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Building Envelope and Urban Systems Research

Integrating advanced building construction at the urban scale

The Building Envelope and Urban Systems Research Group cost-effectively improves the energy efficiency, durability, and environmental sustainability of building systems by exploring new and emerging materials, components, and systems as well as the fundamentals of heat, air, and moisture transfer. Research is focused on energy saving new construction and retrofit solutions for residential and commercial buildings. The pillars for the group’s international recognition include collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, neutron imaging and high-performance computing facilities, chemical and material sciences divisions, and external stakeholder engagement including several building and envelope manufacturers and trade associations. State-of-the-art experimental facilities are available at ORNL’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) including heat, air, and moisture environmental chambers; and natural exposure test facilities are located across the U.S.