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Controls and Communications Integration

Lead Performer: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab -- U.S. India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD)
Project Partners:
-- University of California, Berkeley
-- International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H) - Andhra Pradesh, India
-- enLighted - Sunnyvale, California and Maharashtra, India
-- Honeywell - Morristown, NJ
-- Infosys - Bangalore, India
-- Neosilica - Andhra Pradesh, India
-- Philips - Amsterdam, Netherlands
-- SynapSense - Folsom, CA
-- Schenider Electric - India
-- Wipro Eco-energy - India
DOE Funding: $625,000
Cost Share: $300,000
Project Term: Oct. 2012 - Sept. 2017

Project Objective

The U.S.-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) conducts energy efficiency research and development (R&D) with a focus on integrating information technology with building controls and physical systems for commercial/high-rise residential units. This CBERD project aims to tackle the issue of building systems not interacting with each other. When the systems within a building do not interact, it is impossible to optimize the whole building’s energy performance. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is working directly with industry to solve this problem by integrating open-source tools with next-generation building systems. The project team will demonstrate proof of concept of a unified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); lighting; and plug-load control interface. The platform, which is open source and easy to use, will also integrate advanced plug-load management capabilities.

Project Impact

  • Near-term: Open source tools enabling optimization with current partners
  • Intermediate-term: Provide foundation for expansion with more players
  • Longer-term: Invigorate industry players for open software architectures


DOE Technology Manager: Marina Sofos
Lead Performer: Rich Brown, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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