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In 2010, U.S. residential and commercial building energy expenditures totaled $431.1 billion (Buildings Energy Data Book). That number is estimated to grow to $474.9 billion (in 2010 $) by 2030. The Building Technologies Office's (BTO) goal is to reduce the energy use intensity of U.S. buildings by 30% by 2030, relative to 2010.

BTO's Emerging Technologies (ET) Program is helping to meet this goal by enabling cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. ET funds and directs applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and tools that support building energy efficiency. BTO’s Multi-Year Program Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2020 provides a detailed roadmap of our strategies.

The majority of ET funding is distributed competitively through solicitations (i.e., Funding Opportunity Announcements, or FOAs), which in general are open to applications from large industry, small businesses, academia, the national labs, and other entities. ET Projects typically last three years and are prospectively Merit Reviewed by outside subject matter experts. Projects are also retrospectively Peer Reviewed by experts at least once during their three year performance periods.

Technology Subprograms

HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances
The HVAC/Water Heating/Appliance subprogram develops cost effective, energy efficient technologies with national labs and industry partners.
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Windows and Building Envelope
Next-generation windows and building envelope technologies have substantial technical potential to reduce energy consumption in buildings.
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Building Energy Modeling
Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM) is a versatile, multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, code compliance...
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Sensors and Controls R&D
The goal of the Sensors and Controls subprogram is to improve building energy management and optimize building operating conditions.
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Buildings-to-Grid Integration
Integrating buildings and the grid increases energy efficiency, supports incorporation of renewable energy, and balances new loads, such as electric v
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Publications, Presentations, Tools, and Resources

Technology Reports
Reports from the ET subprogram, including characterizations, assessments, and benefit-cost impact evaluations on R&D activities.
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Technology Roadmaps
Technology Roadmaps are multi-year plans that make recommendations for R&D activities that will aid in achieving BTO’s energy savings goals.
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Workshop Presentations
Select presentations from Emerging Technologies staff and partners.
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Scout
Scout is a tool for estimating the energy and carbon impacts of various energy conservation measures (ECMs).
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Baseline Energy Calculator
Determine the energy use associated with building components, equipment, and other end uses in residential and commercial buildings.
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Past Projects
The past projects of the Building Technologies Office.
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News and Success Stories

Energy Department Announces Funding for 16 Small Businesses to Stimulate American Innovation in Building Energy Efficiency
These projects are funded through DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs, which are competitively awarded based on scientific and technical merit.
May 22, 2018
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Buildings and the Grid 101: How Are Building Technologies Office Partners Researching and Validating in the Field?
With a rapidly changing energy industry, Southern Company recognizes that accelerating technology development is more important than ever.
May 1, 2018
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Department of Energy Announces $34 Million for Innovation Building Technologies Research and Development
Funding will help support Administration’s goal to drive U.S. leadership in energy-saving building technologies.
April 27, 2018
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ASHRAE, Buildings, the Grid, and Resources to Face the Challenges
Enabling smarter grids has the potential to create a revolution in the building sector that will save energy and costs.
April 25, 2018
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Staff

Dr. Karma Sawyer
Program Manager of Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies Team
Current members of BTO's Emerging Technologies Team
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