Bruce Nordman

Bruce Nordman


skype: brucenordman

Directions to Berkeley Lab.

1 Cyclotron Road
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA 94720-8136 USA
in person:
Room 2062, Building 90, Alvarez Road, Berkeley Lab.

Current Major Research Topics

Buildings as Networks Buildings as Networks — Future Building Networks. ENERGY STAR Energy Star program support — Computers, Displays, Imaging Equipment, and Small Network Equipment.
Audio/Video Inter-Device Power Control Audio/Video Inter-Device Power Control. Nanogrid schematic Local Power Distribution - "Nanogrids".

Local Power Distribution - Nanogrids

Today, most electricity use occurs within a single "pool" of power provided by the utility grid, much like the U.S. phone system was a single managed entity.  An alternative is to move to a networked model of electricity distribution, particularly within buildings.  We call this "Local Power Distribution", with the smallest unit within this the "Nanogrid".

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Buildings as Networks

A large amount of future energy savings in buildings is only possible through closely matching the energy services delivered to occupants to what they need and desire at each particular point in time (and as informed by prices).  This is only possible by highly dynamic, effective, functional, and robust future building networks, which are in turn only possible through adopting the goal of Universal Interoperability

This needs to be the basis of a globally standard network architecture for future building networks.  Just as the Internet was not an evolutionary step from existing common information networks, but rather introduced many new concepts, future building networks need to be designed from the ground up, not by adapting existing controls technologies.  As with the Internet, we should expect this to enable future functionalities for buildings that we have not even imagined today.


Past Projects

Power Management Controls

Power Management Controls — standards for terms, symbols, indicators, etc. to increase power management savings.

Materials Use / Consumption

This is no longer an active research area of mine.

Cutting Paper Paper End-Use Efficiency — practical information on reducing paper use. This web site dates from Fall, 1998, but much of the information is still applicable. Web site currently off-line   Consumption Consumption Efficiency in general — improving materials consumption to reduce industrial production and increase quality of life.

I work for Alan Meier. We are part of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department.

Last Modified: November 1, 2013.

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