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Michael Gartman

Sr. Associate


  • Buildings

Michael utilizes a background in statistical analysis and energy modeling to develop analytical tools geared toward informing and facilitating real estate portfolio optimization strategies, synthesizing the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects over time and space.


Michael brings a diverse range of expertise in the construction industry to RMI’s buildings practice. His past work has included cost-estimating commercial solar installations, advising the County of San Diego’s 2013–2015 Sustainable Energy Plan, drafting legislation for PV-friendly permitting and installation standards, and constructing steel cable pedestrian bridges in rural Bolivia.


M.Sc., Building Systems Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
B.Sc., magna cum laude, Construction Management, University of Colorado Boulder


Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping…


The Economics of Zero Energy Homes

This report demonstrates that the cost increase to build a Zero Energy or Zero Energy Ready home is modest—far less than consumers, builders, and policymakers realize—and highlights methods builders and policymakers can use to drive increased market penetration. Costs are expected to continue declining over time as this market matures:…

Outlet Blog Post

Teaching Buildings to Swim in a Sea of Data

We have long used data to improve our buildings’ performance, and to inform building planning and operations. Building automation systems have replaced the manual operation of most large commercial buildings, and energy models utilizing data from existing buildings have been instrumental in informing energy codes and retrofit practices. Nevertheless, there’s…