Carnegie Mellon Press Release: February 11, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
February 11, 2004

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Receives Federal Funding To Implement Department of Energy's Goals

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture will receive $1 million to implement the Advanced Building Efficiency Testbed approved by the 108th session of Congress. This funding was championed by U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA), who is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and serves on the Energy Subcommittee, and supported by Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), chairman of the Energy Subcommittee.

The Advanced Building Efficiency Testbed will assist in carrying out the goals identified in the Department of Energy's Building Envelope Technology Roadmap and the High Performance Commercial Building Roadmap. These roadmaps call for integrating research, development and deployment of the next generation of buildings in the United States. Additional research under way at a number of universities will be greatly enhanced by the Advanced Building Efficiency Testbed.

"Improving the efficiency with which our nation uses energy is critical for our country's future economic and environmental well-being," Doyle said, "and the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is a logical place to start. I am pleased that I was able to advance the important research on this subject being done at Carnegie Mellon by securing this federal funding for the Advanced Building Efficiency Testbed."

"This program is an interdisciplinary collaborative research, development and demonstration of building technology to create energy-generating and exporting buildings. Universities are the perfect place for this kind of lab," said Volker Hartkopf, director of the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon.

The Advanced Building Efficiency Testbed program will develop, test and demonstrate advanced engineering systems, components and materials that will enable innovations in building technologies. The program will evaluate government and industry building efficiency concepts and demonstrate the ability of next-generation buildings to support individual and organizational productivity and health as well as flexibility and technological change to improve sustainability.

"Currently, 38 percent of our national primary energies are consumed to heat, light and ventilate residential and commercial buildings with commensurate NOx and CO2 emissions. Solutions must be put forth that meet these needs using a fraction of the nonrenewable energies required in present-day approaches," said Hartkopf. "One major area that presents the greatest impact is building technology. Advanced building systems have proven that it is economically feasible to design, construct, and operate residential and commercial buildings that offer significantly improved conditions while using one-fifth of the energy compared to current best practices."

Expected outcomes from the testbed research include energy conservation, occupant satisfaction and productivity, increased protection against biological and chemical attacks, and energy security.

Doyle amassed bi-partisan support for securing appropriations funding for the testbed initiative in 2004. $1 million has been allocated to Carnegie Mellon for the testbed in the Energy & Water Appropriations bill (PL 108-137) signed into law. The total amount of funding is $18 million for three years and will be allocated by the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Other House members supporting this effort are representatives Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Jim Gibbons (R-NV) and Ralph Hall (R-TX). Institutions in their districts will partner with Carnegie Mellon in this research effort.

For more information on the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture or the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765. To contact Doyle's office, call Matt Dinkel at 202-225-2135.


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