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DuPont Subsidiary to Lead Department of Energyâ¬"s

Building Media Inc. (BMI), a DuPont subsidiary, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will lead one of 15 research and deployment partnerships to help dramatically improve the energy efficiency of American homes — the  Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA).

The 15 teams, appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will receive a total of up to $30 million for the initial 18 months to deliver innovative energy efficiency strategies to the residential market and address barriers to making high-efficiency homes a reality.  Each team will receive between $500,000 and $2.5 million depending on performance.

“The BARA team will focus exclusively on the home renovation and retrofit market, with a key focus on developing, deploying and promoting technically sound, cost-effective measures to radically improve home performance,” said Doug Baker, Americas business director — DuPont Building Innovations.  “DuPont’s BMI is uniquely qualified to lead this team. We have leading science and expertise in developing energy-efficient systems.  Coupled with our online education programs, we will lead the team to bridge the gap between research and implementation to meet the DOE’s energy efficiency goals.”

"Home energy efficiency is one of the easiest, most immediate and most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon pollution and save money on energy bills, while creating new jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.  "By developing and using tools to reduce residential energy use, we will spur economic growth here in America and help homeowners make cost-cutting improvements in their homes."

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