GEB 101: Concepts, Applications and Challenges

The Basics of of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBs)
A SyracuseCoE Research & Technology Forum, November 30, 2021

In the U.S., more than 70% of electricity consumption comes from buildings. As the world’s population continues to urbanize, building energy demand will place an increasingly hefty burden on electric power transmission and distribution networks. In addition, the intermittent and unpredictable nature of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy, lead to mismatches in energy supply and demand, resulting in energy price volatility and unstable profiles in building loads and network voltages.

GEB = Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings
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To address these challenges, the Department of Energy’s Building Technology Office has developed a Grid-Interactive Efficient Building (GEB) strategy which aims to optimize across distributed energy resources (DERs) to advance the role buildings can play in energy system operations and planning.

Listen to learn the basic concepts, potential applications, and current challenges of GEB. The presentation is followed by Q&A.

This event is part of SyracuseCoE’s EPIC Buildings program.


Bing Dong, Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University

Dr. Bing Dong is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Syracuse University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Syracuse Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems. His research interests include building energy efficiency, occupant behavior modeling at both building and urban scales, buildings-to-grid integration, building controls and diagnostics, and big data analytics. Dr. Dong was Subtask A leader for IEA EBC Annex 66, “Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings”, and currently serves as Subtask 2 leader for IEA EBC Annex 79, “Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation”, an interdisciplinary, international research collaborative effort involving more than 100 researchers from 16 countries. He has led 22 research projects that lead to research awards totaling over $10 million funded by NSF, Department of Energy, ARPA-E, NYSERDA, and other industry partners. He has over 100 journal and conference papers published and received the 2018 IBPSA-USA Emerging Contributor Award and the 2019 NSF CAREER Award. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Building Simulation and serves as research committee chair for ASHRAE’s Occupant Behavior Working Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Building Physics (2021-2024). Dr. Dong received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

David Lovelady, Director of Distributed System Operations, National Grid

Mr. Lovelady has over 15 years’ experience in the energy industry starting with hands on experience as a maintenance technician through to transmission and distribution system consulting, teaching, management and now as a Director of Distributed System Operations at National Grid.

Lovelady formerly served as a Principal Engineer at National Grid, driving the technical and economic implementation of NY REV policies and National Grids strategic vision into distribution system planning. He is currently focused on microgrids, distribution automation, DERMS and DSP business strategy.

Prior to joining National Grid Mr Lovelady held several roles at Siemens PTI, the most recent as manager of the Power Academy training business, responsible for driving aggressive growth strategies, development of new training courses and services and the management of a team consisting of engineering instructors, sales, marketing, course coordinator and administration staff.


Eric A. Schiff, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE and Professor of Physics, Syracuse University

As SyracuseCoE director since 2020, Eric Schiff has been working on ways to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the community. He has many years of experience as a physics professor, a semiconductor and solar cell researcher, a university and government administrator, and an industry consultant. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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