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Robert Lutes

Robert Lutes

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 372-6361


Robert Lutes is an engineer in the Advanced Building Controls team. Since joining the lab in 2012, Robert has supported research related to the development of software tools to promote energy efficiency, improved operations, and building to grid integration. Robert's research interests include automated fault detection for building HVAC systems, transactive controls, and the development of non-conventional control techniques for built up HVAC systems and rooftop air conditioners.

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University

PNNL Publications


  • Faulkner C.A., R.G. Lutes, S. Huang, W. Zuo, and D.L. Vrabie. 2023. "Simulation-based Assessment of ASHRAE Guideline 36, Considering Energy Performance, Indoor Air Quality, and Control Stability." Building and Environment 240. PNNL-SA-180891. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2023.110371
  • Huang B., S. Huang, X. Ma, S. Katipamula, D. Wu, and R.G. Lutes. 2023. "Stochastic Scheduling for Commercial Building Cooling Systems: Considering Uncertainty in Zone Temperature Prediction." Applied Energy 346. PNNL-SA-181045. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2023.121367
  • Huang S., R.G. Lutes, C.A. Faulkner, D.L. Vrabie, S. Katipamula, and W. Zuo. 2023. "An Open-Source Framework for Simulation-based Testing of Buildings Control Strategies." Journal of Building Performance Simulation 16, no. 6:631-643. PNNL-ACT-SA-10735. doi:10.1080/19401493.2023.2191220
  • Huang S., S. Katipamula, and R.G. Lutes. 2023. "An experimental study on round-trip efficiency of a preheating control with a medium office building." Energy and Buildings 278. PNNL-ACT-SA-10698. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2022.112622
  • Salsbury T., K. Devaprasad, R.G. Lutes, and A.P. Rogers. 2023. "Smarter Building Start - A Distributed Solution." Energy and Buildings 282. PNNL-SA-177108. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2023.112776


  • Katipamula S., R.G. Lutes, R.L. Kini, and S. Huang. 2022. Transactive Campus Energy Systems: An R&D Testbed for Renewables, Integration, Efficiency, and Grid Services (CRADA 356 / Amendment 1). PNNL-ACT-10123. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Transactive Campus Energy Systems: An R&D Testbed for Renewables, Integration, Efficiency, and Grid Services (CRADA 356 / Amendment 1)
  • Katipamula S., R.G. Lutes, S. Huang, and R.L. Kini. 2022. "Building Energy Systems as Behind-the-Meter Resources for Grid Services: Intelligent Load Control and Transactive Control and Coordination." IEEE Electrification Magazine 10, no. 4:38-49. PNNL-SA-173372. doi:10.1109/MELE.2022.3211018


  • Huang S., S. Katipamula, and R.G. Lutes. 2021. "Experimental investigation on thermal inertia characterization of commercial buildings for demand response." Energy and Buildings 252. PNNL-SA-162731. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111384
  • Katipamula S., R.M. Underhill, N. Fernandez, W. Kim, R.G. Lutes, and D.J. Taasevigen. 2021. "Prevalence of typical operational problems and energy savings opportunities in U.S. commercial buildings." Energy and Buildings 253. PNNL-SA-166590. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111544


  • Kim W., S. Katipamula, and R.G. Lutes. 2020. "Application of Intelligent Load Control to Manage Building Loads to Support Rapid Growth of Distributed Renewable Generation." Sustainable Cities and Society 53. PNNL-SA-143847. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2019.101898
  • Wang P., M.R. Brambley, M.E. Poplawski, M. Myer, J. Lian, R.G. Lutes, and S. Huang, et al. 2020. "Characterization of Connected Lighting System Potential for Grid Services Under Real-Time Pricing." In 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, September 29-October 1, 2020, (Virtual), 27-34. Atlanta, Georgia:ASHRAE. PNNL-SA-150138.


  • Kim W., S. Katipamula, and R.G. Lutes. 2019. "Development and Evaluation of HVAC Operation Schedule Detection Algorithm." Energy and Buildings 202. PNNL-SA-135053. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109350



  • Katipamula S., C.D. Corbin, J.N. Haack, H. Hao, W. Kim, D.J. Hostick, and B.A. Akyol, et al. 2017. Transactive Campus Energy Systems: Final Report (CRADA 356). PNNL-26866. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. doi:10.2172/1398229.Transactive Campus Energy Systems: Final Report (CRADA 356)
  • Kim W., S. Katipamula, and R.G. Lutes. 2017. "Improving HVAC Operational Efficiency in Small- and Medium-Size Commercial Buildings." Building and Environment 120. PNNL-SA-121851. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.05.010


  • Katipamula S., R.G. Lutes, G. Hernandez, J.N. Haack, and B.A. Akyol. 2016. "Transactional Network: Improving Efficiency and Enabling Grid Services for Building." Science and Technology for the Built Environment 22, no. 6:643-654. PNNL-SA-105816. doi:10.1080/23744731.2016.1171628


  • Wang W., S. Katipamula, H. Ngo, R.M. Underhill, D.J. Taasevigen, and R.G. Lutes. 2015. "Field evaluation of advanced controls for the retrofit of packaged air conditioners and heat pumps." Applied Energy 154. PNNL-SA-106593. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.04.129

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas