The Indoor Climate Research & Training program (ICRT) tracks its origins to the end of World War II when the University created the Small Homes Council to perform applied research in the service of producing quality homes for returning veterans. The Small Homes Council morphed into the Building Research Council in the early 1990s. ICRT spun out of the Building Research Council in 2012 and joined ARI in September of 2016.
ICRT continues to serve the role of performing applied research to improve housing conditions throughout the United States through its mission of bridging the gap between energy and health, between research and practice to improve real outcomes for residents. ICRT aims to:
- Provide strategies for maintaining healthy environments while not compromising energy-efficiency
- Influence policy and standards through participation in national committees and boards
- Integrate research and practice through joint projects and educational outreach
ICRT conducts practical, applied research in partnership with other researchers in the engineering and public health spaces as well as with practitioners across the country. Current research efforts focus on the interaction of energy efficiency and indoor air quality with a target of providing indoor environments that are both efficient and healthy. ICRT also maintains a state-of-the-art training center and conducts training of home energy auditors based on sound building science.