Technology Campaigns & Challenges

Technology Campaigns, led by DOE’s National Labs, aim to accelerate the adoption of efficient building technologies by providing technical assistance, resources, and guidance on implementation best practices. 

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Smarter Small Buildings Campaign

Small- and medium-sized buildings served by packaged rooftop HVAC units (RTUs) comprise the majority of commercial buildings in the United States; participants in the Smarter Small Buildings Campaign work to improve comfort, save on energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by leveraging technical assistance from DOE.


Building Envelope Campaign

A building's envelope (windows, walls, roof) accounts for approximately 30% of the primary energy consumed in commercial buildings; participants in the Building Envelope Campaign work to improve the performance of building envelopes in both new and existing buildings by setting goals for performance, determining available energy savings, and leveraging technical support from DOE.

Integrated Lighting Campaign

Less than 1% of lighting systems in the U.S. are capable of communicating with other building systems to enable additional energy-saving opportunities. Growing out of the Interior Lighting Campaign, the new ILC is expanding its focus from interior lighting improvements to the integration of new uses for energy-efficient lighting with linking controls between HVAC units, plug loads, and occupancy sensors.

photograph of technician using a smart diagnostic device at a houseSmart Tools for Efficient HVAC Performance Campaign

Energy waste from equipment malfunctions in central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps costs equipment owners an estimated $2.5 billion annually. The STEP Campaign aims to accelerate the adoption of HVAC smart diagnostic tools that enable contractors to commission new HVAC systems more efficiently and identify malfunctions in existing systems at a much lower cost.

IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge

Calling all participants: The DOE-sponsored IoT (Internet of Things) Upgradeable Lighting Challenge invites end-users and manufacturers to be recognized for their participation and creative input regarding the widespread adoption of IoT-Upgradeable lighting. Click the graphic to learn more.


Completed Technology Campaigns

Learn more about the work conducted by the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, the Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign, the Interior Lighting Campaign, and the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign.

Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Completed 2020

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign drove the use of EMIS technologies and ongoing monitoring practices using sophisticated software applied to everyday building operations. Participant savings are projected at 4.1 TBtu and $95 million annually across 567 million square feet of floor area. View the collected resources and findings in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Toolkit.

Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign Completed 2019

The Advanced RTU Campaign encouraged the replacement or retrofit of old RTUs with more efficient units with advanced controls, successfully driving energy savings and market transformation through advanced RTUs and helping 92 Partners and 268 Supporters save over 3.8 billion kWh and nearly $400 million. View the collected resources from the Campaign in this Toolkit: Upgrade Your RTU to High-Efficiency.

Interior Lighting Campaign Completed 2019

Interior Lighting Campaign participants have planned or completed more than 3.5 million high-efficiency lighting system upgrades or new installations, contributing to expected savings of $84 million annually and nearly 800 million kWh. View the collected resources and findings from the campaign in this Toolkit: Upgrade Your Interior Lighting to High-Efficiency Solutions

Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign Completed 2018

LEEP enabled facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high-efficiency parking lighting solutions, developing a technology specification that cut energy costs up to 70% and maintenance costs up to 90%. Participants saved $24 million, deferring the energy usage equivalent of 21,000 homes. View the collected resources and findings from the campaign in this Toolkit: Energy-Efficient Lighting for Parking Facilities

Discover Technology Info Suites

Technology Information Suites are designed to help you better understand and overcome technical barriers related to specific technologies.

Explore Technology Research Teams

 Experts from DOE's National Labs analyze the latest research and development on a range of building technologies with the goal of providing market-ready solutions to partners.

Market Solutions Research

The Market Solutions Research teams coordinate with industry leaders to overcome non-technical barriers to energy efficiency by executing stakeholder engagement, research, and market intervention efforts.