Commercial Buildings and Energy Code Field Studies


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in high-risk, high-value research, development and deployment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. EERE, through the Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks to develop technologies, techniques, and tools for making buildings more energy efficient, productive, and affordable. BTO's strategic goal is to significantly improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings to reduce national energy demand and allow the nation to work toward greater energy independence and a cleaner environment. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is targeted specifically at research to increase energy savings and reduce consumer bills through improved compliance with building energy codes. The first and largest topic area for this FOA is to develop and test a methodology for identifying the commercial energy code requirements that can provide the maximum cost-effective energy and cost savings through increased compliance. The methodology will be tested in selected building types and climate zones. Quantifying those savings will create the foundations of a business case for private investors, particularly utilities, to fund programs aimed at increasing compliance. The empirical data to support such an investment does not currently exist. In general, a project will be successful if the methodology (a) provides accurate results at a cost that is affordable to states wishing to benchmark their energy code achievements and (b) it can be extrapolated to all commercial building types in all climate zones. Given state and local government limitations on funding and resources, the methodology is likely to be multi-tiered: the minimum effort required to produce valid results will be defined but a framework allowing for increasing levels of accuracy and comprehensiveness will also be developed. Providing state and local governments and utilities with an analytical framework for assessing the impact of codes and code compliance on energy performance will allow them to make quantitatively-based funding and action decisions. This will lead to increased investment in energy code support programs which will reduce homeowner and building owner’s energy bills. Two other topic areas included in this FOA are (1) The expansion of DOE’s residential single family energy code field methodology to low-rise multifamily buildings; and, (2) Exploration of energy code life-cycle impacts in municipal building portfolios. The full FOA is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere- after logging in to the system. Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Office: Golden Field Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 04/11/2016 at 5:00pm ET through EERE Exchange at
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
David B. Orens
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $400,000.00 to $2,800,000.00


Related Federal Grants

Federal Grants Resources