The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing. The PHRC conducts applied research, fosters the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfers appropriate technologies to the housing community.
PHRC Experimental Research & Testing Capabilities
Among other activities, PHRC provides Research and Development services to the home building industry in order to improve the quality and affordability of housing and to promote sustainability and energy efficiency in residential construction. PHRC conducts various types of applied research to support housing-related building product manufacturers in their efforts to improve product performance to today’s standards. Special emphasis is given to technical/engineering evaluations and analysis, computer modeling, and laboratory testing studies.
The Penn State Architectural Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering Departments,within which PHRC operations are based, feature a wide range of building research laboratories and facilities where research projects aimed at improving the quality of residential construction are conducted. Also, PHRC and affiliated labs have extensive facilities for the purpose of state-of-the-art building science research investigations and testing. These labs are unique in that all of their facilities allow flexible reconfiguration to support research and testing protocols beyond their normal function.
The PHRC Research and Testing Services brochure provides a brief overview of the capabilities of the building research labs housed in these two departments.