Roderick Bates focuses on bringing real-world data in-line with the design process.

Roderick interprets ecological, economic, climate, social, and site data to inform sustainable building design. He assists architectural teams with simulation-driven design evaluations, using the results to envision design modifications and bespoke tools that improve a building's energy performance and thermal comfort. For example, following an initiative to quantify the embodied energy of buildings—an effort that was recognized in 2008 by the EPA Lifecycle Building Challenge award—Roderick worked with the Research Group to develop Tally, a Revit application that lets designers access accurate Life Cycle Assessment data and reporting tools directly in their digital models.  
As a means of gaining accurate feedback for performance assessments, Roderick led several monitoring experiments in buildings including Loblolly House, Yale University's Sage Bowers Hall, and Cellophane House. During these studies, the team's frustrations with the limitations of existing sensor technologies led Roderick and colleagues to develop Pointelist, a plug-and-play, customizable sensor network and web-based app that collects and reports temperature and relative humidity data. In addition to helping create these tools, Roderick also oversees market assessments, seeks out partners, and develops commercialization plans for KieranTimberlake-developed technologies. 
Roderick has presented on his projects at conferences including the Energy Forum on Solar Building Skins in Bressanone, Italy, Greenbuild, and the Living Futures Conference. He also participates in design charrettes to facilitate discussions on high-performance design strategies.