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DOE Announces Grant for Energy Efficient Construction Technology Ideas

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced up to $33.5 million in grants for early-stage research and development of advanced building construction techniques to reduce energy bills.  

The funding opportunity announcement on May 3, 2019 from DOE “aims to develop deep energy retrofit and new construction technologies that tackle a combination of envelope, heating, cooling, water heating, and ventilation issues,” according to the agency’s website.

DOE noted that 118 million homes and 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S. account for approximately 40% of the nation’s total energy demand and use 75% of its electricity. It estimated that about half of America’s homes and commercial buildings were built before 1980 when most of today's more efficient products and building construction practices did not yet exist.

The DOE’s grant program is seeking solutions that achieve more affordable, deep energy savings in existing buildings. Up to 75% energy reduction is sought for major building loads such a space heating and cooling, water heating, and ventilation DOE said.  

In addition, it is seeking new construction technologies that focus on building design, construction, and installation (e.g., off-site manufacturing, robotics, digitization, automation, and improved modeling) to improve affordability, scalability, and performance of energy efficient building systems and methods. In this category DOE is looking for solutions leading to construction of new homes and buildings that are 50% more efficient compared to current code. There is special emphasis on making mobile homes significantly more efficient while keeping the same initial cost.

Finally, in the advanced technology integration category DOE is looking for field validation of new innovative technologies and building practices, workforce training, and service delivery methods suited to regional and/or local needs, including those related to building stock, regional climates and grid characteristics.

Applicants must submit their concept papers by June 10, 2019 in order to be eligible to submit a full application, which has a deadline in August. For more information, go to https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office.