Innovation for Widespread Adoption of Very Low Energy Buildings Through Partnerships and Real World Impact

President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama endorse continued U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy innovation

“The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center will help accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies here at home. This new partnership will also create new export opportunities for American companies, ensure the United States remains at the forefront of technology innovation, and help to reduce global carbon pollution."  — Secretary Chu, September 2, 2010

The Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) on building energy efficiency was initiated between U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Hu. CERC was formally established by protocol between the US Department of Energy and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology in November, 2009. In November 2014, the United States and China made a renewed and expanded commitment to the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), extending the CERC mandate for an additional five years from 2016-2020. Total funding for CERC-BEE, including private and public investments in both countries, will be at least $100 million by 2020.

Through more than a dozen high visibility, cost-shared projects, we are conducting R&D on building energy efficiency (BEE) technologies and strategies in the United States and China that will be applicable worldwide. Researchers are working to improve efficiency in new and existing buildings, save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase indoor comfort, and reduce stress on the electric grid. As new construction proceeds around the globe, collaborative BEE research efforts are helping to lock in the tremendous potential energy savings for the long term.

In equal amounts, U.S. funds will be used exclusively to support work conducted by U.S. institutions and individuals, and Chinese funds will support work conducted by Chinese institutions and researchers. Together the U.S. and Chinese research-industry teams:

Members of the U.S. CERC-BEE team in Washington D.C. (2013)

  • Focus on real world impact through the early commercialization of technologies and by developing intellectual property, software, tools, guidebooks, codes, policies, and more
  • Bring new technologies to market
  • Create a sustainable platform and build lasting partnerships
  • Cover the whole business model by involving various stakeholders such as government, academia, and the private sector