Category: Innovative Building Materials

High Performance Buildings program underway

NRC is investing in an industry-led research program designed to reduce energy use in existing commercial and institutional buildings (see Construction Innovation, Vol. 18, No. 1). The goal is to support our industry clients and partners in developing, advancing and deploying building energy retrofit technologies that are reliable and cost-effective with a proven return on investment.

Dynamic building envelope design

Research and development efforts in the last decades have led to advances in energy efficiency and airtightness of the building envelope. The new industry-led research and technology program recently announced by NRC is aiming to achieve even greater energy cost savings for commercial and institutional buildings. This will be done through integrated building envelope systems, specifically by combining durable wall and roof components into a dynamic system that produces more energy than it loses.