Building America Industry Partnerships and Research Priorities for High Performance Housing Innovation - 2018 The mission of BTO’s Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) Program is to accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using
an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance.
The RBI Program’s market outcome goal is to reduce, by 2025, the energy used for space conditioning and water heating in single-family homes by 40% from 2010 levels.
RBI’s focus on space conditioning and water heating offers the best opportunities for influencing residential energy use.
With this FOA, RBI will select building science project teams in 2018 for the Building America Program to accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach, and achieve optimal home energy performance.
These Building America teams will work with industry partners and real world homes to develop and validate technologies and practices that achieve optimal energy and cost performance while effectively managing related risks (e.g., indoor air quality and moisture durability).
This FOA builds on work begun in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Building America FOAs, and is focused primarily on addressing remaining gaps and objectives in the Building America Research-to-Market Plan.
Building America seeks to fund projects with a high potential for significant impact.
Successful applicants will present a relevant problem statement, compelling hypothesis, and effective research question(s) to be answered or technology/practice to be developed/validated with the proposed project.
Successful applications will also include a well-developed plan for answering the research questions or developing/validating the innovative technology/practice, and will describe a clear and compelling rationale linking successful project outcomes to lasting impact in the housing industry.
Teams should have strong partnerships with affected industry stakeholders, such as builders, remodelers, and/or manufacturers.
This FOA has three (3) topics, described below.
Applicants may submit multiple applications, but each individual application must be submitted to either Topic 1, Topic 2 or Topic 3, but not all.
Applications will be evaluated using the technical review criteria of the selected topic.
Topic 1 - Baseline In-situ Fault Analysis in Residential Comfort Systems Topic 2 - Integration of Advanced Residential Envelope and HVAC Systems Topic 3 - Gap Analysis of Building Industry Standard Practices The full Funding Opportunity Announcement is published at EERE-Exchange.energy.gov.
For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001824 Building America FAQ Log in FOA Documents.
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The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA is scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2018 at 3:00PM ET.