Interlock House
The “Interlock House” was Iowa State University’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in 2009. CBER led the interdisciplinary team of faculty and students. Photo by Jim Tetro, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon,

The Center for Building Energy Research focuses on building energy efficiency and building integrated renewable energy production. The Center promotes design and develops and tests technologies to reduce energy consumption while maintaining and enhancing comfort, performance and productivity in a sustainable future.


CBER Research Presented at PLEA 2015 Conference

Post-occupancy research on the Interlock House was presented at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture 2015 conference held in Bologna, 

CBER Research Team BECON Training 

Members of the CBER team recently completed BECON training. 

Interlock House Featured on National Solar Tour  

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) 19th Annual National Solar Tour will make a stop in Iowa this year at the Interlock House Community Laboratory. The house will have an open tour from 1pm~4pm on Oct. 3 and 4.

Students Win in the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Annual Meeting Poster Competition

Shan He and Esdras Murillo, with the poster Distributed data acquisition system design to measure indoor air stratification won the third place in the EPSCoR annual meeting poster competition.

CBER get involved with Ames Summer Enrichment Program

CBER researcher Shan He and intern Mackenzie Betz volunteered to give 6 classes on building science for Ames Summer Enrichment Program. About 40 students entering 4th and 5th grade took the whole 6 classes.

Class content is hands-on experiment looking for "What makes me feel hot or cold?". From the pre- and post-assessment survey, about 10% students increased their interests in science through this class. Shan has developed the curriculum into basic, medium and advanced modules, and can cover different levels for K-12 education.

CBER researcher presented at ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference

Shan He, a research associate from ISU CBER team presented at the 2014 ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers) Annual Conference. Her presnetation is about the energy efficiency study on the Interlock House with post-occupancy measurement and data analysis. This study alert that a net-zero designed house could be low energy efficient if not operated as designed. Occupants and maintanance team needs to learn how to operate a hybrid designed house.

Young Engineer Scientist summer intern completes program

Congratulation to Mackenzie Betz for successfully completing her summer internship with the CBER NSF EPSCoR team.

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