Cathy Higgins

Research Director

Cathy Higgins has over 25 years in energy efficiency strategic planning, research, policy and large-scale project management. As NBI Research Director, she manages work involving Zero Energy Buildings, measured performance, emerging technologies and supports business development. She frequently shares findings on buildings and market trends nationally through conferences, webinars and meetings with practioners, program staff and policy makers. Cathy is currently supporting the commercial section of the new California ZE Technology Research Roadmap and is leading a large demonstration project on shading and lighting technology retrofits in existing buildings. She recently completed a study of field-evidence on radiant cooling and heating systems energy use with UC Berkeley.

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 has been recognized as the Oregon, and the National, Energy Manager of the year. She spent four years in HVAC sales and management. Her undergraduate studies were in urban and resource planning, with graduate work in energy economics.