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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories work very closely with the Building America research teams to achieve program goals. The laboratories offer extensive scientific and technical R&D expertise for building technologies and improved building practices. Following is a brief description of the laboratories involved with Building America.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) performs analysis, research, and development leading to improved energy technologies and reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts. EETD conducts research in advanced energy technologies, atmospheric sciences, energy-efficient building technologies; energy analysis; and indoor environmental quality.
As DOE's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducts research to accelerate industry adoption of advanced technologies in both the residential and commercial buildings marketplace. NREL is the national technical leader for the Building America Research Program.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Buildings Technology Center (BTC) supports the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of buildings. ORNL partners with universities and private industry to develop and deploy energy-efficient buildings system technologies. A major focus of the BTC is Building America, including the development of manuals for builders and homeowners to guide them toward energy-efficient homes. The BTC is also home to a Building America Research Team.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) develops multi-disciplinary solutions that enhance the energy efficiency of the nation's buildings. PNNL is the lead national laboratory for DOE's energy codes and standards, including support of the International Energy Conservation Code. PNNL's market transformation activities help to develop markets for emerging technologies such as solid-state lighting and highly insulating windows. In collaboration with builders, remodelers and other industry partners, PNNL also conducts research on high performance new homes and deep energy retrofits.