In its first phase, Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) will award cash prizes and technical assistance to winning teams that develop innovative initiative models, leveraging billions in federal funding for energy efficiency and efficient electrification to accelerate building upgrades and achieve greenhouse gas reduction, equity, economic development, and health goals.
Upgrading existing buildings to efficiently run on clean energy will help address climate change. Efforts will help reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, while improving indoor air quality and occupant comfort.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office (BTO), Buildings UP aims to build capacity to rapidly and equitably transform U.S. buildings. Teams will submit innovative concepts to equitably transform a wide variety of buildings across diverse geographies. As teams progress through the prize, they will receive cash prizes and technical assistance to help bring their ideas to life.
Teams may apply to one of two pathways: Equity-Centered Innovation or Open Innovation.
Winners of both pathways will be eligible to advance to Phase 2 and access technical assistance.
For examples of potential building upgrade solutions, see p. 7 of the Official Prize Rules listed in Supporting Documents below.
Buildings intended for upgrades may include one or multiple residential or commercial building types (e.g., single family; multifamily; manufactured housing; K–12 schools; higher education; commercial real estate; hospitality; health care; retail, food service, and grocery; local government buildings; state government buildings) and may be in a single community or include buildings across multiple geographic locations.
For Minimum Technology Requirements of eligible buildings, see p. 8 of the Official Prize Rules listed in Supporting Documents below.
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