ORNL’s Viral Patel with his advanced ultrasonic clothes dryer.

Viral Patel: Engineering a better everyday life

April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017—Viral Patel came to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the aim of conducting research that would provide benefits to the average consumer, and his work has not disappointed.

ORNL’s novel, nontoxic fluorescent air leak detection system uses a vitamin- and water-based solution to quickly locate cracks in occupied buildings without damaging property.

Buildings – Better leak seeking

December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016 – Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a novel, nontoxic fluorescent air leak detection system that can find cracks in walls and roofs in existing and new buildings.

Omar Abdelaziz in ORNL’s Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory (MAXLAB). Photo credit: Jason Richards

Omar Abdelaziz: Driving sustainability through innovation

November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016 – 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.

Wall assembly with exterior insulation

Buildings – Exterior performance

November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory will lead the 13th international conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII on December 5-8 in Clearwater, Florida, an event that attracts building envelope experts from around the world to share state-of-the-art research and technology applications. One topic of interest will be a mold growth index model workshop, explaining the model’s development and application and providing examples of how MGI usage could vary depending on building materials.