Last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) to "accelerate the transformation of U.S. buildings into energy-efficient and clean energy-ready homes, commercial spaces, and communities." Buildings UP will offer "more than $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams across America with winning ideas to accelerate widespread, equitable energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades."
DOE will award prizes between $200,000 to $400,000 to 60 cross-sectoral teams through two different pathways: "Open Innovation" or "Equity-Centered Innovation," which will be focused on delivering upgrades to low- and moderate-income homes, small, disadvantaged businesses and other equity-eligible buildings. Both pathways will offer technical assistance and coaching, with Open Innovation entries eligible for $200,000 and Equity-Centered Innovation entries eligible for $400,000.
Teams can submit applications outlining their concepts during Phase I. Applications for Phase I are due July 18, 2023. Updates are available on HeroX.com.
For those interested in learning more about this program, webinars are available this week on March 7 at 1 p.m. ET and March 9 at 12 p.m. ET. Visit aceee.org to learn more.