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Energy Department Announces Request for Information on BTO’s Building Energy Modeling (BEM) program

April 17, 2019


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI DE-FOA-0002118) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on BTO’s Building Energy Modeling (BEM) program and its future directions and priorities. To clarify these, BTO has developed a report that is structured around six focus areas (the BEM value proposition, predictive accuracy of BEM, core modeling capabilities, workflow integration and automation, the BEM data ecosystem, and the BEM professional community). The report identifies barriers to the increased adoption of BEM and proposes a set of initiatives to address them.


BTO is requesting feedback on each of these barriers, the associated initiatives, and barriers and initiatives that have not been identified. In particular, BTO is interested in feedback on planned initiatives and their prioritization, on program scope, and on data-sets, metrics and targets for assessing program effectiveness and impact. 

  • The purpose of this RFI is DOE welcomes written comments from the public on an subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this request for information). 

  • DOE will accept comments and feedback until 5:00pm (ET) on June 1, 2019.

  • Questions should be submitted to:

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