Cathy Higgins, Research Director
As Research Director, Cathy directs and manages comprehensive research projects and initiatives and supports NBI's business development. She currently leads a California Energy Commission PIER research effort on Evidence-based Design and Operations, is researching case studies of deep energy savings in existing buildings, and is supporting work on office energy operations and Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG Online). Her work on the project, business and energy performance stories of high performance buildings is a part of NBI’s efforts to move the market toward zero-net energy targets.
Cathy co-chaired the Benchmarking and Performance Assurance working group of the DOE Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium and is involved with regional and national efforts to increase measured performance data. Cathy has over 25 years experience in energy efficiency strategic planning, policy and large-scale project management. Prior to joining NBI in 2000, she served as Director of the Oregon Municipal Energy and Conservation Agency and was a Commercial Conservation Manager with Bonneville Power Administration. Cathy is a LEED Accredited Professional and was a past recipient of the National Energy Manager of the year through the Association of Professional Energy Managers. Her undergraduate studies were in urban and resource planning, with graduate work in energy economics. Her management skills and enthusiasm for improving building efficiency keep NBI’s projects at the forefront of the industry.