Once building technologies emerge and become commercially available, only in exceptional cases does robust market uptake automatically follow. Additional efforts remain to ensure that emerging and under-utilized technologies are successfully deployed to the fullest extent possible. ORNL helps optimize the energy performance of buildings and industrial processes by moving technologies to full use in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors through applications research, technical assistance, and a variety of deployment strategies. The team’s comprehensive knowledge of buildings and energy use spans multi-building sites, whole-buildings, systems, components, and multi-level interactions. They also help federal and private sector building and plant owners reduce energy consumption through cost-effective energy-management best-practices tools and strategies.
When it comes to technology deployment, sponsor and partner needs can be very diverse, so ORNL routinely customizes teams to satisfy these requirements. For example, for the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIPO), ORNL has created an interdisciplinary team of building scientists, computer programmers, program evaluators, and social scientists to assist with the diverse aspects of WIPO operations. Learn more about ORNL’s support for WIPO here.
- Audit Tools
- Retro or continuous commissioning
- Developing, implementing, and evaluating retrofit projects
- Alternative financing of retrofit projects when direct funding is not available.