DOE Announces More Than $76 Million for Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technologies and Commercial Building Training Programs

June 17, 2010

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.

The 58 projects selected today will help make the nation's buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective. They will also support programs to train workers to service and operate new and existing buildings, to develop and deploy best practices resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and to establish a green workforce with technical expertise to reduce energy costs for consumers.

"These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies," Secretary Chu said. "Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy."

The Department of Energy also released today a new video that showcases the story of Greensburg, Kansas, a town devastated by a tornado in 2007, which came back to be one of the nation's most energy-efficient, sustainable communities. Many of the town's government buildings use cutting-edge energy-saving technologies, such as high-efficiency windows, lighting, and heating and ventilation systems, saving local taxpayer money. Greensburg has shown that any city can reach its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals today using widely available technologies. View the video to see how Greensburg was able to "build green."

The nation's 114 million households and more than 74 million square feet of commercial floor space account for approximately 40% of U.S. primary energy consumption, as well as 39% of carbon dioxide, 18% of nitrogen oxides, and 55% of sulfur dioxide emissions. These projects will help lower the energy demands and emissions of commercial buildings and promote a specialized, energy-efficient buildings workforce.

Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technology Projects

These 45 awards for advanced energy-efficient building technology projects will receive over $68.4 million and will be leveraged with more than $31.4 million in funding from private industry, for a total project value of nearly $100 million. Projects have been selected in the following five areas:

  • Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications, and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings ($22,497,833 total federal share): Twelve projects will focus on transforming the design, operation, and maintenance of both new and existing buildings.
  • Analysis, Design, and Technical Tools ($5,969,682 total federal share): Five projects will focus on improving the capability to simulate complex interactions between building elements, including climate, envelope heat and moisture transfer, internal heat gains, lighting power, HVAC equipment, controls, thermal and visual comfort, and energy costs.
  • Building Envelope and Windows ($22,807,255 total federal share): Fourteen projects will focus on improving the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings through technology advances in windows and envelope components, which are necessary to achieve significant energy savings and performance.
  • Residential and Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research ($11,144,592 total federal share): Ten projects will focus on dramatically increasing the efficiency of HVAC systems and pursuing technologies that apply to both air conditioning and refrigeration.
  • Water Heating, Residential, and Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads ($6,033,246 total federal share): Four projects will focus on increasing the efficiency of water heating equipment and reducing miscellaneous electric loads.

The energy-efficient building technology projects selected include:

Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings: 12 selections
Organization City, State DOE Funding Total Project Value
University of California Berkeley, California $1,987,674 $2,363,148
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California $1,987,025 TBD
United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, Connecticut $1,866,627 $2,333,284
United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, Connecticut $1,998,766 $2,498,457
Emerson Electric Company St. Louis, Missouri $1,650,838 $2,110,965
National Semiconductor Corporation Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20710-1118 $1,998,125 $4,297,045
Honeywell International, Inc. Golden Valley, Minnesota $1,828,261 $2,285,326
Siemens Corporate Research Princeton, New Jersey $1,418,847 $1,773,574
Philips Electronics North America Corporation Briarcliff Manor, New York $2,192,713 $2,740,892
Verified Energy, LLC Rochester, New York $1,568,957 $2,562,781
Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, Wisconsin $2,000,000 $3,211,800
Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, Wisconsin $2,000,000 $3,317,734
Analysis, Design and Technical Tools: 5 selections
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida $552,338 $690,428
Cornell University Ithaca, New York $1,660,468 TBD
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York $560,296 $702,354
University of Washington Seattle, Washington $1,196,580 $1,317,616
Eaton Corporation Milwaukee, Wisconsin $2,000,000 $2,500,000
Building Envelope and Windows: 14 selections
Soladigm, Inc. Milpitas, California $3,467,541 $5,779,236
Southwall Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, California $1,429,326 $1,786,656
Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, California $1,999,515 $3,999,330
EverSealed Windows, Inc. Evergreen, Colorado $2,169,327 $2,521,257
Dow Chemical Company Midland, Michigan $2,955,156 $5,910,312
Dow Corning Corporation Midland, Michigan $1,241,120 $1,551,399
Pleotint, LLC West Olive, Michigan $402,547 $805,095
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. Faribault, Minnesota $1,633,301 $2,041,627
3M Company St. Paul, Minnesota $1,966,611 $3,575,657
Syntroleum Corporation Tulsa, Oklahoma $1,009,300 $1,261,600
Traco Delaware, Inc. Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania $1,317,819 $2,635,638
Quanta Technologies, Inc. Malvern, Pennsylvania $853,962 $1,912,537
Industrial Science & Technology Network, Inc. York, Pennsylvania $2,005,139 $2,709,647
CPFilms, Inc. Fieldale, Virginia $356,591 $564,982
Residential and Commercial HVAC, and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research: 10 selections
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Arkansas $617,583 $771,988
PAX Streamline, Inc. Novato, California $2,000,000 $3,689,397
United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, Connecticut $1,998,439 $2,498,049
Chemtura Corporation Middlebury, Connecticut $1,452,140 $1,930,540
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida $256,461 $320,576
Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc. Urbana, Illinois $1,010,611 $1,263,268
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana $1,331,435 $1,606,435
TIAX, LLC Cambridge, Massachusetts $760,383 $950,478
General Electric Niskayuna, New York $1,471,291 $1,961,723
University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin $246,249 $326,927
Water Heating, Residential and Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads: 4 selections
TIAX, LLC Cambridge, Massachusetts $954,931 $1,193,662
Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, Michigan $2,042,700 $3,963,600
Porticos, Inc. Morrisville, North Carolina $1,682,532 $2,118,427
Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc. Unicoi, Tennessee $1,353,083 $1,756,184

Training Program Development for Commercial Buildings Efficiency Experts

To achieve the full potential of highly energy-efficient buildings, the United States needs commercial building experts who know how to properly run and tune building heating and cooling systems. The combination of efficient operations and advanced design will improve the internal building environment, including energy use, comfort, safety, and environmental impact.

The 13 projects selected today to receive up to $7.6 million to develop training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy commissioning agents and auditors will leverage nearly $1.5 million in private industry cost share, for a total project value of nearly $9.1 million.

The training projects selected include:

Organization City, State DOE Funding Total Project Value
Building Equipment Technicians: 4 Selections
International Union of Operating Engineers Washington, D.C. $748,744 $748,744
Gas Technology Institute Des Plaines, Illinois $448,405 $473,405
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas $749,037 $749,037
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Seattle, Washington $549,169 $927,300
Building Operators: 4 Selections
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina $589,843 $589,843
The Research Foundation of the City College of New York New York, New York $422,528 $472,528
University of Turabo Gurabo, Puerto Rico $335,745 $335,745
University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin $934,712 $934,712
Building Energy Commissioning Agents/Auditors: 5 Selections
Association of Energy Engineers Atlanta, Georgia $462,000 $462,000
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska $405,741 $405,741
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey $468,495 $468,495
Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. Portland, Oregon $749,153 $1,573,189
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, Wisconsin $740,364 $960,364

See the detailed project descriptions of award winners (PDF115 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

To learn more about advanced energy-efficient building technologies efforts at DOE, please visit the Building Technologies Program Web site.