Behavior & Decision Making,
Planning & Evaluation
Rick Diamond has been a Senior Advisor at CIEE since 2006, presently developing support for R&D in behavior and decision-making related to energy efficiency. He was instrumental in the creation of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) conferences– an international forum for social science research and its application to climate and energy challenges. Rick is a Staff Scientist and Deputy Group Leader of the Energy Performance of Buildings Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Rick’s research focuses on consumer behavior and user interactions with the built environment, including post-occupancy and energy evaluations of housing, schools, and workplace environments. He worked with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff convening stakeholder workshops and assisting in drafts of the Commercial Buildings chapter in the CPUC’s "Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan for California." For the past four years Rick has led a team of researchers providing assistance to the U.S. House of Representatives under the “Green the Capitol Initiative,” which has looked at technical and behavioral strategies to improve energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and sustainability of the House buildings.
Rick has a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College, and an M. Arch. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was on the faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a visiting professor in the Architecture Department at UC Berkeley.
Links & References
California's Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan
Green the Capitol Initiative, Final Report
Coauthor of "Towards a Policy of Progressive Efficiency" chapter in "People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings", published by ACEEE