BIA and the California Energy Commission's interdisciplinary team recently launched the Empower Procurement Project aimed at increasing DER adoption by making it easier to buy efficient goods and cleaner energy services. Berkley Lab's research will enable the Empower Procurement team to help California agencies and institutions streamline the procurement of distributed energy resource technologies. The program is also intended to link sellers to buyers, cut costs, and more easily meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. To inform the direction of Empower Procurement, BIA conducted research aimed at identifying buyer needs and barriers, as well as potential improvements in DER technology procurement across the state’s major sectors. This survey will inform the tools and services that the program will offer for California buyers.
Researchers in the Building Technology & Urban Systems Division (BTUS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory develop data and technologies that increase energy efficiency and improve the health, safety and comfort of building occupants, in the United States and worldwide.
We work closely with industry partners, academics and government officials to achieve these goals, and share our research widely.
We are at the forefront of cutting-edge research that redefines building technology and explores all areas of urban systems.
We have been leaders for decades in developing energy-efficient windows, improving indoor air quality, coming up with new ideas to fix the nation's electricity grid, and so much more.
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We offer a variety of technologies designed to simulate and model real-world circumstances to assist in energy-saving programs and help building owners build better buildings. These tools can help calculate performance of building systems like windows and shades, help consumers and builders pick the best windows for a variety of applications and much more.