First U.S.-China bilateral Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting includes LumenCache

On Oct. 19th, the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program hosted its first U.S.-China bilateral Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting at the Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) Headquarters (HQ) Asia-Pacific (APAC) in Shanghai, China. More than 80 stakeholders from the U.S. and Chinese government, researcher institutes, national laboratories, private industry, and non-government organizations (NGO) discussed the technologies, policies, and demonstrations needed to achieve CERC-BEE 2.0 goals by 2020.

LumenCache is the DC Program co-Lead for the Industry Advisory Board and works with researchers from both Lawrence Berkeley Labs and Shenzhen Innovative Buildings Research.

The event kicked-off with the opening remarks from the Chinese IAB Chair and Deputy Director of China State Construction and Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), Jiang Lihong, and the U.S. IAB Chair and Vice President of Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives at Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), Clay Nesler.  Perspectives from the U.S. and Chinese government on the role of industry in advancing research, development and deployment (RD&D) of building energy efficiency technologies under CERC-BEE were then discussed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) CERC-BEE Manager, Marc LaFrance, and the China Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) Center for Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC) CERC-BEE Representative, Ma Xinbo. The U.S. CERC-BEE Director, Dr. Nan Zhou, also provided an overview of CERC-BEE’s recent achievements and plans going forward.

Following opening remarks, U.S. and Chinese IAB members participated in four moderated panel discussions to: (1) define the goals of CERC-BEE 2.0; (2) identify the technologies to achieve CERC-BEE 2.0 goals; (3) select the policies to achieve CERC-BEE 2.0 goals; (4) and discuss the role of demonstration and showcase projects to achieve CERC-BEE 2.0 goals. Participating U.S. industry partners included: BASF, Saint-Gobain, Dow Chemical, Lutron, Disney, LumenCache, Citibank, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), JCI, Paulson Institute, Energy Systems Group, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Heller Manus. Participating Chinese IAB partners included: China Academy of Building Research (CABR), Singyes Solar, CSCEC, Persagy, MOHURD CSTC, Shenzhen Institute of Building Research (SZ IBR), China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (CABEE), China Southwest Architecture Design & Research Institute, and Tianpu New Energy.

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