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Jesse Dean

Researcher V-Mechanical Engineering


Jesse currently serves as a technical assistance lead for NREL, evaluating emerging energy efficiency technologies and managing the commercial building energy assessment trainings that NREL provides. Jesse currently manages the support NREL provides for the GSA Green Proving Ground and Environmental Security Technologies Certification Program (ESTCP). The Green Proving Ground program utilizes GSA’s real estate portfolio to test and evaluate innovative and underutilized sustainable building technologies and practices. NREL’s role is to design and install research grade data acquisition systems and monitor the performance of the technologies over a six month to one year period. The monitored performance data is used to characterize the effectiveness of the technologies in different climate zones and facility types.

Research Interests

On-site data acquisition system installation

Developing M&V plans for research grade demonstration projects

Facility energy modeling and data analysis

Automated fault detection and diagnostics for commercial buildings

Commercial building energy audits and photovoltaic system design and analysis.


M.S. Civil Engineering, Building Systems Program, University of Colorado

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Featured Work

Integrating Photovoltaic Systems into Low-Income Housing Developments: A Case Study on the Creation of a New Residential Financing Model and Low-Income Resident Job Training Program, DOE Brochure (2011)

Dew Point Evaporative Comfort Cooling: Report and Summary Report, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Design and Evaluation of a Net Zero Energy Low-Income Residential Housing Development in Lafayette, Colorado, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Advanced Rooftop Unit Control Retrofit Kit Field Demonstration: Hawaii and Guam Energy Improvement Technology Demonstration Project, NREL Technical Report (2014)

Condensing Boilers Evaluation: Retrofit and New Construction Applications, NREL Technical Report (2014)

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