Welcome to the homepage of ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.5 on Smart Building Systems.
The committee focuses on the development and evaluation of technologies
that are intended to enable widespread application of "smart" capabilities in building systems. "Smart buildings" take advantage of dynamic
characteristics of building shell and HVAC systems, automation, modern communications, and data processing technologies to operate in the
most cost-effective manner possible. This implies integration of building services such as HVAC, fire, security, and transportation, automation
of many of the operation and maintenance functions traditionally performed by humans, and interaction with outside service providers such as
utilities, energy providers, and aggregators. The committee also is concerned with the methods of building system operation which minimize
energy used through the consideration of dynamics and interactions.
The committee currently has four application-focused subcommittees, which form the backbone of the committee's activities:
building operation dynamics, fault detection and diagnostics, enabling technologies, and building/utility interface. The enabling
technologies subcommittee grew out of the original wireless subcommittee in 2013. We expect that the subcommittees
will continue to respond as these fields become more mature and results of research become commonplace in HVAC&R
practice and as the interests of committee members change over time. The key constant, however, will be a focus on smart
We welcome new participants to the committee. If you are interested in joining us, read through these pages, attend our
subcommittee and full committee meetings at the ASHRAE Winter or Annual Meetings, volunteer to contribute to a program or to
development of an idea for potential ASHRAE research, or contact the committee chair, a subcommittee chair, or any of the
committee members. We'd be glad to discuss the current activities of the committee and your ideas.
Natascha Milesi Ferretti
Chair, TC 7.5