US Government announces $76m funding for green building tech

The American Department of Energy has announced funding for a variety of energy-efficient building technologies and related training programmes to create skilled green collar workers.

$76m will be shared between 45 companies developing technologies to improve the environmental credentials of America's buildings and 13 training programmes to ensure the people are in place to build and install them in commercial properties.

"These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

"Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy."

Domestic and commercial buildings contribute 39% of the USA's total greenhouse gas emissions as well as over half its sulphur dioxide and a significant chunk (18%) of it NOx emissions.

The projects receiving funding cover a broad spectrum of technologies, from analytic tools through to building components that will make a difference on the front line, from more energy efficient windows and walls to better heating and ventilation units.

Full details can be found on the DoE website.

Sam Bond


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