Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its Buildings R&D Breakthroughs: Technologies & Products Supports by the Building Technologies Program report. The report outlines available products and emerging technologies that have benefitted from support by the DOE’s Building Technologies Program (BTP) from 2005 to 2011.
BTP is tasked with increasing energy efficiency and decreasing carbon emissions in the U.S. buildings sector. It works with private companies, national laboratories, universities, and other government agencies to drive development and adoption of technologies that help builders and businesses reduce energy use.
In this report, compiled for BTP by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 20 commercially available products and 78 emerging technologies in the categories of building controls, building envelope, HVAC, LEDs and lighting, water heating, and windows are identified.
Here are some of the innovative, commercial available products featured in the report:
- Window film that achieves a 3.5-times reduction of window emissivity to less than 0.1 (some as low as 0.048), that offer year-round benefits, rather than summer-only benefits of other window films
- LEDs that provide 50,000 hours of operation and offer adjustable color and light output
- Insulation made of recycled material that achieves 30% energy-efficiency gain when compared to typical insulation material
- A hybrid solar electrical/thermal system that provides a solar energy solution for HVAC and hot water via an air-based design
- Packaged gas heat pumps that use natural-gas-fired engines to drive refrigerant compressors and capture waste heat to increase efficiency in heating mode
- Wireless technology for lighting control that provides localized control and centralized programmable monitoring and control for the entire lighting system by reducing installation costs
- Hybrid water heaters that use the same utility connections as standard electric water heaters
- High-efficiency LEDs that increase lighting efficacy by up to 10 times when compared to incandescent lightbulbs
- Window systems that reduces the likelihood of mold and improve the U-factor of commercial-grade aluminum windows
Do you have experience with any of these products? Do they sound like products your building could use?