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


Yan, D. et al., Occupant Behavior Modeling for Building Performance Simulation: Current State and Future Challenges, Energy and Buildings, vol. 107, pp. 264-278, 2015.
Hoffmann, S. and E. S. Lee, Potential energy savings with exterior shades in large office buildings and the impact of discomfort glare, in Fourth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST4), Kansas City, Missouri, 2015.
Siciliano, G., A. T. McKane, and Pde los Reyes, Promoting Strong ISO 50001 Outcomes with Supportive National Infrastructure, in 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Buffalo, NY, 2015.
Scheib, J., P. Coleman, and S. Pless, Realizing High-Performance Buildings. 2015.
Feng, X., D. Yan, and T. Hong, Simulation of Occupancy in Buildings, Energy and Buildings, vol. 87, pp. 348-359, 2015.
Agyeman, Y. O., Steady Hand at the Wheel: Using an Incremental, Systematic Approach to Promote an Evaluation Culture in a Federal Organization, International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Long Beach, CA, 2015.
McKane, A. T., P. Sheihing, T. Evans, S. Glatt, and W. Meffert, The Business Value of Superior Energy Performance, in 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Buffalo, NY, 2015.
Hong, T., C. Li, and D. Yan, Updates to the China Design Standard for Energy Efficiency in public buildings, Energy Policy, vol. 87, pp. 187-198, 2015.