Energy Systems Laboratory

A Growing Knowledge Base

Energy-related research, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction

The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) is a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and a member of the Texas A&M University System. TEES is one of seven state agencies within The TAMUS, established in 1914 as part of the Texas land-grant university system. As such, the Lab is a State institution of higher education and a State Agency and has been running for years.


The optimization of commercial and industrial building operations, or Continuous Commissioning®

Energy efficiency in buildings through research, simulation, data analysis, and outreach

Measurement and verification of energy savings for commercial buildings

Research and calibrated testing on HVAC systems

Major contributions to improved energy efficiency

The Lab focuses on energy-related research, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction. Under state statute (Chapter 88, Subchapter E, Texas Education Code), TEES performs over $160 million in research each year. It develops innovations in research, education and technology, and offers solutions that help improve quality of life, foster economic development and enhance education.

The ESL's Director is Dr. David E. Claridge, Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The ESL is affiliated with the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and Construction Science at Texas A&M University, and employs approximately 75 faculty, staff, and students including acclaimed professors, researchers and analysts, certified mechanical engineers, industry experts, lab technicians, and graduate and undergraduate students.

In 2001, the ESL was assigned an important role in the implementation of state energy standards and assistance with calculation of emissions reduction benefits from energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, or TERP. The Lab also produces a knowledge base to help the Texas building industry stay energy efficient through research, scholarly publications, conferences, and the general engineering process and offers workshops, training, and support to the building industry which ultimately benefits Texas taxpayers.