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The Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory's (ESBL) research projects are focused on understanding how buildings and related transportation determine energy and resource use. The lab's goals are to develop strategies for maximum energy efficiency in new materials, components, assemblies, and whole buildings. Architects, designers, builders, developers, and governmental agencies use ESBL to improve buildings and communities.
ESBL Workshop In the past 20 years, ESBL has completed 16 million dollars of research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Department of Education, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Department of Transportation, utility companies, and industry.
ESBL has done extensive domestic and foreign evaluations of HUD code, modular, and panel producers to understand the processes they use to sell, design and produce houses. Researchers and architects have analyzed conflicting statistics on the housing industry and synthesized these into a composite picture of what has happened to the market share of industrialized producers over the last decade. In 1994, ESBL and the Center for Housing Innovation completed a low cost house to demonstrate how stressed skin panels can be used to increase energy performance and reduce first cost. The lab has completed integrated (buildings, transportation, open space) use studies for the Island of Culebra, Puerto Rico, and the Whiteaker Neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon.
Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory