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August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

August 18, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Technology Innovation and International Hydrogen Infrastructure

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.

August 17, 2016
A new class of gas-fired heat pump water heater systems, based on a novel semi-open sorption concept, replaces the evaporator in a traditional closed sorption device with a vapor-permeable membrane that more efficiently absorbs and transfers heat for residential applications.
New Residential Water Heater Concept Promises High Efficiency, Lower Cost

A team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Florida has developed a novel method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems for water heating in residential buildings.

August 12, 2016
UC Berkeley Captures Energy Savings by Empowering Building Operators

University campuses are a treasure trove of energy efficiency opportunities, as their facilities teams will tell you. The challenge is not in identifying opportunities for savings, but in finding the time to pursue them among competing demands for facility teams’ time.

August 9, 2016
New Town Builders built this 2,115-square-foot home in Denver, Colorado, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. The project won a 2015 DOE Housing Innovation Award. Photo courtesy of New Town Builders.
Residential Buildings Leader Speaks at Congressional Expo on Zero Energy Ready Homes

Sam Rashkin, the Building Technologies Office’s (BTO’s) chief architect, spoke at the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum on July 12, 2016.

August 8, 2016
Image courtesy of LBNL.
How are Building Energy Codes Developed?

We recently gave an overview of building energy codes and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) corresponding role. Now, we are going to take a deeper dive into the three main steps in the codes process: how they are developed, adopted, and complied with.

August 4, 2016
Image: NREL.
Excitement around the Data Surge App Showcase

The Data Surge App Showcase during this year’s Better Buildings Summit was filled with excitement as attendees were given the opportunity to vote in real-time for their favorite apps. Several innovative SEED Platform Collaborative Technical Allies presented software instances developed to harness data collected through the SEED Platform™.

August 4, 2016
Berkeley Lab’s Reshma Singh presents JUMP calls for innovation at the Chicago Innovation Exchange, held on July 14. These JUMPathons are regional events where innovators can engage with JUMP partners such as national lab experts and business incubation experts to brainstorm and hone their ideas, as potential submissions to the JUMP calls for innovation.
Energy Department Partners with Cleantech Open to Help Startups Bring Technologies to Market Faster

The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office is partnering with Cleantech Open, a not-for-profit organization that runs the world's largest cleantech accelerator.

August 3, 2016
Video: Appliance Standards Testing Ensures Level Playing Field

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan recently toured the Intertek testing laboratory in Cortland, NY – one of the sites where the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) tests products to ensure that consumers are getting the savings promised by its federal Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. Total savings for Americans are currently estimated at more than $65 billion annually.

August 1, 2016
Researcher Matt Kosmos studies building efficiency data in PNNL’s Building Operations Control Center. Photo courtesy of PNNL.
New Method Shows Promise for Turning Energy Peaks into Valleys

Early results from an experiment at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory strongly suggest that a new method known as Intelligent Load Control, or ILC, rapidly reins in a building's energy demand—without harming the comfort of building occupants. The results could help advance transactive energy concepts nationwide.

August 1, 2016
ORNL Announces New JUMP Partnership with Siemens, Launches Crowdsourcing Call on the Internet of Things

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office has announced a new partnership between DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Siemens to seek innovative ideas for the use of personal “smart” devices to control such things as lighting and air conditioning in public spaces.

July 26, 2016
Two Startups Win DOE Follow-On Funding to Develop Software for Building Efficiency

The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced follow-on funding for the two Buildings topic winners of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize. The two startup companies, Kinetic Buildings and Livable Analytics, are developing cost-effective software solutions to diagnose faulty building operations and better understand building occupant satisfaction.

July 20, 2016
A “Cool” Way to Combat Climate Change under the Montreal Protocol

World climate leaders are meeting this week in Vienna for the next stage of international discussions about a global phase-down of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

This meeting should lay the foundation for a 2016 amendment to the Montreal Protocol – a hugely successful global agreement that has put Earth’s fragile ozone layer on track to full restoration. A 2016 amendment would leverage the same proven mechanisms that helped fix the “ozone hole” to address another serious risk to the planet – HFCs.

