Buildings account for more than 70% of U.S. electricity consumption and power sector CO2 emissions. By combining energy efficiency and demand flexibility, grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) can remake buildings into a clean and flexible resource, saving billions in power system costs, reducing carbon emissions and relieving stress on the nation’s grid. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) work to remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resource by combining energy efficiency and demand flexibility with smart technologies and communications to deliver affordable, comfortable, productive, and high performing homes and buildings.

SyracuseCoE held a kickoff webinar showcasing the new EPIC Buildings program based on a $750,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate development and commercialization of innovations for energy hardware innovations, in the upstate New York region, designed to enhance ‘Grid-Interactive’ & Energy-Efficient Buildings.

The panel included Monica Neukomm, Technology Manager for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) in the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), as well as by Ed Bogucz, Bess Krietemeyer, Bing Dong from Syracuse University, and Sarah Hood and Juhanna Rogers from CenterState CEO and Joseph Borowiec from NYSERDA.

For more information about this program, visit the EPIC Buildings Project webpage or contact Tammy Rosanio at

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