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Oct. 22, 2021

Connecting the Dots To Enhance Energy Efficiency, Workforce, and Low-Carbon Buildings

A true living laboratory, NREL added a small but noticeable splash of color to its cafeteria building. Five quantum dot windows were installed this summer as a demonstration project evaluating innovative windows technologies, in collaboration with UbiQD and the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator program.

Oct. 19, 2021

NREL Enables Affordable Housing by Expanding Beyond Energy Efficiency

NREL has historically worked on buildings' energy efficiency, which lowers operational energy costs—electricity and natural gas usage, for example. Now, it is expanding on some of its net-zero buildings experience to look more closely at construction processes, advanced materials, and novel business practices related to energy equity.

Oct. 19, 2021

New NREL Partnership Is Nothing To Bawk At

NREL is partnering with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to design, build, and evaluate energy use models to increase energy efficiency in broiler houses.

Oct. 15, 2021

JUMP Into STEM Continues To Open Doors to the Building Science Industry

Buildings are used every day by almost all members of U.S. society, which is why diversity in building science professionals is critical to better understanding the needs of all building occupants.

Aug. 27, 2021

Ushering in the Future of Building Retrofits

The American-Made E-ROBOT Prize Phase 1 winners are transforming existing U.S. homes and buildings with a sweeping portfolio of advanced robotics innovations.

Aug. 18, 2021

Going the Way of T-Rex: Life Cycle Waste and Emissions in Construction Material Manufacturing

NREL researchers are developing strategies to prevent construction from gobbling up resources with BREX—shorthand for Building Materials' Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling.

Aug. 4, 2021

GEM Fellowship Brings Diverse Top-Tier Talent to NREL

NREL's 2021 class of GEM fellows is the largest in the laboratory's history with the program.

July 29, 2021

Celebrating NREL Women Advancing Energy Storage

This year, NREL joined the Department of Energy's Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) in celebrating just a few of the women making significant contributions within energy storage programs.

July 26, 2021

Emerson Acquisition of 7AC Propels NREL HVAC Technology to Market

In November 2020, multinational powerhouse Emerson acquired a startup company, 7AC. It was a big deal in the world of cleantech startups—a fairy-tale ending for a startup company whose technology had made it to the HVAC commercial market.

July 22, 2021

JUMP Into STEM Interns Pursue Passions Through Impactful Building Science

2020 JUMP into STEM Final Event competition winners Megan Bush, Zoe Landers, and Vedyun Mishra are supporting impactful research, exploring their passions, and contributing new perspectives to the NREL Building Technologies and Science Center.

July 14, 2021

NREL Creates Blueprint To Help Expand Deployment of Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Technologies in Federal Performance Contracts

NREL researchers have crafted a guide to using federal energy performance contracting to transform U.S. General Services Administration buildings into tomorrow's energy-efficient, grid-interactive facilities.

June 16, 2021

CCHRC Marks One Year as NREL's Subarctic Laboratory

In June 2020, NREL expanded from its sunny campus in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, to the frozen tundra of Fairbanks, Alaska, by adding the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to its team. The inaugural year saw several notable collaborations, including a project to create affordable prefabricated housing, advice on improvements to military housing, and construction of demonstration homes in marginalized communities.

April 21, 2021

Eleven Communities to Chart Paths to a More Resilient and Equitable Energy Future

NREL will bring cross-cutting technical assistance to remote and island communities seeking resilient energy solutions as part of the DOE-funded, multi-lab, multi-partner Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP).

March 16, 2021

New Perovskite Design Shows Path to Higher Efficiency

The new architecture for the cells increases the area exposed to the sun by putting the metal contact layers side by side on the back of the cell.

March 9, 2021

Even in Frigid Temperatures, Air-Source Heat Pumps Keep Homes Warm From Alaska Coast to U.S. Mass Market

The air-source heat pump that Tom Marsik installed in his house eight years ago was rare for Alaska. Air-source heat pumps take heat from the outside air, run it through a refrigeration cycle to step up the temperature (just like your fridge, but in reverse), and deliver it to a building.

Feb. 17, 2021

First Virtual JUMP into STEM Competition Showcases Student Solutions to Building Science Challenges

The JUMP into STEM management team designed the Jan. 28–29, 2021, virtual competition to replicate the experiences of an on-site competition. The first day helped create a community experience by providing students the opportunity to learn from and network with building science professionals and fellow students.

Feb. 16, 2021

New E-ROBOT Prize Encourages Robotic Innovation To Drive Energy Efficiency in Envelope Retrofit Solutions

The future of buildings is affordable, comfortable, and energy efficient. However, the current reality is that buildings consume 39% of all U.S. energy and 74% of all U.S. electricity at an annual cost of more than $400 billion.

Feb. 11, 2021

News Release: NREL Heats Up Thermal Energy Storage with New Solution Meant To Ease Grid Stress, Ultimately Improving Energy Efficiency

Scientists from NREL have developed a simple way to better evaluate the potential of novel materials to store or release heat on demand in your home, office, or other building in a way that more efficiently manages the building's energy use.

Jan. 5, 2021

A Float Through the Past: CCHRC Founder Revisits His Iglu on the River

It had been almost 30 years since Jack Hébert visited his old home site in Northern Alaska's Brooks Range. In that time, Jack had become an award-winning home builder and founded the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to come up with more sustainable ways to build. Today, he is a senior advisor at NREL.

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