Michael Wetter

Michael Wetter
Computational Staff Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-6990

Michael Wetter is a Staff Scientist at the Simulation Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His research includes integrating building performance simulation tools into the research process, as well as their use for design and operation. He is leading the development of Spawn of EnergyPlus, a next-generation simulation engine for building and district energy and control systems, OpenBuildingControl, a project that digitizes the control delivery process, and the Modelica Buildings Library, the largest Modelica library for building energy and control systems. He has also been developing the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed software for co-simulation and model-based operation, co-simulation tools based on the Functional Mockup Interface standard and the GenOpt optimization program. He is the co-operating agent of IBPSA Project 1 and was co-operating agent of IEA EBC Annex 60, two multinational collaborations that develop new generation computational tools for buildings and community energy systems between 2013 and 2022. Prior to joining LBNL, he led the development of building system models at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). He did his dissertation at the University of California at Berkeley and at LBNL, where he created the GenOpt optimization program and the BuildOpt building simulation program and where he developed the first building energy optimization technique that provably converges to the optimal building design. He is a recipient of the bi-annual Outstanding Young Contributor Award of IBPSA and of the bi-annual Distinguished Achievements in Building Simulation Award of IBPSA-USA. He is the Chair of the College of Fellows of IBPSA, an IBPSA Fellow, and a member of the Boards of IBPSA and the Modelica North America Users’ Group. He was Treasurer of IBPSA and President of IBPSA-USA.

Publications

Pass, Rebecca Zarin, Michael Wetter, and Mary Ann Piette. "A Tale of Three District Energy Systems: Metrics and Future Opportunities." 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. 2016.
Wetter, Michael, Wangda Zuo, Thierry Stephane Nouidui, and Xiufeng Pang. "Modelica Buildings Library." (2015). LBNL-1002944.
Nouidui, Thierry Stephane, Michael Wetter, and Wangda Zuo. "Functional Mock-Up Unit Import in EnergyPlus For Co-Simulation." 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation 2013. LBNL-6413E.
Nouidui, Thierry Stephane, Kaustubh Phalak, Wangda Zuo, and Michael Wetter. "Validation and Application of the Room Model of the Modelica Buildings Library." Proc. of the 9th International Modelica Conference 2012. LBNL-5932E.
Pang, Xiufeng, Michael Wetter, Prajesh Bhattacharya, and Philip Haves. "A framework for simulation-based real-time whole building performance assessment." Building and Environment 54 (2012) 100-108. 0360-1323.

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