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
  • 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


Rona Luo (510) 486-4062
Xuan Luo (510) 486-5811
Paul Mathew (510) 486-5116
Alan Meier (510) 486-4740
Bill Miller (510) 486-4867
Evan Mills (707) 937-1770
Robin Mitchell (510) 486-4141
Sarah Morgan (510) 486-7297
Bruce Nordman (510) 486-7089
Janie Page (510) 486-7015
Christopher Payne (510) 495-2577
Mary Ann Piette (510) 486-6286
Mel Pomerantz (510) 486-4801
Anand Krishnan Prakash (510) 486-7089
Marco Pritoni (530) 220-4394


Publications by Organization


Chen, Y., X. Liang, T. Hong, and X. Luo, Simulation and visualization of energy-related occupant behavior in office buildings, Building Simulation, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 785–798, 2017.
Belafi, Z., T. Hong, and A. Reith, Smart Building Management vs. Intuitive Human Control — Lessons learnt from an office building in Hungary, Building Simulation, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 811-828, 2017.
Fernandes, S. and J. Granderson, The State of Advanced Measurement and Verification Technology and Industry Application, The Electricity Journal, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 8-16, 2017.
Franconi, E. M. et al., The Status and Promise of Advanced M&V: An Overview of “M&V 2.0” Methods, Tools, and Applications, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, 2017.
Singla, R. and J. Granderson, Using EMIS to Identify Top Opportunities for Commercial Building Efficiency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, 2017.
Geisler-Moroder, D., E. S. Lee, and G. J. Ward, Validation of the Five-Phase Method for Simulating Complex Fenestration Systems with Radiance against Field Measurements, 15th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. 2017.


Pass, R. Zarin, M. Wetter, and M. Ann Piette, A Tale of Three District Energy Systems: Metrics and Future Opportunities, in 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 2016.