Mary Ann Piette

Mary Ann Piette

Interim Associate Laboratory Director: Energy Technologies Area
Scientific Division Director
(510) 486-6286

Bio

Mary Ann Piette is a Senior Scientist and the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division in the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

She oversees Berkeley Lab's building technology research activities for the U.S. Department of Energy which covers appliance standards, technology analysis and tools to accelerate deployment, new building technologies, modeling and analysis, commercial and residential building systems integration, grid interactive communications, and integration with EVs, storage and PVs. Her most recent work is exploring how to accelerate decarbonization while ensuring equity and affordability.  The BTUS Division also conducts research in data center energy efficiency, industrial energy efficiency, and federal energy management programs. BTUS partners with dozens of public and private sector partners around the US and internationally, including universities, control and HVAC companies, windows manufacturers, utilities, state agencies, aggregators, non-profits, and many others.

Mary Ann also leads the new California Load Flexibility Research and Deployment Hub (CalFlexHub) which pioneering new technologies, and advanced communication and controls to enable buildings to receive automated dynamic pricing and GHG signals.

She has been a visiting researcher at both the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Newcastle, Australia and the Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Building Services Engineering in Gothenberg, Sweden.

Mary Ann has authored over 95 peer reviewed publications related to energy efficiency and demand response and has worked at LBNL since 1983.  She is a board member of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy where she chairs the Research Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of the OpenADR Alliance. Mary Ann has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Curriculum Vitae

piette_cv_oct_2022.pdf

Awards

2019 R&D 100 Award: Commercial Building Energy Saver -  October 30th 2019

The Commercial Building Energy Saver (CBES), a software toolkit that enables equitable access to building deep retrofit and zero-net energy strategies for these buildings, won a 2019 R&D 100 Award in the software/services category.

The development team includes Berkeley Lab researchers Sang Hoon Lee, Xuan Luo, Kaiyu Sun, Tianzhen Hong, Cynthia Regnier, Mary Ann Piette (all pictured left to right), Yixing Chen, Rongpeng Zhang, Sarah C. Taylor-Lange, and Philip Price. The project was supported by the California Energy Commission and the Department of Energy.

2014 ACEEE Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Award -  August 20th 2014

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received this award from the American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy "for four decades of leadership on energy efficiency R&D, helping to improve buildings technology and systems in extensive collaboration with industry and states."

GreenBiz.com's VERGE 25 -  November 14th 2012

Mary Ann Piette, Head of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department in EETD, was cited in the category of next-gen buildings for “Setting the research agenda for smart, efficient and connected buildings.”

According to their website, “The VERGE 25 Awards celebrate executives, entrepreneurs, policy makers, thought leaders and others whose organizations and visions are building markets for such things as smarter supply chains, connected vehicles, next-generation buildings and campuses, and smart energy systems.”

Innovative Application of Commercial and Industrial Technology Award -  April 16th 2008

For its innovation in the use of technology to substantially improve the performance of its commercial and industrial demand response programs. Members of the development team included Mary Ann Piette, Francis Rubinstein, Sila Kiliccote, and Rish Ghatikar. Read more at Today at Berkeley Lab

Benner Award, National Conference on Building Commissioning -  May 04th 2006

For excellence in working to make commissioning "business as usual."

Journal and Editorial Board Memberships

Springer Journal of Energy Informatics, Editorial Board

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