Buildings UP Equitable Energy Efficiency & Building Electrification Upgrades Program


Buildings UP is designed to accelerate the transformation of U.S. buildings into energy-efficient and clean energy-ready homes, commercial spaces, and communities.

The Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) is offering more than $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams across America with winning ideas to accelerate widespread, equitable energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades.

One of the interesting aspects of this program is that there will be an application support prize for groups who need help getting started:

Up to 50 winning teams will be awarded $5,000 and up to 10 hours of technical support through the Application Support Prize. Applicants are intended to be those who might not otherwise have the staff capacity, time, or expertise to submit a full Phase 1 submission. The primary competitors for the Application Support Prize are first-time applicants for Building Technology Office (BTO) funding and community-based organizations (CBOs) representing or serving areas with equity-eligible buildings. Application Support Prize submissions will be reviewed and awarded monthly from February through May 2023, until funds are expended.

References for more details:

Announcement 1/18/23:

American Made Challenge website:

Hero X website:

Background: DOE EERE Building Technologies Office:
(US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)