SEMINAR: Future of Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings R&D
Buildings account for 40 percent of the total primary energy consumed in the U.S., representing the largest energy-consuming sector in the U.S. economy. The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office (BTO) is working to create greater efficiencies and cut costs for U.S. consumers through building energy efficiency. A significant portion of BTO's current activities contribute to a more efficient and interactive electric grid, all united around the concept of "grid-interactive efficient buildings" or GEB. BTO is currently developing a new GEB strategy that will outline specific technical challenges and goals related to building-grid interaction.
Karma Sawyer, Ph.D.
Program Manager of Emerging Technologies, DOE's Building Technologies Office
Dr. Sawyer is the Program Manager for the Emerging Technologies (ET) program with the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO). Dr. Sawyer oversees a diverse portfolio of research and development (R&D) program areas, with the goal of developing cost-effective, energy-efficient high-impact building technologies. Dr. Sawyer’s dynamic team supports the development of innovative solutions and technologies with partners across academia, national labs, small businesses and industry in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), windows and envelope, sensors and controls, solid-state lighting, transactive controls and building energy modeling.
Dr. Sawyer joined the ET team at BTO in 2013 as the technology manager for the Windows and Envelope subprogram, later taking the additional role as the Technology Analysis and Commercialization manager. Before becoming Program Manager, Dr. Sawyer was responsible for BTO’s Technology-to-Market Initiative, Small-Business Vouchers Program, and U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for building Energy Efficiency and the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) joint R&D program with India.