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Rosenberg Named ASHRAE Fellow

Acknowledged for buildings systems and energy research

September 2016
Rosenberg Named Fellow of Professional Society

Senior research scientist Michael Rosenberg was named an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Fellow for his 20 years of work in energy programs and building systems.

ASHRAE is an organization that focuses on advancing the science of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. It has more than 55,000 members worldwide, made up of professionals in building system design and industrial processes.

Contributions to Building Energy Codes and Standards

Rosenberg’s work to further building energy systems has included designing high performance buildings, analyzing complex building systems, developing and administering above-code energy programs, and developing building energy codes and standards. He leads PNNL's commercial energy code development team that provides technical analysis and support for the DOE’s Building Technologies Office toward cost-effective upgrades to national model energy codes and standards.

His work with building energy codes and standards played an especially large role in his recent promotion to ASHRAE Fellow.

Rosenberg joined the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Committee and Energy Cost Budget Subcommittee in 2003, and since then he has accomplished the following:

  • Spearheaded the effort to create and advance a new performance-based energy code compliance path, resulting in a final product that marked the most significant change in performance-based energy code compliance in 25 years
  • Led PNNL’s commercial codes team and employed an analytical tool that has accelerated the development of Standard 90.1
  • Helped develop a comprehensive building energy simulation framework, which has been used by other codes and standards to help further energy efficiency across the nation
  • Completed an energy saving analysis of over 100 addenda in just three months with the help of his team at PNNL, resulting in the 90.1-2013 final energy saving analysis

“It is a wonderful honor to receive this distinction from ASHRAE, the premier professional organization for those of us working to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of the built environment,” Rosenberg said.

Diverse Background of Accomplishments

In addition to Rosenberg’s work on energy codes, he has also worked directly with building owners and design professionals to improve energy efficiency in hundreds of individual buildings. This began with his work as an energy consultant with Hatten/Johnson Consulting Engineers and continued with his time at the Oregon Department of Energy. Since joining PNNL in 2008, Rosenberg has worked with JCPenney as part of DOE’s Commercial Building Partnerships, leading to the standardization of a number of significant energy conservation measures in many of JCPenney’s new and retrofit buildings.

Also among his list of accomplishments, Rosenberg has authored more than 30 technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and conference proceedings. Furthermore, he has served as a member of the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design’s (LEED’s) Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EATAG) and the Commercial Buildings Energy Modeling Guidelines and Procedures (COMnet) advisory group.

Rosenberg graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and from the University of Oregon with a master’s in Physiology. In addition, he is a Certified Energy Manager, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional.

For more information, see the PNNL news release.


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