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From Green Right Now Reports

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.

The 58 projects were chosen to help make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective, officials said. They will also support programs to train workers to service and operate new and existing buildings, to develop and deploy best practices resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and to establish a green workforce with technical expertise to reduce energy costs for consumers.

“These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement. “Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy.”

Governments statistics show that the nation’s 114 million households and more than 74 million square feet of commercial floor space account for approximately 40 percent of U.S. primary energy consumption, as well as 39 percent of carbon dioxide, 18 percent of nitrogen oxides, and 55 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions.

Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technology Projects:

These 45 awards for advanced energy-efficient building technology projects will receive over $68.4 million and will be leveraged with more than $31.4 million in funding from private industry, for a total project value of nearly $100 million. Projects have been selected in the following five areas:
Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications, and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings ($22,497,833 total Federal share) -Twelve projects will focus on transforming the design, operation, and maintenance of both new and existing buildings.

  • Analysis, Design, and Technical Tools ($5,969,682 total Federal share) – Five projects will focus on improving the capability to simulate complex interactions between building elements, including climate, envelope heat and moisture transfer, internal heat gains, lighting power, HVAC equipment, controls, thermal and visual comfort, and energy costs.
  • Building Envelope and Windows ($22,807,255 total Federal share) – Fourteen projects will focus on improving the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings through technology advances in windows and envelope components, which are necessary to achieve significant energy savings and performance.
  • Residential and Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research ($11,144,592 total Federal share) – Ten projects will focus on dramatically increasing the efficiency of HVAC systems and pursuing technologies that apply to both air conditioning and refrigeration.
  • Water Heating, Residential, and Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads ($6,033,246 total Federal share) – Four projects will focus on increasing the efficiency of water heating equipment and reducing miscellaneous electric loads.

The energy-efficient building technology projects selected include:

Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings: 12 selections
Organization City, State DOE Funding Total Project Value
University of California Berkeley, CA $1,987,674 $2,363,148
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA $1,987,025 TBD
United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, CT $1,866,627 $2,333,284
United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, CT $1,998,766 $2,498,457
Emerson Electric Company St. Louis, MO $1,650,838 $2,110,965
National Semiconductor Corporation Annapolis Junction, MD 20710-1118 $1,998,125 $4,297,045
Honeywell International, Inc. Golden Valley, MN $1,828,261 $2,285,326
Siemens Corporate Research Princeton, NJ $1,418,847 $1,773,574
Philips Electronics North America Corporation Briarcliff Manor, NY $2,192,713 $2,740,892
Verified Energy, LLC Rochester, NY $1,568,957 $2,562,781
Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, WI $2,000,000 $3,211,800
Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, WI $2,000,000 $3,317,734

Analysis, Design and Technical Tools: 5 selections
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL $552,338 $690,428
Cornell University Ithaca, NY $1,660,468 TBD
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY $560,296 $702,354
University of Washington Seattle, WA $1,196,580 $1,317,616
Eaton Corporation Milwaukee, WI $2,000,000 $2,500,000

Building Envelope and Windows: 14 selections
Soladigm, Inc. Milpitas, CA $3,467,541 $5,779,236
Southwall Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA $1,429,326 $1,786,656
Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA $1,999,515 $3,999,330
EverSealed Windows, Inc. Evergreen, CO $2,169,327 $2,521,257
Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI $2,955,156 $5,910,312
Dow Corning Corporation Midland, MI $1,241,120 $1,551,399
Pleotint, LLC West Olive, MI $402,547 $805,095
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. Faribault, MN $1,633,301 $2,041,627
3M Company St. Paul, MN $1,966,611 $3,575,657
Syntroleum Corporation Tulsa, OK $1,009,300 $1,261,600
Traco Delaware, Inc. Cranberry Township, PA $1,317,819 $2,635,638
Quanta Technologies, Inc. Malvern, PA $853,962 $1,912,537
Industrial Science & Technology Network, Inc. York, PA $2,005,139 $2,709,647
CPFilms, Inc. Fieldale, VA $356,591 $564,982

Residential and Commercial HVAC, and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research: 10 selections
University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK $617,583 $771,988
PAX Streamline, Inc. Novato, CA $2,000,000 $3,689,397
United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, CT $1,998,439 $2,498,049
Chemtura Corporation Middlebury, CT $1,452,140 $1,930,540
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL $256,461 $320,576
Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc. Urbana, IL $1,010,611 $1,263,268
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN $1,331,435 $1,606,435
TIAX, LLC Cambridge, MA $760,383 $950,478
General Electric Niskayuna, NY $1,471,291 $1,961,723
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI $246,249 $326,927

Water Heating, Residential and Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads: 4 selections
TIAX, LLC Cambridge, MA $954,931 $1,193,662
Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI $2,042,700 $3,963,600
Porticos, Inc. Morrisville, NC $1,682,532 $2,118,427
Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc. Unicoi, TN $1,353,083 $1,756,184

Training Program Development for Commercial Buildings Efficiency Experts:
To achieve the full potential of energy-efficient – and eventually net-zero energy – buildings, the United States needs commercial building experts who know how to properly run and tune building heating and cooling systems. The combination of efficient operations and advanced design will improve the internal building environment, including energy use, comfort, safety, and environmental impact.

The 13 projects selected today to receive up to $7.6 million to develop training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy commissioning agents and auditors will leverage nearly $1.5 million in private industry cost share, for a total project value of nearly $9.1 million.

The training projects selected include:

Organization City, State DOE Funding Total Project Value
Building Equipment Technicians: 4 Selections
International Union of Operating Engineers Washington, DC $748,744 $748,744
Gas Technology Institute Des Plaines, IL $448,405 $473,405
Texas A&M University College Station, TX $749,037 $749,037
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Seattle, WA $549,169 $927,300

Building Operators: 4 Selections
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC $589,843 $589,843
The Research Foundation of the City College of New York New York, NY $422,528 $472,528
University of Turabo Gurabo, PR $335,745 $335,745
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI $934,712 $934,712

Building Energy Commissioning Agents/Auditors: 5 Selections
Association of Energy Engineers Atlanta, GA $462,000 $462,000
University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE $405,741 $405,741
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ $468,495 $468,495
Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. Portland, OR $749,153 $1,573,189
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI $740,364 $960,364

View the detailed project descriptions of award winners (PDF – 116 kb).

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