Buildings require a lot of energy to provide the comforts and functionality that are so much a part of our everyday lives — lighting, heating, cooling, computing, refrigeration, etc. According to the Energy Information Association, residential and commercial buildings consume more energy than transportation and industry and account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption.
Creating Net Zero Housing
An interdisciplinary project in the School of Architecture, funded by Alcoa, is developing an innovative net zero energy housing prototype that will become a living laboratory for efficiency testing.
Optimizing Heating and Cooling
Tech’s Sustainable Thermal Systems Lab is looking at waste heat recovery, space-conditioning, water heating and refrigeration, carbon sequestration and more, with the goal of sustainable energy usage and reduced carbon footprints.
Making Buildings Smarter
Our research is revolutionizing designs, technologies, and management practices to reduce energy consumption, improve efficiency, and create more environmentally sound residential and commercial structures.