How Do We Decarbonize the U.S. Real Estate Stock?

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Structure America Program, through the National Renewable Resource Lab (NREL), opened an ask for propositions (RFP) for multidisciplinary professional groups to resolve hard-to-solve technical obstacles of decarbonizing the existing U.S. real estate stock.

” This brand-new generation of Structure America market groups will put structure science professionals on the ground in neighborhoods that are taking on the hardest obstacles of decarbonizing houses in their area,” stated Eric Werling, Structure America director. “The Structure America Retrofit Solutions Teams will take advantage of technical proficiency and grassroots neighborhood understanding to produce collective research study and presentation tasks in real-world houses that will speed up regional releases of extremely energy-efficient, long lasting, and healthy house upgrades. Structure America has actually done it prior to with brand-new houses. The program is now concentrated on scalable retrofit options required to satisfy President Biden’s objective of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.”

Structure America, which gets technical assistance from NREL, has actually worked carefully with market professionals to make houses more energy effective for more than 25 years. NREL supplies clinical management and structure science proficiency to Structure America that makes sure extensive quality requirements and high-impact arise from research study and tasks. NREL establishes and handles a portfolio of field recognition and presentation tasks and enhances research study quality by supplying technical proficiency from job scope advancement to speculative style and job execution. In addition to the brand-new retrofit effort, NREL presently handles Structure America’s topic professional program, moneying chance statement tasks, and other laboratory work.

” This effort will assist neighborhoods satisfy their decarbonization objectives by establishing and confirming scalable retrofit options,” stated Lena Burkett, a structure science research study engineer with NREL who supplies technical research study management for the Structure America Program. “We are linking individuals on the ground who understand the real estate requirements of their neighborhoods best with the abilities to carry out scalable, impactful real estate retrofit options that will meaningfully minimize carbon emissions around the nation.”

Projects that arise from the RFP will be performed in your area at a grassroots level, empowering regional companies to satisfy the requirements of their own neighborhoods while likewise showing options that can be reproduced in other neighborhoods. Candidate groups will include neighborhood companies, research study organizations, energy and market trades, and other proper professionals. Groups picked through the RFP will establish tasks concentrated on minimizing carbon emissions from houses through retrofit options. They will team up with DOE, nationwide labs, and other market professionals to support community-focused retrofit tasks. These tasks will resolve technical obstacles through field recognition and presentation, measurement and confirmation, and labor force training. This work will show fair and scalable domestic retrofit options and will produce assistance for wider application in neighborhoods throughout the nation.

” To satisfy the objective of net-zero carbon emissions, we require tested and replicable options to minimize energy usage and decarbonize the existing real estate stock,” Burkett stated. “This needs understanding and focusing the requirements of underserved families and neighborhoods. Our success depends upon meaningfully incorporating energy justice throughout our work.”

The retrofit RFP is open through Might 31, 2023

Groups including the following must use:

  • Group lead: Engage with numerous neighborhoods to recognize requirements and proper options to obstacles; lead and coordinate retrofit presentation and recognition tasks
  • Research study member: Use energy and structure science proficiency; modeling, style, analysis, and finest practice proficiency; conduct information collection
  • Execution member: Supply comprehensive understanding of programmatic levers, designs, and restrictions; showed abilities in retrofit release; browse financing systems and reward structures
  • Market member: Supply viewpoint notified by market conditions on combination and setup obstacles and chances; line up technical options with organization designs.

By Patrick Hayes. Thanks to National Renewable Resource Lab (NREL)


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