Tour the Oregon BEST Labs by Video

Green Building Materials Laboratory (GBML) at Oregon State University is equipped to develop and test high-performance sustainable materials for structural applications, including sustainable wood-based materials, concrete with high-recycled content, and specialty insulation. The lab is home to an accelerated aging chamber that is one of only three such facilities in the world. 

Green Building Research Laboratory (GBRL) at Portland State University is equipped to address the research needs of the green building industry. The lab houses facilities in the following areas for fundamental research and applied measurements: envelope performance, indoor environmental quality, building energy and urban climate modeling, energy performance measurement, and thermal property characterization. 

High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE) at the University of Oregon develops tools to design and assess high-performance environments and the green building industry. Its Façade Integrated Technologies (FIT) facility provides experimental full-scale testing for envelope components, daylighting, natural ventilation, micro-energy generation, and occupant impact. 

infraStructure Testing & Applied Research (iSTAR) Laboratory at Portland State University evaluates the performance and resiliency of engineered structural systems and components. The lab focuses on understanding the effects of extreme structural loads while testing innovative, sustainable building materials. Capabilities include seismic testing and earthquake simulation.

Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC) at Oregon State University has facilities and analytical equipment for the development of new materials in sustainable manufacturing, solar cells and materials, nano and microchannel fabrication, photovoltaic materials, and wastewater and freshwater treatment. 

SuNRISE Photovoltaics Lab at the University of Oregon is focused on advancing photovoltaic technology and solar energy conversion. The SuNRISE Lab has capabilities in photovoltaic characterization, evaluation, and fabrication. It houses the country’s largest and longest running solar radiation monitoring laboratory, providing high-quality scientific data to evaluate solar resources.