ORNL announces winner of the JUMP into STEM pilot

In the spirit of rapid start-ups – ORNL partnered with the University of Tennessee (UT) to design and issue two unique challenges for the College of Architecture + Design (CAD) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) students. The topics: additive manufacturing challenging students to exploit 3D printing capabilities to aid design of molds for precast concrete; and an alternative thermal management challenge calling for the design of a bench-top anisotropic composite and a heat sink system for residential walls.

In just 10 short weeks, the JUMP into STEM initiative engaged over 150 students and selected three student team finalists. These Finalists: Team Schuyler, represented by Schuyler Daniel, Cameron Davis, and Kati Grostefon; Team Nicolo, represented by Nicolo Franceschetti; and Team Gallagher, represented by Charles Gallagher, each presented their final projects for an award of a 10-week paid summer internship at ORNL. Team Nicolo’s concept for 3-D Printed Mold Sandwich System rose to the top, winning the invitation to intern at ORNL’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) this summer.

The JUMP into STEM competitions will continue with an online “What if” Challenge, open to all students and innovators to participate in considering the key motivators for residential and commercial building owners to manage their energy use. This fall, look for more STEM engagement opportunities from BTO and ORNL with new competitive awards for paid internships and R&D collaborative opportunities.

Join in and help inspire more students to be a part of STEM field activities.

Winners Announced for Building Envelope and Roofing Systems JUMP Calls

OCTOBER 30, 2017
The Building Technologies Office announced the winners from its latest round of JUMP technology challenges, one in building envelope design and the other in roofing systems. JUMP is an online crowdsourcing platform, hosted and managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), that has served to identify over a dozen solutions to industry challenges since its inception. JUMP stands for join in the discussion, unveil innovation, motivate transformation, and promote technology-to-market.

Novel Design in Building Envelopes

In 2016, more than 40% of U.S. primary energy and 75% of electricity was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, resulting in annual energy costs of more than $380 billion. The envelope of the building, which refers to the external walls, windows, roof, and floor of a building, is the thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environment and one of the primary determinants of energy use to maintain indoor comfort. In fact, approximately 35% of this consumption, equating to almost 14% of overall primary energy usage, is used to maintain a comfortable indoor environment, and thus directly related to the performance of the building envelope.
The building envelope JUMP challenge was to develop an innovative new material or installation method that uses readily available products to improve the thermal performance and airtightness of a wall assembly, without compromising the durability of the wall assembly.

John Archibald's submission, on behalf of American Solar, on "Heat Recovery and Use from Dynamic Building Envelopes" was selected as the winning idea. The idea involves using dynamic insulated vinyl solar siding to recover heated air from the solar heated siding for a variety of direct and indirect uses within the building to displace a portion of purchased fossil and electric heating uses. American Solar has earned a cash award of $5,000 from a leading product manufacturer.

We are pleased to be selected by the JUMP program for our building envelope solar heat recovery technology. Review and selection by the judges who are experts in building envelope energy is another endorsement of the value of the technology we have pioneered over the last 20 years. The outreach to industry and consumers is another valuable component of the program. — John Archibald

Innovation in Roofing Systems

The roofing systems JUMP challenge was to develop new materials or installation methods that can be employed with a concrete deck so that the likelihood of having moisture-related problems is significantly reduced.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) 2014-2015 Market Survey indicates that concrete decks represent about 14 percent of the new and retrofit low-slope construction market. The DOE Market Calculator lists the 2030 envelope-generated heating and cooling loads in commercial building roofs as 545 TBtu. Assuming that 14 percent of the roofing is installed over concrete decks, and if problems exist with 50 percent of these roofs, 38 TBtu of energy savings could be achieved through this proposed innovation by eliminating the energy penalties associated with high material moisture contents.

