The Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) User Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the premier U.S. research facility devoted to the development of technologies that improves the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings. The Center’s mission is to identify, develop, and deploy energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between DOE and private industry for technology development and analysis, well-characterized laboratory and field experiments, and market outreach. The BTRIC User Facility offers over 20,000 square feet of space and state-of-the art experimental facilities valued at more than $7 million. A permanent staff of 50, supplemented by approximately 20 guest researchers, operates the facility.
The BTRIC User Facility was established by DOE’s Office of Building Technology State and Community Programs as a designated “National User Facility.” The facilities are available to manufacturers, universities, and other organizations for proprietary and nonproprietary research and development. Access to these unique facilities and capabilities is obtained through user agreements, Work for Others (WFO) arrangements, and cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).