U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office
Open-Protocol Platform for Commercial Building Operations and Energy Management Algorithm Research Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting research into an open-protocol platform for commercial buildings and an algorithm to manage energy use.
This project seeks to develop a situational analysis algorithm that characterizes the classes and capabilities of existing building automation and energy information systems, as well as the types of commercial buildings that typically use each class of equipment.
Research is being undertaken by DOE and Navigant Consulting.
The goal is to use the situational analysis algorithm to determine whether there is a need for a DOE program to develop a new open-architecture platform that can communicate with existing proprietary systems so that building operators can evaluate and implement new algorithms for building operation and energy management.
Benefits and Impacts
The overarching goal of the sensors and controls research is to capture 30% energy savings by enhanced management of energy consuming assets and systems through development of cost-effective sensors and controls.