WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster — helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.

DOE said commercial buildings consume more than 18 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of primary energy use annually, or about 18 percent of all the energy used in the nation in 2012. If building owners would adopt energy efficiency technologies, the annual energy consumption of commercial and industrial buildings could be reduced by 6 quads.

This funding opportunity supports the demonstration and deployment of technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in commercial buildings, including open refrigerated display case retrofits; advanced compressor rack and refrigerant systems; and retro-commissioning strategies and technologies. The funding will support the testing and validation of technology performance in real buildings, as well as the creation of materials to help building owners, designers, service providers, and energy efficiency program managers to gain a broader understanding of these energy-saving solutions.

DOE seeks proposals from industry, regional organizations, nonprofits, utilities, and similar organizations. Applicant teams will develop a plan to demonstrate and deploy selected technologies at a regional or national scale. For more information on this funding opportunity announcement, click here.

Publication date: 3/17/2014

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