Buildings Technologies Program
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: 1/1/95    Record No.: 10096
Contact: Ren Anderson, 303-275-4034; Nancy Carlisle, 303-275-6034

Buildings Technologies Program
This group develops new technology and encourages the use of currently available advanced building equipment and envelope systems, and integrates them with renewable energy strategies in the context of whole-building design. Many programs involve industrial collaborations.
- Solar Heating & Cooling--reduce costs with advanced materials and new designs.
- Building America Program--series of from five to eight consortia with construction industry to redefine construction process with an integrated approach.
- Passive Solar--Exemplary Buildings Program, and advanced design tools.
-"Energy 10" is software to help design passive solar commercial buildings, to encourage architects to consider energy efficiency early in a project. Will be available to utilities who offer design assistance, and for them to give to architects. Contact the Passive Solar Industries Council (PSIC) in Washington DC.
- "Builder Guidelines" for builders of residential properties. PSIC sells software merged with climate data for a specific region.
- "STEM --Short Term Energy Monitoring--a whole building test protocol and procedure aimed at rapid evaluation of new system designs in just a few days. (Contact Doug Balcomb 303-275-6028 or Jay Burch 303-275-6023).
- HVAC Air Handling--for EPRI, Design Handbook for Cold Air Distribution. Colder air needs different diffuser designs.
- Dessicant materials test chamber.
-"Transpired Solar Collector" Solarwall--preheats fresh outside (ventilation make up) air by drawing it in through small holes in a dark-colored south-facing wall. NREL worked with a manufacturer to refine an existing product, and to promote applications. Payback can be as little as 2-5 years. (Won an IR&D 100 award)

Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF) is a new building at NREL housing offices and laboratories or energy efficient building research. It incorporates many features of passive solar heating and lighting, in a kind of living laboratory.

Electrochromic Window Initiative--smart window materials--research, analysis, promotion. $5-6 million/year, with L. Berkeley Lab.