Projects and Clients


The City Energy Project is a groundbreaking initiative to support 20 major American cities as they pursue comprehensive energy efficiency programs for large, commercial buildings. The original 10 participants were Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Houston, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles, with further announcements coming.

Ember Strategies helps the City Energy Project with private sector outreach, messaging, and strategy.

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Sierra Nevada recently completed a new LEED Platinum, 700,000 barrel brewery in Mills River, North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. Sierra Nevada has made significant investments in creating the most energy and water efficient brewery possible.

Ember Strategies provided the project with energy modeling, engineering, and assessment services for the brewing and building system design, as well as benchmarking the facility against other facilities.

Read more about Sierra Nevada's new brewery on their blog,


NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

NRDC consults Ember Strategies for expert advice on building energy efficiency, including codes and rating systems, as well as appliance energy efficiency. Most recently, Ember has provided guidance on furnace fans, industrial air compressors, and residential cooking products.


Better buildings are our legacy. USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

Ember Strategies provides USGBC with strategic research and analysis.

Buildings Alive is a Sydney-based firm that implements a revolutionary building optimization program based on the principals of building science, data science, and behavior science. From energy and water efficiency to optimization of indoor environment quality, the Buildings Alive program saves facility managers time while saving energy, water, and attaining IEQ improvements. Buildings Alive works with nearly all the major institutional building owners in Australia, and is now expanding into North America, Europe, and select cities in Asia.

Lane Burt represents Buildings Alive in the Americas, providing engineering, communications, and strategy services.

The Energy Foundation is a partnership of major foundations interested in sustainable energy. Ember Strategies advises EF on their grant making in the residential and commercial building sector.

Ember Strategies provides technical advisory services to a variety of clients on mandatory building code technical development. We have contributed to residential and commercial codes for energy, like ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the IECC and "green" codes like ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and the IGCC. 

Ember Strategies advises Tishman Speyer on energy efficiency, sustainability, and indoor environment quality in the operation of their commercial real estate portfolio.

Lane Burt took leave from Ember Strategies in early 2015 to study the national building benchmarking and disclosure system in Australia as a result of being awarded the 2014 Fulbright Professional Scholar Grant in Climate Change and Clean Energy.

During the fellowship, Lane was based at ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University. ClimateWorks Australia is an independent, research-based, non-profit organization committed to catalyzing reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.

Ember Strategies aided the Google real estate team in the development of "How Buildings Work" trainings for facility managers.

Ember Strategies has contributed to research for the C40 Private Building Efficiency Network of global cities.


Sustainable Energy Partnerships, New York

Ackerstein Sustainability, California

MCI Engineering, North Carolina