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WASHINGTON-U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.

The 58 projects selected today will help make the nation's buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective. They will also support programs to train workers to service and operate new and existing buildings, to develop and deploy best practices resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and to establish a green workforce with technical expertise to reduce energy costs for consumers.

"These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies," Secretary Chu said. "Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy."

The Department of Energy also released today a new video that showcases the story of Greensburg, Kan., a town devastated by a tornado in 2007, which came back to be one of the Nation's most energy-efficient, sustainable communities. Many of the town's government buildings use cutting-edge energy-saving technologies, such as high-efficiency windows, lighting, and heating and ventilation systems, saving local taxpayer money. Greensburg has shown that any city can reach its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals today using widely available technologies.

The nation's 114 million households and more than 74 million square feet of commercial floor space account for approximately 40 percent of U.S. primary energy consumption, as well as 39 percent of carbon dioxide, 18 percent of nitrogen oxides, and 55 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions. These projects will help lower the energy demands and emissions of commercial buildings and promote a specialized, energy-efficient buildings workforce.

Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technology Projects:

These 45 awards for advanced energy-efficient building technology projects will receive over $68.4 million and will be leveraged with more than $31.4 million in funding from private industry, for a total project value of nearly $100 million. Projects have been selected in the following five areas:

Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications, and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings ($22,497,833 total Federal share) -Twelve projects will focus on transforming the design, operation, and maintenance of both new and existing buildings.

  • Analysis, Design, and Technical Tools ($5,969,682 total Federal share) - Five projects will focus on improving the capability to simulate complex interactions between building elements, including climate, envelope heat and moisture transfer, internal heat gains, lighting power, HVAC equipment, controls, thermal and visual comfort, and energy costs.
  • Building Envelope and Windows ($22,807,255 total Federal share) - Fourteen projects will focus on improving the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings through technology advances in windows and envelope components, which are necessary to achieve significant energy savings and performance.
  • Residential and Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research ($11,144,592 total Federal share) - Ten projects will focus on dramatically increasing the efficiency of HVAC systems and pursuing technologies that apply to both air conditioning and refrigeration.
  • Water Heating, Residential, and Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads ($6,033,246 total Federal share) - Four projects will focus on increasing the efficiency of water heating equipment and reducing miscellaneous electric loads.

The energy-efficient building technology projects selected include:

Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings: 12 selections
OrganizationCity, StateDOE FundingTotal Project Value
University of CaliforniaBerkeley, CA$1,987,674$2,363,148
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA$1,987,025TBD
United Technologies Research CenterEast Hartford, CT$1,866,627$2,333,284
United Technologies Research CenterEast Hartford, CT$1,998,766$2,498,457
Emerson Electric CompanySt. Louis, MO$1,650,838$2,110,965
National Semiconductor CorporationAnnapolis Junction, MD 20710-1118$1,998,125$4,297,045
Honeywell International, Inc.Golden Valley, MN$1,828,261$2,285,326
Siemens Corporate ResearchPrinceton, NJ$1,418,847$1,773,574
Philips Electronics North America CorporationBriarcliff Manor, NY$2,192,713$2,740,892
Verified Energy, LLCRochester, NY$1,568,957$2,562,781
Johnson Controls, Inc.Milwaukee, WI$2,000,000$3,211,800
Johnson Controls, Inc.Milwaukee, WI$2,000,000$3,317,734


Analysis, Design and Technical Tools: 5 selections
University of Central FloridaOrlando, FL$552,338$690,428
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY$1,660,468TBD
Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, NY$560,296$702,354
University of WashingtonSeattle, WA$1,196,580$1,317,616
Eaton CorporationMilwaukee, WI$2,000,000$2,500,000


Building Envelope and Windows: 14 selections
Soladigm, Inc.Milpitas, CA$3,467,541$5,779,236
Southwall Technologies, Inc.Palo Alto, CA$1,429,326$1,786,656
Applied Materials, Inc.Santa Clara, CA$1,999,515$3,999,330
EverSealed Windows, Inc.Evergreen, CO$2,169,327$2,521,257
Dow Chemical CompanyMidland, MI$2,955,156$5,910,312
Dow Corning CorporationMidland, MI$1,241,120$1,551,399
Pleotint, LLCWest Olive, MI$402,547$805,095
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.Faribault, MN$1,633,301$2,041,627
3M CompanySt. Paul, MN$1,966,611$3,575,657
Syntroleum CorporationTulsa, OK$1,009,300$1,261,600
Traco Delaware, Inc.Cranberry Township, PA$1,317,819$2,635,638
Quanta Technologies, Inc.Malvern, PA$853,962$1,912,537
Industrial Science & Technology Network, Inc.York, PA$2,005,139$2,709,647
CPFilms, Inc.Fieldale, VA$356,591$564,982


Residential and Commercial HVAC, and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research: 10 selections
University of AlaskaFairbanks, AK$617,583$771,988
PAX Streamline, Inc.Novato, CA$2,000,000$3,689,397
United Technologies Research CenterEast Hartford, CT$1,998,439$2,498,049
Chemtura CorporationMiddlebury, CT$1,452,140$1,930,540
University of Central FloridaOrlando, FL$256,461$320,576
Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc.Urbana, IL$1,010,611$1,263,268
Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette, IN$1,331,435$1,606,435
TIAX, LLCCambridge, MA$760,383$950,478
General ElectricNiskayuna, NY$1,471,291$1,961,723
University of WisconsinMadison, WI$246,249$326,927


Water Heating, Residential and Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads: 4 selections
TIAX, LLCCambridge, MA$954,931$1,193,662
Whirlpool CorporationBenton Harbor, MI$2,042,700$3,963,600
Porticos, Inc.Morrisville, NC$1,682,532$2,118,427
Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc.Unicoi, TN$1,353,083$1,756,184

Training Program Development for Commercial Buildings Efficiency Experts:

To achieve the full potential of energy-efficient - and eventually net-zero energy - buildings, the United States needs commercial building experts who know how to properly run and tune building heating and cooling systems. The combination of efficient operations and advanced design will improve the internal building environment, including energy use, comfort, safety, and environmental impact.

The 13 projects selected today to receive up to $7.6 million to develop training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy commissioning agents and auditors will leverage nearly $1.5 million in private industry cost share, for a total project value of nearly $9.1 million.

The training projects selected include:

OrganizationCity, StateDOE FundingTotal Project Value
Building Equipment Technicians: 4 Selections
International Union of Operating EngineersWashington, DC$748,744$748,744
Gas Technology InstituteDes Plaines, IL$448,405$473,405
Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station, TX$749,037$749,037
Northwest Energy Efficiency CouncilSeattle, WA$549,169$927,300


Building Operators: 4 Selections
University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte, NC$589,843$589,843
The Research Foundation of the City College of New YorkNew York, NY$422,528$472,528
University of TuraboGurabo, PR$335,745$335,745
University of WisconsinMadison, WI$934,712$934,712


Building Energy Commissioning Agents/Auditors: 5 Selections
Association of Energy EngineersAtlanta, GA$462,000$462,000
University of NebraskaLincoln, NE$405,741$405,741
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewark, NJ$468,495$468,495
Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.Portland, OR$749,153$1,573,189
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukee, WI$740,364$960,364

View the detailed project descriptions of award winners (PDF - 116 kb).

To learn more about advanced energy-efficient building technologies efforts at DOE, please visit the Building Technologies Program website.

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