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July 9th 2020
Release of "beta" Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) announced the release of the beta Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) (better.lbl.gov/) to the public today. The easy-to-use, open-source BETTER tool allows building owners and managers to rapidly convert readily-available monthly building energy... Read More
September 26th 2019
Under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) consortium, which is implemented by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a team of researchers and industry professionals from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), and Gate Precast is working collaboratively to develop next-generation precast concrete that is half the weight, twice... Read More
Johnson Controls
May 23rd 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... Read More
Additive Manufacturing: Precast Concrete, Meet 3D Printing
May 23rd 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)... Read More
May 23rd 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... Read More
Ramamoorthy Ramesh in his laboratory
July 19th 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... Read More
Ravi Prasher (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)
July 19th 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... Read More
building landscape
March 15th 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... Read More
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November 16th 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.... Read More
October 20th 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... Read More
September 1st 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... Read More
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August 28th 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... Read More
July 19th 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... Read More
July 5th 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... Read More
June 30th 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: ... Read More
February 27th 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... Read More
October 22nd 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... Read More
October 19th 2016
On October 17th and 18th at the Singyes Solar building in Zhuhai, China, the CERC-BEE program held a bilateral stakeholder meeting to formally close out phase 1.0 of its work (2010-2015) and launch phase 2.0 (2016-2020). The stakeholder meeting brought together more than 50 representatives from the U.S. and Chinese government, researcher institutes, national laboratories, private industry, non-profit organizations, academia, and demonstration... Read More
June 6th 2016
LIQUIDARMOR, a sprayable liquid sealant developed by The Dow Chemical Company and evaluated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), recently won the 2016 Gold Edison Award for Building Construction & Lighting Innovations. The Edison Awards honor the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services. The ORNL and Dow Chemical collaboration to... Read More
Guangzhou
December 22nd 2015
New Berkeley Lab study uses regional climate model to compare heat waves to normal summer conditions. It is well established that white roofs can help mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun’s energy back into space and reducing a city’s temperature under normal weather conditions. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers working with Chinese scientists found that... Read More
June 1st 2015
In June 2015, the Steering Committee met to review CERC's plans and progress to date and to discuss the future work and planning for the second phase (2016-2020) of the CERC program, CERC 2.0. The meeting was presided over by Secretary MONIZ, Minister WAN, and Vice Administrator SHI. Senior officials from DOE, MOST, NEA, and MOHURD; industry partners; and stakeholders participated in the meeting.... Read More
December 1st 2014
In November 2014, The United States and China made a renewed and expanded commitment to the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). This will include: Extending the CERC mandate for an additional five years from 2016-2020; Renewing funding for the three existing tracks: building efficiency, clean vehicles, and advanced coal technologies with carbon capture, use and sequestration (CCUS); and Launching a new track on the interaction of... Read More
November 12th 2014
1.     The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The seriousness of the challenge calls upon the two sides to work constructively together for the common good. 2.     To this end, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping reaffirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation on climate change and... Read More
November 12th 2014
Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, today President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030.  Together... Read More
October 28th 2014
In conjunction with the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Beijing and met with China's Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang to chair the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Steering Committee Meeting on July 11, 2014. CERC, launched by President Obama and former Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2009, serves as a framework for joint research in key areas... Read More
October 28th 2014
By Michael Stadler Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has released DER-CAM 4.1.3, the latest version of the Distributed Energy Resources – Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM). This new version, released on October 1, 2014, improves on previous DER-CAM versions by bringing new capabilities focused on some of the key issues pertaining to microgrids and to their planning process. DER-CAM 4.1.3 optimizes generation resources... Read More
October 2nd 2014
Nan Zhou, the Deputy Group Leader of China Energy Group and the U.S. Director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Center-Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) said in an interview with the Hong Kong-based television broadcaster, Phoenix Television, that the "CREC-BEE consortium accelerates innovation as participating researchers create market-driven technologies with industrial partners commercializing the technologies in shorter periods of time." In... Read More
September 21st 2014
The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) was credited in an article titled "U.S.-China Rifts on Hacking, Spying Put Aside for Climate" for its efforts in bringing together more than 1,100 Chinese and American scientists from research laboratories and private companies on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean to enhance cooperation on climate change.
September 2nd 2014
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 five climate zones, evaluating energy... Read More
August 29th 2014
The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Consortium held its annual workshop on August 25-26 in Berkeley, California to evaluate performance of its 12 joint research projects and plan the future of the consortium after this high-profile program ends its first phase of work in 2015. About 90 researchers, industrial partners and experts, and government officials from the U.S. and China attended this year's... Read More
October 30th 2013
LBNL’s China Energy Group lead a delegation of more than 30 U.S. Clean Energy Research Center, Building Energy Efficiency Consortium members including research leads, industrial partners and technical advisers to meet with Chinese collaborators in Wuhan, China on October 29-31.   This year’s U.S.-China gathering, aimed at facilitating the development of work plans for the second half of the 5-year innovation and research program, also included a... Read More

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