11,729 NSF of laboratory and laboratory support space in a 50,280 GSF Building for UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency. UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to researching and developing technological solutions for an efficient and sustainable energy future. The Institute’s cutting-edge research activities leverage the considerable expertise of U.C. Santa Barbara’s highly acclaimed faculty, scientists, engineers and researchers, including five Nobel Laureates. By fostering collaborations, sponsoring research, and expediting the commercialization of new technologies, the Institute strives to deliver significant advances in energy efficiency in the near term. IEE researchers are harnessing nanomaterial’s to create high-capacity storage batteries and high-efficiency fuel cells, and constructing “energy harvesters” that will see waste heat repurposed as electricity. They are designing hybrid silicon and optical technologies for use in communications devices that will work faster and run cooler. The research laboratories provided for this research are a mix of highly adaptable Chemistry, Optical & Electrical Engineering.