.


BEM Summit Pre-read

This document was written as preparatory material for all Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Innovation Summit attendees prior to the actual event. The purpose of this document was to provide all attendees with an understanding of the history and current state of the energy modeling industry within the United States. Specifically, this…

Outlet Blog Post

Winning with Green Buildings

I’ve heard the design approach for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility (RSF) described as “first eating your vegetables then having dessert.”