The Building Energy Smart Technologies (BEST) Center seeks to transform the building industry through the development and adoption of sustainable, efficient, and intelligent technologies. Bringing together universities and industries, the BEST Center uses an integrated systems approach to design, retrofit, construct, and operate sustainable buildings and cities. Ultimately, the BEST Center will support the U.S. building industry’s efforts to meet increasingly stringent building regulations — and society’s expectations for improved sustainability, resiliency, and security in communities and cities. Through educating and training, the BEST Center will also help develop a skilled and diverse STEM workforce to address current and future employment needs for the U.S. building industry.
The BEST Center’s interdisciplinary research includes many topics related to the energy systems of buildings, such as indoor-outdoor energy flows, advanced building envelope systems, demand-response informatics, advanced in-situ and remote sensing for monitoring the environment and occupants, and distributed energy-efficient and renewable technologies. To cover the rich and wide diversity of the building industry needs, the center conducts research in five areas: