The Residential Building Systems group (RBS) works to reduce building energy use while providing occupants a healthy, safe, and pleasant indoor environment. To this end, we seek to:
- Provide controlled, conditioned, and directed ventilation while reducing unintended and uncontrolled leakage through the thermal envelope (infiltration).
- Identify, evaluate, and manage pollutant sources that affect indoor environmental quality (IEQ). These sources include "offgassing" from materials in our homes, exhaust gasses from in-home combustion appliances, and outdoor pollutants.
- Find the best ways to improve the energy performance, durability, health and comfort of existing homes.
- Develop codes, standards, test methodologies, diagnostics and other guidance for the building industry.
- Promote proven but underutilized HVAC technologies and develop new technologies that provide building services at reduced energy use.
- Understand the role of behavior in building operation and find ways of saving energy through changes in behavior.
The context for our work is the recognition that a building is a system composed of interdependent sub-systems that must be calibrated with each other and with the building as a whole to operate effectively.
Visiting and Getting in Touch
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is one of 17 National Labs operated by the Department of Energy. The Lab is located in a secure area above the University of California, Berkeley, campus. Visitors must have a sponsor to enter the site.
Address & Phone / Fax
Building Technology Urban Systems Division
Energy Technologies Area
1 Cyclotron Road, MS 90R3111
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 486-7877
A scientist or staff member must sponsor your visit to Berkeley Lab. For more information, including how to get here, building access, gate information and more, please visit: ps.lbl.gov/site-access/