Commercial Building Systems

Commercial Building Systems

ETA's commercial building systems research explores different ways to integrate the efforts of research in windows, lighting, and simulations with the goal of developing coherent and innovative building construction and design techniques. The researchers develop benchmarking, measurement and energy information systems, as well as commissioning tools, guides, and evaluations of advanced building systems.

Research focuses on developing advanced computer-based building design tools that assist the architect or engineer in decision-making from early, schematic design through building construction, commissioning and operation.

In the spirit of the healthy or green building, the work includes seeking ways to integrate a variety of isolated building technologies into complete systems that allow for compounded energy efficiency and an increased building lifecycle.

Publications by Organization


Xu, Peng, Philip Haves, and Joseph J. Deringer. "A Simulation-Based Testing and Training Environment for Building Controls." In SimBuild 2004, Building Sustainability and Performance Through Simulation. Boulder, CO, 2005. (521.19 KB)


Bourassa, Norman, Mary Ann Piette, and Naoya Motegi. "An Evaluation of Savings and Measure Persistence from Retrocommissioning of Large Commercial Buildings." In 2004 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Proceedings of the 2004 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA, 2004. (95.21 KB)
da Graça, Guilherme Carrilho, Paul F. Linden, and Philip Haves. "Design and Testing of a Control Strategy for a Large Naturally Ventilated Office Building." Building Services Engineering Research & Technology 25 (2004): 211-221. (1020.22 KB)
Bourassa, Norman, Mary Ann Piette, and Naoya Motegi. "Evaluation of Retrocommissioning Persistence in Large Commercial Buildings." In 12th National Conference on Building Commissioning. Proceedings of the 12th National Conference on Building Commissioning. Atlanta, GA, 2004. (96.57 KB)


Fernandes, Luis L., and Konstantinos M. Papamichael. "Automating the Selection of Fenestration Systems to Best Meet Daylighting Performance Goals." In 2003 International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference. Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2003. (269.47 KB)
Motegi, Naoya, Mary Ann Piette, Satkartar Kinney, and Jim Dewey. "Case Studies of Energy Information Systems and Related Technology: Operational Practices, Costs, and Benefits." In International Conference for Enhanced Building Operators. Berkeley, CA, 2003. (710.39 KB)
Aebischer, Bernard, Markus A. Balmer, Satkartar Kinney, Pascale Le Strat, Yoshiaki Shibata, and Frederic Varone. "Energy Efficiency Indicators for High Electric-Load Buildings." In ECEEE 2003 Summer Study. ECEEE 2003 Summer Study Proceedings. St. Raphael, France, 2003. (0 bytes)
Reichard, Georg, Adil Al-Mumin, and Konstantinos M. Papamichael. "Instructor: Let the Experts Guide the Use of Simulation Software." In DIGITAL DESIGN - 22nd International eCAADe Conference. Graz, Austria, 2003. (255.1 KB)