Director, Residential Energy Services
Started with Firm: 2005
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
B.S. Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
RESNET HERS Rater
ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
Gayathri Vijayakumar is the Director of Residential Energy Services at SWA. For almost 15 years, Ms. Vijayakumar has specialized in evaluating residential and multifamily buildings with an emphasis on high-performance construction and renewable energy systems. Early in her career, Ms. Vijayakumar provided technical assistance to sustainability projects by performing energy modeling and conducting cost-benefit analyses of energy efficient measures in both new and existing residential construction. She leveraged that experience for her current role, providing consulting to federal, state, and local agencies, codes, and programs to develop emerging standards and procedures that involve energy efficiency requirements, including the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Multifamily New Construction Programs, where she has provided technical support since 2008.
Ms. Vijayakumar serves as one of the main points of contact for SWA’s role as an Engineering and Technical Services Provider to two local utility companies, Eversource and United Illuminating, and as Director of Residential Services, supports team members on their research and product development projects.
Additionally, Ms. Vijayakumar is an active contributor to various technical committees that share a goal of improving codes and standards. She currently is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 Multifamily Working Group, Chair of RESNET’s Standards Development Committee, SDC300, and a Consultant to ASHRAE’s Residential Buildings Committee.