The Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a Buildings UP information session exclusively for HUD stakeholders on March 30th from 3:30-4:30 pm ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the prize and its application submission process.
Welcome to Buildings UP! The Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) is an ambitious initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office to build capacity to accelerate equitable, widespread energy efficiency and efficient electrification building upgrades across the country. More information about this competitive prize can be found by following Buildings UP on HeroX.
Buildings UP provides more than $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to support the transformation of existing U.S. buildings into more energy-efficient and clean energy-ready homes, commercial spaces, and communities. Buildings UP is an American-Made Challenge funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Upgrades may include transitioning to efficient electric equipment, including heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, and improving building efficiency through measures such as insulation and air sealing. Together, efforts will help reduce carbon emissions and energy costs while improving indoor air quality and occupant comfort. The Department of Energy’s official press release can be found here and official announcement video can be found here. Follow #BuildingsUP on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram for more prize-related information and updates.
Opens: February 18, 2023
Closes: July 18, 2023
During Phase 1 of Buildings UP, teams will submit innovative concepts to leverage the billions of dollars available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), utility rebate programs, and many other funding sources, capitalizing on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to equitably transform a wide variety of buildings across diverse geographies.
Applications are submitted via Buildings UP on HeroX.
Buildings UP invites community-based organizations, state and local governments, Indian tribes, building owners, utilities, non-profit organizations, energy efficiency program implementers, and other organizations to collaborate and apply through either the “Open Innovation” or “Equity-Centered Innovation” pathway.
Opens: January 18, 2023
Closes: When all available funding is awarded
Buildings UP offers a supplemental Application Support Prize for new and under resourced teams. Up to 50 Application Support Prizes of $5,000 and 10 hours of technical assistance will be awarded on a rolling basis. This additional money and technical assistance is meant to encourage applicants who might otherwise not have the staff capacity, time, or expertise to submit a full Phase 1 submission. Eligible applicants should act quickly before funding runs out.