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Our building engineers have access to world-class laboratory facilities and often use the buildings and energy and water data from our own campus as "living laboratory."

Advanced Building Controls Laboratory

Advanced Building Controls Laboratory

Advanced Building Controls Laboratory is a 596 ft2 living laboratory space for advanced building HVAC controls research. The laboratory simulates real building conditions with a fully automated HVAC system, allowing researchers to experiment and test HVAC control logic, fault detection and diagnostics, machine learning methods through real-time or historical building performance data analysis, and cybersecurity protocols.


Building Operations Control Center (BOCC)

The Building Operations Control Center (BOCC) provides a unique resource and opportunity for our research teams to test promising new concepts and technologies. We actively use our campus as a living laboratory and put our research capabilities into practice in our own buildings, allowing us to determine the effectiveness of advanced control strategies.


Connected Lighting Test Bed

Connected Lighting Test Bed

The Connected Lighting Test Bed in Portland, OR enables in-situ research and evaluation of connected lighting systems. The purpose of this research is to improve the performance of emerging networked lighting systems, to support maximum energy efficiency, lighting service, and building performance benefits. Hands-on testing and studies focus on energy reporting accuracy, interoperability between devices and systems, data-driven energy management, cybersecurity vulnerability, and key new features. The lab contains two 18' x 18' variable height ceiling grids installed in a high-bay space. These grids are attached to lighting trusses and electric hoists that can raise and lower test luminaires to support a wide range of tests and measurements. Additional spaces within the facility are used for device-level energy measurements, visual lighting science experiments, and prototype lighting technology evaluation.


Energy Performance Laboratory

Energy Performance Laboratory

The Energy Performance Laboratory (EPL) provides PNNL researchers with the space and resources to perform some of the most critical steps in the scientific process - measurement and verification. Equipped with a suite of water and gas flow meters, thermal couples, and temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors, EPL is a key asset in verifying field component measurement accuracy. The meters, sensors, and other measurement tools at EPL are able to monitor electrical power consumption, temperature changes, and pulse outputs for meters on a single operating platform. The EPL also offers space to develop monitoring panels for custom configurations and applications.


Lab Homes

Lab Homes

The PNNL "Lab Homes" project is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest region. PNNL has two (Baseline & Experimental) 1,500 square-foot double-wide manufactured homes ("Lab Homes") set up side by side for the specific purpose of conducting energy efficiency & buildings to grid research. The Baseline Home serves as a control typifying an average existing home in the inland eastern Pacific Northwest region, while the other, the Experimental Home, is used to test a new technology. The Lab Homes serve as a project test-bed and are fully instrumented with controllable circuits, dual heating systems, environmental sensors, occupancy simulation, and a weather station. Researchers and sponsors can access results and reports as new energy saving technologies are tested.


Lighting Metrology Laboratory

Lighting Metrology Laboratory

PNNL maintains a nationally accredited lighting test laboratory and staff expertise to effectively evaluate advanced light sources including LED modules and dimmable, color-tunable luminaires. The Lighting Metrology Lab's wide-ranging capabilities include the ability to perform photometric, spectroradiometric, photoelectric, long-term performance, and stress testing.


Systems Engineering Building (SEB)

The Systems Engineering Building serves as a living laboratory, allowing researchers to experiment on the building itself using specialized hardware and PNNL-developed software.

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