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December 18, 2014
The Research & Development Roadmap for Next-Generation Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants provides recommendations on R&D activities that will help accelerate the transition to low-GWP refrigerants across the entire HVAC&R industry.
Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Water Heating, Appliances, and Low-GWP Refrigerants

In Fall 2014, the Emerging Technologies Program released four roadmaps, providing BTO with recommendations for R&D activities to pursue and help aid in achieving BTO’s energy savings goals.

December 17, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Best Practices in Energy Data Collection, Tools for Water Use Reduction, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

December 10, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Residential Energy Efficiency, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development Risk Management, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

December 2, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on the Buildings of the Future Research Project, O&M Best Practices for Small PV Systems, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

November 25, 2014
Apply: Small Business Funding Opportunity for Lighting, Integrated Storage, and Distributed Generation

Letter of Intent Deadline: December 15, 2014
The Small Business Innovation Research program has announced its FY 2015 Phase 1 Release 2 topics, which include buildings-related topics: energy efficient solid-state lighting luminaires, products, and systems; and integrated storage and distributed generation for buildings.

November 19, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Overview of Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

November 14, 2014
On the roof of the Cummins plant, tour participants take a peek at a new 2 MW solar panel installation. From left to right: Dennis Phillips, the Jamestown Post Journal, Maria Vargas, DOE, Andre de Fontaine, DOE, Mike Abbate, Cummins.| Photo courtesy of Cummins Inc.
Revving up Energy Efficiency at the Cummins Plant in Jamestown, NY

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partner, Cummins Inc., is recognized for achieving 33% energy savings as a result of infrastructure upgrades and a new 2 MW solar rooftop

November 14, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Technology, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

November 13, 2014
Energy Department Announces $5 Million for Residential Building Energy Efficiency Research and University-Industry Partnerships

The Energy Department today announced a $5 million investment to develop and demonstrate new residential energy efficiency solutions, and that will support building energy efficiency research at universities and colleges.

November 13, 2014
Apply: Funding Opportunity - Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD)

The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of up to $1 million for the Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001167.

November 12, 2014
Apply: Funding Opportunity - Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation

Deadline for Concept Papers: December 12, 2014?
The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Residential Buildings Integration Program has announced the availability of up to $4 million in 2015 for the Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001117.

November 6, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Davis-Bacon Act Compliance, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

November 5, 2014
High Impact Technology - Request for Information

Deadline for submission: December 30, 2014
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration has announced a Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001226, “High Impact Commercial Building Technology.”

November 3, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on High Impact Building Technologies, a New Better Buildings Resource, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

October 28, 2014
Energy Department's New Buildings Solution Center Shares Proven Strategies for Energy Efficiency Programs

The Energy Department today released a new resource, the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center, to share proven methods for reducing energy waste and carbon emissions in U.S. buildings.

October 23, 2014
Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve Energy Efficiency of Hotels, Hospitals, Offices and other Commercial Buildings

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to double energy productivity by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings, the Energy Department today announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and other types of commercial buildings.

October 23, 2014
Apply: Funding Opportunity - Advancing Solutions to Improve Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings

Deadline for Concept Papers: November 22, 2014
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration Program has announced the availability of nearly $9 million for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001168, “Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings.”

October 23, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Tribal Renewable Energy, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

October 16, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Zero Energy Ready Homes, Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Fuel Cell Applications, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

October 15, 2014
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.’s Supercharger could break open a major new market for heat pumps: cold climates. Here, MSI engineers Peter Chapman and Andrew Rogers monitor a Supercharger test in progress.
How a Small Business is Transforming the Cold Climate Heating Market

Working with Mechanical Solutions, Inc., a small business in New Jersey, the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office has found a potential solution for cold climate heating: a Supercharger that allows heat pumps to efficiently operate in the coldest U.S. climates, with zero backup heat.

October 15, 2014
ORNL buildings researchers Jibonananda Sanyal, left, and Joshua New are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use.
ORNL Researchers Develop ‘Autotune’ Software to Make it Quicker, Easier, and Cheaper to Model Energy Use of Buildings

ORNL buildings researchers have developed automated, or “Autotune,” calibration software, which reduces the amount of time and expertise needed to optimize building parameters for cost and energy savings.

October 14, 2014
Apply: Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D - 2015 Funding Opportunity

Deadline for Concept Papers: November 14, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D funding opportunity on October 14, 2014, titled Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D – 2015, DE-FOA-0001171.

October 10, 2014
Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Improved Next Generation HVAC Systems

The Energy Department today announced nearly $8 million to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning technologies.

October 9, 2014
EERE has codified minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment.
EERE Efficiency Expert Nominated for American Service Award

Here at EERE, within our Building Technologies Office, the Appliance Standards Program works to save American consumers money while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by overseeing minimum energy conservation standards for 60 categories of appliances. The man who has led these efforts since 2010 is John Cymbalsky, who was recently recognized for his efforts as a finalist for the 2014 Science and Environment Medal at the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, commonly known as the Sammies.

October 8, 2014
Shuji Nakamura, founder of Soraa, was one of three scientists to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. | Photo courtesy of Soraa.
Energy-Department Supported Scientist Receives Nobel Prize for Blue Light LED

This week, three scientists—two from Japan and one from the United States—received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the LED light. The trifecta, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, earned the prestigious award specifically for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. The American scientist, Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer in the lighting industry, is the founder of LED company Soraa, which has a history of working with the Department of Energy—both through EERE and our Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)—on the subject of blue light diodes.