Therese Peffer, Program Director, for CIEE's Enabling Technologies program, works on Demand Response, Smart Grid, and "Building-to-Grid" research projects. She also serves as an Associate Director for i4Energy, the University of California's research collaborative between CIEE, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Her current focus, energy consumption displays, thermostats, and consumer behavior, includes developing metrics for the EPA's EnergyStar specifications on climate controls, and other user interface usability research.
In 2009, Therese completed a Ph.D. in Architecture with an emphasis on building science under Professor Ed Arens at UC Berkeley. Her research involved residential demand-response enabling technology, including the design of an in-home energy display/thermostat device. As an architect, she has worked in small firms in San Francisco and Pismo Beach.
Therese earned a Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon in 1998, where she worked with G.Z. "Charlie" Brown at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. Working at the crossroads of energy research and practical application, Therese formerly lived on a solar- and wind-powered homestead in southern Oregon and wrote for Home Power magazine. She earned a B.A. in neurobiology and psychology from UC Berkeley in 1990.
Links & References
Building-to-Grid technology research
Doctoral Dissertation, UC Berkeley, "California DREAMing: the Design of Residential Demand Responsive Technology with People in Mind"
Home Power Magazine