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


Howdy Goudey (510) 486-5981
Jessica Granderson (510) 486-6792
Steve Greenberg (510) 486-6971
Mustapha Harb (510) 486-4740
Erin Harbin (510) 486-7877
Ari Harding (510) 495-2566
Robert Hart (510) 486-4244
Dre Helmns (707) 484-8633
Magnus Herrlin (510) 486-6515
Rob Hitchcock (530) 651-4425
Tianzhen Hong (510) 486-7082
Jianjun Hu (510) 486-6190
Allison Huey (510) 486-6727
Jakob Hviid (510) 486-7082
Jan Christer Isidorsson


Publications by Organization


McKane, A. T. et al., Predicting the quantifiable impacts of ISO 50001 on climate change mitigation, Energy Policy, vol. 107, pp. 278 - 288, 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.