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Programs and Projects
Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Commercial Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems Project

NIST is working to measure and improve the operational performance of commercial buildings by leveraging previously untapped capabilities within … more

Intelligent Building Agents Project

Achieving national goals of net zero energy buildings requires substantial reduction in the energy consumption of commercial building systems. … more

Commissioning Building Systems for Improved Energy Performance Project

Building systems commissioning processes applied at the design phase and throughout the building life cycle have been shown to effectively improve … more

Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Air-Conditioners and Heat Pumps Project

Fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) methods are receiving increasing consideration for application in space-conditioning equipment. It is … more

Building Integration with Smart Grid Project

New measurement science and industry standards are needed to enable building systems and consumers to interact with a future “smart grid,” which … more

Embedded Intelligence in Buildings Program

The objective of the Embedded Intelligence in Buildings Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science that will improve building … more

Mobile Solar Tracker Facility

NIST's mobile solar tracking facility is used to characterize the electrical performance of photovoltaic panels. It incorporates meteorological … more

Building Integrated Photovoltaic Testbed

The long term performance of building integrated photovoltaic panels is measured "in-situ"using the Building Integrated Photovoltaic Testbed, … more

Micro-Combined Heat and Power Device Test Facility

NIST has developed a test facility for micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) devices to measure their performance over a range of different … more

The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility

The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) is a unique laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in … more

Line Heat-Source Guarded Hot Plate

The 1-meter guarded hot-plate apparatus measures thermal conductivity of building insulation. This facility provides for absolute measurement of … more

Roof Photovoltaic Test Facility

In order to accurately predict the annual energy production of photovoltaic systems for any given geographical location, building orientation, and … more

Software: EVAP-COND

EVAP-COND is a software package that contains NIST's simulation models for a finned-tube evaporator and condenser. The “tube-by-tube” modeling … more

Software: BEES

The BEES ( B uilding for E nvironmental and E conomic S ustainability) software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting … more

Software: CONTAM

CONTAM is a multizone indoor air quality and ventilation analysis computer program designed to help you determine: (a) airflows: infiltration, … more

Software: LoopDA

LoopDA is a natural ventilation design tool developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Version 3.0 is an update to the … more

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