Projects and Clients

Ember Strategies advises Google's development and real estate teams (DevCo and REWS) on a variety of topics in new developments and existing facilities. Ember supports the Campus Design Team, the DevCO R&D Lab, and the Planning and Entitlements teams. In 2016, Ember contributed building science and puppetry (as in puppets!) expertise to Google's "How Buildings Work" training for global facilities managers.


In 2016 Sierra Nevada completed a 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 brewing facilities and creating the comparative code baseline.

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


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 aided the City Energy Project with private sector outreach, messaging, and strategy from launch in 2014.

For more information on CEP, visit


Ember Strategies advises Tishman Speyer on energy efficiency, sustainability, and indoor environment quality in the operation of their commercial real estate portfolio. Ember is currently leading Tishman Speyer's investigation of indoor environment monitoring technology and strategic deployment for the U.S. portfolio.


The City of San Francisco, Department of the Environment is deploying a policy development framework developed by Ember Strategies to modify existing energy regulations applicable to privately owned buildings in San Francisco. Ember as partnered with Arup on this effort.


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 has provided 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. Ember Strategies helped Buildings Alive enter the North American market, provided engineering, communications, and strategy services and attained their first U.S. clients, including Google, Salesforce, and the University of California, Office of the President. 

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

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 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