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Building Equipment Research


Helping industry launch energy-efficient building equipment technologies

The Building Equipment Research Group or BERG develops innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable residential and commercial building equipment solutions for the connected world through the use of extensive experimental facilities and advanced hardware-based design models as well as advanced process controls and novel materials.  Group members are engaged in research and development activities in areas such as advanced vapor compression cycles, appliances, water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigeration systems, and alternative refrigerants.

ORNL has executed numerous equipment technology research and development collaborations with industry and university partners. Through these collaborations, the Building Equipment Research Group has helped industry launch some of the most energy-efficient building equipment technologies on the market today.  In addition, the group supports ORNL’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC), the DOE’s only user facility dedicated to advanced building technologies.  BERG collaborates with industry and academia to develop the next generation of building equipment technologies.