Current commercially available insulation materials yield R-6 per inch or less with no major improvements in thermal performance since the 1970s. In collaboration with Firestone Building Products and NanoPore, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) team led by Kaushik Biswas and Andre Desjarlais continues to research prototype composite foam boards with modified atmosphere insulation (MAI) cores.
Join us in the fight to eliminate building energy waste. BTO, five national laboratories, and a dozen industry partners are working to solve some pretty big challenges in building technology and we need your input.
If you are interested in science and technology, or work in these areas, we want to hear from you!
Take a look at the each of our current calls for innovation and share your thoughts and ideas:
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to helping families across the U.S. save money by saving energy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced winners of its third annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a collegiate competition engaging university students to design zero energy ready homes.
Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.
A Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home so energy efficient that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. Zero energy ready homeowners from across the U.S. discuss what they love about their homes.
ORNL and Sheetak, Inc. have developed prototypes of a novel thermoelectric (TE) clothes dryer that is energy efficient and has a potentially short payback period. The solid-state heat pump technology is expected to deliver an energy factor greater than 6 lb/kWh, a major improvement over current electric resistance dryers, which perform at only 3.73 lb/kWh.
OpenStudio Measures are short programs that can be used to transform models, create custom visualizations and reports, and automate modeling workflows. OpenStudio users are writing Measures to improve their own processes and their services.
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to nine open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner.
This past week, the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program, along with our four other sister programs in the Building Technologies Office (BTO), hosted one of our most important events of the year – Peer Review.
Or, well maybe not that long ago and a little closer to home ... two federal programs with building sustainability and efficiency goals in mind came together in a partnership that would blossom from idea into a new valuable and efficient initiative benefiting both private and public sector entities.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office - as part of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative - is supporting research into new technologies that could substantially cut the energy and cost of refrigeration.
The home improvement market represents $150 billion in annual investment, with more than 14 million projects that involve replacement or upgrades of heating and cooling systems, windows, siding and roofs, insulation, and other measures.
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the publication of a high-impact, informational resources toolkit through its Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator developed in partnership with 18 cities and utilities across the nation.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department honoring 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
Hourly energy modeling—and specifically DOE’s advanced hourly energy modeling engine EnergyPlus—is poised to assume a greater role in residential energy modeling and energy efficiency. A turning point took place several weeks ago, when RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) announced that it will move its popular HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index toward a centralized single-source implementation based on EnergyPlus.
The Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition traveled to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the first-ever Allegheny Region contest. A team from the University of Pennsylvania, which has developed a data-drive model for predicting a building’s power consumption, was crowned the winner and took home the $50,000 prize. Teams from the University of Maryland, Drexel University, and Carnegie Mellon University also secured additional prize money.
The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program is seeking information from the public regarding lamps in general illumination applications.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 33 small businesses, including 4 businesses working on buildings related issues, to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resource to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program and Home Energy Information Accelerators work with partners across the nation and are making important progress in lowering the costs of energy upgrade programs, while improving overall program effectiveness and enhancing access to information on home energy performance for consumers.
Denver wins bid to host next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, in which student teams compete to design, build and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered houses.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.
Heating and air conditioning -- an $11 billion industry in America -- accounts for 5% of domestic energy use. A new technology showcased at the Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition has the potential to significantly cut down on appliance degradation and increase efficiency.