Projects

  • Computer simulation of infiltration models to predict expected levels of ventilation from infiltration (due to varying weather conditions) in residential homes throughout the United States and Canada.

  • This project is measuring high time resolution individual end use data from homes that have been retrofitted to save more than 70% of their energy. The data are being analyzed to identify practices that work (and those that don't) that can be used to provide recommendations for home owners and contractors.

  • An interagency agreement between HUD, EPA and DOE with the goal of developing scientific guidance for a health-risk-based residential ventilation standard. This project is focused on determining the ventilation rate needed to control concentrations of continuously-emitted pollutants and to ensure that concentrations of these pollutants do not exceed health-based standards or guidelines for chronic exposure in the vast majority of homes under reasonable use conditions.

  • The Home Energy Saver project creates web-based energy analysis tools, web services, and social media for consumers and home energy professionals. The tools utilize the best-available energy modeling and data to characterize baseline energy needs and upgrade opportunities across all end uses and U.S. climates. The tools support "operational" modeling, incorporating home-specific utilization and behavioral factors as well as standardized "asset" modeling for the purposes of home energy rating. This family of web sites garners approximately one million user visits each year.

  • This project is measuring performance changes in residential HVAC systems due to filter fouling. The focus is on fan power use, but also includes changes in airflow and the resulting impacts on heating and cooling equipment performance. This project is also acquiring data on rates of filter fouling and in a cooperative effort with an ASHRAE research project (by Research Triangle Institute) looking at the materials deposited on filters. The results of this project will be used in energy codes and ventilation standards when setting acceptable and recommended filter ratings.

  • Residential Energy Savings from Air-Tightness and Ventilation Excellence (RESAVE) is a California Energy Commission (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The overall goal of this program is to facilitate the reduction of energy and peak power spent in homes to condition air that enters from outdoors. Infiltration, the uncontrolled exchange of air through leaks and penetrations, typically accounts for over one-third of the total space conditioning energy. New homes typically spend the same fraction of energy on mechanical ventilation. This program aims to reduce ventilation and infiltration related peak load and energy costs by 25-50%.

  • The Energy Performance of Building group is collecting residential data from diagnostics tests to characterize the energy use and indoor air quality of the U.S. housing stock. Our goal is to compile a national database that contains measurements of air leakage, ventilation, and indoor air contaminants.

  • The Residential Integrated Ventilation Controller (RIVEC) is an LBNL developed system that aims to monitor and control the operation of whole-house residential ventilation systems to reduce their total energy use while providing a good indoor environment for the building occupants.

  • This project is providing technical support to bodies that produce codes, standards, and training and certification for the building industry. Partners in this effort include the CEC, ASHRAE, ASTM, CSA, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), RESNET and BPI.