CEE a partner in one of three projects to receive $3.7M from U.S. Dept of Energy

Aug 17, 2016

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the U.S. Energy Department has announced three projects to receive a total of $3.7 million to study the effects of improving the implementation of commercial building energy codes. The funded projects will aim to provide field-tested data and develop repeatable methodologies for improving compliance and benchmarking. 

Among the selected projects, CEE is a key partner in the DOE's grant to Ecotope, a nationally recognized energy efficiency and renewable technologies firm based in Seattle. With support from CEE and fellow collaborators Seventhwave and The Energy Conservatory, the Ecotope team will conduct field studies in low-rise multifamily buildings to develop a reliable, streamlined approach to identify energy- and cost-saving opportunities through better code compliance. The team will perform field studies in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, and Illinois. CEE will assist with protocol development and will also carry out project activities in Minnesota. 

This project expands BTO's residential sector field work into the low-rise multifamily buildings sector. Per the DOE's official grant announcement, a well-structured methodology will provide the basis for increased investment in energy code and support energy efficiency programs. And tools that are developed will be made available to state and local jurisdictions to assess and track energy code compliance and implementation, and should lead to increased code compliance rates. 

The mission of the DOE's Building Energy Codes Program is to support building energy code development, adoption, implementation and enforcement processes to achieve the maximum practicable, cost-effective improvements in energy efficiency while providing safe, healthy buildings for occupants.

Read the DOE's full news release

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