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Research on Very Low‐Energy Building Operations and Management Methods

Lead Performer: U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Project Partners:
-- Center of Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC), Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) - Beijing, China
-- China Academy of Building Research - Bejing, China
-- Sustainable Energy Partnerships (SEP) - San Francisco, CA
DOE Funding: $567,000
Cost Share: Provided by partners
Project Term: 1/1/2011 - 12/31/2015

Project Objective

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) is a pioneering research and development (R&D) consortium bringing together governments, key policymakers, researchers, and industry to develop a long-term platform for sustainable U.S.-China joint R&D. This CERC project aims to develop and pilot a national building energy database, benchmarking tool, and policy framework in China. In turn, these will drive energy and carbon-intensity reductions in Chinese buildings; the sale of U.S. energy-efficient technologies in China; and innovation in Chinese policy, such as inclusion of benchmarking in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. The United States can then inform its own building energy policy by drawing on lessons from China’s real-time energy monitoring and innovations in building codes, standards, and policies. The project team has developed the first prototype comparative building benchmarking tools for hotels and commercial offices in China.

Project Impact

The China Academy of Building Research estimates this project can save 405 billion kWh of energy annually.

Contacts

DOE Technology Manager: Richard Karney
Lead Performer: Carolyn Szum, ICF International