On July 16,2021, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on behalf of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) entitled, “Advanced Building Construction (ABC) – 2021.” This FOA would fund research that could accelerate the renovation and construction of affordable, appealing, and energy-efficient buildings to ensure America has a carbon-neutral building economy by 2050.
There are almost 129 million non-industrial buildings in the United States that collectively use 75% of the nation’s electricity and 40% of its energy. Energy use in our buildings is responsible for 35% of our country’s carbon dioxide emissions. To achieve the Biden Administration’s 2050 goal of a carbon-neutral building economy, the energy efficiency of our building stock must improve significantly.
This FOA, developed in support of BTO’s Advanced Building Construction Initiative, will seek R&D projects that can accelerate energy efficiency upgrades and benefit all Americans–including underserved communities. ABC seeks innovations that:
- result in high-performance, low-carbon buildings with lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality, improved comfort, and reduced maintenance;
- deliver faster building renovations with less disruption to building occupants; and,
- incorporate modernized construction and manufacturing techniques to drive down costs and scale production of both low carbon new buildings and retrofit components.