Share Your Ideas!

Novel Building Envelope Design for Increased Thermal Performance

In 2014, more than 40% of US primary energy and 70% of electricity was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, resulting in annual energy costs of more than $430 billion. The envelope of the building, which refers to the external walls, windows, roof, and floor of a building, is the thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environment and one of the primary determinants of energy use to maintain indoor comfort.  Through its online crowdsourcing platform, JUMP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is looking for ideas to improve the performance of the building envelope.  The challenge is to develop a new material or an installation method that uses readily available products to improve the thermal performance and air tightness of a wall assembly, without compromising the durability of the wall assembly. 

Learn more about this challenge and share your ideas today!

Views: 255

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Comment by Beverly Lerch on May 4, 2017 at 7:47am

Fireplaces are one of the biggest sources of energy loss in the home.  Many people use old buildings and homes for their "home offices".  The fireplaces are no longer being used for heat, as when first installed.  Wood burning fireplaces are very dirty and toxic, as well as sucking the heat out of the area.  Most gas fireplace have an open vent to the outside, creating even more energy loss in both winter and summer.  The constant air exchange created by fireplaces, causes heat loss in the winter and hard working air conditioning in the summer, as it tries to keep up with the heat and humidity being sent down the chimney.  

Comment by Craig Savage on April 3, 2017 at 2:26pm

Thanks Sarah

Crowdsourcing can be a powerful tool. And the JUMP program is a good use of DOE funds, IMOP. 

A wall that used less labor, consumed less costly materials, leaked less air, insulated better; which part of those incremental changes wouldn't help drive sales?  

Comment by Sy Richardson on April 3, 2017 at 8:03am

We offer an insulated roofing tile that transforms the attic into a conditioned space.
Lowers energy footprint up to 35%.

FSEC report for EE improvement existing housing stock
http://eternatile.com/reports/FL-Solar-Energy-Center.pdf

Comment by tedkidd on April 3, 2017 at 6:59am
With Home Performance nearly irrelevant in the marketplace, what problem does this solve?

How about solving the sales problem first?

Once Home Performance is mainstream, THEN incremental improvements can have meaningful impact!

Welcome to Home Energy Pros

Welcome to Home Energy Pros – the unique digital community by and for those who work in the home energy performance arena.

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network. Please honor our Guidelines

Featured Blogs

Seeking Innovation in Roofing Systems

Posted by Sarah OConnell on May 12, 2017 at 9:47am 0 Comments

Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with GAF to host a technology challenge on roofing systems.  The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, JUMP, and aims to identify innovation solutions for ensuring energy efficient and durable…

Continue

Top tips for maintaining an evaporative cooler

Posted by Kobus Niemand on May 4, 2017 at 3:30am 0 Comments

Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers have become a top choice for anyone looking for an alternative cooling solution from their home or office. In the past, evap cooler technology was limited for use in large operations that have easy…

Continue

Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

Posted by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:56am 0 Comments

The Ryerson University and University of Toronto team topped the …

Continue

Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

Posted by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:50am 5 Comments

A new type of conversation between REALTORS® and their clients is changing the real estate industry before our eyes. As homebuyers browse Zillow listings and spend…

Continue

Latest Activity

Andrew Etue added a discussion to the group Job Board
Thumbnail

Washington State Seeks Weatherization Field Monitor

Washington State Department of Commerce in Olympia, Washington is recruiting for a Weatherization…See More
1 hour ago
Andrew Etue joined Diane Chojnowski's group
Thumbnail

Job Board

This group is for posting jobs related to all aspects of the home performance industry including…See More
2 hours ago
Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr. posted a status
"Still looking to purchase a used RetroTec blower door - complete system. Anyone have something available?"
9 hours ago
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar panel leasing
"Sorry but no, not that big of a thing up here Biggest issue I see for most is everyone grid ties…"
yesterday

© 2017   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service