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Improved industry standards and better information about the practical implications of integrating historically separate building automation systems are needed to meet the growing demand from building owners and operators to use system integration as a key method for reducing operating costs, improving energy efficiency, and better managing their facilities. This project expands the capabilities and usefulness of NIST's unique whole building emulation laboratory facilities, creating a testbed for investigating building system integration challenges and providing the technical basis for improved industry standards. The project also enables direct engagement in critical industry standards development and supporting policy activities that will drive advancement in industry products and practices.
Objective - To enable the development of a new generation of commercial products for integrated cybernetic building systems and transform industry practices for building operations, through a combination of measurement science research enabled by state-of-the-art testbeds and direct involvement in key standards development and policy activities.
In FY 2016, the older data acquisition system hardware infrastructure used to link computer simulations with commercial building controllers will be replaced to ensure continued operation of the facility and increase the flexibility of use. New standard sequence of operations will be implemented in both the building controllers and the supporting building simulation to support testing of automated commissioning tools. The HVACSIM+ user interface will be updated to make it easier to develop simulations for different building configurations.
 Measurement Science Roadmap for Net-Zero Energy Buildings – Workshop Summary Report, NIST Technical Note 1660, March 2010.
Start Date:October 1, 2011
Lead Organizational Unit:el
Virtual Cybernetic Building Testbed
Project Leader: Michael A. Galler
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