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 comfort, and safety through the use of intelligent building systems.
Congress has established a national goal of achieving net-zero energy buildings by 2030. Approximately 84% of the life cycle energy use of a building is associated with operating the building rather than the materials and energy used for construction. This program will provide the measurement science to realize energy efficient building operation through integrated cybernetic building systems with distributed, embedded intelligence that can optimize building system performance, detect and respond to faults and operational errors, and enable integration of building systems with smart grid technologies.
This program is closely aligned with the Engineering Laboratory (EL) mission to promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness by anticipating and meeting the measurement science, standards, and technology needs of the U.S. building industry. It builds on the EL core competencies of Energy Efficient and Intelligent Operation of Buildings with Healthy Indoor Environments, and Intelligent Sensing, Control Processes, and Automation for Cyber-Physical Systems. It also aligns with our strategic goal of Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Manufacturing, Materials, and Infrastructure.
Because a mismatch exists between who invests (manufacturers) and who benefits (public and other end users), public sector involvement is necessary to overcome the initial barrier of developing the measurement science. EL is in a position to leverage its strong ties to industry stakeholders, academia, and standards organizations. EL has the needed technical expertise and an international reputation for excellence in the technical areas relevant to cybernetic building systems as a result of over two decades of technical work and collaboration. EL staff has leadership positions on the key U.S. and international committees that will make use of the program results.
Some recent accomplishments of the Embedded Intelligence in Buildings Program include:
Start Date:October 1, 2011
Lead Organizational Unit:el
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