Co-alignment of comfort and energy saving objectives for U.S. office buildings and restaurants

Lourdes Gutierrez

Rochester Institute of Technology

Lourdes Gutierrez holds degrees in civil engineering, sustainability and finance. She has experience in diverse engineering projects from mining, transportation, buildings construction, microgrids to energy efficiency. She has managed 105 construction projects on a variety of buildings in her homeland of Peru. Currently she is a PhD candidate at Rochester Institute of Technology. Funded by the ASHRAE and U.S. Department of Energy, her solution on building automation has been awarded as the Most Innovative at the Pacific Northwest National Lab's Connected Buildings Challenge.  Today she will present her work on thermostat settings.


Post-occupancy research shows that only 11% of commercial buildings met the ASHRAE thermal comfort standard. Many buildings are too warm in winter and/or too cool in summer, wasting energy and not providing comfort. We... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Lourdes Gutierrez (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  2. Eric Williams (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Sustainable energy systems , • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials,


WS-5 » Sustainable Built Environment 1 (09:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room H)

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