Building Energy Efficiency: Technology, Policy & Finance


Stanford School of Engineering


Building energy efficiency (BEE) is critical to developing affordable, reliable, and low-carbon energy systems. However, understanding the basics of BEE can be challenging, given its deeply intertwined technology, policy, and finance dimensions. Further, while BEE is a rapidly expanding, multi-billion-dollar global industry, market, behavioral, and institutional barriers often hinder its uptake.

In this course, Dian Grueneich – one of the world’s leading EE experts – and Stephen Comello, examine the fundamentals and complexities of BEE, including key technologies, policies, and finance tools. You’ll learn to assess the potential energy, cost and non-energy benefits of a BEE intervention. You’ll discover the next frontiers of BEE including “data-driven” intelligent efficiency, building decarbonization, and BEE’s role in international climate efforts.

What you will learn

  • The foundations of building energy efficiency
  • Stakeholder motivations and barriers
  • The roles of technology, policy and finance
  • New frontiers in intelligent efficiency and building decarbonization

Featured Guests:

  • Steven Chu - William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University and 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy
  • Steve Nadel - Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Dr. Andrew McAllister - Commissioner, California Energy Commission and Board of Directors Chair, National Association of State Energy Officials

And many more distinguished speakers.

This course will be available starting November 2019

Topics include

  • Basic concepts: Energy, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
  • Technology 
  • Policy 
  • Economics & Finance 
  • Digital, Analytical & Platform Tools
  • BEE & Carbon Emissions

This course is approximately 5.5 hours of video content with 1.5 hours of coursework.


  • $295 per online course


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Delivery Option:
Online Course $295.00

Course Access
60 day access to the online course starts upon payment.* 

*Enroll in this course before June 30, 2020, and you will automatically receive 150 days to access course materials, video lectures, assignments, and exams, rather than the standard 60-day access period.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam:
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation:
It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.