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Mission: To promote innovation and competitiveness in the alternative energy and energy efficiency sector by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology related to energy utilization in buildings.
The Heat Transfer and Alternative Energy Systems Group:
The work carried out by the group results in the following contributions to the building industry:
Electrical Performance Measurements of Solar Photovoltaic Cells and Arrays Project—To achieve net-zero energy buildings, renewable energy generation is required to meet the energy demands remaining after load reduction and efficiency efforts have been implemented. Solar …
Assessment of High-Temperature and Innovative Insulation Thermal Performance Project—The use of thermal insulation is a primary approach to reducing heating and cooling loads in buildings, which account for 42 % (i) and 24 % (i) of energy consumption in residential and commercial …
Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Buildings Program—To develop and deploy advances in measurement science to move the nation toward net-zero energy, high-performance buildings while maintaining a healthy indoor environment by 2016.
Measuring Performance of Net-Zero Energy Homes Project—Develop the measurement science necessary to evaluate various technological approaches to achieve net-zero energy buildings through the development of innovative monitoring techniques, methods of …
Energy Measurements for Existing Residential Buildings Project—According to the most recent national census data, the median year in which owner-occupied homes were built in the U.S. is 19761. Furthermore, housing starts have declined dramatically since 20052. …