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Input Invited on Infiltration Tech

Monday, September 14, 2015

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The federal government is seeking information on building envelope infiltration diagnostic technologies.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is inviting public input until 5 p.m. EST Sept. 16 on current state-of-the-art building envelope technologies, research areas and market implications.

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The government issued a Request for Information on diagnostic technologies that can be used to identify infiltration through the building envelope. Responses are due by Sept. 16.

Specifically, BTO is seeking information on diagnostic technologies that can be used to identify infiltration through the envelope, including in and around fenestration, of residential and commercial buildings.

Infiltration at Issue

The buildings sector accounted for approximately 41 percent of United States primary energy consumption in 2010, according to the DOE.

Of this energy used by U.S. residential and commercial buildings, approximately 10 percent can be attributed to losses through the building envelope due to air infiltration, the department added.

The purpose of this Request for Information is to collect data that will be used by BTO for strategic planning of the broader windows and opaque envelope technologies R&D portfolio, the request states.

Request Details

The office is interested in state-of-the-art in infiltration diagnostic technologies; forthcoming research and development advances that could reduce cost or improve performance; and the potential market implications of improved infiltration diagnostics.

This department also noted that this is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement. However, submissions to this RFI will have an impact on the development of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontier and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016 Funding Opportunities Announcement, the DOE said.

Responses to the RFI must be submitted electronically to BuildingEnvelopeRFI@ee.doe.gov.


Tagged categories: Air barriers; Building envelope; Department of Labor; Energy codes; Energy efficiency; Government; Waterproofing

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