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!