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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will conduct a six-year, two-phase multidisciplinary program.

Sacramento, CA, June, 2011 – The California Energy Commission awarded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) $3.4 million this year through its Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program to conduct research for the Healthy Zero Energy Buildings program. The team at LBNL, led by Michael Apte, will gather and analyze scientific information on commercial building ventilation rates necessary to maintain occupant health, comfort, productivity, and performance.

Currently, heating, cooling and ventilating commercial buildings represents 29 percent of their total on‐site energy use, with roughly one‐third of this energy used to heat and cool ventilation air. As buildings strive to become more energy efficient in response to programs such as California’s Zero Energy Buildings mandate, energy consumption from building ventilation could be one of the limiting factors in achieving energy reduction goals.

PlantPROCOREThe Fact Sheet with detailed information on this research contract funded by the California Energy Commission PIER program is available online on the dedicated PIER page of the E Source website.

To see periodic postings of other PIER Technical Briefs and Fact Sheets, you may subscribe to the free PIER Newsletter from E Source.  

Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency is a program area of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program. PIER supports energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that are helping to improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the marketplace.

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