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Johnson Controls wants building managers to donate energy data to DoE

Steve Rogerson
May 21, 2019

Johnson Controls wants its building management customers to donate their commercial building energy data to the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) to support its research into building-to-grid integration and sensing and controls.
The building data donation campaign encourages existing Johnson Controls enterprise management and Metasys customers to contribute commercial building energy data voluntarily.
Those participating in the campaign will share one or more years of historical building electrical usage data at hourly or shorter intervals. Sub-metering data at a space, system or equipment level and indications of building occupancy are desired, although not required, to participate in the campaign.
As a building technology provider, Johnson Controls is encouraging its customers to donate energy data to NREL for research that will drive increased efficiency in energy supply as renewable energy, electric vehicle chargers and supercomputers become more prevalent.
“Our customers are among the most sophisticated in the country, leveraging advanced building management and energy analytics platforms to optimise their building performance and improve organisational outcomes including sustainability,” said Clay Nesler, vice president at Johnson Controls. “This campaign will allow our customers to support cutting edge research that is defining the future of grid-integrated, smart buildings and communities.”
Building data will be anonymised by NREL researchers and used to understand dynamic building energy usage based on building type, location, weather and occupancy. Johnson Controls customers in all 50 states represent a huge potential resource of energy usage data that can help drive technology innovation, design utility incentive programmes and develop strategies for integrated resource planning and demand management.
"Data donated through this initiative will be instrumental to research on modelling how and when energy is used in the US building stock," said Eric Wilson, senior research engineer at NREL. "This will enable the research community to better understand how innovative technologies can make buildings play an active role in making the US electricity system more reliable, affordable and sustainable."
Johnson Controls is offering technical support to help extract the historical building data, if necessary.
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls serves customers in more than 150 countries. Its 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy services, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work together to deliver smart cities and communities.