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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.
October 16, 2017
Study Reveals Zero Energy Potential for Schools Across the U.S.
With the United States representing a diverse land area, many have wondered if zero energy schools are truly possible across all climate zones.
October 13, 2017
Smart Cities 2 image
Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Recognizes Exemplary Participants
In an age where advanced buildings stream a wide range of actionable data through tools like building automation systems and...
October 12, 2017
U.S. Department of Energy Announces 2017 Housing Innovation Award Winners
DOE presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation's leading builders.
October 11, 2017
Working with the National Labs to Expand Commercial Impact
DOE announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.
October 5, 2017
Energy Efficiency Day 2017: Perspectives on What’s Coming Next from the Building Technologies Office Community
Today the energy efficiency community is coming together for Energy Efficiency Day 2017, a day to discuss the great benefits and opportunities for Ame
October 2, 2017
A picture of a house with the words Home Energy Score written below
What is a Home Energy Score?
A Home Energy Score allows home owners, buyers and renters to compare information about a home's energy use across the housing market.
September 29, 2017
Better Plants Program Partners Save $4.2 Billion in Energy Costs
Better Buildings Better Plants Program partners saved billions in energy costs across 3,000 facilities—12% of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint.
September 27, 2017
Trane TRACE 3D Plus combines the load calculation and equipment sizing capabilities of TRACE with the annual energy simulation capabilities of EnergyPlus.
Trane Switches Engines with TRACE 3D Plus
Trane is releasing a re-architected TRACE, with DOE's whole-building energy modeling engine EnergyPlus™ inside.
September 27, 2017
picture of a connected thermostat in a person's hand.
4 Ways to Upgrade Your Home with Clean Energy Technologies
Thanks to new technology, there are a number of ways to upgrade your home, and, in some instances, even improve its value.