The U.S. Department of Energy has announced funding for $9 million in leading-edge building envelope technologies, including high-performance windows, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment.
This new investment supports six advanced manufacturing projects in California, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, and Tennessee that advance whole-home energy performance. Examples of the projects include:
--Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will develop and test highly insulated, easy-to-install windows that use automated shading that can capture or repel heat depending on the season.
In a typical residential or commercial building, about 42 percent of energy is lost through the building envelope, says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The new initiatives will help bring affordable technologies to market that address opportunities for improved building performance and cost savings, he says.