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Building America Update Newsletter

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Feature Story

Partnerships and Innovation Focus of Latest Funding Opportunity

To move the industry toward higher efficiency and more innovation, the Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation – 2017, on Nov. 3, 2016.

We are looking for more project teams that can accelerate energy performance improvements in residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance," said Eric Werling, DOE Building America director. "We're elevating our previous work from 2015 that laid a strong foundation, and now we want to address remaining gaps and objectives in the Building America Research to Market Plan."

This work will contribute to achieving BTO's goal of reducing the energy use intensity of new homes by at least 60% and existing homes by at least 40%, relative to the 2010 average for homes in each of the seven climate zones, with a focus on reducing heating and cooling loads.

This FOA has two topics.

  • Topic 1: Building America Technology to Market Roadmaps: Selected Objectives
  • Topic 2: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes

The key deadlines are below.

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/7/2016 5 p.m. ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/1/2017 5 p.m. ET

To apply, visit the DOE website.

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ANSI Approves New Standard to Test for the Evaluation of Model Calibration Methods

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/RESNET Standard 1201-2016 - "Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Model Calibration Methods" as an American national consensus standard. ANSI/RESNET Standard 1201-2016 presents an analytical method of test for evaluating software model calibration techniques.

This standard will lead to increased usage of automated calibration methods in energy modeling tools, which has been demonstrated to improve the accuracy of energy savings predictions associated with energy efficiency upgrades.

This standard was supported by the DOE Building Technologies Office and the DOE Building America Program.

Visit RESNET Standard on Method of Test for the Evaluation of Model Calibration Methods to download the report.

50 Teams Participating in the 2017 Race to Zero

The 50 teams participating in the next 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition represent 44 collegiate institutions from four countries. See a full list of the collegiate institutions on the website.

The competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE's Zero Energy Ready Homes Program requirements.

As part of DOE's Building America Program, the next Race to Zero Student Design Competition is April 22-23, 2017, at NREL in Golden, Colorado.

Building America Webinar: Advanced Technical Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes: Renewable Integration

Join the DOE Building America Program as Tim Merrigan with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory presents on the renewable integration.

As the innovative and visionary "House of the Future," Zero Energy Ready Homes will eventually require that renewable energy generation systems such as photovoltaic (PV) systems be integrated to make them resilient, flexible, and interactive with their environment.

This Building America webinar presents a review of the costs and performance of residential building-integrated PV, as well as some of their unique installation considerations and code requirements. 

Day: November 16, 2016
Time: 3 p.m. ET

Register now.

Stump the Science Chump Webinar: Joe Lstiburek

This new webinar series from the DOE Building America Program, Stump the Science Chumps, challenges professionals in the residential construction industry to ask building science questions that stump the building science experts! We want to know what problems are most vexing to you and your teams. It's our program goal to help provide solutions — or develop them where they don't already exist.

Our first expert is Dr. Joe Lstiburek, the founding principal of Building Science Corporation. Can you stump more than 30 years of industry expertise?

Submit your questions to We will feature the best questions during a webinar with our experts where they will answer your questions, and provide resources to help you solve the toughest building science challenges.

Your questions should be clear and concise, and should focus on challenges related to the building science of achieving high levels of energy performance in new and/or existing homes.

Day: November 29, 2016
Time: 3 p.m. ET

Register now.

Keep current on upcoming Building America webinars by visiting the Meetings web page.