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

Publications by Organization


Therkelsen, P. L., P. Rao, A. T. McKane, R. Sabouni, Y. Tamm, and P. Scheihing, Development of an Enhanced Payback Function for the Superior Energy Performance Program, in 2015 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Buffalo, NY, 2015.
Hoffmann, S., A. McNeil, E. S. Lee, and R. Kalyanam, Discomfort glare with complex fenestration systems and the impact on energy use when using daylighting control, 10th International Conference on Advanced Building Skins. Bern, Switzerland, 2015.
Rao, P., A. T. McKane, and A. de Fontaine, Energy Savings from Industrial Water Reductions, in 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Buffalo, NY, 2015.
Coleman, P., Escalation Rates in Energy Savings Performance Contracts, Energy Engineering, vol. 112, no. 5, 2015.
Mills, E. et al., Green, Clean, & Mean: Pushing the Energy Envelope in Tech Industry Buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2015.
Coleman, P., Guide to Promoting an Energy Efficient Public Sector (PePS). United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 2015.
Walker, I. S. and J. C. Stratton, Laboratory Evaluation Of Air Flow Measurement Methods For Residential HVAC Returns, ASHRAE Transactions, vol. 21, Part 2, 2015.
Touzani, S. et al., M & V Shootout: Setting the Stage For Testing the Performance of New Energy Baseline, in 2015 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2015.
Konis, K. S. and E. S. Lee, Measured daylighting potential of a static optical louver system under real sun and sky conditions, Building and Environment, vol. 92, pp. 347-359, 2015.
D'Oca, S. and T. Hong, Occupancy Schedules Learning Process Through a Data Mining Framework, Energy and Buildings, vol. 88, pp. 395-408, 2015.