Exton, US: Bentley Systems – a leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure, has been selected to join the consortium, led by the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, for a US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) focused on building energy efficiency.
The new centre will develop technologies for low-energy residential and commercial buildings, as well as work on the commercialisation of those technologies and research how human behaviour affects building energy use. In its role as an industrial partner, Bentley will share its expertise in software for infrastructure and provide professional training and information modelling and collaboration technology to facilitate best practices for building energy design, analysis, and simulation as well as project collaboration, reporting, and management.
Dr. Dru Crawley, Bentley director, Building Performance Products, said, “In Bentley’s mission of sustaining infrastructure, we look forward to working with the DOE, ORNL, LBNL, and all of the other prestigious organisations that make up this incredible team to help advance the energy performance and sustainability of buildings in China and in the United States. Bentley’s expectation is that innovations such as those generated by the CERC and the application of these advanced technologies will inspire additional initiatives that lead to better-performing buildings around the globe.”
The consortium includes research partners Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Natural Resources Defense Council (Beijing branch), ICF International (Beijing branch), National Association of State Energy Offices, Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of California, Davis. Industrial partners in addition to Bentley include Dow Chemical Company, General Electric, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Saint-Gobain, Pegasus Investment Advisors, Climate Master, and others.
US funding for the CERC over a five-year period, including contributions by consortium partners, will total at least USD25 million, and Chinese counterparts will contribute an additional USD25 million. In addition, the industrial partners have committed more than USD16 million in in-kind resources and cash over the same five-year period.
Six major areas being considered for study at the new CERC include advanced monitoring and control systems, advanced glazing materials and systems, advanced insulation systems, cool roofs, lighting and commercialisation and policy analyses.