Energy Systems Laboratory
Charles Culp

Charles Culp

Associate Director, Continuous Commissioning® (CC®) Software Development Group Director, ESL & Professor, Architecture, Texas A&M University



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Dr. Charles Culp is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and an Associate Director of the ESL. At the ESL, he is responsible for the development and implementation of Continuous Commissioning® tools used to improve energy efficiency in hundreds of large buildings including higher education facilities, medical facilities, office buildings and airports. He has proposed and secured over $14 million in funding from federal, state and industry while at the Energy Systems Lab. Dr. Culp has conducted sponsor-supported research in low energy use commercial and residential building design, software control algorithms, energy studies, low velocity air movement studies, air movement in ducts, measurement and verification technology, serious gaming technology, and energy codes.

He has had over thirty years of experience in the HVAC&R field, both in the private and public sectors. During his employment at Interand, Dr. Culp designed interactive video systems. At Honeywell, Dr. Culp was a Honeywell Fellow and designed and led the development on two major energy management and control system designs, Honeywell’s Delta 2500 and Delta 21. During his time at Emerson Electric, he was the Deputy Director of Emerson’s Advanced Material Center, the Director of Emerson’s Advanced Development Center, the Director of Engineering for Alco Controls, and the Director of Research for Fisher Controls.

At Texas A&M University, his teaching in the Department of Architecture encompasses high performance building design and simulation, environmental design, and HVAC courses in which both architecture and engineering students attend. His research involves developing a new refrigerant-free air conditioner, software to find energy efficiency opportunities in buildings, and residential energy efficiency technologies.

Dr. Culp is active in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a Past President of ASHRAE’s College of Fellows, past Chair of the Technical Activities Committee at ASHRAE, past member of the ASHRAE Board of Directors and currently a voting member of ASHRAE’s Technology Council and Residential Building Committee. He also advises numerous Texas A&M PhD graduate students.

Dr. Culp received a B.S. in Physics with highest honors from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics with an Electrical Engineering minor from Iowa State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, has a LEED-AP certification from the US Green Building Council, and has a High Performance Building Design Professional certification from ASHRAE.