EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Buildings Technology

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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AMIE demonstrates bidirectional energy flow

Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) researchers examined various technologies and asked how wireless charging for vehicles, which typically routes from the power source to the vehicle, could function in the opposite direction—that is, from the vehicle to the power source. They...

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Diana Hun: Making buildings less drafty, more energy efficient

When Diana Hun left her home in Panama City, Panama, to attend school at the University of Texas in Austin, she knew she wanted to be an engineer.  Exactly which branch of engineering to pursue was not quite as straight-forward. Hun studied both mechanical and electrical engineering until...

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Simon Pallin: Exploring the ins and outs of better building envelopes

A scientist that sings opera and performs in musical theater? Sure. If you're a Renaissance Man like Simon Pallin. Pallin is a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Technologies Research & Integration Center. But his early interests and activities reveal a versatile person...

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