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December 21, 2017
Buildings and the Grid 101: It Matters, But How Much?
It’s the last days of holiday shopping, and everyone is noticing all of the Internet-connected products out there.
December 20, 2017
BTO Year in Review: Looking Back At Progress and Looking Forward to Innovation
Looking back at all of the progress we’ve made in 2017 is certainly cause for celebration.
December 19, 2017
500 Home Energy Score Assessors Have Now Scored Over 75,000 Homes Nationwide
The Home Energy Score program is celebrating a milestone this month: over 500 individuals are qualified to offer the Score.
December 18, 2017
FloorspaceJS is a new, open-source, web-based 2D floor-plan editor.
The OpenStudio World Is Flat
FloorspaceJS is new open-source 2D floor-plan editor. It will initially complement the OpenStudio SketchUp plug-in and eventually replace it.
December 14, 2017
Opportunity in Local Resiliency Efforts
Cities across the U.S. are working to slash energy waste, save money for citizens, and improve the overall quality of life in their communities.
December 12, 2017
Energy Department Recognizes Shari's Café & Pies and King County International Airport for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
DOE recognized two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners, King County and Shari's Café & Pies, for their energy-efficient upgrades.
December 11, 2017
Hear Ye, Hear Ye – The Advanced RTU Campaign has a New Focus on Intelligent Controls and Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics
The focus of the RTU Campaign has been encouraging high-efficiency RTU improvements in commercial buildings through the replacement of old RTUs.
December 11, 2017
Robotics Intern Retrofits Home Appliance to Operate in New, More-Efficient Ways
Of more than 250 interns that climbed to new heights at NREL over summer 2017, Jamie Santos was “one of the stars,” according to her NREL mentor.
December 9, 2017
Attic retrofits using nail-base insulated panels.
Attic Retrofits Using Nail-Base Insulated Panels
This project explored the development and demonstration of a roof/attic energy retrofit solution using nail-base insulated panels for existing homes.
December 9, 2017
Extended plate and beam wall system.
Extended Plate and Beam Wall System
Home Innovation Research Labs studied the extended plate and beam wall system to determine the wall’s structural performance and more.
December 9, 2017
Duct system evaluations.
Plug-and-Play Duct System Evaluation
This project sought to address an existing need in the home building industry for innovative new approaches to space-conditioning technology.
December 9, 2017
Smart whole house testing.
Field and Laboratory Testing of Approaches to Smart Whole-House Mechanical Ventilation Control
This project developed and tested three approaches for “smart” ventilation controls to boost energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
December 9, 2017
Illustration of high-r wall systems.
Moisture Performance of High-R Wall Systems
This research examined the moisture characteristics of high-R wall systems to guide solutions for lower costs and more energy-efficient homes.
December 7, 2017
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Funding Opportunity Announcement
The Phase I Release 2 FOA will provide funding for innovations that address multiple research and development programs throughout DOE.
December 4, 2017
New Research to Bolster the Business Case for Energy Efficient Buildings
Advocates for the development of high-performing, energy efficient buildings understand the hurdles that come along with proving the business case.
November 29, 2017
NREL researchers developed a switchable photovoltaic window that splits between transparent and opaque states.
NREL Research Team Develops and Validates First Switchable Solar Window
Thermochromic windows that are capable of converting sunlight to electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at NREL.
November 27, 2017
National Lab Test Beds: Connected Lighting Performance Testing Spotlight
DOE has 17 national laboratories that are widely acknowledged to be cornerstones to scientific and engineering excellence worldwide.
November 13, 2017
An image of a air source heat pump in the snow
3 Advantages to Cold Climate Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps are now capable of delivering heating even in cold regions such as New England and the upper Midwest.
November 3, 2017
Making the Business Case for High-Performance Buildings
The Institute for Market Transformation has created The Business Case for High-Performance Building, a course for real estate brokerage professionals.
November 1, 2017
bto radon success story
EERE Success Story—Using Advanced Modeling Tools to Make More Efficient Fans
The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is researching opportunities to make homes safer and more efficient through SBIR.
October 30, 2017
Winners Announced for Building Envelope and Roofing Systems JUMP Calls
The Building Technologies Office announced the winners from its latest round of JUMP technology challenges.
October 26, 2017
Green Lease Leaders Releases Program Enhancements
Commercial buildings consume approximately 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. with tenants occupying 50 percent of commercial building space.
October 24, 2017
BuildSimHub brings GitHub's functionality to building energy modeling.
BuildSimHub Brings GitHub to Building Energy Simulation
Startup BuildSim’s new offering brings GitHub’s project management, version control, and collaboration features to building energy simulation.
October 23, 2017
Photo of a parking lot at night with cars parked and lights lit overhead.
LEEP Campaign Participants Awarded for Significant Energy and Cost Savings in Commercial Sector
The energy used for lighting parking facilities is equal to the annual energy use of more than 10 million homes!
October 19, 2017
Buildings and the Grid 101: Challenges
Buildings are becoming more responsive and dispatchable, reacting to grid needs while also helping American businesses and families to save energy.