Cindy Zhu

Cindy Zhu

Prescriptive Data

    Cindy Zhu works at the intersection of real estate, energy efficiency, and emerging technologies. She is currently Director of the Grid Services team at Prescriptive Data and has previously led major climate and energy initiatives at federal and state government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy. Cindy is on the leadership team of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders dedicated to transforming the clean energy economy. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from The New School.

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    Day 1 August 15, 2023
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Being Smart About Variable Occupancy

    Whether you are in Seattle, Austin, Boston, or Philadelphia the hybrid work environment is the new normal. While building occupancy rates vary by location – and certainly by day of the week – the challenge of efficiently lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilating space is increasingly complicated. Should a building with 45% occupancy consume the same resources as one that previously had an 80% occupancy rate? Should this rekindle the concept of EUI per occupant versus EUI per SF as a metric? This session will explore the complexities of variable occupancy rates and how smart technology and practices can help building owners and operators manage resources and consistently meet health and comfort standards of their occupants.