Building Energy Codes Program – Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation

Description: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Building Energy Codes Program – Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation. $225 million is available over five years (FY2022-FY2026), with approximately $45 million available for this first round of funding. The overarching program goal is to upgrade and modernize infrastructure to build a clean and equitable energy economy that furthers U.S. goals to achieve a zero-carbon electricity system by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

Applications from project teams are preferred. Project teams must include a state agency (not necessarily as prime applicant) and can include other stakeholders who play an important role implementing building codes, such as state or local building departments, builders, contractors, architects, engineers, other design and construction professionals, academia, research, trade organizations, consumer advocates, regional energy efficiency organizations.

To ensure a more resilient, efficient, and decarbonized building future, the program is designed to:

  1. Support the development of next-generation model codes and standards;
  2. Support states and local governments as they adopt, implement, and enforce energy codes;
  3. Support the design and construction industry in embracing the latest building standards in terms of workforce development and increased building resilience.

DOE anticipates making approximately 10-30 awards for this round. Individual awards may vary between $500,000 and $10,000,000.

Eligible Activities:

  • Create and enable State or regional partnerships to provide training and materials to:
    • Builders, contractors and subcontractors, architects, and other design and construction professionals, related to meeting updated building energy codes in a cost-effective manner;
    • Building code officials, related to improving implementation and compliance with building energy codes.
  • Collect and disseminate quantitative data on construction and codes implementation.
  • Develop and implement a plan for highly effective codes implementation, including compliance.
  • Address implementation needs in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  • Implement updates in energy codes for:
    • New residential and commercial buildings
    • Additions and alterations to existing residential and commercial buildings.

Eligible Applicants: State (partnerships with other organizations is preferred, but must include a state agency)

Due Dates:

  • Mandatory Concept Paper Due: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • Full Application Due: Monday, March 27, 2023

Applicants must register with and submit application materials through the Department of Energy’s EERE Exchange online application portal.

Local Match Requirement: None.

Applicants are encouraged to leverage other federal and non-federal sources of funding. Other federal programs that support building code implementation include:

  • DOE State Energy Program (SEP)
  • DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)
  • FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
  • USDA technical and financial assistance programs
  • HUD  technical and financial assistance programs

Link to Program Website: Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation

Link to Funding Opportunity Announcement: DE-FOA-0002813 Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation