Harvard University

Building Energy Analyst

Job Summary


Harvard University






Full Time





Close Date:




Not Applicable


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02138


Position Summary:

The Harvard Green Building Services program provides sustainable building consulting services to the Harvard community, including existing facility owners, capital project teams, and other units. Consulting services encompass a range of offerings to ensure cost effective green buildings that provide improved indoor environments for occupants and reduce harmful effects on the natural environment. These services include owner’s sustainability representation, design document peer review, project management of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process, commissioning, energy auditing, ECM implementation support, measurement and verification, green building knowledge management, and green building education and training. This position acts as a technical resource by facilitating green building design, construction and operations across campus though a specific focus on creating/reviewing analytical building simulation models and measurement and verification activities. The position also has a strong emphasis on building commissioning, energy auditing, and energy conservation measure implementation project management.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Report directly to the Senior Program Manager, Green Building Services;
  • Create, review, and recalibrate building simulation models (i.e. energy and daylighting), create feasibility studies and reports;
  • Draft technical recommendations to support schools/units on environmental design, sustainability benchmarking/implementation, building energy and controls optimization, daylight & shading solutions, sustainable systems, etc.;
  • Provide measurement and verification services to compare design expectations to actual performance;
  • Identify and recommend energy conservation measures, perform and review advanced energy conservation calculation - including life cycle costing;
  • Lead green building projects independently or provide technical support to other GBS staff, with particular focus on building systems/operations optimization (i.e. conducting ASHRAE Level II energy audits, energy conservation measure implementation, and commissioning) – including drafting and reviewing energy audit reports, drafting commissioning documents, and assisting with functional testing;
  • Act as a primary client contact for select green building projects – ensure services are delivered in a high-quality, timely, and responsive manner;
  • Provide project management for green building consulting and LEED certification services to project teams and clients throughout Harvard University, including reviewing project documents an coordinating feedback with other Campus Services departments;
  • Attend project meetings and work to ensure thoroughness and accountability in delivering sustainable design, construction, and operations projects;
  • Draft program-specific tools and templates;
  • Support the creating of green building educational materials and organize and deliver training and best practice sharing events;
  • Implement the Harvard Green Building Standards by supporting schools/units to ensure projects are achieving compliance;
  • Research emerging technologies and standards as needed;
  • Participate as a member of the overall GBS team, generally contributing to the well being of the organization, including supporting other Campus Services efforts;
  • Proactively study sustainability and technical materials to assist in performing job;
  • Lead special projects (short and long-range), initiatives, and tasks as assigned;
  • Proactively communicate status updates to the GBS management team and others, as needed.


A related undergraduate and/or graduate degree, such as mechanical or electrical engineering or sustainable building technologies; 

A minimum 2-4 years of experience within the green building, energy efficiency, building industry;

Demonstrated experience creating models with energy simulation software such as eQUEST or Energy Plus and lighting software such as Dialux or Radiance is a must;  

Demonstrated experience creating models with energy simulation software such as eQUEST or Energy Plus and lighting software such as Dialux or Radiance is a must;

Familiarity with the LEED rating systems, IPMVP, ANSI WSIP, ASHRAE Commercial Building Energy Audits, ASHRAE Guideline 0, ASHRAE 90.1, ASHRAE 62.1, ASHRAE 55, and related green building related standards and guidelines;

Demonstrated professional experience with building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, including building automation controls, energy efficiency technologies and a broad range of high performance design, with a preference for previous energy auditing and/or commissioning experience;

Ability to complete advanced energy savings calculations;

Be a proactive, self-starter with a passion for green building;

Excellent team skills, able to understand and synthesizethe thoughts of others, able to work in a fast-paced, continually adapting work environment, experience with computerbased work, and a very fast learner;

Demonstrated attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple priorities;

Demonstrated analytical experience;

Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the capacity for developing and maintaining strong client relationships across a highly decentralized university management structure;

Demonstrated willingness and ability to learn new technical skills quickly and efficiently

Technology Skills Required: Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Project, Visio, Access, and PowerPoint, Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit, at least one building automation system, at least one energy modeling software – eQUEST prefered, lighting design software and the ability to learn additional software such as Energy Plus, Photoshop, etc. 

  • Graduate degree; Designation of AEE Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Energy Auditor in Training, or Certified Energy Manager strongly preferred;
  • Professionalexperience / working knowledge of construction administration, specification writing, and construction documents and drawings;
  • Previous experience managing the LEED certification administration process;
  • Previous experience as a sustainable design consultant;
  • Previous experience with building automation systems/controls;
  • Familiarity with the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system;
  • Designation of LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional designation

Emergency Status Designation: Critical personnel

Physical Requirements: Must be physically fit and mentally alert at all times. Must be able to climb stairs or ladders and routinely walk between buildings. Must be able to bend, stoop and kneel for extended periods. Must be able to frequently walk up and down stairs, ladders, etc. on an ongoing basis, in an industrial plant and/or construction site setting. Required to wear personal protective equipment where necessary.





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