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Meet NMR Project Manager Kiersten von Trapp

Kiersten von Trapp is NMR’s resident expert on the training, supervision, data collection, and analysis of residential lighting on-site studies. She has led and coordinated all aspects of these research designs for the past four years in multiple residential lighting ...

2016: An Exciting—and Turbulent—Year for Lighting

Back in 2011, we never would have guessed that we would be writing a newsletter in 2017 about residential lighting. Like most other lighting efficiency experts, we thought the lighting efficiency standards of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) ...

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Meet NMR Project Manager Alyssa Na’im

Alyssa Na’im has more than ten years of experience conducting applied research, program evaluation, and public policy analysis. Since joining NMR in 2013, she has contributed to a variety of evaluations, including Connecticut’s single-family and multifamily retrofit programs, lighting market ...

Insights from a Process Evaluation of Connecticut’s Multifamily Initiative

NMR recently completed a retrospective process evaluation of the Connecticut utilities’ Multifamily Initiative on behalf of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB). The primary objectives of the evaluation were to determine whether the initiative is functioning as designed, to assess ...

Looking for Early Market Effects of New Construction Programs in California’s Complex Multifamily Marketplace

NMR recently concluded a two-phase research effort for the California Public Utilities Commission that sheds light on how this market works and what factors influence developers’ decisions about the energy efficiency of their buildings. In the report on the first ...

Gauging HVAC QI and QM Program Efforts to Establish a Foothold in the Market

NMR completed a study on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission to help inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs meant to increase the quality of HVAC installation (QI) and maintenance (QM), and the market share of high-efficiency ...

NMR Study Reviews Single-Family Energy Code Compliance Documentation

As part of an ongoing baseline study of residential new construction practices, NMR recently visited 52 building departments throughout Massachusetts to assess compliance with the energy code for new single-family homes. In total, we reviewed documentation representing 701 homes built ...

Rohit Vaidya

Meet NMR Vice President Rohit Vaidya

With over two decades of experience in energy efficiency program evaluation and market research, Vice President Rohit Vaidya  has conducted process, market, and impact evaluations of the full spectrum of residential and commercial energy efficiency programs. Rohit’s areas of expertise ...

Meet Senior Project Manager Greg Clendenning

Since joining NMR in 2006, Greg Clendenning has led a wide range of evaluations. He has extensive experience conducting market effects evaluations, including the market effects evaluation of the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, a market effects ...

Nascent Indicators of Market Effects for DOE’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program

For energy efficiency programs that seek to change the market beyond the direct impacts of program-supported projects, it is important to measure market-level impacts. NMR recently completed the market effects portion of a process and impact evaluation of the Better ...

Seeing the Light: Residential Panel Study Reveals Positive Developments

Over the past few years, the future for residential lighting programs has looked increasingly uncertain. The uncertainty stems from the adoption of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) and the growing availability and decreasing costs of light-emitting ...

NMR Papers At IEPEC

NMR staff will be presenting numerous papers and posters at IEPEC this August. We’ll post the papers and posters listed below on our website after the conference. We hope to see you there! Modeling & Research Methods The View from the Top: ...

Addressing the Challenges of the Multifamily Market

As energy efficiency goals continue to grow, program administrators are faced with finding ways to achieve greater savings from market sectors that have traditionally been hard to reach. Multifamily housing is a sector that we expect will play an important ...

Early Findings from a Market Effects and Characterization Study of Multifamily New Construction in California

Multifamily new construction is a growing and increasingly important part of the residential new construction market in many parts of the United States. Nationwide, multifamily permits increased by 161% from 2009 to 2013 and represented 37% of all housing units ...

Just What do You Mean by “Weatherized”? Assessing and Achieving a Statewide Weatherization Target for Single-Family Homes

In 2011, the state of Connecticut implemented a weatherization standard for single-family homes. But just what is a “weatherized” home, and how many homes in Connecticut are already weatherized? To help answer these questions, NMR recently conducted a baseline study ...

Meet Project Manager Zack Tyler

Zack Tyler joined NMR in September of 2009 after receiving a master's degree from Boston University in Energy and Environmental Analysis. Zack has extensive experience in energy auditing and residential building performance modeling; he holds certifications as a HERS rater, ...

Quality Research & Ongoing Improvement at NMR

NMR maintains a steadfast commitment to quality research and ongoing improvement. In order to ensure that our services provide the greatest value to our customers, we have established rigorous and tested quality control protocols for our research processes. We augment ...

And the Savings Keep On Keeping On: Behavioral Program Impacts are Real and Persist–But Not For All Customers

Recently, NMR led a team that completed an evaluation of a multi-year Home Energy Report Behavioral Program across more than 70,000 homes in Connecticut. In this increasingly common program design, residential customers receive periodic reports comparing their energy use to ...

Big Spillover Savings Estimated Through the Delphi Process

How much credit can a long-standing program in Massachusetts that promotes energy-efficient residential new construction claim for the more efficient homes being built today? Building practices change due to multiple policy and market drivers. These include long-standing, multi-faceted programs that ...

Meet Senior Project Manager Beth Poulin

Beth Poulin joined NMR in May of 2012 following 17 years at National Grid, where she developed, managed, and oversaw the evaluation of energy efficiency programs. With a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, at National Grid she ...

Seeing the Lights: The Northeast Residential Lighting Hours-of-Use Study

NMR led a team that recently completed a study to measure residential lighting hours of use in 848 homes across four states in the Northeast¹ —one of the largest studies of its kind ever undertaken. The purpose of this study ...

Growing Quantitative Abilities at NMR

Since its inception in 2001, NMR has established itself as a leader in performing qualitative research in support of program evaluation. With the recent addition of two new faces to our team, an experienced Princeton economist and a recent Harvard ...

Demystifying Market Transformation Planning, Design, & Implementation

Mystified by market transformation? Wishing you could peer under the hood of a market-based program to see how others have tackled program planning and market effects evaluation? A recent NMR study can help. NMR carried out the study—A Review of Effective ...