"CERC-BEE research has delivered substantial benefit to Dow's innovation pipeline and commercialization efforts for U.S. and Chinese markets. Through access to U.S. national laboratories, Dow has collaborated with leading researchers to develop new cool roof materials and sprayable liquid flashing, accelerating commercialization of new products through research collaborations developed under CERC."

"SAGE Electrochromics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, is benefitting from joint U.S. –China development projects to improve building sustainability. The CERC program enables our participation in a project to demonstrate energy-saving performance of dynamic windows in China. The understanding of Chinese buildings, markets, and occupant preferences is invaluable in exploring business opportunities in Asia."

"We are involved in the CERC, as an IAB member, to assist us on many levels.  We are encouraged by the work of researchers in US to further the technology of geothermal heat pumps and to assist us in developing higher and higher efficiency products. This is instrumental in assisting in our own design efforts and has resulted in our being in the R&D 100 for 2013.   In our effort to develop markets in Asia, the CERC has given us insights and exposed us to contacts that we would not normally have had. All of this when final, should help us with our sales and create the need for manufactured products."


"3M’s participation in the consortium will not only help us drive the growing market for large-scale energy efficiency and sustainability projects forward, but will give all members the opportunity to learn firsthand about the energy efficiency needs of the Chinese market."

"[CERC provides a] great opportunity for us to identify key learnings from customer feedback in order to continue developing innovative products that support China’s efforts in energy-efficiency in buildings,”

"...innovations such as those generated by the CERC and the application of these advanced technologies will inspire additional initiatives that lead to better-performing buildings around the globe."

How to Join

Business, industrial, and non-governmental entities that have been contributing to and collaborating with research teams are seeing results and accruing benefits from CERC participation.  As a consequence of these early successes, other research institutions and businesses in both countries have expressed interest in joining CERC consortia as new members and participating in cooperative activities.  To see a list of active industrial partners, click here.


Companies interested to join are encouraged to contact us:


Prospective members should meet certain criteria, including:

  1. Proper motivation
  2. Alignment with key areas of research
  3. Bringing additional capacity or expertise to the project
  4. Making a sufficient contribution relative to the others
  5. Agreeing to the IP provisions in the Technology Management Plan (TMP)
  6. Willingness to make cash and in-kind contributions


Benefits of membership:

In contrast to traditional frameworks for collaboration, the CERC collaborative model offers several key benefits that empower industrial partners to assume a central role, including:

Access, Input, and Insight

  • Inform new policies/initiatives, simulating the penetration/adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices
  • Direct access to governments, official policy making institutions, U.S. national laboratories, and Chinese research, policy institutes, and companies
  • Recognition as a Member at major conferences and workshops

Market Development and Special IP Protections

  • Better understanding of, and access to expose new technologies to large markets
  • Enhanced IP protection and assistance in China side licensing agreements

For more information, contact us.