Who we are

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) user facility is the premier U.S. research facility devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

BTRIC identifies and develops energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between the Department of Energy (DOE) and private industry for technology development and analysis, well-characterized laboratory and field experiments, and market outreach.

ORNL buildings research is multidisciplinary in nature, with BTRIC providing unique experimental capabilities. With facilities strategically located throughout the ORNL campus, the Center provides scientists and engineers with unmatched access to a broad array of laboratories, tools, and apparatuses designed to help industry partners accelerate products to market that will maximize cost-effective building energy efficiency.

MAXLAB, the most recent addition to BTRIC, the Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory, houses a high-bay area for envelope research and a low-bay area for equipment research.

The BTRIC user facility was established by DOE’s Office of Building Technology State and Community Programs as a designated National User Facility. The facilities are available to manufacturers, universities, and other organizations for proprietary and nonproprietary research and development. Access to these unique facilities and capabilities is obtained through user agreements, Work for Others (WFO) arrangements, and cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).


Melissa Voss Lapsa

Group Leader, Building Envelope and Urban Systems Research, and Deputy Director, Urban Dynamics Institute