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Advanced Research Institute awarded $2 million to help smaller commercial buildings save energy

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, March 16, 2015 – Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute has been awarded nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software for commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or less in size.

These buildings, which fall outside the scope of most commercial building automation systems, account for more than 90 percent of commercial buildings in the United States and 50 percent of the energy consumed each year.

“Buildings 100,000 square feet and larger can afford to install building energy management systems up front because the incremental cost is relatively small and the opportunity for energy savings is high,” explained Saifur Rahman, the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and director of the Advanced Research Institute, located at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. “However, smaller buildings do not benefit because vendors don’t find the market big or profitable enough to make it affordable for them.”

The Virginia Tech open source alternative software platform – which will work from a tablet, smartphone, or computer – is a good alternative for small and medium-sized commercial buildings, Rahman said, “because it serves as a backbone for improving and interconnecting automation systems for major building components.”

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Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings.

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U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy selects Virginia Tech to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy selects Virginia Tech to to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System.

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Saifur Rahman chairs IEEE smart grid conference

Virginia Tech played a key role in organizing the Sixth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) 2015 sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). Saifur Rahman, the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Engineering, and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute (ARI), served as general chair for the three-day event held in Washington, D.C., last week.

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IEEE: Smart grid progress on several fronts, Q&A with SmartGridNews.com

Professor Saifur Rahman, is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question­-and-­answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions.

 

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