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Theresa Gilbride

Theresa Gilbride

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Theresa (Terri) Gilbride is a building energy efficiency researcher with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where she supports the U.S. Department of Energy as a task lead for DOE’s Building America and Zero Energy Ready Home programs. Terri has authored or co-authored 28 reports and 35 articles on residential energy efficiency and related topics. She served as the lead editor and an author on the Building America best practice guides, a 17-volume series which included climate-specific guides for high-performance home builders in all U.S. climate zones and retrofit guides on air sealing, insulation, and HVAC. She has also published on building codes and emerging technologies including window attachments, solid state lighting, and HVAC. Terri is the content manager for the Building America Solution Center, an online resource for home builders and remodelers that receives about 60,000 visits per month. Terri has presented 22 times in the past five years on residential building energy efficiency topics at national, international, and regional conferences and workshops. She co-developed and taught the Residential Site Supervisor Training Course sponsored by the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) and has completed the EEBA HERS Associate and Houses that Work courses. She has completed course work and the field exam for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. She is a current member of the EEBA advisory board and a past advisory board member of Home Energy Magazine (now part of the Building Performance Association).

Research Interests

  • Residential Energy-Efficient Design and Construction
  • Building Technologies Energy-Efficiency Assessment & Analysis
  • Market Development and Outreach

Education and Credentials

  • B.A., Communications, University of Washington, 1985

PNNL Publications


  • Gilbride T.L., and M.C. Baechler. 2020. "A Path to Zero Energy Ready Home Construction." In 5th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference, edited by Ali M. Memari and Sarah Klinetob Lowe, 94-108. University Park, Pennsylvania:Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at the Pennsylvania State University. PNNL-SA-149332.
  • Sandahl L.J., T.L. Gilbride, M. Myer, and B. Dressel. 2020. "The Role of Competitions in Speeding Energy-Efficient Technology Development and Adoption." In 2020 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-21, 2020, Virtual, 7-332 - 7-347. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-152061.


  • Antonopoulos C.A., M.C. Baechler, and T.L. Gilbride. 2018. "A Toolbox Necessity: Finding Best Practices in High-Performance Homes with the Building America Solution Center." In 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2018, Pacific Grove, CA. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-134350.
  • Baechler M.C., and T.L. Gilbride. 2018. "Residential Energy Efficiency and the Three Rs: Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2018, Pacific Grove, CA, 11-1 - 11-12. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-135786.


  • Antonopoulos C.A., M.C. Baechler, and T.L. Gilbride. 2017. "DOE's Solution Center: A Builder's Best Friend." NAHB Now. PNNL-SA-130447.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2017. "BASC adds Code Compliance Brief on Air Sealing Common Walls in Multifamily Buildings." Building America Update Newsletter. PNNL-SA-122907.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2017. "BASC Case Study Library Features Innovative Approaches by Home Builders." Building America Update Newsletter. PNNL-SA-124154.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2017. "DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes." Home Energy. PNNL-SA-125870.


  • Gilbride T.L., and J. Dentz. 2016. "Net Zero Energy Manufactured Homes May Be on their Way." Home Energy Fall 2016. PNNL-SA-129359.
  • Gilbride T.L., and K.A. Cort. 2016. "Low-E Storm Windows Gain Acceptance as a Home Weatherization Measure." Home Energy 33, no. 3:12-17. PNNL-SA-115342.


  • Cole P.C., and T.L. Gilbride. 2015. "Overcoming Codes and Standards Barriers to Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency." Home Energy 35, no. 2:Article No. 2022. PNNL-SA-111599.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2015. "Building America Solution Center Shows Builders How to Save Materials Costs While Saving Energy." Building America Update Newsletter. PNNL-SA-110838.


  • Hefty M.G., and T.L. Gilbride. 2010. "Grupe Homes Enters the Whole-House Retrofit Market." Home Energy March/April, no. 2010. PNNL-SA-74957.


  • Gilbride T.L. 2009. "Deep Energy Cuts for a Fresh Start." Home Energy. PNNL-SA-68500.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2009. "Lakeland Habitat for Humanity." Home Energy. PNNL-SA-68495.


  • McCullough J.J., T.L. Gilbride, K.L. Gordon, M.R. Ledbetter, L.J. Sandahl, and M.K. Ton. 2008. "LED Lighting: Applying Lessons Learned from the CFL Experience." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-22, 2008, Pacific Grove, California, 6-134 - 6-146. Washington:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). PNNL-SA-61138.


  • Carlson T.J., J.P. Duncan, T.L. Gilbride, and G. Keilman. 2004. "The Sensor Fish - Making Dams More Salmon-Friendly." Sensors Magazine 21, no. 7:31-34. PNNL-SA-41835.


  • Carlson T.J., J.P. Duncan, and T.L. Gilbride. 2003. "The Sensor Fish: Measuring Fish Passage in Severe Hydraulic Conditions." Hydro Review 22, no. 3:62-69. PNNL-SA-37530.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2003. "New FEDS Software Helps You Design for Maximum Energy Efficiency, Minimum Cost." Partner Update. PNNL-SA-37722.
  • Gilbride T.L. 2003. "They Work But Do They Smell?." Partner Update. PNNL-SA-38008.
  • Hollomon J., and T.L. Gilbride. 2003. "High-Efficiency Rooftop Air Conditioners: Small Commercial ACs Could Add Up to Big Energy Savings." Energy Engineering 100, no. 3:53-65. PNNL-SA-36374.


  • Brodrick J.R., and T.L. Gilbride. 2002. "Focusing on Buyers' Needs: DOE's Emerging Technology Program." Energy Engineering 99, no. 6:18-28 +31-37. PNNL-SA-36152.

Energy and Environment

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