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Both the U.S. and China have tremendous potential to reduce building energy consumption and increase building energy efficiency. The CERC-Building Energy Efficiency consortium seeks to address research on building energy efficiency technologies and practices. The U.S. and Chinese conduct research jointly in the following areas: Integrated Design, Construction, and Industrialized Building; Control Commissioning and Data Mining; DC Buildings and Smart Grid; Integrated Team on Policy and Market Research; and Indoor Environment Quality. Dr. Nan Zhou from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads the U.S. consortium, and Dr. Liang Junqiang from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development leads the Chinese consortium.

Under the CERC’s leadership, the expert teams from national and private institutes are dedicated to the implementation of the five-year Building Energy Efficiency Joint Work Plan (English PDF Chinese PDF), and will make significant contributions to reduction in building energy consumption in both countries.

U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to a Technology Management Plan (TMP) (Bilingual PDF) regarding intellectual property rights. The Agreement (English PDF Chinese PDF) protects American and Chinese research, scientists, and engineers by ensuring their intellectual property rights for the technology they create.

The CERC Building Energy Efficiency Consortium currently includes the following U.S. members:

  • Lead:
  • Partners:
    • 3M (St. Paul, MN)
    • BASF (Florham Park, NJ)
    • Citibank (New York, NY)
    • Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI)
    • Energy Foundation, China Sustainable Energy Program (San Francisco, CA)
    • Forest City (Cleveland, OH)
    • Heller Manus (San Francisco, CA)
    • ICF International (Fairfax, VA)
    • Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (Knoxville, TN)
    • Institute for Market Transformation (Washington DC)
    • Johnson Controls (Milwaukee, WI)
    • Lend Lease (New York, NY)
    • Lumen Cache (McCordsville, IN)
    • Lutron Electronics (Coopersburg, PA)
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
    • Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington DC)
    • New Building Institute (Portland, OR)
    • Nextek Power Systems (Detroit, MI)
    • NextEnergy (Detroit, MI)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN)
    • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (Chicago, IL)
    • Rocky Mountain Institute (Basalt, CO)
    • Saint Gobain (Malvern, PA)
    • The Paulson Institute (Chicago, IL)
    • United Technologies Corporation/United Technologies Research Center (Hartford, CT)
    • University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
    • University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
    • Walt Disney Imagineering (Glendale, CA)
    • WattStopper (San Jose, CA)

The CERC Building Energy Efficiency Consortium currently includes the following Chinese members:

  • Lead:
    • Center of Science and Technology of Construction, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) (Beijing)
  • Partners:
    • Beijing Micoe Solar Energy Technology Group Co. Ltd (Beijing)
    • Beijing Persagy Energy Saving Technology (Beijing)
    • Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) (Beijing)
    • China Academy of Building Research (CABR) (Beijing)
    • China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (CABEE) (Beijing)
    • China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group Corp. (Beijing)
    • China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co. Ltd (Shenzen)
    • China State Construction and Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) (Beijing)
    • Ever Source Technology Development Co. Ltd (Beijing)
    • Glodon Software Co. Ltd (Beijing)
    • MOHURD, Building Energy Center (Beijing)
    • Shanghai DFYH Tech Services Co. Ltd (Shanghai)
    • Shenzhen Institute for Building Research (SZIBR) (Shenzen)
    • Tianpu Solar Energy Industry Co. Ltd (Beijing)
    • Tsinghua University (Beijing)
    • Xiamen University (Xiamen)
    • Zhuhai Xingye Green Construction Technology Co. Ltd (Zhuhai)

For more details go to the Building Energy Efficiency Consortium website.