The Energy Department’s Building America program provides practical guidance and research to assist housing professionals transform our nation’s housing stock into energy-efficient, state-of-the-art models for businesses and homeowners. Applying building-science solutions will improve energy performance and quality of new and existing homes.
Since 2009, when the Energy Department seized a major opportunity to invest $5 billion through our Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to stimulate job growth and help families affected by the economic recession, we have improved the energy efficiency, comfort and health of more than 1.1 million homes across the nation.
With more than 120 participants, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge is making America more sustainable by transforming how organizations improve energy performance at facilities throughout the country all while saving money and creating jobs.
On December 2, 2013, the Department of Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector and to promote regional leadership on energy and climate change.
More information on strategic cooperation with Colombia can be found on this Fact Sheet.
South African Minister of Energy Benedict Martins and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman met December 2, 2013, in Washington, DC, for the fourth U.S.-South African Energy Dialogue, together with representatives of supporting U.S. and South African agencies. They reaffirmed the strong ongoing energy development in both nations -- including shale gas, civilian nuclear energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency --to meet our shared energy and climate goals, and the important role of private trade and investment in achieving those goals.