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Johnson Controls Introduces Open-Source Energy Analysis Software For Targeting Building Efficiency Retrofits
- EASY-TO-USE, WEB-BASED TOOL ALLOWS REMOTE IDENTIFICATION OF ENERGY SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES
- SCHOOLS, COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CAN USE THE TOOL REMOTELY
CORK, Ireland, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) announced the release of the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) to the public today. The easy-to-use, open source BETTER tool allows building owners and managers to rapidly convert readily available monthly building energy consumption data into specific recommendations for improvement. In this unprecedented time of a global pandemic, creating a safe environment in schools, commercial and government buildings is more important than ever. This analysis can be performed without the need for on-site audits or inspections, allowing many currently unemployed energy efficiency workers to continue to plan and develop building retrofit and commissioning projects.
Johnson Controls, a global leader in smart building technologies and solutions, developed the core energy analysis technology over the past eight years and has used the tool to analyze retrofit opportunities in over 700 buildings. Beginning in 2016, under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), Berkeley Lab partnered with Johnson Controls to automate and improve the energy analysis capabilities of the tool and create an open-source version of the tool for public use.
An earlier version of the tool has already been used to analyze a number of buildings around the world.
The tool will be previewed during a public webinar on July 15, 2020.
Please register for the webinar here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/842394539169519630
For more information about Johnson Controls support for the BETTER tool visit: https://www.johnsoncontrols.com/better
For more information on the BETTER tool visit: https://better.lbl.gov/how_it_works/
The beta version of the BETTER tool is available at https://better.lbl.gov/, and the source code is on GitHub at https://github.com/LBNL-JCI-ICF/better
For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.
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