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Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes

  • Agency:  U.S. Department of Energy, Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP)
  • Deadline: First Round of Full Applications: April 30, 2024
  • Grant Amount: Individual awards may vary between $1,000,00 and $20,000,000.
  • Available Funding: $530,000,000
  • Number of Anticipated Awards: 40 to 200 awards
  • Match Required:  None
  • Eligibility: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, County governments, State governments, Special district governments.

Deadlines: 

 First Round Informational Webinar: January 17, 2024
https://pnnl.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN t7vMFmuHQwedU5Lup3ZAYQ
First Round Concept Papers:  February 9, 2024
First Round of Full Applications: April 30, 2024
Expected Timeframe for Second Round of Concept Papers and Applications: Fall 2024
Expected Timeframe for Third Round: Spring 2025

To Apply:  Applicants must register with and submit application materials through https://infrastructure-exchange.energy.gov/

Period of Performance:  Awards will run a maximum of nine (9) years in length and will consist of one or more budget periods ending no later than September 30, 2034.

Eligibility: In accordance with Section 50131 of the IRA, eligible Grantees are defined as States and units of local government that have the authority to adopt building codes. Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, County governments, State governments, Special district governments.

Funding Purpose:  This funding opportunity is in support of IRA Section 50131, Assistance for Latest and Zero Building Energy Code Adoption. The Topic Areas are designed to complement, but not duplicate, the previously released Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) Formula Funding opportunity released under IRA Section 50131 to provide formula funding to eligible States. This competitive FOA provides funding to States and units of local government with the authority to adopt building codes for activities aligned with IRA Section 50131 including the adoption and implementation of the latest model building energy codes, zero energy codes, and innovative code equivalents such as building performance standards.

Program Overview and Goals: Section 50131 of the IRA provides funding for activities in support of specified building codes. Topic and Subtopic summarized below are described in detail on Table 1 – Page 6 of the Funding Announcement.

Topic Area 1:  Adoption and Implementation of Qualifying Building Energy Codes by Certain Units of Government.

Topic Area 2: Adoption and Implementation of the Latest Model Energy Codes or Zero Energy Codes with Combinations of Strengthening and Weakening Amendments by States and Certain Units of Local Governments.

Topic Area 3: Adoption and Implementation of Innovative Building Energy Code Approaches by States and Certain Units of Local Government.

 Link to more information: grants.gov/search-results-detail/351545