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High-Performance Window Demonstrates Berkeley Lab-to-Market Success

March 12, 2021After several years of a research and development relationship, one of the largest window and door replacement companies in the U.S. announced the national launch of a new high-performance glass option for select replacement windows. The new glass option offers a “thin-glass” triple-pane glazing element that makes the window five times more insulating than a single-pane window, based upon a typical single-pane wood window performance of 1.0 Btu/hr-ft 2 -℉.  
Rendering of the Thin-Glass Triple-Pane Window courtesy of Andersen Corporation, Renewal by Andersen

Technology Commercialization Awards

June 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Technology Commercialization Fund has awarded $1 million to four projects from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) to further collaborative research with industry partners on biofuels, bioproducts, energy microgrid technology, and renewable energy technology.

A Clear View of Window Energy Savings

May 06, 2019

A leading energy efficiency group recently highlighted research from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) as part of a blog post about new in-store labels for window coverings. The labels for attachments such as blinds and shades are informed by a product rating and certification program developed via extensive modeling and research at Berkeley Lab. The text from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) follows: 

Ravi Prasher New ETA Leader

July 19, 2018

Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search.

Ravi Prasher (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)

Ramesh to Lead “Beyond Moore’s Law” Initiative

July 19, 2018

After serving four years as Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics.

Ramamoorthy Ramesh in his laboratory

Super Window Could Save Billions

June 05, 2018

About $20 billion worth of energy leaks out of windows in the United States each winter – and that’s with double-paned insulating windows installed on a majority of buildings. The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is now working with manufacturers to bring to market a “super window” that is at least twice as insulating as 99 percent of the windows for sale today and will be ready to achieve mass-market status.

Helping Arizona Beat the Heat

April 09, 2018

Scientists said they were experimenting with using white paint over black asphalt as a way of cutting temperatures in the Phoenix area. Ronnen Levinson of the Energy Technologies Area said it could possibly reduce the heat island effect, a term given to urban areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas.

Energy-Saving ‘Living Lab’ Climate Leadership Award

April 02, 2018

A “Living Lab” model led by ETA’s Eleanor Lee received a Climate Leadership Award from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Berkeley Lab Takes Home 2016 R&D 100 Award for Cool Roof Time Machine

September 06, 2017

R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Awards, established 54 years ago, recognize 100 technologies and services introduced in the previous year deemed most significant by an independent panel of judges. This year's winners received the awards at a November 3 event in Washington, D.C.

The Cool Roof Time Machine Team with their 2016 R&D 100 Award

Retrofits Slash Energy Use in New York Living Lab

July 12, 2017

By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that occupants on one floor of a high-rise office building in New York City were able to reduce lighting energy usage by nearly 80 percent in some areas.

The dramatic results emerged at a "living laboratory" set up to test four sets of technologies on one 40,000 square-foot floor of a building.

Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

May 18, 2017

Berkeley Lab finds that the choice of pavement material can significantly impact carbon emissions, creates decision tool for cities to use

Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), many reflective pavements have some unexpected drawbacks relative to conventional pavements when considering the entire life cycle of the materials.

Road construction with fresh asphalt (Credit: wabeno/iStock)

Energy-Efficient Windows Save Billions

April 26, 2017

For the past 40 years, Berkeley National Lab has been partnered with the window industry to help save American consumers money in energy costs by pioneering new energy-efficient windows, design tools, and window-rating systems.

The lab worked closely with window manufacturers and the building industry to develop, produce, validate, and deploy energy-saving low-emissivity or "low-E" coatings. Today more than 50% of window sales in the commercial market and 80% of the sales in the... Read More

Innovative Device Reduces Energy Use in Buildings

December 09, 2016

Researchers from the United States and Brazil have developed a new device that can reduce energy losses in buildings by measuring and assessing the energy performance of windows without removing them from their site.

The Portable Window Energy Meter

R&D Awards for Energy Technologies Area

November 09, 2016

Two projects within the Energy Technologies Area won honors at the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, an international science and technology competition.

Berkeley Lab research associate Sharon Chen sprays roofing material with soiling mixture in a lab method that simulates the aging of roofing materials. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

ETA's Christian Kohler Aspires to Serve

November 01, 2016

One Sunday evening, in 2007, Christian Kohler and his dinner date, Jina Shah, were presented with a most unusual check at Karma Kitchen, a monthly experiment in "pay it forward" dining served by volunteers at the Taste of the Himalayas, an Indian/Nepalese restaurant in downtown Berkeley.

Christian Kohler teaching school children to code.