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Michael Baechler

Michael Baechler

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland Office
620 SW FIFTH AVE, SUITE #810
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 417-7553

Biography

Michael Baechler has been with PNNL's Portland office since 1984. He manages the National Accounts Partnership (NAP), a part of DOE’s Commercial Buildings Initiative, and PNNL’s support to DOE's Building America Documentation and Resource Development Program. Building America activities include drafting best practices and case studies for residential energy-efficient construction and technologies in each of five climate zones. The NAP program provides technical design assistance to companies holding substantial building portfolios in the U.S. with the goal of achieving aggressive energy efficiency goals. In the past he has undertaken environmental and economic studies and assessments of power generation, marketing, transmission, and conservation. He managed the development of a dynamic modeling tool simulating power production and marketing across the western United States. He managed assessments of hydroelectric dispatch and power marketing for power generated in California's Central Valley Project. Analyses included both traditional and restructured utility environments. He managed an assessment of renewable energy for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Baechler is the author of several environmental documents and over 70 books, articles, and reports. He Co-Chaired the 2008 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Research Interests

  • Residential Energy Efficient Design and Construction
  • Environmental Assessment of Utility Programs and Projects
  • Environmental Management and Planning
  • Energy Eficiency Program Design and Implementation

Education and Credentials

  • B.A., Environmental Studies, Honors College, University of Oregon
  • M.P.A., Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis and Management,

PNNL Publications

2018

  • Butzbaugh J.B., L.J. Sandahl, and M.C. Baechler. 2018. "US HPWH Market Transformation: Where We've Been and Where to Go Next." In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL 2017), , September 13-15, 2017, Irvine, California, 3, 922-941. Brussels:European Union. PNNL-SA-124638. doi:10.2760/113534
  • Gilbride T.L., C.A. Antonopoulos, and M.C. Baechler. 2018. Building America Research Dissemination: FY 2018 Annual Progress Report. PNNL-28104. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2017

  • 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.
  • Metzger C.E., S. Goyal, and M.C. Baechler. 2017. Review of Residential Comfort Control Products and Opportunities. PNNL-27141. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2016

  • Baechler M.C., and H. Hao. 2016. Business Case for Nonintrusive Load Monitoring. PNNL-25425. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2015

  • Mayhorn E.T., G.P. Sullivan, J.M. Petersen, and M.C. Baechler. 2015. Draft Plan to Develop Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring Test Protocols. PNNL-25082 Draft 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Mayhorn E.T., G.P. Sullivan, R.S. Butner, H. Hao, and M.C. Baechler. 2015. Characteristics and Performance of Existing Load Disaggregation Technologies. PNNL-24230. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Thornton B.A., G.P. Sullivan, M.I. Rosenberg, and M.C. Baechler. 2015. Preserving Envelope Efficiency in Performance Based Code Compliance. PNNL-24359. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2014

  • Antonopoulos C.A., M.C. Baechler, and H.E. Dillon. 2014. "A Drop in the Bucket or a Pebble in a Pond: Commercial Building Partners' Replication of EEMs Across Their Portfolios." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.The Next Generation: Reaching for High Energy Savings, August 17-22, 2014, Pacific Grove, California, 3-1 - 3-13. Washington Dc:American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-101204.
  • Madison M.C., C.A. Antonopoulos, S.T. Dowson, T.L. Franklin, L.C. Carlsen, and M.C. Baechler. 2014. "Accessorizing Building Science - A Web Platform to Support Multiple Market Transformation Programs." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-22, 2014, Pacific Grove, California, 11-222 - 11-233. Washington Dc:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-101292.
  • Widder S.H., J.M. Petersen, G.B. Parker, and M.C. Baechler. 2014. Impact of Ducting on Heat Pump Water Heater Space Conditioning Energy Use and Comfort. PNNL-23526. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2013

  • Antonopoulos C.A., H.E. Dillon, and M.C. Baechler. 2013. Commercial Building Partnerships Replication and Diffusion. PNNL-22833. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Widder S.H., A.R. Kora, M.C. Baechler, K. Fonorow, D.W. Jenkins, and D. Stroer. 2013. Transitioning to High Performance Homes: Successes and Lessons Learned From Seven Builders. PNNL-22375. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Widder S.H., and M.C. Baechler. 2013. Impacts of Water Quality on Residential Water Heating Equipment. PNNL-22921. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Widder S.H., G.B. Parker, J.M. Petersen, and M.C. Baechler. 2013. Demand Response Performance of GE Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater. PNNL-22642. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2012

