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USA: DOE to help fund State Energy Code adoptions

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The Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) is announcing an opportunity for states and territories to submit proposals for funding to support activities related to the adoption and implementation of the most current building energy codes. Funding will be provided through a contract rather than a grant. The primary purpose is to advance state building energy codes that lag behind the efficiency levels required by today's model codes. A total of $5 million is available to be awarded, and up to 20 awards are anticipated. Only one proposal (maximum of $250,000) from each state will be accepted.

Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes project (BEC) is announcing an opportunity for states and territories to submit proposals for funding to support activities related to the adoption and implementation of the most current building energy codes. Funding will be provided through a contract rather than a grant. The primary purpose is to advance state building energy codes that lag behind the efficiency levels required by today's model codes. A total of $5 million is available to be awarded, and up to 20 awards are anticipated. Only one proposal (maximum of $250,000) from each state will be accepted.

Proposals must specifically address at least one of the following:

  • activities to adopt the target codes (1) (2009 IECC for low-rise residential and 90.1-2007 for commercial and high-rise multifamily) or codes that meet or exceed the target codes; [e.g., activities related to identification of adoption barriers and development of action plans to address them]
  • training activities that will integrate into existing state training venues, e.g., community college programs, adult education, universities, etc. and will enhance the state's ability to facilitate effective implementation of building energy codes; [e.g., identifying training gaps and needs across stakeholder groups]
  • activities that will advance the State's level of compliance with state building energy codes. [e.g., assessing energy code compliance rates in the state]


Estmated schedule:

  • August 30, 2010 - The full RFP will be posted at www.energycodes.gov.
  • September 30, 2010 - All proposals are due. No proposals will be accepted after this date.
  • October 8, 2010 - Award decisions will be made
  • October 11, 2010 - Award decisions will be posted on the website.
  • Week of October 18, 2010 - Each recipient is required to send one representative to attend a one-day, kick-off meeting in Washington, DC. Travel funding will be provided, if needed.
  • By November 30, 2010 - Contracts will be signed and finalized.
  • June 30, 2011 - Funded activities will be completed.


Note: States are allowed to include funding for consultants or other organizations in their proposals. Jurisdictions may submit proposals through the appropriate State energy office or program.

States are encouraged to reply to BEC (techsupport@becp.pnl.gov) by AUGUST 17 to express initial interest in submitting a proposal. Responding positively with this initial statement of interest in no way obligates a state to submit a proposal, and failing to respond with an initial statement of interest does not disqualify a state in any way.

For more information on the contracting mechanism, contact Bryan Colley at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: bryan.colley@pnl.gov, 509-375-2585.

(1) "Target" codes were specified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)