U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office
Advanced, Integrated Control for Building Operations Research Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting research into advanced integrated controls for building operations and seeking to validate energy savings strategies by simulations.
This project will develop an advanced, integrated control for the following building systems:
- Cooling and heating
- Window and blind operation.
A variety of operation and energy saving control strategies will be evaluated on a building equipped with alternative cooling and heating methods, including fan coil units, radiant mullions, and motorized window and blinds.
Research is being undertaken by DOE, Siemens Corporate Research, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, and Osram Sylvania.
The goal of this project is to develop an advanced, integrated control of building components to achieve 40% energy savings while providing a healthy, productive, and comfortable environment for building occupants with reduced operating and equipment costs for building owners.
Benefits and Impacts
The decreased energy use results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less energy imports. The continuous building performance monitoring provides building operators with the ability to monitor trends, discover patterns, detect anomalies, and results in reduced building lifecycle cost.
By bringing this project to market, DOE aims to meet an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act priority: promoting economic prosperity through jobs provided in designing, providing, and installing advanced control systems in new and existing buildings.