Field Validation Results Hub

DOE is committed to advancing the use of innovative technologies through robust testing, measurement verification, and dissemination of findings. The Better Buildings Field Validation Results Hub is a one-stop-shop for information associated with completed and ongoing technology validations in occupied, operational buildings. The Hub brings reports, case studies, and findings together in one place to help organizations make better decisions about new technologies to meet their energy reduction goals.

DOE partners with the General Services Admiration (GSA) for field validation projects in federal facilities. Results and findings from these efforts can be found on the GSA Proving Ground webpage.


Completed Field Validations and Results

Explore data and outcomes from various completed field validation tests below. Click the building end-use to jump directly to that technology. To view ongoing/active field validations, click here.

HVAC Lighting Envelope Data Management Plug Loads Refrigeration Water

HVAC

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
Energy Performance Validation of a Gaseous Air Cleaning Technology Commercial Buildings Retrofit, New construction
Software-Controlled Switched Reluctance Motor Commercial Buildings Retrofit, End-of-Life Replacement
Micro Combined Heat & Power (µCHP) Commercial Buildings with high hot water usage: Multifamily, Lodging, Restaurants, Healthcare, Fitness Retrofit, New Construction

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
The HVAC Load Reduction (HLR) air cleaning technology, developed by enVerid, uses a solid regenerable sorbent material that removes a variety of gaseous contaminants from the air and can provide significant energy savings for some buildings in certain climates.

Cooling system energy savings range from 6-37%

2020
Smart Software-Controlled Switched Reluctance Motors integrate an innovative electric motor design with a programmable variable-frequency drive (VFD). Smart motors were found to be 4% more efficient than a premium motor combined with a VFD and cost about half as much. 57-71% savings compared to a constant-speed induction motor. 11-33% compared to the same motor with VFD control. 2019
Micro combined heat and power (µCHP) systems with an electrical output of 50 kW or less have an efficiency of approximately 90% in converting the supplied natural gas to hot water and electricity, compared to 60% for a conventional system. 47%-69% whole building energy savings 2019

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LIGHTING

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
Advanced Lighting Controls Commercial - Office, Medical Office, Retail/Grocery & Brewery Retrofit, New Construction

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
Many new and existing Advanced Lighting Control Systems use LED technology to improve efficacy reduce energy costs. This study evaluated 5 advanced lighting control systems with features such as task tuning (also known as high-end trim), occupancy sensors, and daylighting controls. 66% lighting savings (average) for LED with all controls 2018

Click here to read the full report on the Advanced Lighting Control System field validation test and results.

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ENVELOPE

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
Air Barrier Adhesive Commercial and Public Sector Buildings Retrofit, New Construction

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
LIQUIDARMOR (^TM) CM Flashing and Sealant is a spray-applied sealant and liquid flashing and can span gaps that are up to ¼ in wide without a supporting material. The product aims to improve the performance of air barrier systems by simplifying the installation procedure. 9% whole building energy savings 2016

Click here to read the full report on the Air Barrier Adhesive field validation test and results.

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DATA MANAGEMENT

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
Energy Management Information System - Large Buildings Large Commercial Buildings with BAS Retrofit

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
BuildingIQ Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) technology is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that optimizes commercial building HVAC control for system efficiency, occupant comfort, and cost using a learned predictive model of the building. At one site, 9 % HVAC savings were quantified. At the other four sites, savings ranged from 0%-2%. 2018

Click here to read the full report on the Energy Management Information System - Large Buildings field validation test and results.

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PLUG LOADS

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
Field Evaluation of a Low-Cost Circuit-Level Electrical Submetering System Commercial Buildings Retrofit, New Construction
Data-Driven Receptacle Control Commercial Buildings - Office and Retail Retrofit

 

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
The circuit-level analytics and submetering platform (CLASP), developed by Meazon, provides the ability to monitor individual circuits within an electrical panel in a building, and provides detailed power and energy consumption data at a much more granular level than was previously achievable in a cost-effective manner. The CLASP was able to provide high-resolution and accurate power and energy consumption data; total energy error was <2%. 2021
The Ibis InteliNetwork™ Plug Load Management system enables users to measure and analyze device energy use and identify opportunities for reduction of plug load energy use. Annual plug load reduction of 11% and 18% in two test locations. 2019

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REFRIGERATION

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
High-Efficiency Refrigeration System Motor Supermarket/Grocery, Food Service, Convenience Retrofit, New Equipment Purchase

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
QM Power Q-Sync motors are designed to be more efficient and cost-effective than traditional EC motors, as well as shaded-pole and PSC motors for 9-12 W evaporator fans in commercial refrigeration systems. Up to 68% vs. traditional motor 2015

Click here to read the full report on the High-Efficiency Refrigeration System Motor field validation test and results.

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WATER

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Technology/Report Building Type(s) Best Timing
Chemical-Free Water Treatment Commercial and Public Sector Buildings with cooling towers Retrofit

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Technology Details Energy Savings Published
An alternative chemical-free water treatment technology from Dynamic Water Technologies, LLC (DWT) and Universal Environmental Technologies (UET) significantly reduces blowdown water requirements for cooling towers. The system creates a favorable environment for precipitation of the concentrated minerals and creates conditions that kill biological growth while minimizing corrosion. 20% water savings 2019

Click here to read the full report on the Chemical-Free Water Treatment field validation test and results.

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Industrial Technology Validation Pilot

DOE launched the new Industrial Technology Validation pilot to help industry better identify and evaluate innovative technologies by hosting field validation testbeds. The initial phase is open exclusively to Better Plants partners.

Get Involved

Is your organization is interested in working with DOE on a field validation test? Contact the Better Buildings Alliance to learn how you can get involved.

Explore Technology Research Teams

 Experts from DOE's National Labs analyze the latest research and development on a range of building technologies with the goal of providing market-ready solutions to partners.