University of Southern California


State of California – Building Energy Efficiency Research and Technology Grant Program (PON-12-503)
Building Energy Efficiency – Application_Package

USC slots: One A and One B (If needed, researchers are encouraged to partner with others and aggregate their work under a single proposal to maximize synergies and agreement efficiencies.)
Nominations per school: One
Internal Deadline: November 26, 2012 due to the short timeline
External Deadline: December 14, 2012 (3pm) hard copies required
Materials: Candidate’s CV/bio-sketch and a single-page proposal summary

This California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) grant solicitation seeks proposals for
both electricity and natural gas energy efficiency projects which affect residential and
commercial buildings and communities. The Research, Development and Demonstration
(RD&D) projects will be partially funded by the Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy
Research (PIER) Program. Other funding will be provided by proposal match funds.

Energy efficiency has been identified as a major strategy for meeting California’s growing
energy needs. It is the least costly, most reliable, and most environmentally-sensitive strategy.
California is the national leader in promoting energy efficiency. Due to its focus on energy
efficiency, the per-capita electricity use in California is among the lowest in the nation.

This energy efficiency focus has been guided by state policy and legislation, especially the
Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR)1, the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan,2 and
various legislative directives such as Assembly Bill (AB) 32 (Núñez, Chapter 488, Statutes of
2006), AB 758 (Skinner, Chapter 470, Statutes of 2009), AB 1109 (Huffman and Feuer, Chapter
534, Statutes of 2007) and AB 2021 (Levine, Chapter 734, Statutes of 2006). To achieve the
state’s energy efficiency goals, the Building Energy Efficiency Research and Technology
(BEERT) Grant Program supports RD&D projects aimed at reducing energy use, energy cost,
peak demand, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program invests in RD&D that
develops, demonstrates, and helps commercialize energy efficient technologies, strategies and
tools. The primary focus is to support applied research and demonstration of energy efficient
technologies and systems, primarily targeting existing and planned buildings in the residential
and commercial sectors.

Innovations in technology, construction practices, and building operations are needed to meet
the state’s aggressive energy efficiency, zero net energy (ZNE) building, and GHG emission
reduction targets. This solicitation will fund RD&D innovations to help achieve these goals in the most cost-effective manner. This will require a wide ranging portfolio of electricity and natural gas efficiency research projects with near- and medium-term goals.

There is up to $13.6 million available for the grant agreements resulting from this PON. Of this
amount, the following are the approximate maximum amounts for each of the target research
areas (see also Attachment 16):

• $9.6 million for Group A: Technology Innovations and Codes and Standards Advancement ($1.6 million in electric funds and $8 million in natural gas funds)
• $4 million for Group B: Crosscutting Demonstrations: ZNE Buildings, Whole Building Integration and Low-Income Housing ($3 million in electric funds and $1 million in natural gas funds)
For Group A or B, the minimum proposal size is $750,000 and the maximum size is $2 million

An organization/entity may submit:

a) one proposal for Groups A or B or

b) one proposal each for Group A and Group B.

Multiple proposals from the same organization/entity for Groups A or B will result in disqualification of both proposals. For example, if contractor A submits two proposals for Group A, both proposals will be disqualified.

Prime contractors CANNOT be subcontractors on other teams.

A subcontractor CAN be on multiple teams for different tasks and projects.

A subcontractor CANNOT be on multiple teams for the SAME tasks and projects.

The Energy Commission is seeking proposals for research projects that achieve the following
• Advance the energy efficiency of new and existing residential and commercial buildings
• Reduce electricity and/or natural gas use, energy cost, peak demand, and GHG emissions
• Stimulate California’s economic growth by attracting and developing businesses and creating and supporting jobs in California
• Advance the state of technologies in the chosen area
• Provide clear market connections for the proposed research with direct benefits to electricity and/or natural gas ratepayers in California
• Advance energy and/or water efficiency technologies by documenting savings and costeffectiveness
• Advance Title 24 (buildings) and Title 20 (appliances) Codes and Standards by expanding compliance or credit options

“Match funding” includes equipment, materials, information technology (IT) services, travel,
subcontractor costs, and cash. Match funding does not include in-kind prime contractor labor.