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February 16, 2023
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Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2) is hosting a series of training webinars for potential applicants to the Department of Energy’s Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP). The prize is awarding over $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams with winning ideas to accelerate equitable energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades in residential and commercial buildings. Applications to Buildings UP opened on February 18 and will remain open through July 18. See the full list of webinar offerings here.

For questions about the Buildings Upgrade Prize, contact buildingsUP@nrel.gov. For questions about this webinar series, contact R2E2@aceee.org.

Note: Attendance is not required at Buildings UP webinars or related events in order to complete a Phase 1 submission, and attendance will not influence the scoring of your prize submission.

R2E2 is a partnership of ACEEE, Elevate, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and HR&A Advisors that works to scale up affordable housing energy upgrades to lower energy bills and GHG emissions while advancing racial equity, local workforce development, and health goals. R2E2 is supporting the Buildings Upgrade Prize by providing training and technical assistance to applicants and awardees.Buildings Upgrade Prize

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Buildings UP Office Hours: Choosing Your Building Upgrade Zone, Workforce Development, and Economic Inclusion 

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – 12:30-2pm ET: Register here

In this office hours session, prize applicants can drop in, learn more about topics related to the scoring criteria in the prize application, and ask any questions as they begin to prepare application materials. The session will include opportunities to ask questions related to previous Buildings UP training webinar topics, the application process, and any other clarifications that would be helpful as applicants work to prepare their application materials. 

This office hours session will feature speakers from the Choosing Your Building Upgrade Zone: Structural Equity Considerations and Building Upgrades: An Opportunity for Workforce Development & Economic Inclusion training webinars. Choosing Your Building Upgrade Zone delved into the concept of energy equity and the impact of historical disinvestments in communities on their building stock. It also introduced strategies for choosing your building upgrade zone and/or priority buildings by centering procedural equity, lived experience considerations, and data availability. An Opportunity for Workforce Development & Economic Inclusion provided an overview of the challenges to employing a diverse workforce and implementing economic inclusion strategies, and guidance on how to develop project requirements to support these workforce development goals.  

Participants are welcome to join the office hours for any amount of time. Attendance at the training webinars is not a prerequisite for participating in office hours, and attendance at office hours will not influence the scoring of your prize submission. Please note that we cannot provide suggestions on how applicants should fill out their application form. 

Buildings UP Office Hours 

In these four office hours sessions, prize applicants can drop in to ask any questions as they begin to prepare application materials. The session will include opportunities to ask questions related to previous Buildings UP training webinar topics, the application process, key concepts related to the scoring criteria in the prize application, and any other clarifications that would be helpful as applicants work to prepare their application materials.  

Participants are welcome to join the office hours for any amount of time. Attendance at the training webinars is not a prerequisite for participating in office hours, and attendance at office hours will not influence the scoring of your prize submission. Please note that we cannot provide suggestions on how applicants should fill out their application form. 

Thursday, June 15, 7.30-9pm ET: Register Here  

Thursday, July 6: 3.30-5pm ET: Register Here  

Tuesday, July 11, 7.30-9pm ET: Register Here  

Thursday, July 13, 12-1.30pm ET: Register Here   

Buildings UP Office Hours: Application and Prize Deep Dive

Monday, June 26, 12.30-2 ET: Register Here 

In this office hours session, prize applicants can drop in, learn more about topics related to the scoring criteria in the prize application, and ask any questions as they begin to prepare application materials. The session will include opportunities to ask questions related to previous Buildings UP training webinar topics, the application process, and any other clarifications that would be helpful as applicants work to prepare their application materials. 

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