Research Centers

The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories is home to several world-class research centers.

Center for High Performance Buildings

The Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB) is dedicated to partnering with industry in the development, demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of new technologies and analysis tools for high performance buildings. The center was launched in 2016 through a construction grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The CHPB is housed at the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories and contains a number of unique facilities for studying building systems and equipment. 

To learn more about CHPB, visit the center website.



Purdue Energetics Research Center (PERC)

Faculty and staff at Purdue University have joined efforts to form an interdisciplinary team with an overriding focus on Energetic Materials. Approved as a formal Purdue Center on September 8, 2017, The Purdue Energetics Research Center (PERC)'s research addresses existing and emerging explosives-based threats to civilian and military infrastructure, commerce, and aviation. It also targets the U.S. military’s need for more stable, more effective, less sensitive, and more easily processed energetic materials for use as propellants, pyrotechnics and in ordnance.

To learn more about PERC, visit the center website.



Resilient Extra Terrestrial Habitat Institute

The Center's mission is develop the technologies needed to establish Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats (RETH).

To build Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats, the RETH Institute is pursuing three research thrusts:

  • RESILIENCE: Anticipating and adapting to possible threats
  • AWARENESS: Building networks of sensors that can actively learn, detect, and diagnose issues
  • ROBOTICS: Developing autonomous robots that can operate independently and collaborate with humans

To learn more and RETH, visit the center website.