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October 28, 2014
Energy Department's New Buildings Solution Center Shares Proven Strategies for Energy Efficiency Programs

The Energy Department today released a new resource, the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center, to share proven methods for reducing energy waste and carbon emissions in U.S. buildings.

October 27, 2014
Small Business Funding Opportunity Topics Released

The Small Business Innovation Research program has announced its FY 2015 Phase 1 Release 2 topics, which include buildings-related topics: energy efficient solid-state lighting luminaires, products, and systems; and integrated storage and distributed generation for buildings.

October 23, 2014
Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve Energy Efficiency of Hotels, Hospitals, Offices and other Commercial Buildings

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to double energy productivity by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings, the Energy Department today announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and other types of commercial buildings.

October 23, 2014
Apply: Funding Opportunity - Advancing Solutions to Improve Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration Program has announced the availability of nearly $9 million for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001168, “Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings.”

October 23, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Tribal Renewable Energy, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

October 16, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Zero Energy Ready Homes, Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Fuel Cell Applications, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

October 15, 2014
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.’s Supercharger could break open a major new market for heat pumps: cold climates. Here, MSI engineers Peter Chapman and Andrew Rogers monitor a Supercharger test in progress.
How a Small Business is Transforming the Cold Climate Heating Market

Working with Mechanical Solutions, Inc., a small business in New Jersey, the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office has found a potential solution for cold climate heating: a Supercharger that allows heat pumps to efficiently operate in the coldest U.S. climates, with zero backup heat.

October 15, 2014
ORNL buildings researchers Jibonananda Sanyal, left, and Joshua New are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use.
ORNL Researchers Develop ‘Autotune’ Software to Make it Quicker, Easier, and Cheaper to Model Energy Use of Buildings

ORNL buildings researchers have developed automated, or “Autotune,” calibration software, which reduces the amount of time and expertise needed to optimize building parameters for cost and energy savings.

October 14, 2014
Apply: Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D - 2015 Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D funding opportunity on October 14, 2014, titled Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D – 2015, DE-FOA-0001171.

October 10, 2014
Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Improved Next Generation HVAC Systems

The Energy Department today announced nearly $8 million to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning technologies.

October 9, 2014
EERE has codified minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment.
EERE Efficiency Expert Nominated for American Service Award

Here at EERE, within our Building Technologies Office, the Appliance Standards Program works to save American consumers money while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by overseeing minimum energy conservation standards for 60 categories of appliances. The man who has led these efforts since 2010 is John Cymbalsky, who was recently recognized for his efforts as a finalist for the 2014 Science and Environment Medal at the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, commonly known as the Sammies.

October 8, 2014
Shuji Nakamura, founder of Soraa, was one of three scientists to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. | Photo courtesy of Soraa.
Energy-Department Supported Scientist Receives Nobel Prize for Blue Light LED

This week, three scientists—two from Japan and one from the United States—received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the LED light. The trifecta, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, earned the prestigious award specifically for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. The American scientist, Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer in the lighting industry, is the founder of LED company Soraa, which has a history of working with the Department of Energy—both through EERE and our Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)—on the subject of blue light diodes.

October 8, 2014
Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

Deadline for Concept Papers: November 10, 2014, 5:00 PM ET
This Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) 2015 FOA contributes to advancement in two core technological areas: non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies.

October 1, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing, Algal Biomass and Bioproducts Funding Opportunity, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

October 1, 2014
Version 8.2.0 of EnergyPlus is available for download from the popular social coding platform GitHub at <a href="https://github.com/NREL/EnergyPlusRelease/releases" target="_blank">https://github.com/NREL/EnergyPlusRelease/releases</a>
EnergyPlus Overcomes (Computer) Language Barrier

For the first 17 years of its existence, EnergyPlus was written in the FORTRAN programming language. Now, DOE is releasing EnergyPlus 8.2.0, the first version written in C++.

September 26, 2014
Request for Information: GSA Seeks Innovative Building Technologies

GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program aims to drive environmental performance in federal buildings and lead market transformation through early adoption and deployment of innovative building technologies.

September 25, 2014
One Sky Homes, San Jose, CA, Custom Builder, Grand Award Winner. | California prides itself on energy efficiency, so achieving the designation of first net zero energy new home builder in the state is an honor indeed.
Housing Innovation Awards Recognize Leadership in Residential Efficiency

Today’s housing market is incredibly competitive. Constructing homes that sell and that continue to delight homeowners for years to come is a challenge.

Motivated, leading-edge builders are using innovative energy-saving solutions and strategies to differentiate themselves and their products by building zero energy-ready homes. These high-performance homes are so efficient they can offset most or all annual energy consumption with a simple renewable energy system, like solar.

September 23, 2014
Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

The Energy Department presented Housing Innovation Awards to 28 industry leaders today during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The industry leaders are commercializing and deploying cutting-edge technologies and helping to significantly reduce the energy costs of the nation’s homes.

September 19, 2014
Notice of Intent: Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation (DE-FOA-0001200)

Notice of Intent to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement

September 18, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Successful Project Financing Mechanisms, the High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

September 18, 2014
White House Highlights New DOE Measures to Advance Renewable Energy Deployment and Increase Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s effort to diversify our energy portfolio and cut energy waste, the Energy Department today announced a series of executive actions to expand the deployment of renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Altogether, these measures will bring the U.S. closer to its clean energy future, while protecting the environment and helping Americans save money by saving energy.

September 11, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Compressed Natural Gas Infrastructure, an Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

September 8, 2014
Notice of Intent: Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (DE-FOA-0001191)

Notice of Intent to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement

September 4, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Sandia Modeling Tool, Hydrogen Fueling Standardization, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

August 20, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Energy Project Financing, Building Re-tuning for Energy Efficiency, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.