Energy Department Announces $5.5 Million to Accelerate Energy Performance Improvements in Residential Buildings

Posted by Stacy Hunt on November 15, 2016
Energy Department Announces $5.5 Million to Accelerate Energy Performance Improvements in Residential Buildings

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001630

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of $5.5 million for DE-FOA-0001630, “Building America 2017 Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation.”

RBI will select additional building science project teams in 2017 for the Building America Program to accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance. This FOA builds on work begun in the 2015 and 2016 Building America FOAs, and is focused primarily on addressing remaining gaps and objectives in the Building America Research to Market Plan.

This work will contribute to achieving RBI’s goal of reducing the energy use intensity of new homes by at least 60% and existing homes by at least 40%, relative to the 2010 average for homes in each of the seven climate zones, with a focus on reducing heating and cooling loads.

The FOA includes the following Areas of Interest:

Topic 1 focuses on selected objectives of the Building America Technology to Market Roadmaps, described in the Building America Research-to-Market Plan. These roadmaps address three integrated technology gaps focused on achieving high performance residential buildings and overcoming market barriers to adoption at scale.

Topic 2 involves a national baseline study of occupied homes built to current energy codes (e.g., IECC 2012/2015), to better characterize the indoor air quality of new U.S. homes. This information will lead to improved guidance, future standards and code changes, and help prioritize future IAQ research.

More information, submittal requirements, and instructions for applying to this funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001630) can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website. To be eligible for consideration, a concept paper must be submitted no later than 12/7/2016 5:00 PM ET. Questions about this FOA may be sent to


  • Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 12/7/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 2/1/2017 5:00 PM ET


Please join BTO’s Residential Buildings Integration Program for an overview of this funding opportunity. Register soon, space is limited.

  • November 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET


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