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 including Building Energy Efficiency (BEE). As the CERC program enters its fourth year, Secretary Moniz and Minister Wan met to review research progress and explore the expansion of the CERC-BEE consortium.
The CERC-BEE leadership presented technical progress across twelve U.S.-China project teams comprised of researchers and industry. Since 2010, the consortium has launched new energy efficient products and materials for buildings, created new intellectual property, developed open-source software tools, and worked with officials to develop new energy efficient codes and standards.
The consortium is lead jointly by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's China Energy Group under the direction of Deputy Group Leader, Dr. Nan Zhou and China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) under the direction of Professor Liang Junqiang. Representatives from BEE business partners were also in attendance, including Dow Chemical, Lutron Electronics, 3M, Saint-Gobain, ClimateMaster, and others.
Hosted at the China Academy of Building Research's newly constructed CERC-BEE demonstration building, Secretary Moniz and Minster Wan took the opportunity to tour the cutting-edge Nearly Zero Energy Building featuring various U.S. technologies including Lutron lighting controls, ClimateMaster ground source pump heating system, 3M air barriers and Dow Chemical liquid flashing.
About the U.S.-China CERC-BEE (cercbee.lbl.gov)
The U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency Consortium (CERC-
BEE) was initiated between the United States and China and formally established by protocol between the U.S. Department of Energy and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology in 2009. Achievements include improved energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased indoor comfort, and reduced stress on the electric grid. CERC-BEE R&D teams are comprised of U.S. national laboratories, and U.S. and Chinese universities, research institutes, and businesses. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads the U.S. participation in the program.