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DOE National Labs Extend Deadline for Commercial Building Partnerships Call for Projects

May 5, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced support for energy-saving commercial building projects as part of an ongoing effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the United States. Three DOE national laboratories—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—issued both a call for projects aimed at commercial building owners and operators and a request for proposals targeted at commercial building technical experts.

The original due date for responses to both the call for projects and the technical expert request for proposals (RFP) was May 10, 2010. The participating labs have extended the deadline for the call for projects to noon Eastern time on May 14, 2010. Note that the deadline for the technical expert RFP remains 3 pm Pacific time on May 10, 2010.

DOE's national laboratories will use money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to select and fund technical experts to provide technical guidance to improve the energy efficiency of the selected commercial building projects. Although building owners and operators receive no direct funding, they have access to state-of-the-art technical guidance to implement energy efficiency technologies throughout the design, construction, and evaluation of their building and retrofit projects. This technical expertise includes guidance with energy modeling, assessing and choosing appropriate energy efficiency measures, and energy performance verification.

For information about the call for projects, go to www.nrel.gov/cbp. For information about the technical expert RFP, go to cbp-forum.lbl.gov.