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EETD Researchers Win BuildSys 2011 Best Paper Award

Screenshot of the Energy Performance of Buildings Group web site

Francis Rubinstein and Dennis DiBartolomeo of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, and Yao-Jun Wen of Philips Research North America, have won the BuildSys 2011 Best Paper Award. Their paper, "Co-simulation Based Building Controls Implementation with Networked Sensors and Actuators," won the Best Paper Award at the recent BuildSys 2011 meeting. The paper presents a rapid-prototyping controls implementation platform based on the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed framework that is capable of linking to building sensor and actuator networks for efficient controller design and testing.

For more information, see the BuildSys website.

Free Energy Information Systems Handbook Released

The Energy Information Handbook Cover

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the U.S. Department of Energy have released The Energy Information Handbook: Applications for Energy-Efficient Buildings Operations. This free book helps commercial building owners and operators who have no experience with energy information systems understand how to analyze building energy use and use their analysis to lower energy costs by operating buildings more efficiently. Software developers and energy service providers in the commercial building industry will find the book useful, as will more experienced owners and managers who wish to improve how they visualize, analyze, and manage their building's energy use.

The handbook was written by Jessica Granderson, Mary Ann Piette, Ben Rosenblum, and Lily Hu of the Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD), and Dan Harris of New Buildings Institute.

Download the Energy Information Handbook [PDF], and learn more about building energy information systems at the Energy Information Systems website. The website also offers outcomes of other work related to building energy management including: a categorization framework and market characterization of building energy information systems (EIS) and a series of case studies with large facility owners to explore users' experiences with EIS.

Related work, also posted at eis.lbl.gov, has developed a categorization framework and market characterization of building EIS and explored users' experience with EIS in a series of case studies with large facility owners.

For more information, see the Energy Information Systems website.

Richmond Field Station Chosen for Berkeley Lab Expansion

Architectural rendering of the new location for Berkeley Lab expansion: the new site with the bay and San Francisco in the distance.

Richmond Field Station architectural rendering

The University of California (UC) announced today that it has chosen the Richmond Field Station as the preferred site for its consolidation of the biosciences programs of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The University of California-owned site presents the best opportunity to solve the Berkeley Lab's pressing space problems, while allowing for long-term growth and maintaining the 80-year tradition of close cooperation with the UC Berkeley campus.

The university will now develop environmental impact studies and seek final approval for the project from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In May of 2011, the university narrowed the initial 20 possibilities to six: Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Richmond. "Each city, community, and their developer partners presented extremely thoughtful and well-formulated proposals for us to consider, for which we are deeply grateful," says Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos."We hope that the new relationships we've made will continue to help us foster excitement in science. The enthusiasm is wonderful affirmation of the desire of the entire East Bay to be part of developing scientific solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our society."

(Click here to watch a video of the site selection announcement.)

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