|··· December 4, 2009|
This one-day conference provides a unique opportunity to hear regional
thought leaders discuss cutting-edge policies, strategies, and
technologies needed to guide the building industry toward American
Institute of Architect's 2030 Challenge of achieving carbon neutrality. Keynote address by Bill Bradbury.
P.O. Box 212
Portland, OR 97207
New Green Building Lab Opens!
Oregon BEST Lab Nabs $1M, Offers Opportunities to Industry
Within days of opening its doors, the new
Oregon BEST Green Building Research Lab
landed a $1M federal appropriation. The
facility, established in part with funding from Oregon BEST, is located in a LEED
Gold building at Portland State University, where lab staff collaborates with researchers
at Oregon BEST's other academic partners: OSU, UO, and OIT.
The new lab is helping advance Oregon's
national leadership position in green building by offering research expertise
and cutting-edge lab tools to the state's green building industry and educating
Oregon's building science workforce.
A suite of state-of-the art equipment in the lab includes a large wind
tunnel with sophisticated flow visualization capabilities, infrared thermal cameras, indoor environmental quality
sensors, green roof runoff water quality assessment equipment, energy
monitoring sensors, environmental chambers, a range of computer software
tools, and more equipment
"It's great to have Oregon BEST helping
facilitate collaboration between the campuses and industry," says David Sailor
a PSU professor of mechanical engineering who directs the new lab. "By working
together and collaborating across boundaries, we are solving bigger problems,
and Oregon BEST is key to making that happen." Visit the lab
. View VIDEO
|SPOTLIGHT on Oregon BEST Research
Boosting Wind Energy Efficiency
BEST Grant Leverages Funding, Creates Unique Lab Tool
The problem with harnessing energy from the wind is obvious: sometimes the wind blows, and sometimes it doesn't. So how do we store energy generated on windy days so we'll have it on calm ones? And how do we integrate the variable nature of wind energy into the regional power grid in a smart way that keeps electricity levels steady? And how do you accurately forecast when the wind will be blowing, for how long, and at what speeds?
Power companies seeking answers to these complex questions are tapping the expertise and lab facilities of Oregon BEST researchers.
Oregon State University professors Alex Yokochi, Ted Brekken, and Annette von Jouanne used a $35,000 matching grant from Oregon BEST to leverage more than $725,000 in additional funding to explore ways to make wind energy more effective.
The team has
created a one-of-a kind, lab-scale power grid that is being used to test
storage devices and to determine how best to integrate wind power into the
existing grid alongside energy from other sources.
"This is the only university-based
experimental lab grid in the U.S. for testing energy storage solutions for
renewables integration into the grid at this power level," Yokochi says. Read full story here.
|Oregon BEST Researcher PROFILE
Greening Buildings the World Over
Sergio Palleroni's Green Building Fingerprints Reach Far
At 15,000 feet high in the
Himalayas (in a project requested by the Dalai Lama), Oregon BEST Researcher Sergio
Palleroni is helping design what is slated to be the greenest passive energy school
in the world. At below sea level in New Orleans, he's helping residents recycle
building materials into furniture as well as new green homes constructed to
survive future storm surges.
In the urban jungle of
Taipai, Taiwan, he's turning an eight-lane boulevard into a "bio-swale." In Texas, he's innovated a
way to add affordable green homes to already occupied city lots, providing housing and helping slow suburban sprawl.
As of September 2008, however, Palleroni calls Oregon home. Now an Oregon BEST Researcher and an architecture
professor and fellow at Portland State University's Center for Sustainable Processes & Practices, he has returned to the place he calls, "one of
the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth." His work is focused on helping the world adopt new green building technologies quickly, because there is little time to waste. Read full story, view a PBS video, and see more photos here.
|Executive Director's Report
What Green Leaders Do...
on a kick lately. In my travels to Washington, DC, Greenbuild in Phoenix, and here at home, I'm encouraging our public officials to stop saying Oregon can become a leader in sustainability,
green building, and renewable energy, and instead proudly acknowledge we
already are. While I've known that to be the
case, especially in green building and public policy, several recent
encounters have cemented it.
Officials from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency told me they have to resist the urge to always
use Portland as the example of stormwater management
I've had plenty of
other interactions that support this. So I submit we stop talking about becoming a leader and simply act like
one. What do leaders do? What we're already doing, in small
doses. But we need to ramp it up:
Last week at Greenbuild, the world's largest green building conference, I met
someone from another state who said, after I mentioned I was from Oregon, "You
guys are light years ahead of us."
- Share our knowledge with the world. Three Oregon BEST Member Faculty
spoke at Greenbuild and other speakers included numerous Oregon green building industry leaders. We
need to take advantage of more opportunities like this to be on
stage at academic and industry events to share the results of our research, our
green buildings case studies, and the training based on what we're
- Lead by doing. A coalition of organizations are collaborating to create
the Oregon Sustainability Center, the world's first high-rise building that
would meet the Living Building Challenge: net zero energy,
water, and waste. Meeting this goal will be extremely difficult, but no group is
better equipped to pull it off than this Oregon coalition, which includes Oregon BEST faculty as advisors who will also help execute a research agenda using the building as a real-world laboratory. This
project will be a very clear national leadership statement.
There's more to it, but these are some actions that are leadership worthy. What
do you think? Feel free to let me know.
Repeat. Building the first or biggest LEED Platinum or Living Building is
quite an accomplishment. But to make a dent in the 40 percent of U.S.
greenhouse gas emissions for which buildings are responsible, America needs to
repeat this feat millions of times. Commercializing and scaling what our researchers and industry partners are learning will make a
tremendous impact and help us help others.
-- David Kenney, President & Executive Director
From Solar Power to Green Roofs to Wave Energy
Oregon BEST Researchers IN THE NEWS...
··· OSU professor of chemistry DOUGLAS KESZLER and colleagues are collaborating with a company on a transistor technology that could
literally change the face of building. Solar panels that use the
technology could be lightweight, cheap, and attractive enough to grace façades. Read More >> ··· ANNETTE VON JOUANNE, OSU professor of electrical engineering, discusses how wave energy is beginning to make significant ripples all over the world, including here in Oregon at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center in Newport. Watch the NSF VIDEO >>
Read the New York Times Story >> ··· GRAIG SPOLEK and DAVID SAILOR, PSU mechanical engineering professors, report that industry interest in the newly opened
Green Building Research Lab is growing. Read More >>
··· Oregon BEST Researchers MICHAEL SCOTT and TED BREKKEN, both faculty at OSU, were honored with CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation.
Each award provides funding of at least $400,000 for a new research project with an educational and outreach component. Read More >>
Established with funding from the Oregon Legislature in 2007, the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST)
connects Oregon businesses with the state's shared network of university
labs to transform green building and renewable energy research into
on-the-ground products, services, and jobs that power Oregon's green
economy. Oregon BEST's founding partner universities include Oregon State University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon.
Oregon BEST · PO Box 212 · Portland, OR 97207-0212Tel. 503-725-9849 · On the web: oregonbest.org