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 technology to make buildings and urban areas more energy- and resource-efficient. This technology creates 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 technology needed to operate buildings at 50 to 70 percent less energy use than is average today.

BTUS develops, demonstrates and deploys:

  • Information technology 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
  • Technology and design practice for efficient high-technology buildings
  • Commercial and residential building technology
  • Technical assistance to federal, state and local governments in efficient buildings
  • Data and tools to support cities' decision making on building energy efficiency
  • Occupant behavior data analytics, modeling and simulation to reduce energy use in buildings


Stephen Czarnecki
Darryl Dickerhoff (510) 486-4086
Prabal Dutta
Shankar Earni (510) 486-7126
Luis Fernandes (510) 495-8892
Sam Fernandes (510) 486-4048
Christian Fitting
Daniel Fuller (510) 486-6496
Antoine Gautier (510) 303-0924
Christoph Gehbauer (510) 701-3473
Daniel Gerber (978) 505-2305
Jerrilyn Goldberg (510) 486-5346
Howdy Goudey (510) 486-5981
Jessica Granderson (510) 486-6792
Steve Greenberg (510) 486-6971


Publications by Organization


Singh, R., P. Mathew, J. Granderson, Y. Shukla, and A. Ranjan Behera, Packaged Scalable Energy Information Systems for Hotels, Journal of Facilities Management, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 119 - 141, 2018.
Fuchs, H., A. Aghajanzadeh, and P. L. Therkelsen, Using Industry’s Own Words to Evaluate ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Adoption, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, 2018.


Nordman, B., A. Khandekar, M. Spears, and M. Pezzola, A Simulation of Local Power Distribution Control Strategies, in 2017 IEEE Second International Conference on DC Microgrids (ICDCM), Nuremburg, Germany, 2017.
Kohler, C., Y. Shukla, and R. Rawal, Calculating the Effect of External Shading on the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of Windows, in Building Simulation 2017, San Francisco, CA, 2017.