09/01/2013

Small Buildings Get Energy Project Funding

The DOE is investing in schools, churches, restaurants, and others

 

Do you have a small building and limited capital for significant energy slashing projects? Federal funding may pave the way for your goals to be realized.

Six projects have been awarded $10 million from the DOE to help small commercial buildings implement energy efficiency projects. The goal of the project is to develop user-friendly tools and resources that can be easily deployed at any small building.

These properties are less than 50,000 square feet and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants, and grocery stores. In the U.S., commercial buildings – of which more than 90% fall into this size – consume about 20% of all energy.

Small buildings represent a sweet spot for slashes. For example, fast food restaurants have the potential to cut energy use by up to 45%, and a 10% reduction in energy costs can improve grocery stores’ profit margin by 16%, according to studies by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The projects that will receive funding include:

  • BlocPower – With $1.9 million, this New York-based firm will develop a crowd-sourcing website to help market, finance, and install retrofits for 1,500 small buildings in Boston, Cleveland, and Baltimore, among others.
  • EcoCity Partners – This Florida-based firm will design and offer pre-packaged technology retrofit options by building type, size, and climate zone. Using $322,978, the project will also evaluate property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for small buildings and aims to conduct audits and retrofits at 50 sites under a pilot program.
  • Ecology Action of Santa Cruz – A $2 million investment in this firm will leverage its network of contractors to use low-cost tools to implement deep energy retrofits and financing options at about 900 small buildings, 300 of which are in northern California.

For more information on how the DOE is helping buildings save energy, making businesses more competitive, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, visit www.energy.gov.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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