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Cultivating New Technologies with Industry Incubator Program

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
Building energy simulation—physics-based calculation of building energy consumption—is a multi-use tool for building energy efficiency.
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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
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office is coordinating strategies and activities with stakeholders to address the integration...
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Publications, Presentations, Tools, and Resources

Technology Reports
Technology Reports listing.
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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
Below are select presentations from Emerging Technologies staff and partners.
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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 Building Technologies Office (BTO) research portfolio of advanced technologies, systems, tools, and strategies aimed at improving the energy pe...
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News and Success Stories

New Program Allows Manufacturers to Certify Energy Performance of Window Attachment Products and Materials
Manufacturers can now independently and accurately certify the energy efficient attributes of their products, thanks to an exciting new program.
February 15, 2018
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Buildings and the Grid: Helping Commercial Buildings Get Smarter
The intersection of occupant comfort, productivity, and energy reduction is no secret.
February 12, 2018
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4 Technological Advances for Keeping Your Home Warm While Reducing Your Energy Bill
While winter weather can bring magnificent snowy views, it isn’t always a pretty picture for your heating bill.
February 7, 2018
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PoE Connected Lighting System Energy Losses in Ethernet Cables
DOE has released the results of an exploratory study investigating energy losses in Ethernet cables used between Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches...
January 29, 2018
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Dr. Karma Sawyer
Program Manager of Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies Team
Current members of BTO's Emerging Technologies Team
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