The team members from Texas A&M and Taylor Engineering visited the PNNL’s Lab Homes on July 19th, 2019. The team had some discussions with Mr. Jamie Kolln, the Lab Homes’ facility manager, and Dr. Michael Brambley, an expert on energy technologies and policy, about the testing plan for the PNNL Lab Homes.
PNNL Lab Homes are two identical prototype residential homes located in Richland, WA. The two labs are identical in layout, building materials, and mechanical appliances and equipment, hence they can be used for various research purposed. In the testing, one home is served as the baseline home, and the other is served as the experimental home.
The layout of the PNNL Lab Homs is as presented in the figure below. The total area of one single home is about 140 m2 (1500 ft2). There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in total, with the master bathroom being constructed adjacent to the master bedroom.
The lab has an open-style kitchen: there is no physical barrier between the kitchen and the living room; so the kitchen and the living room together can be considered as a “large zone”.
Contact Dr. Zheng O’Neill, zoneill(at)tamu(dot)edu, or Dr. Jian Zhang, J(dot)Zhang(at)pnnl(dot)gov, for more info or collaboration.
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