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Berkeley Lab Breaks Ground on Flexible Design Building to Test Low-energy Systems and Components

Berkeley Lab broke ground on the start of construction for the Facility for Low-Energy eXperiments on Buildings (FLEXLAB). Like a life-size set of building blocks, FLEXLAB is the first of its kind in both size and scope, and will allow researchers and manufacturers to test building systems and components under “real-world” conditions.

Berkeley Lab and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority Collaborate on Testing Advanced Building Technologies

Berkeley Lab, a world leader in technologies for energy-efficient buildings, has agreed to work with Singapore as that island nation pursues energy conservation and climate mitigation policies. Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the head of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA), whose mandate covers the development of the built environment in Singapore, establishing a framework for collaborative projects in a number of areas related to advanced building technologies.

Berkeley Lab Breaks Ground on New Solar Energy Research Facility

Berkeley Lab has broken ground on its Solar Energy Research Center (SERC). The three-story structure will be nearly 40,000 sq. ft. in size and will house approximately 75 people when completed. SERC will hold the labs and offices of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis whose goal is to one day develop a solar fuel generator.

Elevated Indoor Carbon Dioxide Impairs Decision-Making Performance

Overturning decades of conventional wisdom, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that moderately high indoor concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) can significantly impair people’s decision-making performance. The results were unexpected and may have particular implications for schools and other spaces with high occupant density.