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Artist's rendering of the courtyard view of NREL's new Research Support Facility.

NREL advances the science and engineering of energy efficiency in buildings, schools, communities, and districts by providing the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems and renewable power technologies.

NREL's buildings research teams lead efforts in developing cutting-edge technical solutions to improve the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial buildings, and to accelerate the integration of renewable energy technologies with buildings.

Whether it's understanding emerging trends or troubleshooting existing technical barriers, NREL has the expertise to support the building industry as it continues to evolve to address challenges. Below are the key capabilities.

  • Data-driven building energy modeling
  • Performance mapping and technology evaluation
  • Renewable energy integration
  • Moving technologies to market.

NREL's Residential Buildings researchers explore energy efficiency options for both new and existing homes, including whole-house performance and the interaction of building components.

The Commercial Buildings team focuses on providing large institutional and private sector commercial building owners with tools, resources, and expertise to address energy challenges.

Learn more about our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and about how to work with us to find solutions to your technical building challenges.

Our Partners

  • Academia
  • Builders
  • Federal Agencies
  • Major Corporations
  • Manufacturers
  • Power Market Authorities
  • Utilities