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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.

This group 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 .  Leads 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.

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Building Integration with Smart Grid

Developing a next generation "smart grid" requires new measurement science and industry standards that enable homes and buildings to interact with the grid. In


Comparison of Ice-on-Coil Thermal Energy Storage Models

Kalyan Ram Kanagala, Amanda Pertzborn
Data collected from the Intelligent Building Agents Laboratory (IBAL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are used to develop a physics