Cornelia Wu

Building Policy Manager
Energy Efficient Buildings

Cornelia utilizes her building science and policy background to contribute to NEEP’s work to accelerate the adoption of building energy codes and appliance standards, including analyzing building energy codes, appliance standards, zoning regulations, building performance standards, and other policies, planning and developing resources and tools, and managing peer sharing networks and stakeholder engagement opportunities.

Cornelia is a sustainability professional and licensed architect with 17 years of experience. She has worked on sustainable projects her whole career, including post-Katrina houses in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, university buildings, and cultural projects for the New York City Design Excellence Program.

Cornelia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Columbia University, and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. More recently, a passion to join the fight against climate change pushed Cornelia to complete a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Registered Architect, New York State

LEED Accredited Professional: Building Design and Construction, United States Green Building Council


Q: What is your favorite thing about NEEP?

A: I love that working at NEEP gives me the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.

Q: What book is currently on your nightstand?

A: The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, by James Shapiro

Q: What’s something about you that would surprise us?

A: I’m a figure skater


Speaking Information

Core speaking capabilities/areas of expertise:   building decarbonization, building energy codes, building performance standards

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