The bilateral US-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) program brought together multidisciplinary expertise from eleven leading research and academic institutions in India and the U.S. to conduct collaborative research to promote energy efficiency innovations. The R&D consortium collaborated with over two dozen industry partners to create a dynamic public-private partnership, with the goal of promoting clean energy innovation in energy efficiency with measurable results and significant reduction in energy use in both nations through a strong foundation of collaborative research and development.

The approach was to facilitate high performance building design, construction, and operation through integration of building information technologies (BIT) and building physical systems (BPS). As part of the building information technologies (BIT) portfolio, CBERD is developing design and operation software tools, integrated controls platforms, building energy monitoring solutions, and new benchmarking methods. As part of the building physical systems (BPS) portfolio, the focus on technologies for HVAC, lighting, envelopes, low-energy cooling and mixed mode ventilation increase their potential to save operational energy and deliver occupant comfort.

CBERD was administered by the US Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) and the Government of India’s, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Department of Science and Technology (DST) with the support of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). CBERD is a five-year program that ran from 2013-2018.

CBERD lead Research and Development organizations are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT University).