New Opportunities to Improve Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

April 8, 2010

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce energy use in new and existing commercial buildings by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), commercial building owners, operators, and technical experts can join DOE's Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) initiative. Three DOE national laboratories—the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)—will manage this new effort, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In support of this new CBP initiative, the national laboratories will issue two opportunities for commercial businesses in mid-April 2010. Specifically, they are seeking:

  • Commercial building owners and operators interested in constructing new buildings or retrofitting existing buildings so that the buildings are significantly more energy-efficient than the current building stock.
  • Technical Expert Teams and Measurement and Verification Technical Contractors to assist with CBP. Technical Expert Teams need to provide a broad range of technical expertise including all or some of the following areas: architectural, HVAC and controls, daylighting, lighting, energy modeling, building auditing and data collection, cost estimation, and commissioning expertise.

About Commercial Building Partnerships

CBP accelerates the deployment of energy efficiency measures by teaming commercial building owners and operators (Participants) with laboratory researchers and private-sector technical experts to provide technical expertise to Participants in the design, construction, and validation of low-energy building designs. Participants benefit by learning about cost-effective energy saving measures that they can apply across their extensive building portfolios. Bringing private-sector technical experts into the process to assist Participants further increases the likelihood that the energy efficiency measures and strategies used in CBP projects will move into the marketplace quickly and cost effectively.

In addition, each CBP building project will be documented in publicly available case studies. This detailed documentation will make it straightforward for building owners and operators outside of the CBP initiative to benefit from the work.

Here are the details for building owners, building operators, and technical experts interested in getting involved with CBP.

Call for Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Projects

Commercial building owners and operators can submit planned new or retrofit commercial building projects that will achieve significant energy savings by responding to the Call for Projects. Successful applicants will work with researchers at the national laboratories and with private-sector technical experts under contract to the national laboratories to achieve energy goals. Participants will receive no direct funding, but will have access to the technical expertise of both national laboratory personnel and private-sector technical experts.

An online application is expected to be available on April 19, 2010, and completed applications will be due by May 10, 2010. Those interested in applying are urged to begin considering planned building projects to submit. Note that this is a competitive process and not all projects will be selected.

Request for Proposal from Commercial Building Technical Experts

Private-sector technical experts interested in helping Participants achieve the CBP energy saving goals can respond to the technical experts' request for proposals, which is expected to be available on April 19, 2010. The deadline for submitting a proposal will be May 10, 2010. Those interested in applying as part of a Technical Expert Team are urged to begin consolidating team members. Note that this is a competitive process and not all technical experts will be selected.

Learn more about Commercial Building Partnerships and these new opportunities.