Research activities related to energy demand are concentrated in the following Berkeley centers and institutes:


California Institute for Energy and the Environment

California Institute for Energy and the Environment (CIEE)
CIEE is a University of California partnership of energy agencies, utilities, building industry, non-profits, and research entities. CIEE's mission is to increase the security and sustainability of energy systems in California, to help assure continued access to reliable, affordable energy services for all Californians, to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of California's agricultural, manufacturing, and service industries, and to contribute to improving the environment, including regional air and water quality and quality of the indoor built environment, while remaining sensitive to global warming issues. CIEE is a branch of the University of California Energy Institute.


California Institute for Energy and the Environment

Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC)
BSAC is the Graduated National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Microsensors and Microactuators.  BSAC researchers conduct industry-relevant, interdisciplinary research on micro- and nano-scale sensors, moving mechanical elements, microfluidics, materials, processes & systems that take advantage of progress made in integrated-circuit, bio, and polymer technologies


California Institute for Energy and the Environment

Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL)
RAEL is a unique new research, development, project implementation, and community outreach facility that focuses on designing, testing, and disseminating renewable and appropriate energy systems. The laboratory's mission is to help these technologies realize their full potential to contribute to environmentally sustainable development in both industrialized and developing nations while also addressing the cultural context and range of potential social impacts of any new technology or resource management system.



i4Energy Center

i4Energy Center
The mission of the i4Energy Center is to facilitate and promote research on system-integrated enabling technologies that will achieve better energy efficiency, improved demand / response, and dramatic improvements in energy distribution. The i4Energy Center is a collaboration among CITRIS; the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE); and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).



California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways

California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH)
PATH is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Caltrans. PATH is a multi-disciplinary program with staff, faculty, and students from universities statewide, and cooperative projects with private industry, state and local agencies, and non-profit institutions.


Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR)
CEDR's mission is to foster research in environmental planning and design and to promote innnovations   energy efficiency and green design and sustainability. The scope of environmental planning and design is broad, ranging from the local environments of people within buildings to region-wide ecosystems, from small details of building construction to large-scale urban planning, from the history of the built environment to the design process itself.


Center for the Built Environment


Center for the Built Environment (CBE)
CBE aims to improve the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings by providing timely, unbiased information on building technologies and design techniques. The CBE research team and industry partners are developing ways to "take the pulse" of occupied buildings - looking at how people use space, asking them what they like and don't like about their indoor environment, and linking these responses to physical measurements of indoor environmental quality. This feedback is highly valuable those who manage, operate, and design buildings. They also study technologies that hold promise for making buildings more environmentally friendly, more productive to work in, and more economical to operate.


The Green Building Research Center (GBRC)
GBRC was created to advance and promote sustainable building design and operation on the UC Berkeley campus, and provide resources to aid other universities in similar efforts across the state.


Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is advancing green chemistry through research, teaching and engagement in three interdisciplinary areas of inquiry: New Chemistries, Health and Environment, and Policy and Economy. Investigators in chemistry, the environmental health sciences, public policy, business, and law are developing new science and scholarship that is placing green chemistry, alongside carbon-neutral technologies, as a cornerstone of environmentally sustainable development and the green economy.



Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS)
Research in the LMAS is concerned with the analysis and improvement of manufacturing processes and the development of tools to analyze sustainability. Specifically, research is focused on minimizing/removing contaminants and machining defects during manufacture, improving the precision and repeatability of chemical mechanical polishing, and modeling sustainable, environmentally-conscious manufacturing processes and systems.