BTO manages three types of of projects.
- Core projects are long-running projects based at DOE national labs.
- Competitively awarded projects are two- or three-year projects awarded either through limited solicitations to the DOE national labs or through open solicitations like the Emerging Technologies program's annual BENEFIT solicitation, Commercial and Residential Building solicitations, and DOE's Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Voucher (SBV) programs. You can learn about upcoming BTO solicitations at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/ and about upcoming small business solicitations at https://science.osti.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/.
- Center-led projects are associated with federally created research and development centers, usually involving DOE counterparts in foreign countries. Centers and their associated projects typically have five-year performance periods. There are currently no active center-led projects in the BEM portfolio.
All projects are prospectively merit-reviewed by external reviewers. They are also retrospectively peer-reviewed by external reviewers once or twice during their performance period. Core projects are divided into three-year performance periods for merit and peer review purposes.
Core BEM Projects
BTO's core BEM portfolio includes software that supports traditional energy-efficiency BEM applications such as energy-efficient design, code development and compliance, and incentives. It also includes projects that support the development of BEM standards.
Core BEM-Controls Projects
BTO's BEM-controls project portfolio includes software that bridges BEM and control workflows, primarily by supporting the direct evaluation of physically realistic control sequences. By design, this portfolio partially overlaps and reuses components of the more traditional BEM software portfolio, including the OpenStudio SDK and specific modules of the EnergyPlus BEM engines.
Competitively Awarded Projects
These are one, two, or three year project awarded through one of several open competitive mechanisms including BTO's BENEFIT (Building Energy Frontiers and Innovative Technologies), DOE Office of Science's SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) or DOE Office of Technology Transfer TCF (Technology Commercialization Fund). Successful lab-based projects sometimes graduate to "core" status.