Director of Codes and Building Standards
Michael Waite, PhD, P.E. is Director of Codes and Building Standards, working to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs in new and existing buildings. He also serves as Director of the National Energy Codes Collaborative, a new ACEEE-led nationwide network that empowers states and jurisdictions to effectively implement updated building energy codes. Mike leads initiatives that root energy code development and implementation in sound and innovative research in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy affordability. He conducts research related to building energy decarbonization and collaborates with others at ACEEE to align smart building policy with emerging climate policies. He joined ACEEE in 2022.
Prior to joining ACEEE, Mike worked as a research scientist in the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University. Previously, he was a senior building technology engineer in the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
Mike holds a doctor of philosophy and a master of science in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and physics from Clarkson University.
Areas of Expertise:
- Building energy systems and whole life decarbonization
- Building energy codes and standards
- Interaction of building loads and energy supply to reduce greenhouse gas emissions