Ben Park

Ben Park

Building Science Research Engineer


Ben joined NREL in January 2020 and works in the Residential Buildings Research Group. His areas of expertise include thermal analysis of thermally activated building systems, building energy simulation and analysis, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system control optimization.

Prior to joining NREL, Ben worked as an engineer at NORESCO. There, he maintained and updated energy modeling software including California Building Energy Code Compliance for commercial/nonresidential buildings and REM/Rate, and developed interactive dynamic forms for the Title 24 prescriptive compliance path.    

Research Interests

Residential HVAC systems

Thermally activated building systems

Building energy simulation

Grid interactive efficient buildings

Smart homes


Ph.D., Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

M.S., Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

B.S., Architectural Engineering, University of Seoul

Featured Work

Interaction between particulate fouling and precipitation fouling: Sticking probability and deposit bond strength, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2019)

Optimal control strategies for hollow core ventilated slab systems, Journal of Building Engineering (2019)

Energy performance analysis of variable reflectivity envelope systems for commercial buildings, Energy and Buildings (2016)

Energy performance analysis of variable thermal resistance envelopes in residential buildings, Energy and Buildings (2015)

Development of a simulation analysis environment for ventilated slab systems, Applied Thermal Engineering (2015)

Analysis of Integrated Radiant Slab Heating and Cooling Systems for Residential Buildings, Journal of Architectural Engineering (2015)