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David Holmberg (Fed)

Dr. David G. Holmberg is a mechanical engineer in the Mechanical Systems and Controls Group of the Energy and Environment Division (EED) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). David Holmberg joined the Mechanical Systems and Controls Group in March 2002. Dr. Holmberg's current research is focused on building integration into the "Smart Grid", with a focus on information modeling to address facility energy interactions and the interfaces to outside service providers, including the utility and other energy-related service providers.

Dr. Holmberg is convener of the Smart Grid Working Group (SG-WG) of the Building Automation Control network protocol (BACnet) committee. The SG-WG is focusing on standards for what information to communicate between energy service providers outside the building and commercial customers as well as how to do that. Current work in that committee is focused on development of a standard Meter object and other updates to BACnet to support energy interoperation exchanges as are being defined in the OASIS Energy Interoperation technical committee (EI-TC, which David co-chairs), and internal facility energy interoperation needs. That is, the OASIS EI-TC is addressing information exchange at the interface to the facility, and BACnet must be extended to address energy interoperation applications within the facility. The SG-WG has previously addressed a mechanism for load control within BACnet (the Load Control object).

Dr. Holmberg has previously been involved in the Building Environment Division's efforts to move building information out to emergency responders during building incidents. Starting in 2004 he lead work funded by the NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards to address what building information is most needed by emergency responders and how to get that information into their hands. Phase II of that project also looked at the potential for using fixed building networks for moving emergency responder voice and data communications from the building interior as a bridge to outside public safety radio networks. The most recent work has focused on engaging outside stakeholders to enable moving building information from a building via existing networks to emergency call centers and then to emergency responders, as well as efforts to work with public safety users and vendors of information products for public safety in order to promote standards for access to building information.

His past work includes post-doctoral research at NIST in the BFRL Fire Science Group from 1997-1999 focused on understanding issues related to accurate measurement of heat flux in a mixed-mode (radiation, convection, and conduction) heat transfer environment. He was responsible for the design, construction, and testing of the first national convective heat transfer calibration facility as a convective heat-flux standard. Dr. Holmberg is a member of ASME and ASHRAE.


Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022