Nan Zhou is a staff scientist, department head of the International Energy Analysis Department, and the group leader of the China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2010, Zhou served as the deputy director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Center-Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE). In October 2012, she assumed the director position for CERC-BEE. She has driven this program to meet challenging milestones while engaging with a complex joint U.S.-China stakeholder matrix and facilitated creation of a research program portfolio to focus on breakthrough energy efficiency building technologies, produced a list of new IP, technologies, and codes and standards.
Zhou’s research has focused on modeling and evaluating China’s low-carbon development strategies, assessing building energy efficiency policies and technologies, and development and evaluation of China's appliance standards and labeling program. Additional work includes energy efficiency in industry and assessments of energy efficiency policies. Her more recent work involves leading the development of guidebooks and software tools for local governments in China to create low-carbon and eco-development plans. She collaborates with and provides technical assistance to diverse governmental and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and the world on energy efficiency, clean energy, and related topics. She has worked to expand knowledge and awareness internationally of China’s energy efficiency policies and programs. Zhou has a total of more than 150 publications, with more than 40 refereed journal articles on buildings and energy.
Zhou has an architecture degree from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, a master’s in architecture from Kyushu University in Japan, and a doctorate in engineering from Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan.