Secretary Bodman Announces $40 Million in Funding for Efficient Housing Research
June 14, 2007
On June 13, Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced a funding opportunity of up to $40 million to support research, development and deployment of technologies for energy efficient homes. The selected projects are expected to help save 30%–90% of the energy currently used in homes. The goal is to bring new energy efficient products to the market, incorporate innovations into home design, cut construction time, limit waste and improve builder productivity. DOE expects to select 4–8 applications.
Subject to Congressional appropriations, investment for these cost-shared projects would total $50 million, with applicants expected to provide 20% of the overall funding ($10 million). Funding would begin in fiscal year 2008 and continue through fiscal year 2012. This opportunity is part of DOE's Building America project, which seeks to enable the cost-effective production of zero-energy homes that annually produce as much energy as they use by 2020. See the funding opportunity announcement.