U.S. Department of Energy Issues High Impact Commercial Building Technology Request for Information

U.S. Department of Energy
Advances in commercial building technologies can enable the cost-effective delivery of new buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Program has announced a Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001226, “High Impact Commercial Building Technology.”

BTO has developed the High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst, a framework for accelerating the voluntary adoption of high impact, cost-effective, energy-saving, and underutilized commercial building technology.  Advances in commercial building technologies can enable the cost-effective delivery of new buildings and retrofits that significantly reduce commercial building energy consumption, lowering costs for consumers of business goods and services, freeing up money for business investments and creating new jobs. In 2014 BTO evaluated and prioritized more than 400 potential high impact technologies with feedback provided by national research laboratories, academics, other federal agencies, regional energy efficiency organizations, and utilities. The HIT priority list for this year includes the following technologies:

  • LED Troffers with Controls
  • Packages of Building Management and Information Systems (including submetering, control and automated fault detection, and diagnostics)
  • Auto Sash Fume Hoods for Laboratories
  • Shading Attachments and Awnings
  • Refrigeration Controls & Display Case Retrofits
  • Heat Pump Water Heaters

The HIT priority list is posted on the new High Impact Technology Catalyst website.

This RFI seeks inputs from interested parties including technology providers and technology end-users (such as building owner/operators) for the next annual review of HITs. Information produced through this RFI will enable CBI to 1) prime the market for high impact technologies currently under development; 2) develop a pipeline of underutilized, high impact technologies ready for market; 3) better understand market potential, interest and readiness; and 4) connect technology providers with demonstration hosts, distributors, end users, and tools to assist in the acceleration of market uptake.

Please review the RFI (DE-FOA-0001226) for instructions on how to submit responses. Please do not submit proprietary or confidential information. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE will not accept any applications or solicitations in response to this RFI. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to[email protected] no later than 5:00pm (ET) on December 30, 2014.

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