Lane Wesley Burt is the founder and managing principal of Ember Strategies. Lane is a passionate advocate for energy efficiency and a translator of complex building science into everyday English. Lane works to eliminate wasted energy and water from the built environment by advancing the best building science and the most innovative policies and programs. He has informed international best practices on green building programs, U.S. federal appliance standards, state building codes, and city benchmarking ordinances.

Lane has recently returned to Ember Strategies and the San Francisco Bay Area from Melbourne, Australia, where he served as the 2014 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Climate Change and Clean Energy, hosted by ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute. While down under, he studied the effects of the Australian national Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program and the Australian building code compliance process.

Before founding Ember Strategies in 2013, Lane was the Policy Director of the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington D.C. and previously the federal energy efficiency lead for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Lane is a licensed Professional Engineer and has Masters and Bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and North Carolina State University respectively.

Lane is a well known speaker on efficiency and has given keynotes and technical presentations at a variety of events in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Lane has provided numerous briefings and testimonies before congressional committees in the U.S. Senate and House or Representatives, as well as federal agencies. He has done extensive press work on energy efficiency and his writing has been published in the Washington Post and many online outlets dedicated to green building.

Select Press Examples:


“Energy Star Appliances May Not Be Most Efficient.” Fox News. Oct 2009.

“Some Energy Star Appliances on the Fritz.” NBC News. Oct 2009.

“Energy Policy: USGBC’s Burt Discusses New Efficiency Initiative for Federal Buildings.” Energy and Environment Television’s OnPoint. Dec 2011


“Is Energy Star Efficient?” Kojo Nnamdi Show. Nov 2009

Additional interviews on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (2009) and Marketplace (May 2013)

Print (Quoted)

“National Research Council Study: Stay Green, Dept. of Defense.” Engineering News & Record. Apr 2013.

“Building Certification: What Does LEED Really Mean?” April 2013.

“Energy Efficiency Mavens Tend to Be Big and Organized.” New York Times. May 2010.

“Obama tightens efficiency rules for home water heaters.” USA Today. April 2010.

“New Efficiency Standards for Water Heaters.” New York Times. April 2010.

“Green Myths Debunked.” Fortune. March 2010.

“Cash for Caulkers: Appealing to Home Shoppers?” International Business Times. Feb 2010.

“When a home energy audit pays.” CNNMoney. Jan 2010.

“Greening This Old House.” Time. April 2009.

“A Tale of 2 Ways to Save Electricity.” New York Times. Oct 2009.

“Efficiency Help Wanted.” New York Times. Jan 2009.

“Energy Dept. Fails to Use Thermostats to Cut Costs.” New York Times. Aug 2009.

“White roofs to fight global warming.” CNNMoney. July 2009.

Select Speaking Examples:

Keynote Panel. “Revolutionizing the Built Environment.” VERGE DC Conference, March 2012.

Keynote Panel. “The Efficient Life.” Slate’s “The Hive” event series sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Washington, DC, June 2010.

“Retrofit revolution: Energy Efficiency & Occupant Well-being.” Advanced Energy Conference, New York, April 2013

“Establishing a Pathway to Outcome-Based Codes and Policies.” Green Codes Summit, San Francisco, Nov 2012

“Green Building Trends in the USA.” US-China Workshop on Analytics for Building-Scale Sustainable Ecosystems. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China June, 2012

“Building Performance–Based Incentives” 4th annual AHRI and ACEEE Summit. Washington DC, Feb 2012.

“LEED Certification and Market Transformation in the U.S.” Daikin Energy Efficiency Summit. Tottori, Japan. Oct, 2011.

“Smarter Data and Better Buildings,” Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Blueprint for Efficiency Series, Webinar, Mar 2011.

“Green Building Policy Best Practices.” Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Washington, DC. May 2011.

“Development and Implementation of Building Energy Labels and Policy Support in the US.” US-China Building Labeling Summit. Beijing, May 2010.