Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lead Performer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA 
-- Chongqing University - Chongqing, China
-- Tongji University - Shanghai, China
-- Tianjin University - Tianjin, China
-- Chongqing Fu Tai Construction Group Heishishan Integrated Tourism Development - Chongqing, China
-- Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co. - Guangdong, China
DOE Funding: $247,715
Cost Share: $145,156
Project Term: August 2011 - September 2015

U.S.-China Partnership Project

Learn more about how the U.S. and China are working together to reduce building energy consumption.

Project Objective

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) is a pioneering research and development (R&D) consortium bringing together governments, key policymakers, researchers, and industry to develop a long-term platform for sustainable U.S.-China joint R&D. A building’s natural ventilation depends on the building’s shape, orientation, and operation. Currently, there is a lack of simple and accurate models that test different shapes, orientations, and ventilation strategies at the early design stage. This project is filling that hole in the market. By developing quick, easy-to-use tools that optimize ventilation control, this project will promote the widespread application of natural ventilation in commercial buildings—and the substantial savings that come with it. The long-term goal is to reach the $1.6 billion market that includes design and architecture firms, hybrid ventilation equipment companies, and building operators and managers.

Project Impact

MIT estimates this project could lead to annual energy savings of 2.20 x 1011 kWh in China, and 2.9 x 1010 kWh in the U.S. Reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in commercial buildings (estimated): China U.S. Annual energy savings [kWh] 2.20 × 1011 2.9 × 1010 Annual CO2 abatement [kg] 1.72 × 1011 1.6 × 1011

MIT also expects the project to lead to new standards, guidelines, and design methods and tools for naturally ventilated buildings through its participation in IAE Annex 62 Ventilation Cooling program.


DOE Technology Manager: Tony Bouza
Performer: Leon Glicksman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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