The U.S.-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research & Development (CBERD)
Decades of collaboration and co-operation across several diverse fields have forged a deep friendship and understanding between the world’s two largest democracies, the United States of America (U.S.) and India. In 2009, the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then U.S. President Barack Obama leveraged the success of historic partnerships and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE). Through the PACE- Research program, a new five-year joint U.S. India Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) was created to advance buildings energy efficiency in both nations.
The main focus of the U.S.-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) is to promote innovation in energy efficiency through collaborative research, contributing to significant reduction in energy use in both nations. CBERD will focus on the integration of information technology with building controls and physical systems for commercial/high-rise residential units.
Outcome-based R&D will result in significant energy savings by driving development of cost-effective technologies and their implementation.
Enhanced ties between U.S. and India building energy researchers and industry; integrated, proven, marketable building technologies; a public-private collaboration to identify deployment pathways; leveraged research funding; improved capabilities for both nations to leapfrog development of building technologies and markets.
CBERD Vision and Objectives