BECC Webinar: Equitable Digitalization of Residential Energy Technologies

October 26, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

The digitalization of residential energy—using technologies such as programmable thermostats and smart meters—has spurred a new energy efficiency investments and helped spawn the “smart home” movement. Together with home electrification, this has provided opportunities to reduce households’ energy bills. But who benefits from home energy digitalization and how can we ensure that it is equitable?

Join us for a webinar to hear about the wide terrain of residential energy digitalization from the current state of the technology to the important concerns about privacy.


Carlos Martín, PhD., Project Director, Remodeling Futures Program, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Carlos’ research focuses on green housing, disaster mitigation and recovery, substandard housing, construction innovation, and the construction workforce connects the bricks-and-mortar of existing housing to its social outcomes. Carlos came to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University from the Urban Institute, where he was a senior fellow. Carlos is currently serving as a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program and also serves on several National Academy of Science committees. He has previously served on advisory boards for HUD, EPA, and FEMA.

Carlos received his BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MEng and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Therese Peffer, PhD., Project Manager & Researcher, CIEE/CITRIS – University of California, Berkeley

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 California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) and for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Climate initiative and is the co-Chair of the annual Behavior, Energy & Climate Change conference. She is currently managing the Energy Commission funded EcoBlock and large commercial decarbonization projects and the Department of Energy funded Brick project. 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. She earned a Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon.

Moderator: Reuven Sussman, PhD., Director of Behavior and Human Dimensions Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Reuven conducts research on energy efficiency behavior change and co-chairs the annual Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) conference. He has authored numerous academic papers and book chapters on the psychology of climate change, behavioral interventions to encourage energy efficiency, and the psychological determinants of pro-environmental behavior. Reuven sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and Journal of Social Psychology.

Reuven earned a doctor of science in social and environmental psychology from the University of Victoria

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