Media: DOE Announces Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies Funding Awards

Feb 5, 2019

From the Department of Energy:

The Building Technologies Office announced it is investing up to $19.5 million in 19 projects that will drive innovation in early-stage research and development for advanced building technologies and systems that will serve as a foundation for future technological developments and reductions in building energy consumption. These technologies will improve the efficiency of our nation’s buildings and will help American consumers and businesses save energy and money on their utility bills.

“Technological innovations enable energy-efficiency advances in the buildings sector, providing a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy waste and costs – boosting the competitiveness of U.S. companies and easing energy bills for American families,” said David Nemtzow, director of the Building Technologies Office. “As buildings account for 40% of the energy consumption in the United States, these efficiency innovations allow us to further improve upon past progress.”

The BENEFIT FOA awards were distributed among six research topic areas, which include technologies that can significantly improve building energy efficiency in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), water heating, and appliances, and building envelope applications; developing highly insulating building envelope materials and windows, novel approaches to building energy modeling and sensors and controls; testing next-generation building systems and equipment in real-world conditions; and significantly improving the energy efficiency of natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment...

...The Center for Energy and Environment (Minneapolis, MN): “The Integration of Wi-Fi Location-Based Sensing to Optimize Energy Efficient Commercial Building Operations.” The research team will integrate beacon-based wi-fi location-based services into existing buildings to verify their energy savings and maintenance, commissioning, and integration requirements, as well as other building information...

Read the original news release from the U.S. Department of Energy