National Labs Call for Building Ideas

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

The Energy Department says it is ramping up its crowdsourcing efforts, seeking innovative ideas for the building envelope, lighting, heating and cooling systems and more.

First launched by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in March 2015, the DOE crowdsourcing community, now called JUMP, is expanding to include four more national lab co-hosts as well as some of the nation’s leading private companies in the buildings sector.

JUMP stands for Join in the discussion, Unveil innovation, Motivate transformation and Promote technology-to-market, the DOE notes.

Open Call

The public can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory, win cash prizes, receive in-kind technical support and team up with a private sector partner, according to the Energy Department.

In addition to ORNL, Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are co-hosting the calls for innovation.

“By leveraging their individual research team and industry connections, each lab is developing calls for innovation relevant to the most pressing industry challenges, to accelerate technology to market,” said Melissa Voss Lapsa, ORNL’s group leader for Whole-Building and Community Integration.

Energy department website JUMP

The site has over 500 registered users.

The labs are shopping for ideas in these categories:

  • Building envelope;
  • Appliances;
  • Building analytics and information systems;
  • Heating and cooling systems;
  • Sensors and controls; and
  • Lighting.

Over 500 Users

“It is exciting to see unique, diverse and new to DOE individuals, start-ups, and entrepreneurs join in the JUMP community,” said Karma Sawyer, technology analysis and commercialization manager with DOE’s Building Technologies Office.

The platform now has more than 500 registered users, Sawyer notes.

Building Robotics, Honeywell and United Technologies Research Center are among the private industry partners participating. Other stakeholders are encouraged to contact the JUMP team to get involved.


Tagged categories: Building Envelope; Building science; Coatings Technology; Energy efficiency; Government; North America; Research and development; U.S. Department of Energy

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