Building Technology and Urban Systems Division

Building Technology and Urban Systems Division

In the areas of Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS), ETA researchers conduct R&D and develop physical and information technologies to make buildings and urban areas more energy- and resource-efficient. These technologies create jobs and products for the marketplace in clean technology industries. They improve quality of life and reduce pollutant emissions, including climate-altering greenhouse gases.

The goal is to provide the technologies needed to operate buildings at 50 to 70 percent less energy use than is average today.

BTUS develops, demonstrates and deploys:

  • Information technologies for the real-time monitoring and control of buildings and facilities for improved energy efficiency and quality of life
  • Advanced lighting, and windows and daylighting systems
  • Software for energy-efficient building modeling, design and operation
  • Technologies and design practice for efficient high-technology buildings
  • Commercial and residential building technologies
  • Technical assistance to federal, state and local governments in efficient buildings


Nathan Addy (510) 486-4000
Bunmi Adesola (510) 486-6966
Arian Aghajanzadeh (510) 495-2145
Yaw Agyeman (510) 495-2574
Jingjing An (510) 486-4000
Mike Apte (510) 610-4172
Krzysztof Arendt (510) 486-6990
Paula Ashley (510) 486-6882
George Ban-Weiss (510) 486-4000
Fred Bauman (510) 642-7848
David Blum (510) 486-4741
Carl Blumstein (510) 207-3333
Norman Bourassa (510) 495-2677
Rich Brown (510) 486-5896
Karl Brown (510) 643-1441


Publications by Organization



Granderson, Jessica, Marco Bonvini, Mary Ann Piette, Janie Page, Guanjing Lin, and Lily R. Hu. "Can We Practically Bring Physics-based Modeling Into Operational Analytics Tools?" Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA, August 2016 (2016). (845.56 KB)