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David Conover

David Conover

(703) 444-2175


Dave Conover has graduate and undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America. He has been involved with the development, adoption, implementation and enforcement of building construction regulations, focused primarily on energy use and technology acceptance, since 1976. During his 34 years involvement with the building industry at the global, national and local level he has held positions with the American Gas Association, the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, the International Code Council and PNNL. He also served as the CEO of the National Evaluation Service a subsidiary of the three organizations who formed the ICC, focusing on evaluation of new technology for acceptance within building regulatory programs. At PNNL he is currently focused on all aspects of energy codes and standards. He is actively involved with ASHRAE and currently serves as a member of the ICC committee drafting the ICC green construction code. He is an active triathlete and serves as a CAT 1 race official for USA Triathlon. Prior to starting his career in buildings he worked in the rail industry; one project of which was the design of the first insulated rail car to bring Coors beer to the East Coast in the early 70’s.

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering

Awards and Recognitions

  • Engineering News Record Marksman in the Construction Industry Award
  • Presidents Award National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Fairfax County Virginia Public Safety Award

PNNL Publications



  • Conover DR. 2015. "Energy Storage Systems Are Coming: Are You Ready." Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences 3(6):24-26. 



  • Conover DR. 2013. "Energy Storage Systems." IAEI Magazine (November 16, 2013):,
  • Conover DR, MI Rosenberg, MA Halverson, ZT Taylor, and EJ Makela. 2013. "Alternative Formats to Achieve More Efficient Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings." In 2013 ASHRAE Winter Conference, January 26-30, 2013, Dallas, Texas, pp. Paper No. DA-13-C041.  ASHRAE, Atlanta, GA. 
  • Schoenwald D, and DR Conover. 2013. "MEASURING AND EXPRESSING THE PERFORMANCE OF ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS." In 2013 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technology (EESAT), October 20-23, 2013, San Diego, California, vol. SAND2013-10558C, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. 




  • Conover DR, and S Yerkes. 2010. "A Better Handoff for Code Officials." Building Safety Journal 7(8):,



Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas