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AACE-NCS / SAVE / ASPE Meeting: "AEO: Applying Economics to Engineering"

  • MBP 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 300 Fairfax, VA, 22031 United States (map)

The Applied Economics Office (AEO), a part of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at NIST, provides economic products and services through research and consulting to the public and private sector in support of productivity enhancement, economic growth, and international competitiveness. AEO focuses on improving the life-cycle quality and economy of constructed facilities and manufacturing through advancements in measurement science in the areas of sustainability, energy conservation, smart grid, community resilience, construction, manufacturing, and safety. AEO also develops software tools for scientists and engineers to evaluate the economics of engineering-related issues. This presentation will summarize AEO’s current focus areas, research projects, and software tools.

Attendees will earn .25 Continuing Education Credits towards AACEI Recertification.


Dr. Joshua D. Kneifel is an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Kneifel joined the staff at the Applied Economics Office from the University of Florida in 2008. His research at NIST implements whole building energy simulation, life-cycle costing, and life-cycle environmental assessment to determine the economic and environmental consequences of increasing the energy efficiency of building construction.

Dr. Kneifel is the project lead for the “Metrics and Tools for Sustainable Buildings” project, which uses measurement science to develop and implement metrics for quantifying sustainability in buildings in research, and develop decision-support tools for stakeholders. Dr. Kneifel oversees the development of software tools that calculate the sustainability performance of individual building products (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability – BEES) and whole buildings (Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability – BIRDS).

A new version of both BEES Online (2.0) and BIRDS (v3.1) is expected to be released in early 2017. Dr. Kneifel is currently working with researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to integrate the BIRDS sustainability analysis framework into OpenStudio, a user interface for EnergyPlus whole building simulation software to allow for user-defined custom building design analysis.


Dinner / Sodas / Beer / Wine are included in the ticket price. 

Webinar participants will also earn .25 Continuing Education Credits towards AACEI Recertification.

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2016 AACEI-NCS Holiday Party