Federal Research and Programs

January 1, 2005
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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC)

This rich resource is provided by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. EREC offers information and assistance to a broad audience (consumers, educators and students, builders, businesses, government agencies, and entrepreneurs) on a wide range of topics. It provides publications, customized responses, and referrals to energy organizations. It also responds free of charge to phone, mail, and electronic inquiries regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)

This resource is provided by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. It features detailed information on a variety of topics, including buildings, utilities, and more. It also spotlights other federal government sites that provide energy information. Includes a list of links to building energy efficiency sites.

Energy Star (U.S. EPA)

This high-profile family of government programs seeks to reduce air pollution by encouraging energy efficiency. Energy Star focuses on voluntary partnerships with business, and it includes programs for residences, commercial buildings, and equipment manufacturers (in which efficient products are certified as "Energy-Star products").

The Web site of the Energy Star Buildings program offers a wide range of information and assistance, including publications, software, and updates on workshops.

Also available online is the directory of Energy Star "Ally" products and services, and the Energy Star Buildings Upgrade Manual.

Energy Star also includes a Small Business Program. In addition, the Green Lights program (see below) also is part of Energy Star.

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)

This program provides technical information on energy-efficiency issues specific to federal facilities. The site features technical assistance, case studies, news, financing information, downloadable tools and resources, and more.

Green Lights Program (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Green Lights is a voluntary program sponsored by the U.S. EPA Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Division to encourage the use of efficient lighting technologies. In exchange for agreeing to pursue energy efficient lighting upgrades, Green Lights partners receive recognition and technical support.

Green Lights is part of the U.S. EPA's Energy Star family of programs.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Center for Building Science

The Center for Building Science is an international leader in developing and commercializing energy-efficient technologies and analytical techniques to improve energy savings. It offers three major programs of special interest to building-industry professionals. Technical reports from each can be read online or downloaded over the Internet.

  • The Building Energy Efficiency Program offers expertise in windows, daylighting, lighting systems, and building energy simulation. This program develops technologies and software to aid energy efficient building design in new-construction and retrofit applications.
  • The Energy Analysis Program studies energy use in the U.S. and abroad. It compiles and analyzes energy data, and conducts computer modeling of energy scenarios for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors.
  • The Indoor Environmental Quality Program researches how to greatly reduce energy consumption for thermal conditioning and for distributing ventilation air in buildings - while simultaneously improving indoor air quality, comfort and the health and productivity of building occupants.

LBNL also hosts the Building Simulation Research Group (SRG) - the leading national organization researching and developing simulation tools for evaluating building energy performance. This group publishes a free newsletter for simulation users and operates a DOE-2 telephone help line.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is the DOE's laboratory for research and development in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Among its many research programs are projects that explore buildings and thermal systems.

Its Web site features a primer (Clean Energy 101) that offers information on energy technologies and solutions for small businesses, industry, and state and local governments. The NREL site also offers access to searchable databases of energy-related documents and updates on energy research.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Building Technology Center (BTC)

The BTC identifies, develops, and deploys sustainable and energy-efficient building-system technologies by forming partnerships between the public sector and private industry. This Web site offers information on current and past research projects involving:

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Department of Energy, Office of Building Technology, Building Standards and Guidelines Program

The DOE Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs (BTS) is leading a comprehensive effort to establish minimum efficiency codes, standards, and guidelines for appliances, building equipment, and buildings that lay the groundwork for reduced energy use and lower operating costs.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

With programs in energy, agriculture and
communities, NCAT provides information on sustainable
technologies and community-based approaches that can help improve the lives of economically disadvantaged people.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Office of Building Technology, Community and State Programs (BTS)

This office "develops, promotes, and integrates energy technologies and practices in order to make buildings more efficient and affordable, and communities more livable." Part of the EERE network of government sites, BTS includes (among other resources) information specifically for commercial building owners and operators, and also for builders and designers.

The BTS site also features a directory of downloadable energy software tools, as well as a library of building codes and standards.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

This office manages federal research and development activities for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The EE site provides links to many federal energy-related R&D sites, as well as information about the Office.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Office of Power Technologies (OPT)

The Office of Power Technologies works with industry, state and local governments, universities, and the Department of Energy's national laboratories to support aggressive research and development (R&D) in photovoltaic, concentrating solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, and biomass power technologies and systems.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information is to collect, preserve, disseminate, and leverage the scientific and technical information resources of the Department of Energy to provide access to this information for use by DOE, the scientific research community, academia, US industry, and the public to expand the knowledge base of science and technology.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Research and Development Reports

The DOE Information Bridge provides free and convenient access to full-text and bibliographic records of Department of Energy (DOE) research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Smart Communities Network

A Department of Energy site which allows you to read about other communities that have discovered the benefits of sustainable development; locate technical and financial resources that can help your community plan and carry out sustainable development projects; and access model codes and ordinances other communities have used to implement sustainable development.

U.S. Dept. of Energy:
Windows and Glazings Program

The Efficient Windows web site is sponsored by the Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC) with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Windows and Glazings Program and the participation of industry members. This web site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.

United States Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The National Technical Information Service is the largest, central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. The NTIS provides access to nearly 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas supporting the Nation's economic growth by providing access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.

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