The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $15 million to 21 companies in an effort to encourage the adoption of energy-efficient technologies for new construction and retrofits in commercial buildings.
The companies involved are:
* Retailers: Best Buy, JCPenney, John Deere, Macy’s, SuperValu, Target, Toyota, and Whole Foods Market.
* Commercial Real Estate Firms: CB Richard Ellis, Forest City Enterprises, Hines, InterContinental Hotels Group, The Opus Group, ProLogis, Regency Centers, Ryan Companies US, Simon Property Group, Tishman Speyer, and The Westfield Group.
* Financial Institutions: Bank of America and the PNC Financial Services Group.
The companies will team with DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to design, build, tune and operate at least one new prototype building.
These buildings will need to achieve a 50 percent cost-effective savings above the standard set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for new commercial building designs; and a savings of 30 percent for retrofits to existing buildings.
In September, DOE identified more than $105 million in potential energy cost savings for 23 U.S. steel manufacturing facilities that participated in the Save Energy Now Assessments.