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A National Network Of Accelerators Dedicated To Material Irradiation (EMIR)
Hosting Legal Entity
Oak Ridge National Laboratory by UT-Battelle
Coordinating Country
United States
RI Keywords
sustainability, energy, carbon emission, climate change
Energy & Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6324 USA
The Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) User Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the premier U.S. research facility devoted to the development of technologies that improves the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings. The Center’s mission is to identify, develop, and deploy energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between DOE and private industry for technology development and analysis, well-characterized laboratory and field experiments, and market outreach. The BTRIC User Facility offers over 20,000 square feet of space and state-of-the art experimental facilities valued at more than $7 million. A permanent staff of 50, supplemented by approximately 20 guest researchers, operates the facility.

The BTRIC User Facility was established by DOE’s Office of Building Technology State and Community Programs as a designated “National User Facility.” The facilities are available to manufacturers, universities, and other organizations for proprietary and nonproprietary research and development. Access to these unique facilities and capabilities is obtained through user agreements, Work for Others (WFO) arrangements, and cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a national multi-program research and development facility managed by UT-Battelle, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Application Area
Reducing the energy consumption of the nation?s buildings and resulting carbon emissions is essential to achieving a sustainable clean energy future. To address the enormous challenge, ORNL is focused on helping develop new building technologies, whole-building and community integration, improved energy management in buildings and industrial facilities during their operational phase, and market transformations in all of these areas.

Minimizing the energy/carbon footprint of the nation?s buildings sector is essential for tackling climate change and will be an enormous challenge. Buildings account for 39% of U.S. carbon emissions and the consumption of 40% of the nation?s total primary energy, 73% of electricity, and 55% of natural gas (34% of natural gas excluding gas used to generate electricity consumed in buildings). The importance of buildings is amplified because renewable energy applications such as photovoltaic electricity generation, day lighting, solar water heating, and geothermal (ground-source) space conditioning and water heating are most economical when using buildings as their deployment platforms.

Staff expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and supporting management of a variety of specialized groups enable the center’s research efforts, while the program office within the center administratively coordinates multidisciplinary projects, drawing resources from across the Laboratory.

Much of ORNL’s building technology research falls under ORNL’s Clean Energy science area which is organizationally located within the Energy and Transportation Science Division. The mission of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Energy and Transportation Science Division is to develop and deploy knowledge and technology that enables the transformation of our energy systems in a manner that allows America to achieve energy independence, energy security, global economic leadership, and environmental sustainability. ETSD also houses the Building Technologies Program Office, which administratively facilitates the integration of ORNL research across disciplines to support federally- and privately-funded research.

ORNL buildings research is directed and funded primarily by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, specifically the Building Technologies Program. The Federal Energy Management Program, Geothermal Technologies Program, Advanced Manufacturing Office,Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, Policy and International Affairs, Concentrating Solar Power Program, Sustainability Performance Office, and other partners also support ORNL’s research to develop new building technologies.
The Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC), in the Energy and Transportation Science Division (ETSD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), focuses on research and development of new building technologies, whole-building and community integration, improved energy management in buildings and industrial facilities during their operational phase, and market transformations from old to new in all of these areas. The DOE programs supported by BTRIC are primarily within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and include: - Building Technologies Office (BTO), - Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), - Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), and the - Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program (WIP). BTRIC also supports other DOE-EERE offices, other DOE programs, other federal agencies, state agencies, and the private sector through DOE’s “work-for-others” and “user facility” programs. ORNL's work in pursuit of energy and environmental sustainability of the built environment is broad-based, addressing residential, commercial, and industrial buildings that are new or existing. Organizationally, BTRIC consists of four Centers of Excellence: - Building Envelope Research - Building Equipment Research - Whole-Building & Community Integration - Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Energy Efficiency Calculators - Attic Radiant Barrier Calculator - Low-Slope Roof Calculator for Commercial Buildings - Moisture Control for Low-Slope Roofing - determine if a roof design needs a vapor retarder or if the roofing system can be modified to enhance its tolerance for small leaks - Modified Zone Method - Roof Savings Calculator - for commerical and residential buildings using whole-building energy simulations - Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) Calculator - Steep-Slope Roof Calculator on Residential Buildings - Whole-Wall R-Value Calculator 2.0 - ZIP-Code R-Value Recommendation Calculator Roofs/Attics - Attic Radiant Barrier - Cool Roofs Will Revolutionize the Building Industry - R30/30 Roofing System - Reflective Roofing Systems - Residential Attics and Cathedral Ceilings - Thermal Performance of Vegetated Roof Systems