Welcome to the PNNL Lab Homes!
We Want Your Ideas!
Do you have an idea for a great technology we should test in the PNNL Lab Homes? Let us know!
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory "Lab Homes" project is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest region. PNNL has purchased two custom factory-built double-wide homes and set them up, side by side, on the PNNL campus to conduct energy research.
PNNL, working with multiple sponsors, will use the identical 1,500 square-foot "Lab Homes" for experiments focused on reducing energy use and peak demand. In each study, one home, the Baseline Home, will remain a control typifying an average existing home in the inland eastern Pacific Northwest region, and the other, the Experimental Home, will test a new technology. Occupancy in each home will be simulated to account for human activity.
Lab Homes is a project test-bed for PNNL and its research partners who aim to achieve highly energy-efficient homes. Homes will be fully instrumented with controllable circuits, dual heating systems, environmental sensors, and a weather station. You will be able to access results and reports as we test new energy saving technologies.
The first experiment will explore the performance of highly insulating (R-5) windows, with additional research centered on smart appliances.