The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) was created in 1968 in Champaign, Illinois with many of the original staff and organization coming from the Ohio River Division Laboratories (ORDL) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose of the laboratory was to advance the science of construction and installation management with a focus on military managed bases and lands. Since then, the range of topics researched by CERL has gradually expanded. In 1999, the laboratory was brought into the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) organization. CERL remains based in Champaign, Illinois and does research on military installations, contingency bases, and sustainable ranges and lands, enhancing socio-cultural understanding in theater operations, and improving civil works facilities and infrastructure.

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  • Halocarbon Refrigerant Detection Methods 

    Tapscott, Robert E.; Sohn, C. W. (Chang W.); Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    The Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Clean Air Act limit the production of ozone-depleting substances, including many refrigerants. Three options for cost-effectively phasing out these refrigerants from Army installations ...
  • Evaluation of roof leak detection utilizing unmanned aircraft systems equipped with thermographic sensors 

    Vance, Samuel J.; Richards, Matthew E.; Walters, Matthew C. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    Management of the extensive U.S. Army roof portfolio increasingly relies on intelligent, data-driven decisions in a resource-limited environment. Roof leaks constitute millions of dollars in damage to equipment, insulation, ...
  • Knowledge-based condition assessment reference manual for building component-sections : for use with BUILDER™ and BuilderRED™ (v. 3 series) 

    Uzarski, D. R.; Grussing, Michael N.; Mehnert, Brenda B. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    The BUILDER™ Sustainment Management System (SMS) is a life-cycle asset management software application developed by the Engineer Re-search and Development Center-Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. The Department ...
  • Determination of NRHP eligibility for 26 buildings at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin 

    Smith, Adam.; Adams, Sunny E. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    The U.S. Congress codified the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), the nation’s most effective cultural resources legislation to date, mostly through establishing the National Register of Historic Places ...
  • Historic landscape inventory for Corinth National Cemetery 

    Enscore, Susan I.; Hartman, Ellen R.; Smith, Adam. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    This project was undertaken to provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration with a cultural landscape survey of Corinth National Cemetery. The 20-acre cemetery is located within the city ...
  • Screening and Costing Models for New Pulverized-Coal Heating Plants : an Integrated Computer-Based Module for the Central Heating Plant Economic Evaluation Program (CHPECON) 

    Sheng, Robert; Kinast, John A.; Biederman, Richard; Blazek, Christopher F.; Lin, Mike C. J.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-07)
    Public Law 99-190 requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to increase the use of coal for steam generation, but DOD also has an obligation to use the most economical fuel. In support of the coal conversion effort, the ...
  • Archaeological Inventory Survey Standards and Cost-Estimation Guidelines for the Department of Defense. Volume 1, Main Text 

    Zeidler, James A., 1949-; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-12)
    Current historic preservation legislation requires that Federal agencies inspect their landholdings to identify historic and prehistoric archaeological resources, evaluate these resources to determine their significance, ...
  • Energy Conservation and Air Toxic Compliance Plan for Department of Defense Industrial Facilities 

    Lin, Mike C. J.; Northup, Jearldine I.; Savoie, Martin J.; Lorand, Robert; Smith, Walter P.; Landsburger, Sheldon; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Defense Energy Program Policy Memorandum 91-2, Executive Orders 12759 and 12902, and the Clean Air Act Amendments all impact Department of Defense (DOD) facility operations. Because most of the technologies used by DOD ...
  • Evaluating Gas-Fueled Cooling Technologies for Application at Army Installations 

    Cler, Gerald L.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-11)
    Electric consumption at DOD fixed facilities accounts for about one-third of the energy consumed, but about two-thirds of the total fixed facility energy expenditures and 30 to 60 percent of the total electric bill, primarily ...
  • Advanced Central Energy Plant Operations and Maintenance : A Summary of Current Technologies 

    Dilks, Christopher L; Bowman, Lyndell.; Brewer, Michael K.; Moshage, Ralph.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    At Army central energy plants (CEPs), demands on maintenance personnel often grow faster than operation and maintenance (O&M) budgets. CEPs typically employ aging equipment, or are renewed with improved (but increasingly ...
  • Preliminary Investigation of Small Scale Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) Systems 

    Schwartz, J.; Burkhardt, Earle Edmund.; Taylor, William R.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Most Army installations purchase electricity from local utilities and pay an additional charge for peak demand. If the peak demand can be reduced, installations can realize significant cost savings. This research investigated ...
  • Enhancement of the Central Heating Plant Economic Evaluation Program (CHPECON) 

    Lin, Mike C. J.; Kinast, John; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Fiscal year 1986 Defense Appropriations Act (PL-99-190) Section 8 I I 0 directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement the rehabilitation and conversion of central heating plants to coal firing, where a cost benefit ...
  • A Test of Circuit Breakers Under Harmonic Loading Conditions 

    Estrada, Tony; Briggs, Steve J.; Khosla, Naresh; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-11)
    Harmonic currents in Army installation power systems can cause voltage distortion, overheating of system components, and load disruption. The U.S. Army Center for Public Works also has periodically received reports of ...
  • Abatement of Hazardous Air Pollutant Emmissions from Army Chromium Electroplating and Anodizing Operations 

    Hay, K. James; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates chromium air emissions generated from chromium electroplatingand anodizing operations. The compliance deadline for hard chromium electroplating and anodizing is 25 January ...
  • Multi-fuel combustion technology for water heating with waste oil 

    Lindstrom, Joel.; Lux, Scott M. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), AK generates several thousand gallons of used vegetable oil (UVO) annually and expends over $10,000 annually to dispose of this waste. Shipping excess UVO over long distances for ...
  • High efficiency dehumidification system 

    Duncan, Scot M.; Chu, Dahtzen. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The current “industry standard” method to control relative humidity (RH) and biological growth involves sub-cooling air to condense moisture out of the air, then reheating the same air that was just sub-cooled to reduce ...
  • ROOFER™ energy performance assessment and course of action analyses 

    Vance, Samuel J.; Flores-Dávila, Jorge O.; Biswas, Kaushik. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    ROOFER is a condition-assessment tool used by facility mangers to objectively assess roof condition in order to justify repair/replace decisions. Currently however, ROOFER does not account for energy use and sustainability ...
  • Demonstration of dehumidification for corrosion control in earth covered magazines : final report on Project F07-ARCTC02 

    McInerney, Michael K.; Marshall, Orange S.; Gintert, Lawrence A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    Earth-covered magazines (ECMs) are used by the Army to store a wide variety of explosive ordinance. These munitions are subject to corrosion under humid conditions and during heavy rainfall. The objective of this project ...
  • Cultural resources job descriptions and position classification standards 

    Tooker, Megan W.; Morrison, Dawn A.; Smith, Adam. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    The Department of Defense (DoD) has over 19,000 historic buildings that require regular historic and architectural analyses to meet federal legislative requirements. However, the federal hiring author, Office of Personnel ...
  • High efficiency dehumidification system : cost and performance report 

    Duncan, Scot M.; Chu, Dahtzen. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The current industry standard method to control relative humidity (RH) and biological growth involves sub-cooling air to condense moisture out of the air, then reheating the same air that was just subcooled to reduce the ...

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