Eric Wilson is a senior research engineer in the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center at NREL. Eric conducts research on building energy use and demand flexibility at local, regional, and national scales. He leads a team of researchers working on the development and application of ResStockTM, a simulation framework for residential building stock analysis. ResStock won an R&D 100 award from R&D World magazine for being one of the 100 most technologically significant products of 2019.

Prior to joining NREL in 2010, Eric completed his master's degree in building systems engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where his research focused on the energy implications of pressure drop in residential duct systems. Previously, he performed energy audits and design assistance for an energy efficiency program in Illinois and investigated energy use and moisture issues in tribal housing across the United States.

Eric is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado.

Research Interests

Building stock simulation

Residential occupant behavior modeling

Building-grid integration and demand flexibility

Thermal and electrical resilience of buildings


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

B.S., General Engineering, University of Illinois

Featured Work

Evaluating Energy Efficiency Potential in Low-Income Households: A Flexible and Granular ApproachEnergy Policy (2019)

End-Use Load Profiles for the U.S. Building Stock: Market Needs, Use Cases, and Data Gaps, DOE Technical Report (2019)

Energy Efficiency Potential in the U.S. Single-Family Housing Stock, NREL Technical Report (2017)

2014 Building America House Simulation Protocols, NREL Technical Report (2014)