  • Athalye R.A., Y. Xie, B. Liu, and M.C. Baechler. 2012. "A Case Study: Using Integrated Approach to Design a Net-Zero Bank Branch." ASHRAE Transactions 118, no. 1:183-190. PNNL-SA-85026.
  • Baechler M.C., C.A. Antonopoulos, M. Sevigny, T.L. Gilbride, and M.G. Hefty. 2012. A Business Case for Home Performance Contracting. PNNL-21196. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., H.E. Dillon, and R. Bartlett. 2012. "Commercial Building Partners Catalyze High Performance Buildings Across the Nation." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012, Pacific Grove, California. Washington, D.C.:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-86294.
  • Baechler M.C., K. Adams, M.G. Hefty, T.L. Gilbride, and P.M. Love. 2012. Energy Renovations: Volume 17: Insulation - A Guide for Contractors to Share with Homeowners. PNNL-20972. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Blanchard J., S.H. Widder, E.L. Giever, and M.C. Baechler. 2012. Actual and Estimated Energy Savings Comparison for Deep Energy Retrofits in the Pacific Northwest. PNNL-21870. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Chasar D., J. McIlvaine, J. Blanchard, S.H. Widder, and M.C. Baechler. 2012. Building Energy Model Development for Retrofit Homes. PNNL-21858. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Lancaster R., L. lutzenhiser, M. Moezzi, S.H. Widder, S. Chandra, and M.C. Baechler. 2012. Post-Retrofit Residential Assessments. PNNL-21362. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Widder S.H., G.B. Parker, and M.C. Baechler. 2012. The PNNL Lab Homes Experimental Plan, FY12-FY15. PNNL-21422. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Widder S.H., G.B. Parker, M.C. Baechler, and N.N. Bauman. 2012. Side-by-Side Field Evaluation of Highly Insulating Windows in the PNNL Lab Homes. PNNL-21678. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Xie Y., B. Liu, R.A. Athalye, M.C. Baechler, and G. Sullivan. 2012. "Measuring and Understanding the Energy Use Signatures of a Bank Building." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012, Pacific Grove, California, 9-317 - 9-328. Washington Dc:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-86106.

2011

  • Baechler M.C. 2011. A Guide to Building Commissioning. PNNL-21003. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C. 2011. A Guide to Energy Audits. PNNL-20956. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C. 2011. A Guide to Performance Contracting with ESCOs. PNNL-20939. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C. 2011. Volume 2 Appendices: Sample Solicitation and Contracting Document. PNNL-21004. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., M.I. Rosenberg, J. Zhang, K.A. Ruiz, and M.S. Wilburn. 2011. jcpenney retail renovation. PNNL-20519. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, P.C. Cole, and P.M. Love. 2011. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 12: Builders Challenge Guide to 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Cold and Very Cold Climates. PNNL-20139. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, P.C. Cole, K. Adams, and C.F. Noonan. 2011. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 15: 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Hot-Humid Climate. PNNL-20768. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, P.C. Cole, K. Adams, R.S. Butner, and S.J. Ortiz. 2011. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 16: 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Mixed-Humid Climate. PNNL-20890. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Britt M.L., M.C. Baechler, T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, E. Makela, E.C. Schneider, and N. Kaufman. 2011. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 13: Energy Performance Techniques and Technologies: Preserving Historic Homes. PNNL-20185. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Gilbride T.L., M.C. Baechler, M.G. Hefty, J.R. Hand, and P.M. Love. 2011. Energy Renovations: Volume 14: HVAC - A Guide for Contractors to Share with Homeowners. PNNL-20421. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2010

  • Baechler M.C., J.L. Williamson, T.L. Gilbride, P.C. Cole, M.G. Hefty, and P.M. Love. 2010. Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 7.1: Guide to Determining Climate Regions by County. PNNL-17211 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., R. Bartlett, and T.L. Gilbride. 2010. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 8: Builders Challenge Quality Criteria Support Document. PNNL-18009 Rev. 1.3. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, P.C. Cole, J.L. Williamson, and P.M. Love. 2010. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 11. Builders Challenge Guide to 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Marine Climate. PNNL-19517 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, P.C. Cole, J.L. Williamson, and P.M. Love. 2010. Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 10: Retrofit Techniques and Technologies: Air Sealing. PNNL-19284. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Nesse R.J., M.C. Baechler, and M.M. Iverson. 2010. Solicitation and Selection of Partner Projects, Technical Team Leads, and Measurement and Validation Contractors for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funded Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP-2). PNNL-19935. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2009

  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, M.G. Hefty, J.L. Williamson, K.A. Ruiz, R. Bartlett, and P.M. Love. 2009. Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 9: Builders Challenge Guide to 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Hot-Dry and Mixed-Dry Climates. PNNL-18899. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2007

  • Baechler M.C., T.L. Gilbride, K.A. Ruiz, H.E. Steward, and P.M. Love. 2007. Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 6: High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems. NREL/TP-550-41085; PNNL-16362. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2006

  • Baechler M.C., H.E. Steward, and D.B. Elliott. 2006. "Clues to Technical Intervention's Role in New Home Market Transformation: A Measure of Penetration Rates Using Building America and ENERGY STAR Datasets." In American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2006 Summer Study. Washington Dc:ACEEE. PNNL-SA-50180.

2003

  • Baechler M.C., and A. Gordon. 2003. "Portable Classroom Research Project Highlights Energy Efficiency." Automated Builder August 2003, no. 386:38-39. PNNL-SA-38317.
  • Widergren S.E., R.T. Guttromson, and M.C. Baechler. 2003. EnergyWeb Screening Criteria Report. PNNL-14149. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2002

  • Baechler M.C., and D.L. Hadley. 2002. "Not Your Parents' Mobile Home." Home Energy November/December 2002. PNNL-SA-38281.
  • Baechler M.C., D.L. Hadley, R. Sparkman, and M. Lubliner. 2002. "Pushing the Envelope: A Case Study of Building the First Manufactured Home Using Structural Insulated Panels." In 2002 ACEEE 12th Biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 1, 1.29-1.42. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-38234.

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