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Mechanical Systems and Controls Group

Welcome

The Mechanical Systems and Controls Group improves and lowers the cost of building services by fostering the development and use of more intelligent, integrated, and optimized building mechanical systems and controls; develops simulation and emulation tools, fault detection and diagnostic procedures, and performance evaluation techniques for quantifying the performance of building HVAC equipment and systems; develops standard communication protocols for exchanging information between building management and control systems; and develops the technical bases for advanced building controls which will optimize whole building performance.

This groupleads a collaborative research and standards development effort focused on providing critical building information, including real-time sensor data, to emergency responders. Furthermore, it provides leadership and the technical basis for enabling utility integration with commercial buildings as part of our project to expand, certify, and demonstrate the BACnet protocol.

Programs/Projects

Embedded Intelligence in Buildings Program—To develop and deploy advances in measurement science that will improve building operations to achieve energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and safety through the use of intelligent building systems.

Commissioning Building Systems for Improved Energy Performance Project—To develop the measurement science for industry standards that will enable interconnection of home and building automation and control systems with a future "smart" utility grid, provide consumers …

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Commercial Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems Project—To improve the operating efficiency of commercial heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems by 10% to 30% through development and demonstration of the enabling measurement science …

Intelligent Building Agents Project—To demonstrate the feasibility of intelligent agent control techniques for reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings by optimizing the performance of interacting building systems and to …

Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics for the Mechanical Services in Commercial Buildings Project—To improve the operating efficiency of commercial heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems by developing automated falut detection and diagnosis (AFDD) tool algorithms as a new …

Building Integration with Smart Grid Project— To develop the measurement science for industry standards that will enable interconnection of home and building automation and control systems with a future "smart" utility grid, provide consumers …

Smart Building Automation and Control Testbed and Standards Project—Better information about the practical implications of integrating historically separate building automation systems and improved industry standards are needed to meet the growing demand from …

 
Contact

Steven T. Bushby, Leader
Mechanical Systems and Controls Group
(301) 975-5870