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Strategic Goal: Energy-Efficient, High Performance Buildings

Enable cost-effective, energy-efficient, grid-integrated buildings that have healthy and comfortable indoor environments and reduced environmental impacts through advances in measurement science and standards development.

EL research advances progress toward greater sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment.  Our programs focus on cross-cutting technical work such as sustainability metrics and assessment tools; approaches to achieve improved indoor environmental quality with high energy efficiency; and life cycle performance prediction and assessment tools.   
Through research that stretches the limits of measurement science and pushes the envelope of current measurement and test capabilities, EL will:

  • Improve building operations to achieve energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and safety by clearing technical hurdles that impede widespread use of intelligent building systems;
  • Underpin significant U.S. progress toward realizing net-zero energy, high-performance buildings with a healthy indoor environment; and 
  • Deliver standards and tools key to achieving sustainable buildings. 
Created September 27, 2011, Updated May 7, 2024