U.S. DOE Funding Early-Stage R&D On Building Technologies

Building envelope, energy management, and LED lighting are among the research areas to receive more than $40 million of funding.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $42 million in project selections to support early-stage research and development (R&D) of commercial building and residential technologies for energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a key driver of overall economic efficiency and part of DOE’s mission to increase energy affordability and energy security. The technology developed from these early-stage R&D projects is designed to help consumers and businesses save energy costs and drive domestic economic competitiveness.

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A total of 46 research teams were selected as a result of three fiscal year 2018 funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) issued by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Office. Major focus areas under each FOA include Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies; Solid State Lighting; and Building America. For more information on each of the projects selected in these three areas, click on the links below.

Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (19 selections for $19.5 million)

  • Advanced separation technologies for dehumidification
  • Innovative materials for thermal insulation
  • High performance windows
  • Advanced controls and automation in building energy management
  • Innovative technologies using natural gas

Solid State Lighting (11 selections for $11 million)

  • Core technology research for LEDs and organic LEDs (OLEDs)
  • Proof-of-concept and prototype development for LEDs and OLEDs
  • Advanced manufacturing R&D focuses on chemistry and physics of LED/OLED panel fabrication

Building America (16 selections for $11.5 million)

  • Development and validation of high performance residential envelope systems that provide moisture management and validation of high performance envelope specifications for performance and durability
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation and performance
  • Gap analysis of building industry standard practices