IEEE 1888 Standard Employs Green IT to Lower Energy

The standard for Ubiquitous Green Community Control Network Protocol is inspired by the desire of Chinese stakeholders to minimize their footprints.

IEEE, a professional association advancing technology for humanity, has announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved IEEE 1888 – Standard for Ubiquitous Green Community Control Network Protocol.

This standard will help large commercial buildings use less energy and have a smaller environmental footprint through remote surveillance, operation, management, and maintenance, all of which will provide a secure, comfortable, and convenient environment for building residents.

IEEE 1888 combines information technology and communications with environmental protection and energy savings. It is designed for use in a wide range of industries including utility, construction, transportation, automation, commerce, and agriculture for the development of digital eco-cities, intelligent buildings, modern transportation systems, and digital homes.

IEEE 1888 got its start in China, by Chinese companies, universities, and other organizations that wanted to address the country’s surging energy use. “There are more than 40 billion square meters of building floor space in China, and we are adding two billion square meters annually,” said Liu Dong, IEEE 1888 Working Group chair. "Most of them are high energy-consumption buildings, occupying nearly 50 percent of total energy consumption in the society."

Sponsored by the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, IEEE 1888 is the first corporate standards project in the sector of energy saving leveraging information and communications technologies. IEEE 1888 was initiated by BII Group, China Telecom, Tsinghua University, Beijing Jiaotong University, and supported by other organizations around the world.

“Inspired by Chinese innovation and involving global collaboration, IEEE 1888 is a remarkable international standards development achievement in the energy sector,” continued Dong.

“IEEE is fully committed to developing standards that will enable a more environmentally friendly future,” said Judith Gorman, managing director, IEEE Standards Association. “The IEEE 1888 Working Group, which was formed in 2008, should be congratulated for developing this important standard to reduce the energy consumption of buildings through the use of ‘Green IT’ in just over two years.”

The IEEE 1888 standard will enable accurate remote control and collaborative management solutions for operators, community administrators, public service provider, government departments and individual users, to more efficiently control facilities in community and building groups, such as sensors, surveillance monitors, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, lighting systems, and fire-fighting systems.

Details of the approved IEEE 1888 can be found at

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Source: IEEE