Energy & Advocacy News

>>Energy Department Invests $4 Million to Strengthen Building America Industry Partnerships
The Energy Department on May 5 announced $4 million to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes. The Energy Department's Building America program develops cutting-edge innovations and resources with industry partners to spur the residential buildings market to adopt energy efficiency measures that will provide 50% savings in new homes by 2025 and 40% savings in existing homes by 2030.

For example, the University of Central Florida of Orlando, Florida, will study advanced whole-house residential construction practices for production builders that can achieve 50% whole-house energy savings compared with houses built to code in hot and humid climates. And Integrated Building and Construction Solutions will investigate a proposed Thermal Comfort Rating Method, which will be applied to an innovative plug-and-play heating, ventilation, and air conditioning distribution system design.

For these Building America projects, teams will focus on developing and implementing solutions to three inter‐related core technical challenges:
high-performance building envelope assemblies and systems
optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control
and high-performance ventilation systems and other strategies for indoor air quality.
See the Energy Department news release.


>>U.S. DOE Building America Update
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Update newsletter is now available.
Read this issue to learn about: 

>Building America teams Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions (ARIES) and the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership, pioneers in innovative building technologies
>Results from the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition
>New funding from DOE for Building America team partnerships
>May 20 Building America webinar: Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations
>New Building America Code Compliance Brief for continuous rigid Insulation for cladding/furring attachment
>Call for abstracts for Buildings XIII Conference—Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes, due May 29, 2015
>2015 Housing Innovation Award application period open through May 31, 2015
>Upcoming new features for Building America Solution Center: improved navigation, checklists, Building Science Sales Tool
>Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website
>Call for entries for the 2015 GreenBuilder magazine Home of the Year Awards
>Residential success stories highlighting ARIES and NorthernSTAR team projects
>Building America in the news
>The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!
Read the full issue for the latest news and information from Building America.