Federal funding to support home energy improvement research

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest up to $11.5 million to support early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. 

With more than 118 million single-family, multifamily and mobile homes across the United States, the residential building sector accounts for 20.8 percent of the nation’s total energy consumption and 37.5 percent of all electricity consumption – costing consumers more than $177 billion in electricity bills annually.

The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is issuing a funding opportunity to select additional building science project teams for the Building America Program to study residential building performance and integrated building systems approaches to achieving optimal home energy performance.

“Building America has successfully reduced the nation’s energy costs and improved environmental health over its program history by bringing innovations in performance, quality, and comfort to American households,” said David Nemtzow, Building Technologies Office Director. “Investing in high-performance housing research helps the U.S. housing industry offer American families new energy and cost-saving opportunities while improving quality of life with more comfortable, healthier homes.”

The “Building America Industry Partnerships and Research Priorities for High-Performance Housing Innovation – 2018” funding opportunity builds on work that started in 2015.

BTO also supports research priorities in the residential buildings sector related to building energy codes. Further research in this area will help address current gaps, providing data and technical analysis around the market prevalence of key technologies and efficiency measures. This helps to inform future building technology research and development activities and building energy codes decision-making processes.

Under this funding opportunity, BTO focuses on three areas:

Baseline In-situ Fault Analysis in Residential Comfort Systems

This area addresses the need for a comprehensive field study to characterize the prevalence and severity of installation faults and resulting performance degradation of residential central ducted HVAC systems.

Integration of Advanced Residential Building Envelope and HVAC Systems

This topic focuses on selected objectives of the Building America Technology to Market Roadmaps, described in the Building America Research-to-Market Plan, including High-performance Moisture Managed Envelope Solutions, and Optimized Comfort Systems.

Gap Analysis of Building Industry Standard Practices

This topic focuses on research related to building industry standard practices. Construction practices vary significantly across the U.S., and there is often a shortage of information depicting how industry standards are applied in practice, including the influence of advancing technologies and construction practices. 

Letters of intent for funding are due May 25, 2018, and full applications are due June 11, 2018. 

More information, submittal requirements and instructions for applying for funding can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

 


Topics: Building Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Healthy Homes, Heating & Cooling, Thermal Envelope, Ventilation

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy


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