Design Tour: FLEXLAB and Chu Hall

Pictured is a state-of-the-art Genetech Building, which FLEXLAB helped make energy efficient.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cost: $5 Members / $10 Guests
Location: Tour will meet at the Blue Shuttle stop at 3:45 (Shattuck and Addison near BART). Shuttle information can be found here.
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1.5 CES LUs 

Join us for a design tour of the latest in Berkeley Lab’s long line of game-changing energy efficiency innovations. The Department of Energy’s FLEXLAB at Berkeley Lab is the most flexible, comprehensive and advanced building efficiency simulator in the world, and is unleashing the full potential of improved energy efficiency in buildings. FLEXLAB lets users test energy-efficient building systems individually or as an integrated system, under real-world conditions.

The lab contains a 64-ft-dia turntable, complete with its unique cable management system, for the world’s first revolving rent-a-lab for full-scale green-building-systems performance tests. The 1,610 square foot turntable test bed rotates 270 degrees. The lazy-Susan building tracks the sun from the southeast to the northeast, and will provide scientists with a facility in which to run full-scale, dynamic, mock-ups to measure and compare energy use of various building components, such as HVAC and window systems. FLEXLAB test beds can monitor and assess HVAC, lighting, windows, building envelope, control systems, and plug loads, in any combination. Users can test alternatives, perform cost-benefit analyses, and ensure a building will be as efficient as possible — before construction or retrofitting even begins.

Following the tour of FLEXLAB, we will tour Chu Hall, a solar energy research facility designed by SmithGroupJJR.

There will be a shuttle available to tour-goers that picks up in downtown Berkeley (Shattuck and Addison near BART). Tour-goers must be on time as the group will shuttle together to the lab. Shuttle information can be found here.

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