Facilities

We have an extensive array of testing capabilities for material characterization and performance monitoring of a wide range of building technologies.

Overview

The Building Technology and Urban Systems Department at LBNL has an extensive array of testing capabilities for material characterization and performance monitoring of a wide range of building technologies.

Whole Building

Lighting

Our Lighting Systems Test Facilities aid research that improves the energy efficiency of lighting systems.

  • Gonio-Photometer: Measures illuminance from each portion of a lamp or fixture.
  • Integrating Sphere: Provides fast and accurate measurement of the total light output of a lamp.

Windows & Envelope Materials

  • Advanced Windows Test Facility: Tests new window technologies for energy savings and occupant comfort. This multi-room laboratory simulates real-world office spaces and measures the performance of commercially-available and prototype window systems such as electrochromic windows and automatically controlled shutters and blinds.

Glazing Optics

The Glazing Optics Laboratory has a complete set of instruments designed to characterize the detailed radiometric and optical properties of window glazing and shading materials, including:

  • Photo-Goniometer: Measures light transmission and reflection of light-emitting, light-scattering, and light-redirecting materials.

Material Characterization

  • Pelletron: An electrostatic ion accelerator made for ion beam analysis of materials.

Thermography and Heat Transfer

Thin Film & Deposition Systems

  • Coating Lab: Contains chambers for growing thin film window coatings.

Additional LBNL Facilities

In addition to the above Department-specific facilities, LBNL is home to a number of world-class facilities, including:

  • Advanced Light Source (ALS): A particle accelerator that generates bright beams of x-rays for scientific research in biology, chemistry, physics, materials, energy, and environmental science. This national user facility attracts more than 2000 researchers and students annually from around the world.