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Better Buildings Neighborhood Program

September/October 2013
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2013 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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August 30, 2013
DOE's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Initially, DOE made 25 awards to local governmental or nonprofit organizations in amounts ranging from $1.2 million to $40 million. Nine similar grantees from DOE's Formula Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and seven from DOE's State Energy Program (SEP) solicitation resulted in 41 Better Building grantees, with award allocations of $508,302,786 in funding for BBNP projects. This article summarizes a preliminary process and market effects evaluation of the BBNP that was conducted by a team led by Research Into Action and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). I was the project manager. The BBNP has three objectives:

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