According to a progress alert issued earlier today by the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.
Secretary Chu said these projects will help the U.S. reduce carbon emissions and energy costs. Chu added that the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and likely attract the next generation to careers in clean energy.
The progress alert points out that one of the five project areas selected was building envelope and windows, which will receive a share of $22,807,255. Fourteen projects will focus on improving the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings through technology advances in windows and envelope components.