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Brett Bridgeland

Sr. Associate


Brett is a Senior Associate and has been with RMI since July 2014. He is a registered architect with six years of experience. Brett focuses on technical solutions and economical opportunities for rapid deployment of energy efficient, smart buildings. His work ranges from energy modeling of individual buildings, to district-level energy strategy, to macro-scale analysis for energy savings by the entire Chinese building sector. He has facilitated workshops with Boulder Valley School District and the City of Palo Alto, has consulted on the development of a web-based personal energy efficiency service platform, and serves on the board of the Attachments Energy Rating Council.


Prior to RMI, Brett spent five years in the architectural design industry, mostly with the Chicago design firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. His experience in the field of large-scale, high-performance buildings and urban design spans the U.S., U.A.E., China, Saudi Arabia and India, and includes projects that have won major design awards.

Brett has conducted research with Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, quantifying the technical energy savings potential of specific actions, products and home adjustments that can enable dramatic energy reductions in residences. He also worked with the Solutions Project, a science-based plan to convert all fifty U.S. states to 100% wind, water and solar power, in a way that makes economic, health and environmental sense.


  • Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering – Atmosphere/Energy, Stanford University, 2014
  • Master of Architecture, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, 2005


  • Registered Architect (Wisconsin)

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Jacobson MZ, et al., A roadmap for repowering California for all purposes with wind, water, and sunlight,
  • Energy (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2014.06.099
  • Zirnhelt H., Bridgeland, B., and Keuhn, P. (2015): Energy Savings from Window Shades. Prepared for Hunter Douglas by Rocky Mountain Institute.
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