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 please visit

Interested? Please contact:

  • Clay Nesler (World Resource Institute), Chair, Industrial Advisory Board 
  • Carolyn Szum (Berkeley Lab), Program Manager

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

Comments from member organizations:

"Citi, as a participant in the U.S.-China CERC-BEE consortium, values this unique opportunity to collaborate with leading institutions in the U.S. and China to advance collective goals around advancing and scaling energy efficiency, including the development and deployment of new financing structures."

Dow Chemical
"The Dow Chemical Company actively participates in the CERC-BEE program. We value access to world class research Institutes as well as shared building science with our Chinese counterparts and U.S. Industrial Advisory Board Members. Dow’s commitment will exceed US $2.3 million dollars over the next 5 years within the CERC-BEE research portfolio."

"Saint-Gobain North America is a leader in innovative materials and construction products, whose corporate emphasis is providing products for improved building energy efficiency. We greatly support the goals and objectives of the CERC BEE consortium. This consortium has given our researchers in both the U.S. and China the opportunity for innovative and meaningful collaboration with CERC-BEE researchers in both countries to achieve our common energy efficiency goals."

"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."

"LumenCache is an innovative Direct Current (DC) Nanogrid platform that both the research and CERC-BEE Industry Advisory Board members have embraced as potentially game-changing for smart buildings. The CERC-BEE program provides the opportunity to demonstrate the diverse capabilities of the platform over time, and engage multiple technology partners. As research and collaboration is at the core of the program, LumenCache is actively supporting projects in both countries, and will share the best practices and lessons learned. We are excited to participate and showcase world class efficiency and integration with any global power standard."

Lutron Electronics
"Lutron Electronics, a world leading manufacturer of lighting controls and private U.S. company with headquarters in Coopersburg P.A., was the first lighting company engaged with CERC-BEE, and we are committed to the success of this flagship U.S.-China collaboration. We are honored to have served as the second chair of the U.S. Industrial Advisory Board, through which we have had the opportunity to brief cabinet members of both U.S. and Chinese administrations. Lutron's participation in CERC-BEE allows us to contribute to world-class research, deepens relationships with world-class industrial partners, and demonstrates the national energy-saving potential of our lighting controls in the largest new construction market in the world."

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