EPIC Buildings

EPIC Buildings was created to accelerate development and commercialization of innovations for energy hardware innovations in the New York State region that enhance ‘Grid-Interactive’ and Energy & Efficient Buildings (GEBs).

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions, as well as its Building Technologies Office, as part of the “Energy Program for Innovation Clusters” (EPIC), this project is one of ten awards made by DOE and the only EPIC project focused on building technologies.

Why Grid-interactive & Energy Efficient Buildings?

Buildings account for more than 70% of U.S. electricity consumption and power sector CO2 emissions. According to the DOE, the GEB Initiative works to remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resources by combining energy efficiency and demand flexibility with smart technologies and communications to inexpensively deliver greater affordability, comfort, productivity, and performance to America’s homes and buildings. This can save billions in power system costs, reduce carbon emissions and relieve stress on the nation’s grid.

What are the project goals?

This project is intended to grow and strengthen the CNY regional cluster of expertise in energy efficient building technologies, while promoting racial equity and public health, ultimately supporting the nation’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Who is eligible to participate?

New and existing companies from throughout Central New York and all of New York State are invited to participate.

What services are available?

  • Networking and Training – Monthly networking and learning opportunities, including webinars engaging local technology experts, representatives from DOE National Labs and others, as well as tours of area manufacturing facilities
  • Product innovation assistance including:
    • Product development ideation support from Syracuse University faculty experts
    • Computational design assistance by faculty-supervised student teams
    • Prototype and product testing assistance at SyracuseCoE facilities, with support from staff research engineers
    • Assistance with monitoring and accessing targeted funding opportunities, including those offered by the U.S. Department of Energy and NYSERDA
  • IP landscape survey reports – Intellectual property landscape survey projects with the New York State Science Technology Law Center at Syracuse University
  • Business services and mentorship – The CleanTech Center, a NYSERDA-funded incubator supports companies commercializing environmental and clean energy technologies, including:
    • Access to the entrepreneurship resource pool for start-up companies
    • Investment readiness assistance and introductions to investors
    • Support for participation in trade shows and meetings with potential investors and more
  • Equity – Targeted assistance and training for companies addressing issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in talent and leadership development, product design, and technology application

How do I participate?

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  1. Sign up above to receive project updates and invitations to webinars, tours and networking events
  2. To discuss what services may be right for your company or general questions, contact Tammy Rosanio at tlrosani@syr.edu
  3. Learn more about joining the CleanTech Center by contacting Sarah Hood at shood@thetechgarden.com

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Introduction to GEB
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 3:30 pm
Led by Dr. Bing Dong, Assoc. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Syracuse University, and Assoc. Director for Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings at SyracuseCoE

This virtual workshop will provide a practical overview of Grid-Interactive & Energy Efficient Buildings.


Recordings of Previous Events

Project Kickoff webinar, broadcast on October 19, 2021

Workshop: DOE Funding – SBIR and STTR webinar, broadcast on November 12, 2021

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy for its support of SyracuseCoE’s EPIC Buildings program.