Building Technologies Office Announces $12 Million to Advance Energy Efficiency in Small Commercial Buildings

March 8, 2013

In support of the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program has announced the availability of up to $12 million dollars to support new integrated solutions for delivering energy efficiency in small commercial buildings  measuring 50,000 sq. ft. or smaller. In total, there are 4.6 million small buildings across the nation, comprising over 90 percent of the commercial building stock.

There are a number of barriers for both new and existing small commercial buildings to achieve energy efficiency including lack of information for buildings this size; technical, policy, financial, and business challenges impeding the uptake of rapid and scalable cost effective solutions; and the ability to overcome gaps between building science research, demonstration and broad market deployment.
 
Solutions developed under this initiative would deliver energy savings of at least 20% for existing buildings and meet or exceed the Architecture 2030 50% Challenge targets for new construction. The funding will accelerate the design and development of innovative technical and market solutions that can be applied at a national level. Projects will be executed through a collaborative approach; integrating research, demonstration, and deployment models to develop innovative solutions such as technologies, methods, and strategies for the small buildings sector.

Project teams will give emphasis to specific market orientation; bridging the gap between research, field demonstration and full market acceptance, to significantly increase the efficiency of small commercial buildings. These investments will advance research, demonstration, and deployment efforts focused on small commercial buildings to further help American businesses cut costs, reduce energy use, and increase their competiveness.

As part of this initiative, the CBI will award up to $12 million dollars over 3 years in incremental, performance-based 1-year budget periods.  The Department anticipates making approximately 6-12 awards under this initiative

Read more information and review application requirements for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000829).

Please join the Building Technologies Office for a webinar on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 for an overview of the Better Buildings: Commercial Energy Efficiency Solutions Funding Opportunity Announcement. Space is limited; after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

• Webinar Name: DOE Building Technologies Office Better Buildings: Commercial Energy Efficiency Solutions Funding Announcement
• Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
• Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM MDT
• Register:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/195488177