Personal Profile

Zoe Kaufman joined the Communities and Urban Science Group at NREL in 2020. Her work focuses on guiding building fabrication toward achieving verified and replicable low-carbon design by implementing low-load envelope technology, mechanical systems integration, and whole-building life cycle assessment. Her other area of focus centers on hygrothermal modeling and validation of construction materials and practices, with the aim of improving envelope durability and supporting a healthy retrofit revolution.

Zoe’s background ranges from design, testing, and analysis of net-zero manufactured homes to consulting and energy modeling for multifamily Passive House buildings in New York City. Her undergraduate degree in biology fostered a scientific approach that carried over to her master’s in sustainable design, where she homed in on developing and applying contextual, methodical, and statistics-rooted approaches to building energy efficiency. Through the lens of this diverse background, she views buildings as interconnected systems and seeks to enhance these connections on a large scale by applying hands-on experimental analysis of advanced construction and evaluation methods.

Research Interests

Innovative life cycle carbon reduction strategies

Advanced construction and systems integration techniques

Building performance evaluation and diagnostics


Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Sustainable Design, Carnegie Mellon University


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