This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

July 30, 2014

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

The Energy Department on July 24 announced up to $6 million in funding to demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon emissions.

The projects announced will generate data, case studies, and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy-efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building-energy-use-optimization software, more efficient fan motors for commercial refrigerators, and advanced lighting controls.

The selected projects are:

  • enVerid Systems of Houston, Texas, will retrofit building ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants such as carbon dioxide.

  • BuildingIQ, Inc. of Foster City, California, will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings using a cloud-based software application that runs on top of existing building automation systems.

  • Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships of Lexington, Massachusetts, will implement advanced lighting controls that turn off or dim lights not in use.

  • QM Power, Inc., of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has developed high-efficiency fan motors often used in commercial refrigeration systems.

In 2013, commercial buildings consumed about 20% of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18% of total U.S. carbon emissions. See the Energy Department news release and the Building Technologies Office website.