The US Energy Department has announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster. The Energy Department seeks proposals from industry, regional organizations, non-profits, utilities, and similar organizations. Applicant teams will develop a plan to demonstrate and deploy selected technologies at regional or national scale.
The funding opportunity supports energy use and carbon emissions reducing technologies in commercial buildings like sub-metering; plug load strategies; open refrigerated display case retrofits; daylighting; shading; advanced compressor rack and refrigerant systems; and retro-commissioning strategies and technologies. The funding will back the testing and validation of technology performance in real buildings, as well as the creation of materials to help building owners, designers, service providers, and energy efficiency program managers to gain a broader understanding of these energy-saving solutions.