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P. Marc LaFrance serves as the Windows Technology Manager on the Emerging Technologies Team in addition to promoting advanced technologies and energy policy on the Residential Buildings Integration Team. Prior to his current role, Mr. LaFrance managed the energy analysis for the building’s sector at the International Energy Agency’s Sustainable Policy and Technology Directorate in Paris from 2012 to 2015. He published a buildings sector blueprint to achieve a low carbon future by 2050 along with a Building Envelope Technology Roadmap, MEF Building Performance Metrics and a detail plan for China. He also was responsible for coordinating building’s related international technology research agreements. Prior international experience included an assignment at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre in Tokyo working on macro energy policy and economic analyses for the APEC region from 2000 until 2002.
His initial positions at the Department of Energy began in 1993, when he worked on the Codes and Standards program, the ENERGY STAR® program, and an Emerging Technologies lighting, appliance and equipment program. He managed the window and envelope R&D program for 10 years from 2002 to 2012. During his tenure at the US DOE, his programs received four 100 R&D Awards. His program, in partnership with the private sector, also commercialized many new products in pursuit of zero energy buildings, and was able to make other high-performance products affordable. Mr. LaFrance received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1985 from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a master's degree in urban systems engineering in 1998 from George Mason University. He also is recognized as a certified energy manager and a certified sustainable development professional by the Association of Energy Engineers.