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Seeking Ideas for Building Envelope Design

Posted by Sarah O'Connell on March 29, 2017
Seeking Ideas for Building Envelope Design

Crowdsourcing for technology ideas is here, and we invite you to join us!    

Through its online crowdsourcing platform, JUMP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with industry leaders to host technology challenges in an effort to identify innovative energy-saving technologies and help advance them in the market. 

JUMP is now looking for ideas to improve the performance of the building envelope.  In 2014, more than 40% of US primary energy and 70% of electricity was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, resulting in annual energy costs of more than $430 billion. The envelope of the building, which refers to the external walls, windows, roof, and floor of a building, is the thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environment and one of the primary determinants of energy use to maintain indoor comfort.  

The challenge is to develop a new material or an installation method that uses readily available products to improve the thermal performance and air tightness of a wall assembly, without compromising the durability of the wall assembly. The winner will receive $5K in cash and up to $20K of in-kind support. 

Learn more about this challenge and share your ideas.   

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