HECS Expertise

Bob Hendron

Owner & Principal Researcher





Education, Experience, and Publications

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Golden, CO

Senior Engineer II – Center for Buildings and Thermal Systems

  • Led project team for three Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides for commercial buildings
  • Led field testing of numerous prototype houses and commercial buildings
  • Developed an XML schema standardizing commercial building energy audit data
  • Performed quality assurance for the Building Technologies Program Prioritization Tool
  • Managed oversight of key subcontracts
  • Created statistical tool for analyzing hot water system efficiency
  • Developed performance analysis procedures for Building America prototype houses
  • Created spreadsheet-based tools for analyzing lighting and plug loads
U.S. Department of Energy


U.S. Department of Energy; Washington, DC/Golden, CO/Philadelphia, PA

Mechanical Engineer – Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • Analyzed technical and economic status of R&D 100 award winning technologies funded by DOE
  • Quantified energy savings for DC Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Provided technical support for Million Solar Roofs Initiative, Federal Energy Management Program, and Motor Challenge at the Philadelphia Regional Support Office

Served as Regional Team Leader for Rebuild America


Master of Business Administration, May 1995

Field of Specialization – Marketing/New Product Development

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, December 1991

Field of Specialization – Thermal Sciences/Fluid Dynamics

Washington University, St. Louis

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, May 1987

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Peer Reviewed Publications (as Lead Author)

“Industry Research and Recommendations for New Commercial Buildings.” Hendron, B.; Leach, M.; Gregory, N.; Pless, S.; Selkowitz, S.; Matthew, P. (2014). 87 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-5500-60390. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60390.pdf  

“Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide: Practical Ways to Improve Energy Performance, K-12 Schools.” Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). (2013). 214 pp.; NREL Report No. BK-5500-60913; DOE/GO-102013-4333. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60913.pdf

“Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG): Practical Ways to Improve Energy Performance; Healthcare Facilities.” (2013). Healthcare Facilities, Building Technologies Office (BTO). 206 pp.; NREL Report No. BK-5500-57864; DOE/GO-102013-3960. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/57864.pdf

“Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide: Practical Ways to Improve Energy Performance; Grocery Stores.” (2012). Building Technologies Program (BTP). 212 pp.; NREL Report No. BK-5500-54243; DOE/GO-102012-3655. www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/54243.pdf

Tool for Generating Realistic Residential Hot Water Event Schedules.” Hendron, B.; Burch, J.; Barker, G. (2010). [Proceedings of] SimBuild 2010: Fourth National Conference of IBPSA-USA, 11-13 August 2010, New York City, New York. pp. 328-335; NREL Report No. CP-5500-51981. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy10osti/47685.pdf

“Building America House Simulation Protocols (Revised).” Hendron, R.; Engebrecht, C. (2010). 88 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-550-49246; DOE/GO-102010-3141. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49246.pdf

“Potential for Energy Savings Through Residential Hot Water Distribution System Improvements.” Hendron, R.; Burch, J.; Hoeschele, M.; and Rainer, L. (2009). Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, San Francisco, CA, July 19-23, 2009. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY.

“Evaluation of a High Performance Multi-Family Residential Building in Aspen, Colorado.” Hendron, R.; Hancock, C.E; Barker, G.; and McDowell, T. (2009). Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, San Francisco, CA, July 19-23, 2009. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY.

“Field Test of Room-to-Room Distribution of Outside Air with Two Residential Ventilation Systems.” Hendron, R.; Anderson, R.; Barley, D.; Rudd, A.; Townsend, A.; Hancock, E. (2008). 23 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-550-41210. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy08osti/41210.pdf

“Development of an Energy-Savings Calculation Methodology for Residential Miscellaneous Electric Loads.” Hendron, R.; Eastment, M. (2006). Less is More–En Route to Zero Energy Buildings: Proceedings of the 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 13-18 August 2006, Pacific Grove, California (CD-ROM). Washington, DC: ACEEE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy pp. 9/154-9/165; NREL Report No. CP-550-42147.

“Building America Performance Analysis Procedures for Existing Homes.” R Hendron. (2006). NREL/TP-550-38238. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy06osti/38238.pdf

 “Evaluation of a High-Performance Solar Home in Loveland, Colorado.”  R. Hendron, M. Eastment, E. Hancock, G. Barker, P. Reeves; Proceedings of the 2005 International Solar Energy Conference, Orlando, FL; August 2005.

“Thermal Performance of Unvented Attics in Hot-Dry Climates.” B Hendron; R Anderson; P Reeves; E Hancock. (2002). NREL/TP-550-30839. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/30839.pdf

Peer Reviewed Publications (as Co-Author)

“Reducing Transaction Costs for Energy Efficiency Investments and Analysis of Economic Risk Associated With Building Performance Uncertainties: Small Buildings and Small Portfolios Program.” Langner, R.; Hendron, B.; Bonnema, E. (2014). 66 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-5500-60976. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60976.pdf

“NASA Net Zero Energy Buildings Roadmap.” Shanti D Pless; J Scheib; P Torcellini; B Hendron; M Slovensky. (2014). NREL/TP-5500-60838. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy15osti/60838.pdf

“Tool to Prioritize Energy Efficiency Investments.” Farese, P.; Gelman, R.; Hendron, R. (2012). 140 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-54799. www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/54799.pdf

“Project Closeout: Guidance for Final Evaluation of Building America Communities.” P Norton; J Burch; B Hendron. (2008). NREL/TP-550-42448. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy08osti/42448.pdf

“Method for Evaluating Energy Use of Dishwashers, Clothes Washers, and Clothes Dryers: Preprint.” M Eastment; R Hendron. (2006). NREL/CP-550-39769. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy06osti/39769.pdf

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