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Shyam Sunder

Barbara Lippiatt
Shyam Sunder, Barbara Lippiatt
“U.S. Agenda for Net-Zero Energy, High Performance Green Buildings”
Sixteen U.S. Government agencies have developed a shared vision for research and development activities that could decrease use of natural resources and improve indoor environments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants from the U.S. building sector. Produced under the auspices of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, the vision includes developing metrics and technologies, tools and practices that could track and significantly reduce the use of energy, water and other natural resources, promote environmentally friendly products and practices, and reduce building material waste while meeting building performance design standards.

Shyam Sunder, Director, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Dr. Sunder holds an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and master’s and doctor of science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining NIST in 1994, he served on the faculty of MIT for thirteen years.  He has received several awards, including the Gold Medal Award for distinguished leadership from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2005.

BFRL has an annual budget of $42 million, 170 employees, and over 100 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories.  BFRL’s strategic priorities include:  energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies; high-performance building materials; information, communication, and automation technologies for improving construction productivity; and disaster-resilient structures and communities.

Dr. Sunder also:

  • Co-chairs the Buildings Technology R&D Subcommittee of the President’s
    National Science and Technology Council.
  • Serves on the Boards of the Construction Industry
    Institute (CII) and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).
  • Oversees the $125 million per year multi-agency U.S. National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.
  • Leads the federal building and fire safety investigation of the
    World Trade Center Disaster in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Barbara Lippiatt
Economist, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Ms. Lippiatt is an economist in the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory’s Office of Applied Economics. She has a B.A. degree from Hood College, in Economics and her master’s degree from American University in Economics.  Her major interest is in developing economic decision methods and tools, primarily for efficiently designing and managing buildings. She has applied these decision tools to a wide variety of building problems, including selecting cost-effective, environmentally-friendly building products, rating buildings by historic significance, measuring productivity impacts of design decisions, identifying cost-effective fire safety strategies, and selecting cost-effective energy and water conservation methods. Other applications of her decision methods include evaluating police patrol vehicle disposal, evaluating health care impacts of cigarettes, and selecting automated manufacturing equipment.
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