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 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. It 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.
What is the new technical idea? Testbeds for evaluating controls, commissioning tolls and fault detection and diagnostic tools have been identified as a key industry need. EL has successfully built a Virtual Cybernetic Building Testbed (VCBT) that combines the flexibility and reproducibility of simulation tools with networks of commercial building automation and control products to create a laboratory environment that realistically approximates actual building performance. The new idea is to expand the capabilities of the VCBT to emulate a wider range of buildings, building equipment, and operating conditions. The result will be a facility that can emulate a variety of building designs in any climate under both normal operating conditions and a range of fault or hazardous conditions. It will be a key resource for developing commissioning tools, fault detection tools, smart grid standards and operating practices, enhancements to the BACnet standard, performance metrics for commercial products, and best practice guidelines for building owners and operators. The products from this research facility, when combined with technical support for key underpinning standards, will drive the needed industry changes.
What is the research plan? This project will enable the development of new integrated cybernetic building system control products and improved industry practices through two components:
 Measurement Science Roadmap for Net-Zero Energy Buildings – Workshop Summary Report, NIST Technical Note 1660, March 2010.
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Start Date:October 1, 2011
Lead Organizational Unit:el
Virtual Cybernetic Building Testbed
Project Leader: Michael A. Galler
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