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Mechanical Systems and Controls Group

Welcome

The Mechanical Systems and Controls Group improves and lowers the cost of building services by fostering the development and use of more intelligent, integrated, and optimized building mechanical systems and controls; develops simulation and emulation tools, fault detection and diagnostic procedures, and performance evaluation techniques for quantifying the performance of building HVAC equipment and systems; develops standard communication protocols for exchanging information between building management and control systems; and develops the technical bases for advanced building controls which will optimize whole building performance.

This groupleads a collaborative research and standards development effort focused on providing critical building information, including real-time sensor data, to emergency responders. Furthermore, it provides leadership and the technical basis for enabling utility integration with commercial buildings as part of our project to expand, certify, and demonstrate the BACnet protocol.

Programs/Projects

Commissioning Building Systems for Improved Energy Performance Project—NIST will advance commercial building system commissioning as a standard quality assurance practice by developing techniques to automate labor-intensive commissioning processes, establishing …

Building Integration with Smart Grid Project—New measurement science and industry standards are needed to enable building systems and consumers to interact with a future “smart grid,” which supports the national goal to modernize the electric …

Intelligent Building Agents Project—Achieving national goals of net zero energy buildings requires substantial reduction in the energy consumption of commercial building systems. Although significant progress has been made in the …

Smart Building Automation and Control Testbed and Standards Project—Better information about the practical implications of integrating historically separate building automation systems and improved industry standards are needed to meet the growing demand from …

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Commercial Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems Project—NIST is working to measure and improve the operational performance of commercial buildings by leveraging previously untapped capabilities within modern automation and control systems.  This …

Embedded Intelligence in Buildings Program—The objective of the Embedded Intelligence in Buildings Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science that will improve building operations to achieve energy efficiency, occupant …

 
Contact

Steven T. Bushby, Leader
Mechanical Systems and Controls Group
(301) 975-5870