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Adam Jackaway

Education & Outreach Coordinator







Adam is an RMI Education and Outreach Coordinator and a member of our Research and Collaboration Group. His current work, supporting RMI’s RetroFit Initiative, focuses primarily on the development of Deep RetroFit training materials with the Built Environment Team. RetroFit training and outreach materials are targeted for eventual release – via academic, conference, and professional training venues – to key constituents in the supply and demand of energy-efficient projects and services in the building retrofit market.


Trained as an architect and an engineer, Adam has pursued the integration of these fields for nearly two decades, working in a cross-disciplinary fashion on a broad range of sustainable building projects both domestically and overseas.  He is versed in the design and technical assessment of multiple building typologies, as well as an array of analysis protocols in building physics, passive conditioning, energy and thermal performance, mechanical systems, daylighting and electric lighting, solar control, natural ventilation, wind tunnel testing, renewable energy systems, and life cycle cost analysis. Adam has worked in the public and private sectors, founded nonprofit and consultancy firms, and earned two patents for the design of building-integrated PV systems. Before joining Rocky Mountain Institute Adam was a Senior Engineer at Arup (Sydney, AU), and previously led the Sustainable Design Assistance Team at Architectural Energy Corporation (Boulder, CO).

Adam has also maintained a long-standing passion for education, having served in teaching and research capacities on several university faculties in both the U.S. and the U.K. His research has been published in journals, magazines, and conference proceedings, and he is currently an adjunct instructor at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado. Adam is an experienced presenter, meeting facilitator, and project manager, and he maintains a keen interest in buildings, energy, environmental policies, and associated legislative measures.


  • Master of Science, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering (Building Systems), University of Colorado, Boulder, 2002  
  • Master of Architecture (Building Science), University of California, Berkeley, 1995  
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture), University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990 
  • LEED Accredited Professional (Building Design + Construction)

Academic Appointments (Teaching / Research)

  • University of Colorado; Boulder, CO, (2006-2007, 2011-present)
  • University College London; London, England (2005)
  • California College of the Arts; San Francisco, CA (1997-1998)  
  • University of Westminster; London, England (1995-1996)   
  • University of California; Berkeley, CA (GSI 1992-1995)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Society of Building Science Educators


  • “Designing an Energy Efficient Border Crossing Station for the Department of Homeland Security”, (Hickey, T., McLaughlin, D., Salasovich, J.), National Solar Energy Conference Proceedings, 2006.
  • “Extravagant Energy: A Documentary Film to Raise Public Energy Awareness”, National Solar Energy Conference Proceedings, 2004.
  • “The Simulation of a Zero-Energy Residential Building for the Solar Decathlon Competition”, (Wassmer, M.R., Brandemuehl, M.J.), International Solar Energy Society Conference Proceedings, 2003.
  • “A Translucent Louvre System: Design concepts, Modeling work and Monitored data”, (Davies, M., Hardy, R., Dewey, E., Littler, J.), Building Research & Information, 2000.
  • “A Place in the Sun: The Evolution of the Real Goods Solar Living Center”, (Arkin, Hensley, King, Kotin, Morris, Oakes, Oldham, Tebbutt, Van der Ryn, & Winkler), Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1997.
  • “Balancing Solar Shading, Daylighting, and Glare with Translucent Louvers”, (Davies, M.), National Passive Solar Conference Proceedings, 1997.
  • “A New Approach to Heliodons”, National Passive Solar Conference Proceedings, 1997.
  • “The Office of the Future: Lighting Design through Modeling”, (Davies, M., and Littler, J.), Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference Annual Proceedings, 1997.
  • “British Office Buildings See Daylight”, (Greene, D.), Architectural Record Lighting Supplement, Nov 1996.
  • “Louvers in the Spotlight”, (Davies, M.), Building Services Journal, Sept 1996.
  • “Case Studies in Office Daylighting”, (Littler, J.), Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference Proceedings, Brussels, Belgium, 1996.
  • “Daylighting in the Workplace: Two New Buildings Offer a Guiding Light”, (Littler, J.), American Solar Energy Society Conference Proceedings, 1996.
  • “Shedding Light on Ionica”, (Greene, D.), The Architects' Journal, Mar 1996.
  • “PowerGen in the Light of Day”, The Architects' Journal, Mar 1996.


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