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Connected Buildings Challenge

Advancing the connectivity of buildings through innovative solutions and competition

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The Connected Buildings Challenge was PNNL's first-ever innovation challenge, which aimed to accelerate the development of connected buildings. Through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, we sought out teams to join the competition with an innovative project of their own. Teams were asked to provide a solution to a targeted building-related challenge, the specification of which was defined by them.

All projects were required to integrate VOLTTRON™—an open-source software platform to connect energy management devices—with smart building devices, sensors, or appliances such as heating and cooling equipment, hot-water heaters, washers and dryers, refrigerators, lighting controls, weather stations, thermostats, humidity sensors, etc.

At the end of the challenge, our selected teams demonstrated their project to a judging committee. See the results.

What is VOLTTRON™?

VOLTTRON™ is an innovative distributed control and sensing software platform. Its source code has been released, making it possible for researchers and others to use this tool to build applications for more efficiently managing energy use among appliances and devices, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting, electric vehicles, and other connected equipment.

Visit the VOLTTRON™ page for more information, or see a list of devices that have been tested as VOLTTRON-compatible.

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