March 14, 2022

Congressman Neguse Announces Federal Grant Funding for NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute to Further Green Building Technology

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that two Colorado based research and innovation centers have been awarded federal funding from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to support advancements in green building technology. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Rocky Mountain Institute have both been awarded funds to continue their work in demonstrating cost efficient, low carbon renovation and construction in low-income communities across the country. 

“As we work to tackle the existential threat of climate change, the research and innovation happening at federal labs in Colorado is proving crucial to prepare our communities for the future and help us reduce emissions,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, I hosted the Committee in Colorado for a field hearing in 2019 and was able to bring Committee members to NREL to see firsthand the innovative approaches to green building technology they are undertaking. I am thrilled to announce federal grant funding for both NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute today to further the work of local scientists and engineers as we chart out a path for our future and work to solve the climate crisis.” 

The DOE announced that $32 million will be granted to seven selectees. All recipients work to upgrade the energy and environmental performance standards of buildings with little to no disruptions for tenants. 

  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been granted $4.4 million; to advance their use of mixed-reality software tools to properly size and install prefabricated envelope and HVAC retrofit packages in two residential low-income, multi-family buildings in Arvada, Colorado. 
  • The Rocky Mountain Institute was also granted  $4.4 million; to demonstrate an integrated retrofit package of envelope panels, a heat pump pod, and innovative financing in a mid-rise, 120-unit low-income multifamily building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Projects will demonstrate large-scale renovations in the affordable housing sector, including public housing, manufactured housing communities, privately owned affordable housing, and student housing. Read more about the program and other recipients here