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Lena Burkett

Building Science Research Engineer

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Lena joined NREL in 2018. She provides technical research management for DOE's Building America Program. In this role, she works to advance the building practices for energy efficient, resilient, and comfortable homes by addressing technological and implementation barriers faced by the residential construction industry.

Prior to working at NREL, Lena held an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship at DOE's Building Technologies Office. Her career has included residential construction, training and running retrofit crews, residential energy rating and modeling, energy analysis, and laboratory research.

Research Interests

Installed performance of residential building systems

Energy efficient technologies and approaches for existing homes

Field verification and constructability of advanced building technologies


M.S. Building Science, Appalachian State University

B.A. Philosophy, Hendrix College