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BIL: Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation

  • Granting Agency: Dept. of Energy
  • Appropriation Amount: $45,000,000
  • Grant Amount: $500,000 – $10,000,000
  • Announcement Date: 12/19/2022
  • Closing Date: 1/31/2023 for Concept Papers, 3/27/2023 for Full Application

See the DOE page for this program for more information on this program.

Purpose: This competitive program intends to enable sustained cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes.

Topic Area
This FOA includes one topic area broadly focused on the cost-effective implementation of updated energy codes. The implementation of modern building energy codes will save energy, lower utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encourage more resilient buildings, including grid-flexibility and stability, storage, durability, and better protection against extreme weather events. This FOA will advance the Administration’s priorities around modernizing and advancing building codes, improving energy and climate resilience, and reducing energy costs for American homes and businesses.

Eligible Entities
The BIL specifies eligible entities as a relevant state agency, as determined by the Secretary of Energy. Examples include state building code agencies, state energy offices, or Tribal energy offices. In addition, partnerships are eligible entities, which must include a state agency, and one or more of the following:
• Local building code agencies;
• codes and standards developers;
• associations of builders and design and construction professionals;
• local and utility energy efficiency programs;
• consumer, energy efficiency and environmental advocates; and
• other entities as determined by the Secretary.
Further, Section 40511 of the BIL indicates that priority shall be given to applications from partnerships.

Eligible Activities

Section 40511 of the BIL specifies several activities which applicants may pursue:
– Create or enable State or regional partnerships to provide training and materials to:o Builders, contractors and subcontractors, architects, and other design and construction professionals, relating to meeting updated building energy codes in a cost-effective manner; and
o Building code officials, relating to improving implementation and compliance with building energy codes.
– Collection and disseminate quantitative data on construction and codes implementation, including pathways, performance metrics, and technologies used;
– Develop and implement a plan for highly effective codes implementation, including measuring compliance;
– Address various implementation needs in rural, suburban, and urban areas; and
– Implement updates in energy codes for:
o New residential and commercial buildings (including multifamily buildings); and
o Additions and alterations to existing residential and commercial buildings (including multifamily buildings).
In addition, BIL Section 40511 specifies several related topics, indicating that training and materials provided may include information on the relationship between energy codes and:
– Cost-effective, high-performance, and zero-net energy buildings;
– Improving resilience, health, and safety;
– Water savings and other environmental impacts; and
– Economic impacts of energy codes, including labor market and domestic manufacturing.