Ribbon Cutting Press Release and Stakeholder Workshop
November 14, 2011
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, along with its research partners, kicked off a research effort today that will use two identical 1,500 square-foot homes for experiments focused on reducing energy use and peak demand. Research and demonstration on the Lab Homes project will focus primarily on retrofit technologies, and the homes will offer a unique, side-by-side ability to test and compare new ideas and approaches that are applicable to site-built as well as manufactured homes in the region. The first project will be a six-month study of highly insulating windows, with additional research centered on smart appliances. In each study, one home will remain a control typifying an average existing home in the region, and the other will test a new technology. Occupancy in each home will be simulated to account for human activity.
Following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, staff offered tours of the homes and held a stakeholder workshop to discuss future experiments.