The News [HVACR Contractors Weekly News Magazine]:
Small-medium building sector and homebuilders are under-resourced when it comes to energy efficiency.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14 million in funding for projects to significantly increase the efficiency of U.S. homes and buildings. These projects are designed to cut energy costs while leading to greater demand for new building products and technologies.
“The small-medium commercial sector and homebuilding industry are critical to the American economy, but under-resourced when it comes to energy efficiency,” said Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency. “These efficiency solutions will allow us to build better, healthier homes and significantly improve our nation’s existing building stock, cutting energy bills for American consumers and businesses.”
Through the Commercial Buildings Integration program, DOE will make six awards for up to $8.4 million to nationally scale-up replicable, energy-efficient solutions for small and medium office buildings, apartments, stores, restaurants, and businesses.
These new partners will implement deep retrofit and workforce training programs, spur adoption of advanced energy-efficient technologies, and initiate efficiency programs for small businesses in low-income communities. The projects will improve the efficiency of at least 2,600 buildings nationwide, leverage almost $17 million in partner resources, and create nearly 500 jobs.
The city of Seattle will reduce the city’s energy costs by $1.5 million annually by training local building operations professionals to more effectively tune up buildings to improve their efficiency.
The projects selected for funding are:
- The city of Seattle will reduce the city’s energy costs by $1.5 million annually by training local building operations professionals to more effectively tune up buildings to improve their efficiency.
- Institute for Market Transformation (Washington, District of Columbia) will partner with local chambers of commerce to help small business landlords and tenants improve the energy efficiency of more than 400 leased buildings.
- Association of Bay Area Governments (Oakland, California) will perform large-scale building energy modeling analysis in nine Bay Area counties to target small businesses that will achieve the most cost-effective, deep energy retrofits.
- NextEnergy (Detroit) will spur the adoption of advanced lighting control solutions in small and medium commercial buildings. The group will train 100 contractors in simplified installation methods, develop a model for streamlined utility incentives, and educate consumers.
- Lime Energy (Newark, New Jersey) will complete more than 1,000 retrofit projects in low-income communities in the Buffalo, Houston, Orlando, and Memphis areas. The results will create 60 jobs and generate $30 million in economic activity.