Building Technologies Office (2024)

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) develops, demonstrates, and accelerates the adoption of cost-effective technologies, techniques, tools and services that enable high-performing, energy-efficient and demand-flexible residential and commercial buildings in both the new & existing buildings markets, in support of an equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system by 2050, starting with a decarbonized power sector by 2035. Learn more about BTO.

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Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy by 2050: A National Blueprint for the Buildings Sector

DOE led the development of a Blueprint for decarbonizing U.S. buildings by 2050 to lay out a national strategy for aggressively reducing building greenhouse gas emissions while delivering equity, affordability, and resilience benefits to communities.



DOE Welcomes New Round of Innovative Leaders to Peer-Learning Cohorts on Emerging Clean Energy Strategies

45 participants will convene to learn from each other and experts about agrivoltaics, residential energy efficiency, and electrifying municipal fleets.

June 12, 2024

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DOE Announces National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building

New Definition Will Help Nation Achieve President Biden’s Clean Energy and Climate Goals While Lowering Energy Costs, Cutting Air Pollution, and Creating Good-Paying Jobs

June 6, 2024

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DOE Publishes Guidance on Fair Distribution of Distributed Energy Resource Benefits to Utility Customers

The production, delivery, and consumption burdens of the energy system do not fall equally on all electricity and gas utility customers. State legislators and regulators are establishing new goals and processes to promote energy equity.

May 30, 2024

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DOE Publishes New Lighting Market Characterization for Baseline Year 2020

By publishing summary estimates of installed stock and energy use of various general illumination lighting products, these reports help DOE and others plan effective lighting research and development programs based on changing needs.

May 21, 2024

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DOE to Host Inaugural Affordable Home Energy Shot Summit

DOE’s eighth Earthshot, The Affordable Home Energy Shot™, will hold its inaugural, virtual summit on June 5, 2024.

May 7, 2024

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DOE Recognizes Leaders Preparing a Workforce for Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

DOE’s Energy Skilled program for the first time recognized an equipment manufacturer for developing a curriculum to train workers for meaningful and in-demand job opportunities that align with national clean energy transition goals.

May 2, 2024

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DOE Finalizes Efficiency Standards for Water Heaters to Save Americans Over $7 Billion on Household Utility Bills Annually

Finalized Residential Water Heater Standards Have Strong Industry and Stakeholder Support, Will Accelerate the Deployment of Heat Pump Water Heaters, and Represent Largest Energy Savings Action by the Appliance Standards Program in History

April 30, 2024

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DOE’s Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign recognized 13 school district honorees at the 2024 White House Summit for Sustainable and Healthy K-12 School Buildings and Grounds: Equity, Learning, Health, and Climate, held on Feb. 26, 2024.

April 29, 2024

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U.S. Department of Energy to Invest Over $100 Million to Prepare the Grid for a Net-Zero Economy

DOE today announced its intent to issue multiple funding opportunity announcements totaling over $100 million for field demonstrations and other research to support better planning and operation of the electric grid.

April 25, 2024

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Final Rule to Propel Federal Buildings Toward Zero Emissions

As Required by Congress, DOE Finalizes Standards That Decrease Emissions for New and Renovated Federal Buildings Across the Nation, Slashing Harmful Carbon Emissions by 2 Million Metric Tons

April 24, 2024

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BTO's Program Areas

Emerging Technologies

Residential Buildings Integration

Commercial Buildings Integration

Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

Building Energy Codes Program

About the Building Technologies Office

Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

National Emerging Technologies Collaborative

NETC fosters stronger coordination across organizations supporting the RD&D, investment, and deployment of emerging building technologies.

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Energy, Emissions and Equity (E3) Initiative

Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) Initiative

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Advanced Building Construction Initiative

The ABC Initiative integrates energy-efficiency solutions into highly productive U.S. construction practices for new buildings and retrofits.

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Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

We’re conducting Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings research to help bring connectedness and the related energy savings across the buildings sector.

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T2M activities accelerate innovative R&D concepts to become commercially viable and available products.

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Better Buildings

Partners in DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative set ambitious goals and contribute real-world solutions that help accelerate our clean energy economy.

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Green Building Workforce Development Initiatives

Achieving DOE’s high-level goals of combating climate change, creating clean energy union jobs, and promoting energy justice, requires improving the energy efficiency of America’s nearly 130 million buildings.

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Resource Dashboard

Find technical reports, technology roadmaps, fact sheets, relevant and authorizing statutes, and quick links to BTO’s decision tools.

