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October 22, 2019
Economic Dispatch of Combined Heat & Power System in Upstate New York
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently completed preliminary testing of its promising Economic Dispatch.
March 13, 2019
EERE Success Story—Making Precast Concrete Façades with 3D-Printed Molds
With BTO and AMO funding, ORNL developed the technology to manufacture the precast concrete panels that make up the façade of the Domino Sugar Site A
January 25, 2019
Hand holding the electrochemical humidity control device prior to installation at the Statue of Liberty Museum.
EERE Success Story—DOE Small Business Innovation Research Award Winner Installs Electrochemical Humidity Control Devices at Two U.S. Museums
Xergy Inc., a small company from Delaware, utilized SBIR funding under the authorization of DOE's BTO, to develop a novel microclimate control system.
June 5, 2018
idaho fire truck OEMR
EERE Success Story—Idaho Leads by Example by Reducing Energy in Rural Communities
OEMR utilized Petroleum Violation Escrow funds under the authorization of the Energy Department’s State Energy Program.
February 1, 2018
Variable capacity heat pumps.
Evaluating Moisture Control of Variable-Capacity Heat Pumps in Mechanically Ventilated, Low-Load Homes in Climate Zone 2A
This Building America project identified several space-conditioning issues unique to high-performance homes that impact energy use and comfort.
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.
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.
July 31, 2017
Ventilation integrated comfort systems.
Development of a Ventilation Integrated Comfort System (VICS)
Steven Winter Associates have developed a fully integrated, smart space conditioning and ventilation solution for low-load dwellings.
December 22, 2016
Success Stories
EERE Success Story—Sowing the Seeds for Improved Home Energy Efficiency in Florida
A common obstacle to accelerating American investment in home energy efficiency is the up-front cost of home energy upgrades and other sustainable ...
December 13, 2016
Photo Courtesy | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Aeroseal and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Develop Technology to Find and Fill Building Energy Leaks

Many residential and commercial buildings leak air like sieves, wasting up to 40% of their heating and cooling energy. The primary reason for this...

December 9, 2016
Photo of a hose spraying on a home.
Aerosol Envelope Sealing in New Construction
In this project, researchers sought to optimize the integration of aerosol enveloping-sealing technology into the construction process.
December 8, 2016
Insulation wall on an affordable house.
Integrated Design: A High-Performance Solution for Affordable Housing
This project developed low-cost, highly efficient comfort system designs to enable homes in two of the largest affordable housing market segments.
December 6, 2016
Success Stories
EERE Success Story—L Prize™ Competition Drives LED Lighting Innovation, Energy Savings

As light-emitting diode (LED) performance continues to improve and prices continue to drop, adoption continues to increase. According to the latest...

December 5, 2016
Success Stories
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Toolkits Help Businesses Save Money from Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The toolkit integrates new and existing technical tools that give small and medium commercial buildings the ability to analyze and evaluate...

November 17, 2016
LED patient room lighting system. Photo Courtesy|Philips Lighting Research North America
EERE Success Story—Tunable LED Patient-Room Lighting Offers Energy Efficiency and More

Healthcare accounts for 9% of the energy used in U.S. commercial buildings, and lighting represents the largest electricity use in all of...

September 20, 2016
Man standing next to a refrigeration system at the laboratory.
EERE Success Story—New Advanced Refrigeration Technology Provides Clean Energy, Low Utility Bills for Supermarkets
EERE Success Story—New Advanced Refrigeration Technology Provides Clean Energy, Low Utility Bills for Supermarkets
August 4, 2016
BEMOSS deployment in Equipment Bureau building in Arlington, VA, for control of lighting circuits. Photo Courtesy: BEMOSS team, Virginia Tech
EERE Success Story—Software Platform Offers Underserved Smaller Buildings Sector an Innovative Solution for Cutting Energy Costs and Waste
For the past two years, a team of professors and graduate students at Virginia Tech, in close consultation with industry, have been developing BEMO...
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 21, 2016
Success Stories
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 13, 2016
Photo Courtesy | Lumileds
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
June 7, 2016
QM Power discusses the company's new refrigeration motor with a supermarket. (Source: QM Power)
EERE Success Story—Revolutionary Refrigeration Motor Slashes Supermarket Energy Usage
Thanks to a DOE Building Technologies Office funding award, QM Power is demonstrating its technology, called the Q-Sync fan motor, in supermarkets.