Building 661, a low-energy intensity 36,320 sq. ft. ‘living laboratory’ office and meeting space, underwent a comprehensive renovation and energy retrofit in 2014. The building features a building automation system, extensive submetering, and numerous energy-efficient HVAC, envelope, and lighting technologies and features. The energy-efficient measures in the building were selected for their cost-effective nature and broad applicability to the existing commercial building stock in the United States.
Building 7R is a two-story classroom and office building constructed in 2014 with cost-effective energy efficient envelope and systems. The all-electric 25,600 sq. ft. building includes a green roof, building automation system, geothermal heat pumps, insulated glazing, a solar PV array and battery storage system. It is the location of the Combined Heat and Power-Hybrid Renewables project.
GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center
The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center is an education and research center that is designed for the ‘plug-and-play’ testing of smart grid components and system configurations. The building includes an energy management system, electric vehicle charging, a grid-interactive solar PV array and battery storage system. The GridSTAR Center served as a curriculum development laboratory for the DOE Mid-Atlantic Solar Education and Resource Center and the DOE Solar-Ready Veteran program. It is currently being used to test laboratory activities for the Energy Storage and Microgrid Certification program. In addition, PECO and PJM are currently utilizing the GridSTAR facility to conduct smart inverter testing programs that will inform solar interconnection on the macrogrid.