Residential Buildings

The Residential Building Systems (RBS) group works on problems associated with residential building integration involving modeling, measurement, design, and operation. Our research predominantly focuses on Decarbonization and Energy Reductions in homes together with Indoor Air Quality, Moisture and other topics related to air movement in buildings.

LBNL and Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC), presents the Home Decarbonization SEMINAR SERIES 2024

Challenges and Opportunities for Home Decarbonization

The Building Decarbonization Coalition and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are collaborating on a seminar series called Challenges and Opportunities for Home Decarbonization. The seminar series aims to explore the challenges and opportunities of the home decarbonization energy transition. We will hear from industry experts and researchers who are actively engaged in working on home electrification and decarbonization. They will share their latest experience and insights to provide practical solutions for getting to scale with the sustainable energy transition in homes. As well as technical solutions, these seminars will cover topics including affordability, equity, workforce and resilience. Join us for the first of the series below!


SEMINAR 5: Extreme Weather Events and Building Resilience in Home Electrification and Decarbonization
July 17th, 2024 - 11 am PT / 2 pm ET



Climate change is driving a rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, cold snaps, floods, hurricanes, etc., significantly impacting the stability and reliability of buildings’ energy systems and infrastructure. This seminar will delve into the intersection of extreme weather events and resilience strategies associated with reducing emissions from homes. Key topics include identifying the vulnerabilities of current home electrification systems to extreme weather events and highlighting the critical need for home resilient design and technologies. The seminar will present innovative solutions and best practices to enhance the durability and adaptability of home energy systems, during and after severe weather events. Through expert presentations and case studies, attendees will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities in building resilient home electrification systems capable of withstanding extreme weather events. 

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Max Wei - Staff Scientist at LBNL

Heather Rosenberg - Resilience Impact & Social Equity Lead at ARUP

Josh Quinnell - Senior Research Scientist at CEE

RoadmapROADMAP for Home Decarbonization

Decarbonizing the US housing stock is a complex and difficult undertaking. This report summarizes the challenges in getting to scale to decarbonize large numbers of existing homes. It identifies key opportunities for overcoming these challenges based on three key priorities:

  • Develop solutions for all households
  • Make home dearbonization affordable
  • Support the US clean energy economy

This report provides targeted guidance and background information to help residential building decarbonization initiatives succeed and supports the US Department of Energy's Building Technology Office goal to achieve low/no carbon emission in existing homes by 2050.

DOCUMENT to download HERE

We have also prepared some simple Q&A's to supplement this report.


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