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Eric Richman

Eric Richman

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Mr. Richman supports research activities in the assessment of building energy and the application of energy-efficiency technologies. He is specifically involved in the evaluation of lighting technology and its application related to buildings as well as the development of lighting energy codes. He began his career with PNNL in 1986 with the ELCAP energy evaluation project and since supported and led numerous research projects for the U.S. DOE, DOD, and other related service clients.

Mr. Richman is deeply involved in the support of development of energy codes and their implementation. He has conducted many commercial and residential energy audits and provided multiple presentations on lighting energy efficiency. Eric Richman has authored over 50 technical reports, conference papers, and journal articles on energy efficiency relates issues and studies.

Research Interests

  • Lighting technology analysis and application
  • Building energy evaluation, analysis, and auditing
  • Energy code development, application, and training
  • New technology energy efficiency analysis

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University
  • B.S. Hotel/Restaurant Institution Management, Oregon State University
  • Lighting (NCQLP) and LEED (USGBC) certified and a Certified Energy Manager.

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Mr. Richman currently serves as the chairman of the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 Lighting Subcommittee.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Mr. Richman received the IESNA Technical Talent Award.

PNNL Publications


  • Richman EE, and MI Rosenberg. 2017. "Lighting Efficiency Changes On Horizon." Facility Executive 30(2):Article No. 5. 


  • Boldt J, LL Sciarra, MI Rosenberg, and EE Richman. 2016. "Updates to ASHRAE 90.1." Consulting-specifying engineer (January/February 2016):40-48. 
  • Erbe D, R Lord, LL Sciarra, EE Richman, MI Rosenberg, RA Athalye, B Liu, and J Glazer. 2016. "A Conversation on Standard 90.1-2016." ASHRAE Journal 58(12):34-38. 



  • Richman EE. 2014. "Shaping the Next - Buildings and Energy: Advanced Lighting." ASHRAE Journal 56(1):26. 
  • Halverson MA, MI Rosenberg, PR Hart, EE Richman, RA Athalye, and DW Winiarski. 2014. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 Determination of Energy Savings: Qualitative AnalysisPNNL-23481, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Halverson MA, R Hart, RA Athalye, MI Rosenberg, EE Richman, and DW Winiarski. 2014. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 Preliminary Determination: Qualitative AnalysisPNNL-23198, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Richman EE, and MB Merzouk. 2014. "A Comparison of 2pi and 4pi Photometric Testing of Directional and Omnidirectional Sources in an Integrating Sphere." LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 10(4):183-191.  doi:10.1080/15502724.2014.910126





  • Richman EE. 2010. "Squeezing more light out of tighter energy codes." EC & M April 1, 2010:,
  • Halverson MA, B Liu, EE Richman, and DW Winiarski. 2010. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 Preliminary Qualitative DeterminationPNNL-19791, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Halverson MA, JL Williamson, B Liu, MI Rosenberg, and EE Richman. 2010. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010 Preliminary Qualitative DeterminationPNNL-20458, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Qiao HA, TC Pulsipher, JE Hathaway, EE Richman, and E Radkov. 2010. "A Statistical Method Analyzing LED Lumen Depreciation and Projecting LED Life." In Proceedings of the IES 2010 Annual Conference, November 7-9, 2010, Toronto, Canada.  Illuminating Engineering Society, New York, NY. 



  • Cole PC, and EE Richman. 2008. "Energy Codes at a Glance." IAEI News 80(6):26-34. 
  • Myer M, EE Richman, and CC Jones. 2008. "Way Beyond Widgets: Delivering Integrated Lighting Design in Actionable Solutions." In ACEEE 2008: Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Scaling Up: Building Tomorrow's Solutions, p. 76.  American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington DC. 
  • Richman EE. 2008. "Clarity Please! Lighting Energy Code Confusion Made Clear." Illuminate Magazine October:9. 
  • Richman EE. 2008. "Daylighting Requirements in the National Building Energy Codes - They're Here!" Enlighten Newsletter 1(4):2-3. 
  • Ton MK, EE Richman, and TL Gilbride. 2008. Demonstration Assessment of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Residential Downlights and Undercabinet Lights in the Lane County Tour of Homes, Eugene, Oregon PNNL-17942, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Ton MK, EE Richman, and TL Gilbride. 2008. Demonstration Assessment of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Commercial Garage Lights In the Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon PNNL-17995, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Richman EE, EM Rauch, JN Phillips, KA Petty, J Knappek, and PL Lopez-Rangel. 2008. "National Commercial Construction Characteristics and Compliance With Building Energy Codes: 1999-2007." In Scaling Up: Building Tomorrow's Solutions: Proceedings from the 14th ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-22, Pacific Grove, California, vol. 3, pp. 3-291 - 3-306.  American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington, DC. 








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