Buildings Up, Funding Opportunity by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Funding: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) is a capacity-building prize focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings through energy efficiency and efficient electrification.


Buildings intended for upgrades may include one or multiple residential or commercial building types(e.g., single family; multifamily; manufactured housing; K–12 schools; higher education; commercial realestate; hospitality; health care; retail, food service, and grocery; local government buildings; stategovernment buildings) and may be in a single community or include buildings across multiple geographiclocations.

Minimum Technology Requirements• Strategies that focus on installation of efficient electric heating and cooling equipment (i.e., heatpumps and/or heat pump water heaters, geothermal heat-pumps).• Strategies that include Weatherization and envelope improvements (e.g., insulation, air sealing,window improvements) where needed to reduce energy costs.

Additional strategies and technologies teams may incorporate into their initiatives include:• Efficient electric appliances• Electric vehicle chargers• On-site and community solar• Electric panel upgrades• Building controls• Energy storage.

Deadline to Apply: July 18, 2023, 5 p.m. EDTPhase 1 Concept Prize submission deadline

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