New Report on Accelerating Systems Engineering for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Santa Barbara, California, June 14, 2011


UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency announces the release of a white paper, Systems-Level Approaches to Energy Efficiency in Buildings, which recommends improvements and actions needed to advance the development and adoption of integrated building control systems for energy efficiency.

The white paper stems from a 2-day workshop convened by the Institute in December 2010, which brought together 25 senior-level stakeholders from across the industry with the goal of developing recommendations for expediting the development and adoption of integrated building control systems for energy efficiency.   The white paper is a result of a focused and dynamic discussion amongst participants, representing vendors, corporate level consumers, research institutes, not-for-profits, utilities, government laboratories and academics.  

The workshop was the second in a series run by the Institute designed to accelerate the development and deployment of emerging technologies driving energy efficiency.  “These workshops provide a rare opportunity for participants to shape the direction of research in rapidly developing areas, foster new partnerships and collaborations, support the exchange and dissemination of information and ultimately expedite the commercialization and adoption of new energy efficient technologies,” said Jen McJannet, Director of the Institute’s Corporate Relations. “As a non-competitive, non-profit research organization, the Institute for Energy Efficiency is uniquely positioned to bring together a broad cross-section of stakeholders in support of a common goal.”

As a result of the building efficiency Technology Roundtable, new research collaborations have been established, specifically relating to the development of algorithms for integrated building control systems for energy efficiency. 

The white paper is available for download from the Institute’s website:

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 About the Institute for Energy Efficiency

The Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to researching and developing technological solutions that will forever change how energy is produced, used, and managed. The Institute’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary research activities leverage the considerable expertise of U.C. Santa Barbara’s highly acclaimed faculty, which includes five Nobel Laureates. By fostering collaborations, sponsoring research, and expediting the commercialization of new technologies, the Institute strives to deliver significant advances in energy efficiency in the near term. 

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