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Since 1979, the Building Energy ResearchGunness_corner.JPG (11648 bytes) Laboratory has been performing research on improving the energy efficiency of building assemblies (walls, roofs, ceilings, floors), materials (windows, insulation products, construction products), equipment (heat recovery ventilators, ground source heat pumps, hot water heat pumps) and components (passive solar rooms, solar and energy recovery hot water heating). The research has been supported by the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) and building energy related organizations (e.g. Owens Corning Fiberglass, the Center for Applied Engineering and a number of fenestration (windows and door) manufacturers. MedLab_NT.JPG (7790 bytes)Facilities within the Building Energy Research Laboratory are: A research calibrated hot box, a guarded hot plate, a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) test facility and a computer simulation facility. Faculty and students can carry out detailed experimental and computational studies on the thermal performance of a wide range of building assemblies and components.
To contact BERL:
Dr. William P.Goss Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Engineering Laboratory Building
University of Massachusetts
                  Amherst, MA 01003-2210
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