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Heat Lab hosts Building Envelope Innovation Workshop

Heat Lab hosts Building Envelope Innovation Workshop

On Thursday, March 2, 2017 the Heat Lab hosted the DOE Building Technologies Office (DOE-BTO) workshop at Georgia Institute of Technology. With the support of the Strategic Energy Institute, the workshop took place at the Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA. There were 53 attendees who came from near and far to participate in the workshop; representatives included Dow, ARPA-E, Huber, Navigant, Iowa State University, UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Pacific Northwest National Lab.

Pictured: The DOE Building Technologies Office Workshop hosted at Georgia Tech

The overall purpose of the workshop was to engage participants in a discussion of the key R&D technologies and processes that have the potential to reduce barriers to greater market penetration of high-efficiency building envelope technologies. We also wanted to gather a prioritized list of potential R&D initiatives (unique R&D activities or technology suggestions) that can aid Building Technologies Office (BTO) in achieving their goals and that industry stakeholders believe will reduce barriers to greater adoption of these highly efficient technologies

Pictured: Roderick Jackson of Oak Ridge National Lab presents at the DOE-BTO workshop

Representing the DOE, Sven Mumme provided the welcome and introduction for all those in attendance and Roderick Jackson of ORNL  gave the Plenary Session talk addressing the “Big Challenge in Building Envelopes”. There were several other topics discussed, such as “Ultra low Conductivity Materials”, “Nanoscience Applications”, “Multifunctional Materials and Systems” and “Nanoscience Applications – Thermal and Separations”. Immediately following, the attendees were separated into different rooms for various break out sessions with the theme of “Bridging Science to Application in Buildings Breakout Sessions” and “Applications in New and Existing Construction”. The goal was to identify new ideas and technologies, key challenges, and critical knowledge gaps related to building envelope technologies as well as define the necessary initiatives to overcome barriers to development and adoption of high-efficiency building envelope technologies.