Two submissions were selected as winning ideas: Randy Prefer's "Moisture Absorption" idea to use ribbed, sand-filled packets to create an air gap between the concrete and the roofing materials substrates; and Kevin Ryan's "Miniature Ducts" idea of using miniature ducts under the roof slab to allow air to flow underneath for the purpose of drying. Mr. Prefer and Mr. Ryan have earned a collective cash award of $10,000 from GAF.
"JUMP is every entrepreneur's dream, providing the inventive mind to think out of the box and create new products while solving problems in diverse industries. The ability to share potential ideas and have other similarly minded individuals evaluate the potential of your idea from their prospective, provides the validation we all seek, which spurs additional positive innovative thoughts to improve your original concept. I enjoyed the professionalism of all involved and really look forward to solving or creating more innovation through similar platforms. I sincerely hope that the JUMP will continue with additional challenges in the future," said Randy Prefer.

JUMP's crowdsourcing site connects companies with inventors who think outside the box and have unique solutions to energy challenges. Without this connection, the solution might not ever reach its destination. — Kevin Ryan

Advancing Technology Innovation

JUMP has built a community of innovation that is helping accelerate the market transformation curve of energy-efficient technologies. Since inception, JUMP has yielded several ideas advancing to market, the most promising of which are working toward technology licensing.

"We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the entire JUMP community for helping make this program a success. We are thrilled with the response to JUMP and look forward to watching these ideas move from concept to reality. The variety of topics we have explored and industries we have partnered with shows just how adaptable this program can be in advancing research and development of new technologies," said Sven Mumme, technology manager in DOE's Building Technologies Office.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Recognized as a Leading Innovator in the 2016 Innovation Management Awards

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, December 29, 2016 – IdeaScale, leading crowdsourcing and innovation software provider, announced the final winners of its Innovation Management Awards Competition and recognized Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the winner in the category of Best Moderation Strategy.

This competition category recognizes the IdeaScale community that detailed the most creative and impressive workflow for progressing ideas from the point of inspiration to execution. In this case, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s JUMP program demonstrated its success in not only in identifying ten new technologies, but in developing a five-step, repeatable process used in thirteen calls for innovation.

The process instituted by Oak Ridge National Labs includes typical vetting, voting, and review, but also includes mentoring to idea authors and pairing with industry partners who are interested in taking the technology to market. Cumulatively, these ideas represent a great deal of progress in the quest for energy efficient buildings.

“Oak Ridge National Laboratory has long been a leader in innovation,’ said Rob Hoehn, CEO and Founder of IdeaScale, “it’s not a surprise that they are leading the way in utilizing open innovation as a means of identifying promising new technologies. Their processes are something that every organization could learn from.

Innovation Award winners receive a discount on their 2017 IdeaScale subscription, a VIP pass to IdeaScale’s Open Nation, and a free challenge hosted on IdeaBuzz, and more. More detailed stories of IdeaScale customer success can be found at

About IdeaScale:

IdeaScale is the largest cloud-based innovation software platform in the world with more than 35,000 customers and 4.5 million users. The software allows organizations to involve the opinions of public and private communities by collecting their ideas and giving users a platform to vote. The ideas are then evaluated, routed, and implemented, making IdeaScale the engine of crowd-powered innovation. IdeaScale’s client roster includes industry leaders, such as Citrix, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, NASA, the National Cancer Institute, Princess Cruises and many others.

JUMP! In Vegas with ASHRAE

The Department of Energy (DOE) is taking its successful innovation crowdsourcing program to the world’s largest gathering of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) professionals to kick-off the New Year.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is DOE’s largest science and energy laboratory and the host lab for JUMP, an online crowdsourcing community focused on energy efficiency in buildings. JUMP stands for Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Motivate transformation, and Promote technology to market.
For 2017, JUMP has teamed up with ASHRAE to connect their respective members on energy efficiency challenges facing the buildings industry.

This strategic partnership all begins with a big presence at ASHRAE’s 2017 Winter Conference in Las Vegas to share the opportunity to join JUMP and brainstorm and discuss innovative ideas for the call for innovation at hand: 

Here is what some of our past challenge winners have had to say about JUMP:

Got a big challenge to solve? Bring it to us! We are looking for industry partners and innovators to make pioneering ideas happen in HVAC&R. Contact us today to reserve a featured spot on the agenda of the JUMPathons at the ASHRAE Winter Conference. If you are interested in learning more about how to Sponsor a call contact Melissa Lapsa at