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Scott joined NREL in 2007 and manages the Residential Building Group's tools and analysis area, which includes work on whole-building energy modeling, cost-based optimization, model accuracy/calibration, and technology assessments. He is the lead developer of BEopt, a residential building energy optimization tool used to provide support for the Building America Program's teams and energy efficiency goals, and leads efforts to incorporate residential models and capabilities into DOE's EnergyPlus and OpenStudio® platforms.

Prior to joining NREL full time, Scott spent four years at NREL as a University of Colorado graduate student exploring enhancements to building optimization in terms of robustness and speed, and he was a member of the 1st-place University of Colorado Solar Decathlon team.


M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University

Featured Work

On the Need for a Unified and Collaboratively Developed Residential Building Simulation Platform: Preprint, 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (2018)

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

EnergyPlus and SEEM Modeling Enhancements via Software-to-Software Comparison Using NREL's BEopt Test Suite, NREL Technical Report (2016)

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

BEoptTM Software for Building Energy Optimization: Features and Capabilities, NREL Technical Report (2006)

BEopt: Software for Identifying Optimal Building America Designs on the Path to Zero Net Energy, 2005 Solar World Congress: Bringing Water to the World (2005)

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