Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 17 laboratories. PNNL’s main campus is in Richland, Wash., with several other locations, including Washington D.C. As a DOE Office of Science national laboratory, PNNL is the steward of 19 designated DOE core science and technology capabilities.
Residential Buildings Integration
PNNL’s Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) team works with the DOE’s Buildings Technologies Office (BTO), other national laboratories and industry to limit rising energy consumption and costs in our nation’s housing. This effort includes testing technologies for existing and new homes, as well as providing resources for the home construction and improvement industries. The goal: reduce building-related energy use by 50% in new homes and 40% in existing homes by 2030.
PNNL’s RBI team capabilities include testing of residential energy-efficiency technologies on the field and in controlled laboratory environments, supporting appliance and equipment standards, building energy codes and market transformation activities. PNNL’s testing environments include environmental test chambers as well as twin lab homes where new building technologies can be tested in a closely monitored environment that replicates how normal homes operate.