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Title: Additive manufacturing integrated energy—enabling innovative solutions for buildings of the future

Here, the AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy) demonstration utilized 3D printing as an enabling technology in the pursuit of construction methods that use less material, create less waste, and require less energy to build and operate. It was developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in collaboration with the Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism, a research partnership of the University of Tennessee (UT) and ORNL led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), AMIE embodies a suite of innovations demonstrating a transformative future for designing, constructing and operating buildings. Subsequent, blind UT College of Architecture and Design studios taught in collaboration with SOM professionals also explored forms and shapes based on biological systems that naturally integrate structure and enclosure. AMIE, a compact micro-dwelling developed by ORNL research scientists and SOM designers, incorporates next-generation modified atmosphere insulation, self-shading windows, and the ability to produce, store and share solar power with a paired hybrid vehicle. It establishes for the first time, a platform for investigating solutions integrating the energy systems in buildings, vehicles, and the power grid. The project was built with broad-based support from local industry and national material suppliers. Designed and constructed in a span of only nine months,more » AMIE 1.0 serves as an example of the rapid innovation that can be accomplished when research, design, academic and industrial partners work in collaboration toward the common goal of a more sustainable and resilient built environment.« less
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  3. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, IL (United States)
  4. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, IL (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  5. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0199-6231
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; AC36-08GO28308
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 139; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0199-6231
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program; USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING; structures; design; additive manufacturing; construction; printing; innovation; manufacturing; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1334599