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

Publications by Organization


Coleman, P., S. Earni, and C. H. Williams, Could what that ESCO sales rep said really be true? Savings realization rates in ESPC versus bid-to-spec projects, in 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA, 2014.
Anders, A., P. A. Ni, and J. Andersson, Drifting Ionization Zone in DC Magnetron Sputtering Discharges at Very Low Currents, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 42, no. 10, pp. 2578 - 2579, 2014.
Thanachareonkit, A., E. S. Lee, and A. McNeil, Empirical Assessment of a Prismatic Daylight-Redirecting Window Film in a Full-Scale Office Testbed, LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 19-45, 2014.
Basu, C., G. Ghatikar, and P. Bansal, Enabling Efficient, Responsive, and Resilient Buildings: Collaboration Between the United States and India, in IEEE Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, Chicago, IL, 2014.
Mercado, A. C., R. Mitchell, S. Earni, R. C. Diamond, and E. Alschuler, Enabling Interoperability through a Common Language for Building Performance Data, 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA, 2014.
Cheung, H. Y. Iris, S. E. Greenberg, R. Mahdavi, R. E. Brown, and W. Tscudi, Energy Efficiency in Small Server Rooms: FIeld Surveys and Findings, in 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, California, 2014.
Logue, J. M. and B. C. Singer, Energy impacts of effective range hood use for all U.S. residential cooking, HVAC&R Research, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 264 - 275, 2014.
Hult, E. L. and M. H. Sherman, Estimates of Uncertainty in multi-zoned air leakage measurements, International Journal of Ventilation, 2014.
Payne, C. T., H. Y. Iris Cheung, and E. Fisher, Evolution of Energy Efficiency Programs Over Time: The Case of Standby Power, in 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 2014.