Published: Aug. 9, 2021

CU Boulder has recently received $750,000 award from National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the industry-focused Center for Building Energy Smart Technologies (BEST).

BEST will bring together universities and industries to transform the building industry through an integrated systems approach to design, retrofit, construct, and operate sustainable buildings and cities. The center will also address design and operation solutions for the built environment associated with extreme weather events, which are becoming more frequent and intense due to a rapidly changing climate.

BEST will be in two sites: the lead site at University of Colorado Boulder (CUB) and the partner site at City College of New York (CCNY), taking advantage of the diverse academic, natural, and industrial environments these locations provide. Associate professor and SBS lab director, Dr. Zuo, will be the Co-Principal Investigator of the project as a part of the CU Boulder team.

Dr. Zuo holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has multiple projects funded by NSF, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and many more over the years. His current research focuses on smart, sustainable, and resilient buildings, communities, and cities.