NETL Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies BENEFIT - concept paper

Sponsor Deadline: 

Nov 5, 2020

Letter of Intent Deadline: 

Nov 5, 2020


DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy EERE Building Technologies Office

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Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2020
EERE exchange

The 2020 BENEFIT FOA will invest up to $80 million across 2 topic areas to allow all interested parties to research and develop high-impact technologies and practices that will improve energy productivity, improve flexibility, security and resilience, as well as lower energy costs.

  • Topic 1: Building Technology Research, Development and Field Validation: High-impact, affordable building technologies to improve energy productivity and demand flexibility without negatively impacting occupant comfort.
  • Subtopic 1.1: Advancing Innovative Manufacturing and End-of-Life Processing of Efficient Building Energy Technologies
  • Subtopic 1.2: Thermal Storage R&D and Field Validation
  • Subtopic 1.3: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning R&D and Field Validation
  • Subtopic 1.4: Refrigeration, Water Heating R&D and Field Validation
  • Subtopic 1.5: Integrated HVAC, Refrigeration and Water Heating R&D and Field Validation
  • Subtopic 1.6: Appliances R&D and Field Validation
  • Subtopic 1.7: Lighting Technology R&D and Field Validation
  • Subtopic 1.8: Energy and Demand Data, Modeling, and Analytics
  • Subtopic 1.9: Comprehensive Electric Load Optimization
  • Topic 2: Advanced Building Construction: Building envelope R&D and field validation as well as integration of technological and other advances into mass-produced building practices for manufactured homes and modular classrooms, including training issues such as improving quality installations and quality control.
    • Subtopic 2.1: Mass Produced Highly Efficient Manufactured Homes and Portable Classrooms
    • Subtopic 2.2: Building Envelope R&D and Field Validation - Windows; Low Thermal Conductivity Insulation; Advanced Robotics, Tools, and Methods for Retrofits
    • Subtopic 2.3: Advanced Workforce for Advanced Technology - Building Engineering Education Programs; Training and Certification Programs; Continuing Education