Residential Energy Consumption and NREL Resources

Buildings are responsible for the majority of electricity consumption in the U.S. and are a substantial contributor to carbon emissions. Understanding how buildings use energy and how that may change in the future is important for utilities, governments, and other stakeholders. This talk will discuss energy consumption in residential buildings, NREL’s residential building stock energy modeling tool, ResStock, and the public datasets available from ResStock.

Holly Samuelson, DDes, LEED and the Center for Green Buildings and Cities are pleased to host the online lecture, “Residential Energy Consumption and NREL Resources.”


Speaker, Elaina Present, NREL

A headshot of Elaina Present.

Elaina is a researcher in in the Residential Buildings Research Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. She conducts building stock energy modeling, data analysis, and emissions analysis in pursuit of better understanding current household energy consumption patterns, how they may change in the future, and their relationship with the evolving electric grid. She was the data acquisition lead for the “End-use load profiles for the U.S. building stock” project and is a contributor to the ResStock tool.

Prior to joining NREL in 2019, Elaina was part of the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. She previously conducted technical analyses for the federal appliance standards program. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and architecture.