IEEE ENCS “Energy Efficiency Applications in Commercial Buildings in the US” (February 18, 2016)

February Meeting

Join us on February 18th at 5:30 for IEEE ENCS “Energy Efficiency Applications in Commercial Buildings in the US”

NCAEE looks forward to kicking off 2016 with a great meeting organized and hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Eastern North Carolina Section on “Energy Efficiency Applications in Commercial Buildings in the US.” The speaker is Dr. Saifur Rahman, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and is the Principal Investigator for BEMOSS, a web-based, Department of Energy (among others) funded, Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) platform for optimizing electricity usage and implementing demand response in small and medium-sized commercial buildings. The full abstract and bio for Dr. Rahman is below. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 with the presentation from 6-7pm. To RSVP, please visit We look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, February 18, 2016
5:30 (Social)
6:00 (Program)


NCSU Engineering Building 1 (EB1) on Centennial Campus
Room 1011
890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695
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914 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695
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NCAEE Members and Friends


No cost for attendees.


In the United States, buildings consume over 40% of the country’s total energy consumption, and 90% of these buildings are either small-sized (<5,000 sqft) or medium-sized (5,000-50,000 sqft). Specifically, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC), lighting and plug loads account for almost 90% of all consumption in buildings. But these small and medium-sized buildings do not have building automation or energy efficiency applications. Under a contract from the US Department of Energy, Virginia Tech is developing a web-based Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) platform for optimizing electricity usage and implementing demand response (DR) in small- and medium-sized buildings. This can help accelerate development of market-ready products like embedded Building Energy Management (BEM) systems and device controllers for HVAC, lighting and plug loads. This presentation discusses the core concept of the BEMOSS platform, and shows how single board computers like the Raspberry Pi is being used to implement the software being developed.


Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine. He was the founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2016 and 2017. He is a member of the Governing Board of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.  In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense (ESTCP Program), the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.


Best parking is in the Oval Drive West Parking Deck at 914 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27695 Use GPS to parking deck at 914 Partners Way and/or use these directions to get to the room after you park.

  • From Western Blvd turn onto Avent Ferry Rd.
  • Turn left on Varsity Dr. & go to end of road (T-intersection)
  • Turn right on Partners Way and go to Oval West parking deck (First Parking Deck on Right)
  • Park in the Oval West parking deck on the right
  • Walk across the street
  • Walk on sidewalk between Engineering Building 1 (EB1) and grass field
  • Come up the main walkway
  • EB1 is on your left
  • Once inside, meeting will be in room 1011 of EB1 building

Additional Information:

  • If lost, call Walter Bright cell phone 919-545-6800
  • Note: Parking at NCSU is free after 5:00 PM, so recommend you arrive just after 5:00PM.