Project Map

The Building Technologies Office Projects Map is a searchable table and map of BTO’s active projects that have been competitively awarded and funded through DOE’s national labs all across the United States. Dive into any project to learn more about its funding amount, who’s leading the work, the project term, what the project is developing, and its most recent progress.

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Join BTO’s Events

Jun 18

Turning Waste into Wealth: Sustainable Food Management Strategies 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Jun 25

Financing the Future: Innovative Solutions for Decarbonization 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Jun 25

Practical Guidance on the Distribution of DER Benefits to Utility Customers 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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BTO Career Opportunities

Ready to start building our clean energy future with a new career in BTO? Whether you’re looking for building energy-efficiency research or engineering jobs, or you’re interested in business support careers in the building energy-efficiency industry, BTO may have a position for you.

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BTO’s Annual Peer Review Conference

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The Peer Review is BTO’s signature event for the building sector’s leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, and other energy enthusiasts to discuss the latest opportunities for improving building performance–and to evaluate the progress of select BTO-funded research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects and programs. The Peer Review is free and open to the public.

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Building Technologies Office (2024)


What is a BTO office? ›

Building Technologies Office | Department of Energy.

What is the BTO benefit 2024? ›

FedCenter - BTO Announces BENEFIT 2024 Funding Opportunity up to $30 Million for Advances that Demonstrate, Optimize, and Facilitate Decarbonization of Building Systems.

What is the purpose of the Department of Energy Building Technology Program? ›

The Building Technologies Office conducts work in three key areas to continually develop innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving solutions: research and development (R&D), market stimulation, and building codes and equipment standards. Learn more about how BTO carries out its mission.

Who is the director of the BTO DOE? ›

Ram Narayanamurthy | Department of Energy.

Is BTO worth it? ›

Since BTO flats are sold by the government at highly subsidised prices and not by owners looking for capital gains, BTOs are generally cheaper than resale flats. Also, BTO flats are smaller than older HDB resale flats, so they have a lower absolute price for each unit and hence more affordable.

How is BTO chosen? ›

When applications open, home buyers apply for their desired estate and flat size (e.g. Toa Payoh, 4-room flat) on the HDB website. After applications close, HDB uses an online BTO balloting system to assign balloters queue numbers. Typically, after three to six weeks, the BTO ballot results are released.

What is the point of BTO? ›

Build-to-Order (BTO) is one of the modes of sale of new HDB flats in Singapore. An HDB BTO sales launch happens every three months and typically offers a range of HDB flat types across a few estates. This system offers the applicant flexibility in location and timing when applying for their new flat.

What is the BTO limit? ›

The HDB income ceilings in 2024 at a glance:
HDB flat typeIncome ceiling (2024)
BTO (Build to Order)$7,000 for 2-room flexi (99-year lease) and some 3-room flats; $14,000 for all other flats
EC (Executive Condominium)$16,000
Resale flatNone

When can I get BTO? ›

Before you apply for and make that HDB appointment booking, it is important you know the difference between the different government-subsidised HDB flats. If you don't know already, BTO flats are housing you buy directly from HDB. Generally, BTO sale launches happen quarterly, in February, May, August and November.

What are 3 things the Department of Energy does? ›

The Energy Department is working to ensure America's Energy Future, Scientific & Technological Leadership, Nuclear Security and to resolve the environmental legacy of the cold war.

What is the main goal of the Department of Energy? ›

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

What is the purpose of the Department of Energy's building Technologies Program BTP )? ›

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Program (BTP) works in partnership with industry, state, municipal, and other federal organizations to achieve the goals of marketable net-zero energy buildings.

Who is the leading official of the Department of Energy? ›

Jennifer M.

Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy on February 25, 2021.

Who heads the Department of Energy Science Program? ›

Harriet Kung

Who is the director of the Office of Science? ›

Arati Prabhakar

What does BTO stand for? ›

Build to order is a production methodology that requires a customer order to be placed before any products are produced. This methodology was developed to help companies increase efficiency and is often used when products are either highly customized or demand for them is low.

What is the work of BTO? ›

Business transformation outsourcing (BTO) is the next logical step for the big outsourcing vendors. In BTO a company's entire business process is outsourced to the BTO vendor.

What does BTO mean call center? ›

At a major IT conference, two outsourcing service providers claimed they do business transformational outsourcing (BTO).

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