DOE Building Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement

BTO’s Emerging Technologies Program Issues Notice of Intent for Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). BTO will be seeking to develop innovative energy-efficient technologies, approaches, and design tools for residential and/or commercial buildings in the following areas:

Area of Interest 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings
These areas include developing approaches and technologies for any of the following:

  • HVAC
  • Water Heating
  • Lighting
  • Building envelope
  • Windows
  • Sensors and controls
  • Building energy modeling

Area of Interest 2: Innovative Sensors and Sensor Systems
These areas include developing open-architecture sensors and sensors systems offering:

  • Reductions in cost and power consumption for data collection of common building operation variables (temperature, pressure, relative humidity, etc.).
  • Open-source sensor packages that allow for data acquisition and transmission with increased lifespan between manual calibrations.
  • “Virtual sensors” enabled by innovative combinations of hardware and software.
  • Easily installed “plug and play” sensor packages in which sensors are automatically recognized by building energy management.

Area of Interest 3: Advanced Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers
These areas include developing advanced, energy-efficient electric clothes dryers (both vented and ventless) that serve to:

  • Increase the energy factor at or exceeding the maximum technical values as described in the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent rulemaking for clothes dryers.
  • Produce a simple payback of less than 5 years over a minimum efficiency standard unit.
  • Not increase drying times more than 20% over baseline units, and address lint in the air system.

Area of Interest 4: Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components
These areas include developing technologies under the following subtopics:

  • The transparent building envelope: Developing window technologies greater than the value of existing residential R7 window technologies (residential; cost premium less than $6/ft²) and greater than the value of existing commercial R5 window technologies (commercial; cost premium less than $3/ft²) that offer a visible transmittance greater than 0.6 (residential) or 0.4 (commercial).
  • The opaque building envelope: Developing building envelope thermal insulation material greater than R8/inch, at an installed cost premium of less than $0.30/ft². It can be added to either the exterior or interior walls in existing buildings, meet existing durability (fire, structure, moisture, acoustic code) requirements, and minimize occupant disturbance.
  • Not increase drying times more than 20% over baseline units, and address lint in the air system.

Read the full Notice of Intent here