Let's Talk About GEB (Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings)

Let's Talk About GEB (Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings)

Seminar Abstract 

Utilities have been procuring building EE as an alternative resource for bulk energy generation and T&D for decades via EE programs. Utilities are also interested in ancillary services via demand response (DR) programs.  Today, ancillary service markets are significantly smaller than bulk energy markets.  In a future with significantly higher intermittent renewable generation penetration and greater incidence of extreme weather events that result in greater electricity demand, directly damage parts of the grid, and possibly both ancillary services will become far more important.  When DR becomes a frequent event, its relationship to EE and to building occupants and owners changes fundamentally.  This future regime, in which DR and EE are integrated to continuously optimize energy use, grid needs, and occupant needs and preferences, is called GEB (Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings). Over the past six months, BTO has developed a series of reports that flesh out the GEB concept, identify key characteristics, known gaps, and open questions, and motivate new emphasis and directions in its project portfolio.  One of these reports addresses the role of sensing, control, modeling, and analytics in GEB.  After introducing GEB, this talk will highlight the report, some of the feedback received, and some of BTO's thoughts about new GEB-oriented work i

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Amir Roth, Ph.D.
Building Energy Modeling Technology Manager, EERE - Building Technologies Office
Amir Roth is BTO's technology manager (TM) for building energy modeling (BEM) and is responsible for such projects as EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, Radiance, and Spawn.  Over the past several years, he has become increasingly involved with BTO's building energy data program and its control program.  Most recently, he co-authored BTO's draft report on the role of sensing, control, and modeling in GEB.


May 31, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm