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The Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced the availability of up to $11.5 million for a funding opportunity announcement titled, “Building America Industry Partnerships and Research Priorities for High Performance Housing Innovation - 2018.”

BTO will select additional building science project teams for the Building America Program to conduct early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. The new Building America project teams will study residential building performance and integrated building systems approaches to achieving optimal home energy performance. This FOA builds on work that started under the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Building America FOAs, and is focused primarily on addressing remaining gaps and objectives in the Building America Research to Market Plan.

BTO also supports research priorities in the residential buildings sector related to building energy codes. Further research in this area will help address current gaps, providing data and technical analysis around the market prevalence of key technologies and efficiency measures. This helps to inform future building technology research and development activities and enable decision-making processes related to building energy codes.

Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in three topic areas:

Topic 1: Baseline In-situ Fault Analysis in Residential Comfort Systems

This topic addresses the need for a comprehensive field study to characterize the prevalence and severity of installation faults and resulting performance degradation of residential central ducted HVAC systems.

Topic 2 - Integration of Advanced Residential Building Envelope and HVAC Systems

Topic 2 focuses on selected objectives of the Building America Technology to Market Roadmaps, described in the Building America Research-to-Market Plan, including:

  1. High-Performance Moisture Managed Envelope Solutions
  2. Optimized Comfort Systems

Topic 3 – Gap Analysis of Building Industry Standard Practices

The third topic in this FOA focuses on research related to building industry standard practices. Construction practices vary significantly across the U.S. and there is often a shortage of information depicting how industry standards are applied in practice, including the influence of advancing technologies and construction practices. DOE can help address this gap by supporting further data and technical analysis around the market prevalence of key technologies and energy-efficiency measures. In turn, this will enable decision-making processes related to building energy codes and standards, as well as inform future building technology R&D.