Johnson Controls launches “Building Data Donation” program in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratories

Innovative program for commercial buildings to support future energy use modeling

Johnson Controls today launched an innovative Building Data Donation campaign in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL). This new program encourages existing Johnson Controls Enterprise Management and Metasys® customers to voluntarily contribute commercial building energy data to support the DOE’s research efforts in building-to-grid integration and advanced sensing and controls.

Customers participating in the Building Data Donation 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 leading building technology and solution provider, Johnson Controls is encouraging customers to donate energy data to NREL for research that will drive increased efficiency in our energy supply as renewable energy, electric vehicle chargers and supercomputers become more prevalent. Building data will be anonymized 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 programs and develop strategies for integrated resource planning and demand management. 

“Our customers are among the most sophisticated in the country, leveraging advanced building management and energy analytics platforms to optimize their building performance and improve organizational outcomes including sustainability,” said Clay Nesler, vice president of global sustainability and regulatory affairs 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.”

"Data donated through this initiative will be instrumental to research on modeling how and when energy is used in the U.S. building stock," said Eric Wilson, senior research engineer in the Buildings & Thermal Sciences Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). "This will enable the research community to better understand how innovative technologies can make buildings play an active role in making the U.S. electricity system more reliable, affordable and sustainable."

Johnson Controls is announcing the campaign to its customers beginning today and is offering technical support to help extract the historical building data, if necessary. 

Learn more about DOE’s grid-interactive efficient buildings research and NREL’s end-use load profiles project the donated data will support, click here.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter. 

About Johnson Controls Building Technologies & SolutionsJohnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®. For more information, visitwww.johnsoncontrols.com

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