BPL’s goal for research is to address knowledge gaps in the high-performance building market, as identified by our industry partners. The Building Performance Stakeholder Consortium has guided us in this area over the years. In response to the economic downturn of 2008, the Consortium suggested that the BPL and Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute research commercial retrofit opportunities in NYC; the resulting paper, “The Evolving Landscape: Energy Efficiency Retrofitting for NYC Commercial Buildings,” was published in 2010. The paper can be found here.
More recently, our focus has been on Building Automation Systems, a type of distributed control system that allows for unprecedented functionality in the management of a building. To that end, we’ve partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on an ambitious project to train operators and Building Operator Certification instructors in PNNL’s Building Re-Tuning (BRT) protocol. BRT can help an operator reduce a building’s energy use by up to 25%.
In fall 2012, we launched the Energy Data Lab in partnership with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. The project is aimed at fostering engagement between CUNY interns and the City’s operating engineers in order to document energy reduction efforts in municipal buildings. In 2013, DCAS joined the SIBS Center as an industry sponsor; the Open Collaborative Lab is of special interest to our partners in SIBS as an example of the way in which academic research can support municipal energy reduction efforts.