Our homes may be a source of safety, comfort, and stability—but they also represent a considerable slice of our country’s carbon emissions (over 20 percent, according to the latest estimate from the US Energy Information Administration). Addressing this piece of our energy system is essential to achieving our climate goals.
Michael utilizes a background in statistical analysis and energy modeling to develop analytical tools geared toward informing and facilitating real estate portfolio optimization strategies, synthesizing the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects over time and space.
Michael brings a diverse range of expertise in the construction industry to RMI’s buildings practice. His past work has included cost-estimating commercial solar installations, advising the County of San Diego’s 2013–2015 Sustainable Energy Plan, drafting legislation for PV-friendly permitting and installation standards, and constructing steel cable pedestrian bridges in rural Bolivia.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
M.Sc., Building Systems Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
B.Sc., magna cum laude, Construction Management, University of Colorado Boulder
A decade ago, the prevailing wisdom held that all-electric buildings presented many challenges: they were served by dirty coal instead of cleaner natural gas, they struggled to meet temperature setpoints in cold climates, and they drastically increased utility bills. Why then this big push toward electrification? Simply put, electrification is…
The 2019 polar vortex has passed, leaving behind many harrowing stories in its wake. The new Cold Climates Addendum of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Economics of Zero Energy Homes report illuminates how our homes can be better prepared for weather extremes cost-effectively, even in some of the coldest climates in…
Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping…
NEW: Cold Climates Addendum offers additional guidance for ZE and ZER homes built in climate zones 6 and 7. This report demonstrates that the cost increase to build a zero-energy or zero-energy ready home is modest—far less than consumers, builders, and policymakers realize—and highlights methods builders and policymakers can use…
Real estate investors and owners can capture $290B with a simple, scalable approach to building energy upgrades. RMI’s new report reveals how a portfolio-based approach to energy optimization can uncover new sources of value left behind by traditional building-by-building approaches.
We have long used data to improve our buildings’ performance, and to inform building planning and operations. Building automation systems have replaced the manual operation of most large commercial buildings, and energy models utilizing data from existing buildings have been instrumental in informing energy codes and retrofit practices. Nevertheless, there’s…
In 2014, Lockheed Martin completed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua that will achieve a 54 percent energy reduction across nine buildings. An additional project phase currently in development will build toward net-zero energy use.
The Naval Air Station Oceana deep energy retrofit is a four-phase endeavor that is unprecedented in both size and scope. The project is projected to reduce energy use by over 40 percent across more than 100 retrofitted buildings, saving the naval base over $6 million in annual energy costs.
Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) have become a key mechanism for energy efficiency upgrades in recent years, with the federal market now exceeding $1 billion in gross annual revenue. ESPCs allow federal agencies to partner with an energy service company (ESCO) in order to complete energy savings projects without upfront…