Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering


Yingli Lou is an Architectural Engineering Ph.D. student in the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory (SBS lab). Her research interests include large-scale building energy modeling and data analyses. Before joining the SBS lab, Yingli received her Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering from Chongqing University in 2019, and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Chongqing University in 2016. At Chongqing University, she has published three journal papers as first or corresponding author.

Research Projects

11/2020 - 08/2021: OpenStudio Software Testing Methodologies Through Building Science Modeling and Analysis (with NREL)

07/2019 - 03/2022: ASHRAE - 1771-TRP, Energy Modeling of Typical Commercial Buildings in Support of ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient Energy Rating Program

02/2020 - 09/2020: DOE - Building Energy Modeling - OpenStudio SDK Development and Management (with PNNL)


  1. Y. Ye, Hinkelman, K., Y. Lou, W. Zuo, G. Wang, Zhang, J 2021. "Evaluating the Energy Impact Potential of Energy Efficiency Measures for Retrofit Applications: A Case Study with U.S. Medium Office Buildings." Building Simulation, pp. 1-17.
  2. Y. Ye, Y. Lou, W. Zuo, E. Franconi, G. Wang 2020. "How Do Electricity Pricing Programs Impact the Selection of Energy Efficiency Measures? - A Case Study with U.S. Medium Office Buildings." Energy and Buildings, 224, pp. 110267.
  3. Y. Ye, Y. Lou, M. Strong, S. Upadhyaya, W. Zuo, G. Wang 2020. "Development of New Baseline Models for U.S. Medium Office Buildings Based on Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Data." Science and Technology for the Built Environment, pp. 1-19.