Energy Efficiency Research
Rob has been part of several major energy efficiency research efforts in New Zealand and overseas. These include:
2008 - 2015 Building Energy End-use Study (BEES), in conjunction with BRANZ and Victoria University. This was an analysis of NZ’s non-residential
building stock and its energy end-uses. Over
one hundred randomly selected buildings were monitored in detail for the conditions they delivered and the energy required.
2006 – 2007 NZ’s electric efficiency potential study, with KEMA (USA) as main contractor, for NZ Electricity Commission. This incorporated a large
phone survey and site visits to ten representative large electric industrial sites.
With the demise of the EC, this is not widely available, but the final report is available on the LINKS page on this site.
2003 – The Zero and Low-Energy House research project with Victoria University and BRANZ. This was a simulation study to determine how
to achieve this combined with a survey of the most efficient existing houses in New Zealand then.
1990-92 at Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass Colorado, compiling all available information on energy efficient HVAC systems into the report titled “The State of the Art of Space Cooling and Air Handling”.
This was one of six volumes of dense technical details, first published as the Competitek manuals, later by E - Source .
1985 - 88 at the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ). Developing the Annual Load Factor (ALF) manual at BRANZ, as an easy method of calculating energy use of New Zealand houses.
1982-85 at Architectural Energy Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. Data logging of Passive Solar Housesand reporting on their performance as part of the “Class B” monitoring effort by the National Association of Homebuilders Research Foundation and the U.S. Department fo Energy.
He has also presented papers and chaired sessions at many local and international energy conferences.