EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Buildings Technology

Neighborhood gets smart about energy use with ORNL tech

Tucked away on about five acres outside of Birmingham, Alabama, sits innovative technology that could change the way homeowners manage energy consumption. The Southeast’s first-of- its-kind residential microgrid is the main energy source for 62 state-of-the-art homes in what Alabama Power...

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Making self-healing building materials a reality: Kaushik Biswas

Inspiration often strikes in the unlikeliest of places and for Kaushik Biswas, a mechanical engineer in ORNL’s Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research Group, a moment spent enjoying entertainment led to the idea of developing self-healing vacuum panels for buildings. “I was watching a...

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Helping homes get smart: Heather Buckberry

A few miles from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) sits a quiet house in a suburban neighborhood. The exterior is just like the neighbors', but inside the home there's a unique buzz of activity supervised by Heather Buckberry, a mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience designing new...

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Ron Ott: Framing the ORNL Buildings Program with technical expertise, collaboration

A curious mind can go far at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as Ron Ott has learned over the course of a career ranging from materials research to organizational leadership. He now brings that deep well of technical expertise and collaborative thinking to his new role as manager of the Building...

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Laser-Focused: Chengyun Hua turns the heat up on materials research

In Chengyun Hua’s research, everything revolves around heat and how it moves. As a Russell Fellow in ORNL’s Building Equipment Research Group, Chengyun carefully analyzes nanoscale heat transfer mechanisms using laser spectroscopy. “Heat is being generated from everywhere and we can collect that...

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Modeling better buildings for energy savings: Joshua New

Joshua New has an ambitious goal to increase the nation’s efficient use of energy: he wants to create a model of every building in America. All 130 million of them. For now, Joshua and his colleagues in the Building Envelope and Urban Systems group are creating virtual models of the buildings in...

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Xin Sun: Director, Energy and Transportation Science Division

Xin Sun spent her early career helping define a new scientific field, and now she plans to use her technical and managerial experience to expand the capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Energy and Transportation Science Division (ETSD) as she steps in as division director. Xin...

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Engineering a better everyday life: Viral Patel

Viral Patel came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the aim of conducting research that would provide benefits to the average consumer, and his work has not disappointed. Viral jumped into three energy efficiency projects almost immediately after starting at the lab as a postdoctoral...

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Omar Abdelaziz: Driving sustainability through innovation

As a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Omar Abdelaziz took a class in an unfamiliar topic: sustainable energy. It was a choice that would change the path of his life and career. Ten years later, Abdelaziz’ passion for healthy ecosystems and his hands-on work around climate-friendly...

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Technology, innovation on display at EERE Industry Day

In September, ORNL hosted the first EERE Industry Day event, which was sponsored by several offices under the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Industry Day also served as the platform for unveiling ORNL’s novel 3D-printed energy-sharing project, the Additive...

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