Engineering Conservation

Enviromentally advenaded building

Engineering Conservation

Engineering Conservation

Sustainable Energy

Powering the Next Generation of Buildings

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.

A net zero house blueprint.
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.

Researchers in front of a thermal system.
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.

Building blueprint.
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.