July 19, 2016
PACE Adds Market Value for Home Energy Upgrades

New partnerships and resources announced by the Energy Department will bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to more communities with more people able to affordably make clean energy investments due a special financing program.

July 19, 2016
Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs

As part of the Obama Administration's Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency, solar, and related improvements.

July 15, 2016
Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings

Projects Will Make Buildings Smarter, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Store Energy, Strengthen Insulation, and Harness the Sun for Lighting

July 12, 2016
Interoperability benefits across the technical, institutional, and economic domains. Credit: The GridWise® Architecture Council
Laying the Foundation for a Future of Connected Buildings

A vision is emerging of a connected world in which building equipment and systems coordinate to efficiently meet owners’ and occupants’ needs, and where buildings regularly transact with other buildings in ways that benefit our entire energy system. DOE has released three reports that lay the foundation to enact that vision.

July 11, 2016
DOE Campaign Proves Commercial Lighting Upgrades Drive Savings

The Interior Lighting Campaign (Campaign) has seen tremendous success since its inception with over 160 leading organizations signing on as participants and supporters.

July 6, 2016
Transformation of the Built Environment by 2030

Architecture 2030 has been lauded by industry and collaborative colleagues alike for its development and implementation of key strategies to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as stimulating the creation of resilient communities that have the ability to adapt to the consequences of a shifting climate.

June 28, 2016
DOE Awards $3.7 Million to Spur Investment in Commercial Energy Code Compliance

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has selected three projects to receive a total of $3.7 million to study the effects of improving the implementation of commercial building energy codes.

June 27, 2016
Energy Department’s Interior Lighting Campaign nets $13.5 million in energy savings in first year; Green Lease Leaders add 1 billion square feet of commercial building space

The Energy Department today announced the results of this year’s Better Buildings Alliance technology and market campaigns. Through partnerships with public and private sector organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with interested landlords, tenants, and owners to adopt solutions that best meet the needs of their buildings for sustainable leasing and upgrades to indoor lighting.

June 27, 2016
Emerging Technologies Leader Awarded for Supporting Small Businesses

Tony Bouza, HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances Technology R&D Manager within DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), was recently recognized by the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) as a “Champion of Small Business.”

June 23, 2016
QCoefficient uses model predictive control (MPC) to pre-cool 13 of the 108 floors on Chicago’s Willis Tower. This figure shows cumulative energy use in 30 minute intervals between June 11 and September 28, 2012. QCoefficient’s optimized strategy replaced 1500 MWh of peak-time demand with 600 MWh of off-peak demand, saving approximately $250,000 and 900 tons of CO2 emissions in the process. Credit: QCoefficient.
QCoefficient Uses EnergyPlus to Reduce Willis Tower Energy Bills

Chicago firm QCoefficient uses model predictive control (MPC) to pre-cool large commercial buildings, savings hundreds of thousands of dollars and tons of CO2.

June 21, 2016
This chart plots the current primary energy consumption and potential energy savings for commercial end-use categories.  Energy savings estimates reflect energy efficiency improvements over today’s baseline products meeting minimum efficiency standards. Actual savings may be higher as today’s standards are higher efficiency than typical installed equipment. Credit: Navigant
Report Highlights Significant Energy Savings Potential for Commercial Appliances

Appliances used in commercial buildings for cooking, cleaning, water heating, and other end-uses account for nearly 22 percent of annual commercial building primary energy usage. According to a new report from DOE’s Building Technologies Office, energy-saving technologies available today could reduce commercial appliance consumption by 22 percent, with emerging technologies offering even bigger savings potential—36 percent.

June 21, 2016
Seeking Information on Advanced HVAC&R Technologies

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) released a request for information to seek feedback from the public on the technical metrics and goals, and organizational structure for a proposed advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) research and development (R&D) effort.