Building Media Inc. To Develop High-Efficiency Homes
DuPont subsidiary, Building Media Inc. (BMI) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have teamed up to lead one of 15 research and deployment partnerships to help improve the energy efficiency of American homes ─ the Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA). Building America is an industry-driven research program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), designed to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technologies in new and existing homes.
The 15 teams, appointed by the DOE, will receive a total of up to $30 million for the first 18 months to come up with innovative energy efficiency strategies for the residential market and address barriers to bringing high-efficiency homes within reach of all Americans. Each team will each receive between $500,000 and $2.5 million depending on performance.
“The BARA team will focus exclusively on the home renovation and retrofit market, with a key focus on developing, deploying and promoting technically sound, cost-effective measures to radically improve home performance,” said Douglas J. Baker, Americas business director ─ DuPont Building Innovations. “DuPont’s BMI is uniquely qualified to lead this team. We have leading science and expertise in developing energy-efficient systems. Coupled with our on-line education programs, we will lead the team to bridge the gap between research and implementation to meet the DOE’s energy efficiency goals.”
Additional BARA team members include Steve Easley and Associates, Confluence Communications, Louisiana State University, Enterprise Community Partners, Institute for Business and Home Safety, and Hancock Software, among others.
"Home energy efficiency is one of the easiest, most immediate and most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon pollution and save money on energy bills, while creating new jobs," said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "By developing and using tools to reduce residential energy use, we will spur economic growth here in America and help homeowners make cost-cutting improvements in their homes."