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The building energy platform develops solutions to help homebuilders and construction materials and building systems manufacturers improve building energy performance and occupant comfort. Research areas include new construction methods and approaches, opaque and glass wall solutions, materials, insulating stuccoes, doors and windows, innovative ventilation systems, solar sensors, and heat storage. The solutions developed at the platform in conjunction with industrial partners are tested and validated in real-world conditions in the platform’s four 100 sq. m instrumented homes. The presence of occupants is simulated, with scenarios that replicate the human metabolism, open and close windows, pump water, and ensure other building system operation. These experimental homes are made from different materials (wood, vibrated concrete, concrete blocks, and brick, respectively). They are also equipped with more than 1,000 sensors that produce data for modelling. No other experimental facility in France offers these capabilities. The platform works with more than 20 industrial partners, including several multinational corporations. The average project runs for two to three years. The ultimate goal of all projects is to achieve the best possible compromise between energy performance and occupant comfort.
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Development and testing in real-world conditions of solutions to enhance building energy performance
4 experimental homes (100 sq. m; total interior volume of 240 cu. m) instrumented with 1,000 sensors; building facade testing units, instrumented rooftops
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.