Program Director, CIEE


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

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Therese Peffer, PhD, is a project manager and researcher at the California Institute for Energy and Environment. Therese manages and conducts research in smart building technologies, building-to-grid, demand response, and smart grid research projects with the objective of creating comfortable and energy efficient livable spaces. She serves as an Associate Director for the CITRIS Sustainable Infrastructures initiative and is the co-Chair of the annual Behavior Energy and Climate Change conference. She is currently managing CBE projects on low-cost ultrasonic anemometer development and integrating smart fans and thermostats. Previous research includes energy consumption displays, thermostats, consumer behavior, and user interface usability research.

Therese completed a Ph.D. in Architecture with an emphasis on building science at UC Berkeley, with CBE’s Ed Arens as her advisor. As an architect, she worked in San Francisco and Pismo Beach. Therese earned a Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon and formerly lived on a solar- and wind-powered homestead in southern Oregon with Home Power magazine. She earned a B.A. in neurobiology and psychology from UC Berkeley.