On June 17, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and training programs.
The funding will be given to selected projects that will help make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective. “These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies,” says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, “Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy.”
Since the nation’s 114 million households and 74 million square feet of commercial space account for 40% of U.S. energy consumption, advanced energy-efficient projects will certainly reduce the demand.
So who is getting the money? Projects were selected in five different categories:
- Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings – $22.5 million given to 12 projects to focus on transforming the design, operation and maintenance of both new and existing buildings. Organizations include: University of California in Berkeley, Honeywell, Siemens, Johnson Controls and more.
- Analysis, Design and Technical Tools – $ million given to 5 projects for improving building elements such as internal heat gains, lighting power, HVAC equipment, controls, thermal and visual comfort and energy costs. Organizations to receive money are: University of Central Florida, Cornell University, Syracuse University, University of Washington and Eaton Corporation.
- Building Envelope and Windows – $22.8 million given to 14 projects for improving the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings. Dow Chemical Company, Syntroleum Corporation and Quanta Technologies are just to name a few.
- Residential and Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research – $11.1 million given to 10 projects for dramatically increasing the efficiency of HVAC systems. Organizations include: University of Central Florida, Purdue University, General Electric, Chemtura Corporation and more.
- Water Heating, Residential, Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads – $6 million given to 4 projects for increasing the efficiency of water heating equipment. The money will be divided among TIAX, Whirlpool, Porticos and Stone Mountain Technologies.
See the DOE website for the full list of fund recipients. An additional $7.6 million will be given to develop training programs because the United States is in need of building experts who know how to properly run and tune building heating and cooling systems. With over twenty years of experience, Advanced Control Corporation is the industry leader in building automation, energy management, system integration, access control and CCTV solutions. As the finest controls company in South Florida, Advanced Control provides innovative building systems, cost-effective energy management, expert system integration and other comprehensive services.