Director, Building Technologies Office
Roland Risser is the Director of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he directs the work to help create a self-sustaining market for building energy efficiency. BTO is focused on achieving a 50% reduction in energy use in buildings by optimizing energy-saving opportunities and creating a self-sustaining market for building energy efficiency. BTO is developing advanced building-related technologies and cost effective technical and market solutions for highly efficient buildings and homes, as well as accelerating the speed and scale of cost effective codes and standards. During his tenure, BTO has achieved 30% increased energy savings in residential and commercial building energy codes and is on the path to deliver 4 quads of energy savings through standards.
Prior to DOE, he served as the Director of Customer Energy Efficiency for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where he directed its energy efficiency and demand response programs; assessed, developed and deployed new technologies and programs; managed building and appliance codes and standards work; and oversaw PG&E's Pacific Energy, Energy Training, and Food Service Technology Centers. He was a member of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Leadership Group (now SEE Action), Chairman of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, and a board member of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Technical Committee to the International Standards Organization for ISO 50001, a new Energy Management Standard.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Irvine, a Master of Science from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Haas School of Business Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley.