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Programs and Projects
Sustainable, High Performance Infrastructure Materials Program

To develop and deploy measurement science tools that enable the manufacturing, construction, and transportation industries to reliably assess the … more

Assuring Performance of Infrastructure Repair Materials Project

In spite of advances in materials and construction technologies, our nation's civil infrastructure remains in a state of serious decay. The 2013 … more

Low-GWP Refrigerants for High-Efficiency HVAC&R Equipment Project

Concerns over global warming and ozone depletion will limit or phase out several refrigerants currently used in commercial and residential cooling … more

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 … more

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 … more

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Transport Project

The capabilities of the NIST National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) will be extended to provide a test bed for performance evaluation of … more

Instruments
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
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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