Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
December 18th, 2023
Close Date
April 30th, 2024
Total Funding
$530,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$20,000,000.00
Award Floor
$10,000,000.00
Expected No. Awards
200
Opportunity No.
DE-FOA-0003056

Agency

Golden Field Office (DOE-GFO)

Eligible Applicants

Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments

Funding Category

Energy

Funding Instrument

Other

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Golden Field Office of the Department of Energy (DOE-GFO) has posted a federal grant opportunity titled "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes" (CFDA Number: 81.117). This discretionary grant aims to provide up to $1 billion in funding to States and units of local government for the adoption and implementation of the latest building energy codes, zero energy building codes, or equivalent codes or standards. Building energy codes are a type of building code that contribute to the overall health, safety, efficiency, and long-term resilience of buildings. They can be adopted as standalone codes or as part of broader building codes such as the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). Energy codes play a crucial role in decarbonizing new and existing residential and commercial buildings. The grant opportunity supports eligible entities in further decarbonizing their buildings by adopting the latest national model building energy codes, zero energy codes, or other codes that deliver equivalent or greater energy savings. It also encourages innovative approaches to decarbonize existing buildings through measurable and enforceable requirements. The IRA grant is particularly interested in supporting States and local governments in implementing local capacity building, workforce and education investments, and long-term improvements in building energy codes. The grant has an estimated total program funding of $530 million, with an award ceiling of $20 million and an award floor of $10 million. It is expected to make approximately 200 awards. The close date for applications is April 30, 2024, and the archive date is May 30, 2024. For more information and to apply, interested parties can visit the Clean Energy Infrastructure Funding Opportunity Exchange website at https://infrastructure-exchange.energy.gov. For any inquiries, the grantor contact email is IRACodes@hq.doe.gov.

Description

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) provides up to $1 billion for States and units of local government with the authority to adopt building energy codes to adopt and implement the latest building energy codes, zero energy building codes, or equivalent codes or standards. An energy code is one of several types of building codes that help contribute to the overall health, safety, efficiency, and long-term resilience of buildings. Energy codes can be adopted directly as a standalone code, such as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is commonly adopted by States and local governments. Moreover, energy codes are also fundamental components of certain more broadly adopted building codes, including the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), which are referenced in the United States as “parental” codes. Energy codes are often described as a subset of these broader building codes, representing distinct chapters of the IBC and IRC alongside other commonly recognized provisions, such as those pertaining to structural, plumbing, or electrical requirements, and other basic aspects of building design and construction. Adoption and implementation of such codes supports the decarbonization of new and existing residential and commercial buildings. This opportunity assists eligible entities in further decarbonizing their buildings through the adoption of the latest national model building energy codes, zero energy codes, other codes that deliver equivalent or greater energy savings, including innovative approaches to decarbonize existing buildings through certain measurable and enforceable requirements. The IRA is unprecedented in its opportunity to support sustainable change at the State and local level with respect to advancing the energy efficiency of new, renovated, and existing buildings. DOE is particularly interested in supporting States and local governments in implementing local capacity building, multi-year investments in workforce and education, and long-term improvements in building energy codes through multi-cycle adoption and building performance standards (BPS).

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