Research Facilities

The Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division at LBNL has an extensive array of testing capabilities for energy and environmental and health analysis, policy support, and evaluation of technologies across power/utility, building, transportation, and other sectors.

Energy Usage and Performance

Balanced Ambient Calorimeter Test Chamber The Balanced Ambient Calorimeter Test Chamber's primary purpose is to evaluate the performance of room air conditioners (split, window, or wall-type), packaged terminal air conditioners, and packaged terminal heat pumps in the cooling capacity range of 6,000 to 42,000 Btu/h (½ to 3 ½ rated tons).
Psychrometric Test Chamber The Psychrometric Test Chamber's primary purpose is to evaluate the performance of central air conditioners and heat pumps with cooling capacity in range of 6,000 to 90,000 Btu/h (0.5 to 7 ½ rated tons), and with heating capacity in range of 6,000 to 60,000 (0.5 to 5 ton rated).
Refrigerator Test Chamber The Refrigerator Test Chamber's primary purpose is to evaluate the performance of household refrigerator-freezers, refrigerators, freezers, wine chillers, and ice makers.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Laboratory Facilities The Indoor Environment Group has a portfolio of unique chamber facilities and state of the art analytical systems for measuring the emission rates of pollutants from building materials and products, evaluating the performance of prototype air cleaning and sensor technologies, and evaluating and studying how indoor environmental conditions affect people’s acute health symptoms and work performance.
Indoor Air Quality Scientific Foundation Resources Bank With support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Indoor Environment Group has developed a web site called the Indoor Air Quality Scientific Foundations Resources Bank that is used as an educational resource in university and private sector classes on indoor air quality.
Range Hood Test Facility The Indoor Environment Group has a unique laboratory, plus associated protocols and instrumentation systems designed to characterize the performance of residential range hoods.
Stove Testing Facility The Indoor Environment Group has a unique testing facility for evaluating pollutant emissions and fuel consumption of stoves used in the developing world.