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Berkeley Lab Develops Smart-Roof Coating

Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently announced their development of an all-season smart-roof coating, designed to keep homes warm during the winter months and c...


Berkeley Lab Touts Pilot Credit for Cool Walls

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently confirmed that the U.S. Green Building Council is piloting a new credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools a...


Berkeley Using New Tech for Quake Studies

Researchers at the Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are currently using high-performance computing systems to better predict how structures will respond to an earthqua...


Research Looks at Aging, Deterioration of Oil Paints

An international team led by researchers at the National Gallery of Art and the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently conducted studies that included 3D X-ray imaging of a ...


Research Looks at Cool Roofs, Heat Waves

A recent study by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory takes a look at the impact cool roofs could have in California, with the goal of shielding p...


Lab Develops New 'Super Window'

A new type of window is on the horizon, according to The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California.


Berkeley Lab Delves into Zero Net Energy

In an effort to help California meet its zero net energy goals, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—with $2 million in funding from the California Energy Commiss...


Research Paves Way for Environmental Benefits

A comprehensive study by a national laboratory in California has dug deep into pavement, revealing that while the choice of materials can impact carbon emissions, the conventional wisdom abo...


Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded

Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100...


Study: Ruby is the New White for Roofs

A new study suggests that dark colored roofs can stay just as cool as those painted white, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Lab Snags $4M for Efficiency Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be stepping up research on energy efficiency in buildings thanks to grants of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Feds Invest $19M in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $19 million investment in energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings, money that will fund building envelope research and develo...


New Cool Roof Coating Shows Promise

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee say they’ve developed a reflective coating that could change the game in the world of cool roof coatings.


In the Lab: Low-Cost Window Coating

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks to “disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity” with a newly developed coat...


Study: Graphene Is Strong, Not Tough

While the various properties inherent to graphene make it ideal for applications from corrosion-resistant coatings to biological devices, all uses rely on the structural reliability it is kn...


Graphene Gets ‘F’ in Fracture Study

Graphene—a so-called "wonder material" consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms—has been showing strength in multiple applications, including coatings.


Study: Heat Improves Cool Roof Effect

A recent study suggests that white roofs can decrease the amount of urban heat island effect during a heat wave, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Berkeley Lab to Build Tropical Test Bed

A Singapore rooftop is being transformed into a lab for building materials so that researchers can learn more about how to design greener buildings in the tropics.


Research ‘Sees’ Rust on the Surface

NEW YORK--Corrosion researchers know that what they see on the surface really does count.


Aging Roofs 3 Years in 3 Days

BERKELEY, CA—A “cool roof time machine” developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory could help dramatically speed the spread of cool-roof technology worldwide.


Finding the Key to an Immortal Mortar

For 2,000 years, builders have sought the secret to the structural strength of The Colosseum, The Pantheon and other ancient treasures.


Secret to Roman Concrete Revealed

When today's buildings seem so vulnerable to collapse, how is it that Imperial Roman structures like The Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets, and The Colosseum have endured for nearly 2,000 years?


In the Lab: Keeping White Roofs White

A white roof coating that can repel both water and dirt, even in the smoggiest cities, is the latest focus of a U.S.-China building science research partnership underway at several federal f...


Making Roofs Both Cool and Colorful

Dark, attractive metal roof and façades that are just as "cool" as their traditional white counterparts are the goal of a new research partnership by PPG Industries and the Department of Ene...


DOE Funds ‘Cool’ Pigment Research

The world’s largest coating manufacturer has been awarded $224,000 to help develop new pigment technology for cool metal roof and façade coatings.


Study: White Roof Beats Green, Black

When it comes to roofing types, white wins. White roofs are more cost-effective over a 50-year period than green (vegetated) or black roofs, according to a new study.


Windows Get ‘Smarter’ with Coatings

A new window coating that allows users to control both visible and near-infrared light has emerged from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Smart Window Coatings Get $3M Boost

Researchers are one step closer to developing a smart window coating that can respond to changing weather conditions by regulating the amount of visible light and heat permitted to enter a b...


 
 
   

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