Eleanor S. Lee is an Affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where as a Staff Scientist, she conducted research to develop, evaluate, and deploy innovative, energy efficient façade and lighting technologies and control systems in the commercial buildings market in collaboration with industry since 1991. Areas of R&D include switchable coatings, metamaterials, microstructured films, solar-optical characterization, model development and validation in support of EnergyPlus and Radiance, control systems integration with distributed energy resources, and monitored demonstrations of emerging technologies. Lee built and managed the first LBNL full-scale, outdoor testbed: the Advanced Windows Testbed, a precursor to LBNL’s new FLEXLAB® testbed facility. Monitored demonstrations include the 1.2Mft2 New York Times Headquarters, the 65,000 ft2 “Living Laboratory” in the Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Manhattan, the first FLEXLAB test in partnership with Genentech, and the first monitored demonstrations of electrochromic windows in the U.S. Recent R&D focused on daylight characterization of optically-complex fenestration materials, field validation of models, and building-to-grid demand response controls. Lee has authored over 150 publications (h-index=42, Google Scholar) including two books and two book chapters and has received several awards for architectural research. Research in building science was initiated at the University of California at Berkeley in 1983 with boundary layer wind tunnel and field studies to evaluate natural ventilation and thermal comfort in and around buildings. Lee was a licensed architect and holds a B.A. and Masters degree in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.
2018 Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement: Technology Transfer - August 08th 2018
A Living Lab partnership with Goldman Sachs (GS) leveraged LBNL's world-class science to obtain an objective assessment of innovative daylighting and lighting energy efficiency technologies and promote lessons learned strategies throughout the worldwide GS organization and the broader buildings industry.
Climate Leadership Award - March 01st 2018
A “Living Lab” model led by ETA’s Eleanor Lee received a Climate Leadership Award from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. The award recognizes a “Living Lab” partnership between Goldman Sachs, Berkeley Lab, and the Building Energy Exchange. Goldman Sachs reduced energy use by nearly 80 percent in some areas, via smart use of lighting and shading.