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Evaluating 3D-Printed Molds in New York City building

May 23, 2019

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is collaborating with Pre-cast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and Gate Precast on evaluating 3D-printed molds, which have faster lead times, increased durability, and better quality, for the Domino-Site A building in New York City under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Integrated Building Design and Construction project. 

The project was recently featured in Additive Manufacturing...

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Additive Manufacturing: Precast Concrete, Meet 3D Printing

Release of Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER)

May 23, 2019

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Johnson Controls, Inc. released an alpha version of the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) on January 15 at the 2019 AHR conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

BETTER provides commercial, institutional, and government building owners and managers with an open-source, easy-to-use tool to target efficiency improvements by turning readily-available, monthly energy consumption data into...

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Autodesk, Johnson Controls Accelerate Building Design

May 23, 2019

Johnson Controls’ new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, a CERC-BEE Showcase Building, is the first triple-certified green building in China, achieving LEED Platinum, IFC EDGE and China Three Star Certification.

To ensure building operations remain sustainable over time, Johnson Controls turned to Building Information Modeling energy analysis using Autodesk software to quickly create an EnergyPlus model that provides the basis for ongoing system optimization—...

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Ravi Prasher New ETA Leader

July 19, 2018

Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search.

Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division since 2015, where he has led the Lab's research on batteries, fuel cells...

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Ravi Prasher (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)

Ramesh to Lead “Beyond Moore’s Law” Initiative

July 19, 2018

After serving four years as Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics.

This new initiative has been dubbed "Beyond Moore's Law," as it seeks the solution to what will happen when Moore's Law — which holds that the number of transistors on a chip will double about...

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Advancing Smart Buildings and Technologies

March 15, 2018

Clay Nesler, Vice President of Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives at Johnson Controls Inc., recently discussed how the US-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program is advancing smart buildings and technologies that conserve energy create economic development opportunities for the United States.    Please click on the links below for Nesler's interview with China Daily and for his presentation at the Greenbiz VERGE Conference.   China Daily: ... Read More

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U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Highlights the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) in their Special Edition of USGBC+ Magazine

November 16, 2017

In the October 2017 Special EditionofUSGBC+ Magazine, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highlights the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program.

The article, “Advocating for Change – China makes its mark on the world of sustainability,” by Elizabeth Beardsley. The article discusses the value USGBC places on CERC-BEE for its collaborative research and development (R&D) with U.S. and Chinese companies – many of which are also...

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U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Program Hosts First U.S.-China Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting in Shanghai, China

October 20, 2017

On Oct. 19th, the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program hosted its first U.S.-China bilateral Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting at the Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) Headquarters (HQ) Asia-Pacific (APAC) in Shanghai, China. More than 80 stakeholders from the U.S. and Chinese government, researcher institutes, national laboratories, private industry, and non-government organizations (NGO) discussed the technologies, policies, and demonstrations...

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Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

September 01, 2017

Berkeley Lab-led study confirms efficacy of cool roofs in parts of China.

Working with Chinese researchers, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.

The team simulated both residential and office buildings in seven Chinese cities in...

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International Research and Development Collaboration Leads to Buildings Innovation in U.S. and China

August 28, 2017

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Program: Delivering Innovation in Building Technologies through Bilateral Collaboration and Public-Private Partnerships

Led by the BTO and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the China Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) Center for Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC), CERC-BEE currently...

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The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Program Hosts Semi-Annual Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting in Washington, DC

July 19, 2017

On July 11th, the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program hosted its Semi-Annual Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting at the U.S. Green Building Council office in Washington, DC. Approximately 50 stakeholders participated in this event, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), national laboratories, private industry, and non-profit organizations (NGO).

The event offered perspectives from Dr. Robert Marlay, the U...

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CERC Joint Research Projects on Building Energy Efficiency Briefing 2017. Issue. 1

July 05, 2017

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) Center of Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC) held seminars themed “Concept and Roadmap of Net-Zero Energy Building” and “Workshop Demonstration of Net-Zero Energy Building Technology” in March and June 2017 respectively. Two project leads - China Academy of Building Research (CABR) and Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd. - also kicked-off their project work on "Research on the Key Technology of Building...

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Johnson Controls Discusses how CERC-BEE is Addressing Global Sustainability Challenges

June 30, 2017

Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), Chair of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Industry Advisory Board (IAB), recently discussed how building energy efficiency public-private partnerships, such as CERC-BEE, are helping countries meet their energy and sustainability goals.  Please click on the links below for recent articles published by the World Economic Forum and China Daily.

World Economic Forum: Buildings of the Future China Daily: Building... Read More

CERC BEE Drafts Groundbreaking Joint IP Agreement

February 27, 2017

U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) researchers — Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), and ICF International (ICF) from the United States and the China Academy of Building Research (CABR) from China — recently drafted CERC's first U.S.-China joint intellectual property (IP) agreement for the development of an open-source, on-line, building energy efficiency audit tool. This important achievement sets a precedent...

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CERC-BEE Hosted Policy and Markets Planning Meeting on “Uncovering Barriers and Solutions to Building Energy Efficiency” in Shanghai

October 22, 2016

On October 20th, US-China Clean Energy Research Center, Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) hosted an workshop on “Uncovering Barriers and Solutions to Building Energy Efficiency” in Shanghai, China.

The workshop sought to obtain a 360 degree perspective on the critical barriers and most promising solutions to advance building energy efficiency retrofits in China. Approximately 50 stakeholders participated in the workshop, including government officials, bankers, researchers,...

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