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August 1, 2016
ORNL Announces New JUMP Partnership with Siemens, Launches Crowdsourcing Call on the Internet of Things

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office has announced a new partnership between DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...

August 1, 2016
Photo of the interior of a home with a mini-split heat pump.
Integrated HVAC Control Methods for Supplemental High Efficiency Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Existing Homes
This project refined a new approach to using mini-split heat pumps in existing homes.
July 26, 2016
Two Startups Win DOE Follow-On Funding to Develop Software for Building Efficiency
The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced follow-on funding for the two Buildings topic winners of the Catalyst Energy...
July 21, 2016
EERE Success Story—LED Lighting in the Classroom for Energy Efficiency and Enhanced Learning

Energy costs are a large operational expense for schools and universities – comprising the second-largest such expense for school districts, after...

July 20, 2016
A “Cool” Way to Combat Climate Change under the Montreal Protocol

World climate leaders are meeting this week in Vienna for the next stage of international discussions about a global phase-down of climate-damaging...

July 19, 2016
PACE Adds Market Value for Home Energy Upgrades

New partnerships and resources announced by the Energy Department will bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to more...

July 19, 2016
Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs

As part of the Obama Administration's Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice...

July 15, 2016
Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings

Projects Will Make Buildings Smarter, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Store Energy, Strengthen Insulation, and Harness the Sun for Lighting

July 13, 2016
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EERE Success Story—Improving the Efficiency and Lowering the Cost of LED Lighting
EERE Success Story—Improving the Efficiency and Lowering the Cost of LED Lighting
July 12, 2016
Laying the Foundation for a Future of Connected Buildings
A vision is emerging of a connected world in which building equipment and systems coordinate to efficiently meet owners’ and occupants’ needs.
July 11, 2016
DOE Campaign Proves Commercial Lighting Upgrades Drive Savings
The Interior Lighting Campaign (Campaign) has seen tremendous success since its inception with over 160 leading organizations signing on.
July 6, 2016
Transformation of the Built Environment by 2030
Architecture 2030 has been lauded by industry and collaborative colleagues alike for its development and implementation of key strategies to reduce...
June 28, 2016
DOE Awards $3.7 Million to Spur Investment in Commercial Energy Code Compliance

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has selected three projects to receive a total of $3.7 million to study the effects of improving the...

June 27, 2016
Energy Department’s Interior Lighting Campaign nets $13.5 million in energy savings in first year; Green Lease Leaders add 1 billion sq...

The Energy Department today announced the results of this year’s Better Buildings Alliance technology and market campaigns. Through partnerships...

June 27, 2016
Emerging Technologies Leader Awarded for Supporting Small Businesses
Tony Bouza, HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances Technology R&D Manager within DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), was recently recognized ...
June 23, 2016
QCoefficient uses model predictive control (MPC) to pre-cool 13 of the 108 floors on Chicago’s Willis Tower. This figure shows cumulative energy use in 30 minute intervals between June 11 and September 28, 2012. QCoefficient’s optimized strategy replaced 1500 MWh of peak-time demand with 600 MWh of off-peak demand, saving approximately $250,000 and 900 tons of CO2 emissions in the process. Credit: QCoefficient.
QCoefficient Uses EnergyPlus to Reduce Willis Tower Energy Bills

Chicago firm QCoefficient uses model predictive control (MPC) to pre-cool large commercial buildings, savings hundreds of thousands of dollars and...

June 21, 2016
This chart plots the current primary energy consumption and potential energy savings for commercial end-use categories.  Energy savings estimates reflect energy efficiency improvements over today’s baseline products meeting minimum efficiency standards. Actual savings may be higher as today’s standards are higher efficiency than typical installed equipment. Credit: Navigant
Report Highlights Significant Energy Savings Potential for Commercial Appliances

Appliances used in commercial buildings for cooking, cleaning, water heating, and other end-uses account for nearly 22 percent of annual commercial...

June 21, 2016
Seeking Information on Advanced HVAC&R Technologies

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) released a request for information to seek feedback from the public on the technical metrics and goals, and...

June 20, 2016
At the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), researchers are using two modular homes to test energy-efficient products and calculate their energy savings. Researchers test new technologies in the Experimental home (pictured above), while the Baseline home (not pictured) serves as a control and doesn’t get changed during any of the experiments. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Spurring Market Adoption of Energy Efficient Storm Windows

Since 2013, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been leading research and market transformation efforts for energy efficient storm...

June 17, 2016
Energy Department Launches Crowdsourcing Community to Bring More Innovators into the Mix

The Energy Department is piloting a new crowdsourcing community where any American citizen can submit their innovative ideas for improving building...

June 16, 2016
Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?
Wrong question. The right question is what can we do to help builders design and construct more perfect walls without losing their shirts? At Build...
June 15, 2016
All Stars of the Better Buildings Summit
This year’s Better Buildings Summit was filled with the announcement of several exceptional milestones and Partner achievements. U.S. Energy Secr...
June 14, 2016
DOE Makes Progress toward ANSI’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap Goals
BTO Senior Advisor and Program Manager Joan Glickman highlighted DOE’s recent achievements in in developing standardized tools and practices.
June 13, 2016
Groundbreaking Partnership with CoStar Adds Visibility to Energy Performance
On May 26, Better Buildings announced an historic partnership with The CoStar Group.
June 10, 2016
Energy Department Invests More than $10 Million in Efficient Lighting Research and Development

New projects designed to save consumers money and reduce energy consumption.