Building Technology & Urban Systems
Our goal is to reduce energy use in buildings by 50% over the next decade.
Redefining Building Technologies
Building Technology & Urban Systems is at the forefront of cutting-edge research that redefines building technology. For decades we have been leaders in developing energy-efficient windows, improving the nation's electricity grid, and exploring innovative technologies and solutions that increase energy efficiency and improve the health, safety, and comfort of building occupants. Read on for specific areas of research.
Smart window technologies developed at Berkeley Lab, in partnership with industry, are now found in 80 percent of homes and more than half the commercial buildings in the U. S. Today, we are leading the way in developing windows that will be integral to smart buildings, dynamically managing sunlight, view, and glare.
Our research focuses on reducing electricity use in consumer electronics and computer equipment. Major areas of research include reducing standby power; using data networks to improve energy-efficiency; reducing plug loads; refining ENERGY STAR standards; and developing technical standards.
We conduct groundbreaking research on energy storage and distribution, informing a wide range of stakeholders through research, development, technical assistance, policy and standards.
We have an extensive array of testing capabilities for material characterization and performance monitoring. Lab testing facilities include those for assessing: whole buildings, lighting systems, windows & envelope materials, solar-optical properties, heat transfer, and thin-film and deposition systems.