Building Energy Modeling Project Portfolio
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BTO manages three types of of projects.
- Core projects are long-running projects based at DOE national labs.
- Competitively awarded projects are two- or three-year projects awarded either through limited solicitations to the DOE national labs or through open solicitations like the Emerging Technologies program's annual BENEFIT solicitation, Commercial and Residential Building solicitations, and DOE's Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Voucher (SBV) programs. You can learn about upcoming BTO solicitations at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/ and about upcoming small business solicitations at https://science.osti.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/.
- Center-led projects are associated with federally created research and development centers, usually involving DOE counterparts in foreign countries. Centers and their associated projects typically have five-year performance periods. There are currently no active center-led projects in the BEM portfolio.
All projects are prospectively merit-reviewed by external reviewers. They are also retrospectively peer-reviewed by external reviewers once or twice during their performance period. Core projects are divided into three-year performance periods for merit and peer review purposes.
EnergyPlus is DOE's open-source state-of-the-art whole building energy simulation engine.
OpenStudio is an open-source software development kit (SDK) for energy modeling with EnergyPlus.
Radiance is a set of open-source lighting simulation tools capable of accurately calculating lighting metrics and rendering photorealistic scenes.
ResStock is a robust statistical methodology for modeling the energy use of building stocks and the impacts of energy-efficiency measures.
ORNL researchers are working with the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga to develop a digital twin of every building in the service territory.
Core BEM-Controls Projects
Open Building Control
A team led by LBNL and PNNL is developing tools to improve the portability and deployability of high-performance control sequences.
Competitively Awarded Projects
Lab RFP-2018: URBANopt
URBANopt is a simulation platform and SDK for low-energy districts and campuses supporting simulation of shared thermal systems, DERs, and microgrids.
BuildSimHub will add energy simulation and calibration capabilities to their git-based model management platform.
A team led by researchers at ORNL is developing algorithms for automatically calibrating energy models to exceed ASHRAE guideline 14 requirements.