Research Highlights

Building Technologies Research and Integration Center initiatives making headlines

Later in 2012, the Maximum Energy Efficiency Building Research Laboratory (MAXLAB) is scheduled to open on Bethel Valley Road, a $20.2 million DOE investment through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. MAXLAB will consist of a main research facility for controlled study...

ORNL MAXLAB occupied, nearing fully equipped status

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have settled into new offices and laboratories at the MAXLAB—or Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory. Located on Bethel Valley Road, MAXLAB construction was completed at the end of September.

Sixteen staff...

Pushing Boundaries on Performance & Design: the ClimateMaster Trilogy¨ 40 Q-Modeª Geothermal Heat Pump

Introduced July 9, 2012, and available for limited order in December 2012, the ClimateMaster Trilogy® 40 Q-Mode™ Geothermal Heat Pump, the outcome of a 5 year collaboration between ClimateMaster, Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is an ultrahigh-efficiency geothermal heat...

First Annual Housing Innovation Award Winners Announced

On October 4, 2013, the US Department of Energy (DOE) presented the inaugural winners of the firstever Housing Innovation Awards. The Awards recognize 46 diverse industry leaders bringing the best in energy efficient building technologies and design to new and older homes and helping...

Perspectives on Next Steps in Residential Energy Efficiency

In Practice

A Conversation with Linda LaCroix, Aspen Construction Services

“If you ask five people what sustainability means to them, you’ll get five different answers, but if you ask what makes a building sustainable, you may just get the same answer – energy efficiency,”...

Tips on Homeowner Education

Homeowner education is a facet of green building that receives little press; yet it is a growing mandate within various green building certification programs. In residential building, the ANSI-approved International Code Council (ICC) 700 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS)...

Advances in Understanding Durability of the Building Envelope: ORNL Research

Moisture, and its accompanying outriders – things like mold, corrosion, freeze damage, and decay – present powerful threats to the durability and long-term performance of a building envelope. Miscalculating the impact of environmental factors like rain, solar radiation, temperature,...

Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy Demonstration

A research demonstration unveiled at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory combines clean energy technologies into a 3D-printed building and vehicle to showcase a new approach to energy use, storage and consumption.

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy...

ORNL Featured in Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2016

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, will feature Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing and Integrated Energies in its Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 12 – 17, 2016. 

AMT created the ETC as a...

Novel Air Leak Detection System

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. In laboratory experiments, ORNL’s Diana Hun and Brenda Smith used an off-the-shelf humidifier to...

Novel Ultra Low-Energy Consumption Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer

The development of the ultrasonic clothes dryer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a prime example of collaboration among various divisions at the lab—drawing upon the expertise necessary no matter where a scientist sits to transform a well-researched idea into a great invention....

Energy - Homes get smart

Ways to give homeowners more centralized control over how much electricity their home uses—from the air conditioning unit to the heat pump water heater—are being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. An ORNL team is working with Southern Company and Alabama Power on its Smart...

Building AMIE’s brain: EESR researchers take on home, vehicle energy challenges

The construction and demonstration of the Additive Manufacturing + Integrated Energy (AMIE) project was a unique opportunity to showcase Oak Ridge National Laboratory expertise and collaboration in many areas, including 3D printing and vehicle and residential technologies. The...

Collaboration advances clothes dryer from idea to invention

The development of the ultrasonic clothes dryer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a prime example of collaboration among various divisions at the lab—drawing upon the expertise necessary no matter where a scientist sits to transform a well-researched idea into a great invention....

ORNL, Molex to develop and provide market access to low-cost wireless sensors

Efforts to bring ORNL’s wireless sensor platform to market are on target and proceeding as planned. In April 2015, ORNL formed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Molex, a premier international electronics manufacturer, to make the low-cost wireless sensors...

Refrigerants – Cooling with propane

Cooling homes and small office spaces could become less costly and more efficient with new early stage technology developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Researchers designed a window air conditioning unit that uses propane as the refrigerant, cooling the air with 17 percent higher...