Dr. Crawley leads the team developing a new generation of building performance software for energy and sustainability at Bentley Systems, including AECOsim Energy Simulator, AECOsim Compliance Manager, Open Plant with HVAC, and Hevacomp (Simulator, Mechanical Designer, Electrical Designer). (AECOsim Energy Simulator is a BIM-based, full featured graphic interface for the U.S. Department of Energy’s flagship EnergyPlus building simulation program. AECOsim Compliance Manager eases the documentation and submission of all the data required for LEED.) Prior to joining Bentley in 2010, Dr. Crawley lead the U S Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (working to create low- and zero-energy buildings nationwide) and development of EnergyPlus.
With more than 30 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in government research and standards development organizations, as well as building software, design and consulting companies. A registered architect, he also has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
He is active in ASHRAE (Chair of Standard 169 Weather Data for Building Design Standards, member of SSPC 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, member of SSPC 140 Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs, member of SPC 203P, 205P, and 209P, former member of the Technical Activities and Research Administration Committees, and former chair of TCs 2.8, 4.2, 4.7, and 7.1). He was made an ASHRAE Fellow in 2009, received ASHRAE Research Administration Committee’s Service to ASHRAE Research Award in January 2012, the ASHRAE Distinguished Service award in 2003 and a 1999 Symposium Best Paper Award for “Which Weather Data Should You Use for Energy Simulations of Commercial Buildings?”
He is also active in AIA, IBPSA (at-large member of the IBPSA board since 1998), USGBC (former member of the Research Committee and the Energy & Atmosphere TAG), and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has published more than 100 papers and articles, testified before Congress, and made more than 300 presentations on building energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy topics throughout the world.