EnergySmart Schools

Washington DC, USA — In partnership with the private sector, state and local governments, national laboratories, and universities, the Building Technologies Program (BTP) of The United States Department of Energy (DOE) works to improve the efficiency of buildings and the equipment, components, and systems within them.

One major program is EnergySmart Buildings, especially EnergySmart Schools.

The overall DOE BTP program supports research and development (R&D) activities and provides tools, guidelines, training, and access to technical and financial resources.

The United States has many opportunities for energy and cost savings in its buildings. BTP is leading the way with advanced technologies for new and existing buildings.

Advanced Technologies

Innovations in energy-efficient building envelopes, equipment, lighting, daylighting, and windows, in conjunction with advances in passive solar, photovoltaic, fuel cells, advanced sensors and controls and combined heating, cooling, and power, have the potential to dramatically transform today’s buildings.

These technologies—coupled with a whole building design approach that optimizes the interactions among building systems and components—will enable tomorrow’s buildings to use considerably less energy, while also helping to meet our national goals for sustainable development, environmental protection, and energy security.

Information Resources

The Building Technologies Program offers a large collection of resources designed to deliver current, relevant information about energy efficiency for residential and commercial buildings.

This page provides links to newsletters, publications, Webinars, training opportunities, software tools, and disaster recovery information.


Find publications on commercial and residential energy efficiency technologies and best practices on the Building Technologies Program’s publications Web page.


The Buildings Technologies Program offers no-cost Webinars on a variety of topics related to improving efficiency of residential and commercial buildings.

Below are links to additional BTP Webinars and Webcasts.


Access a directory of building software tools for evaluating efficiency of buildings and the EnergyPlus energy simulation program.


Online Training Tool for EnergySmart Schools Operations and Maintenance

A multimedia/online training tool developed to help school facilities management staff …

Finding Energy Savings in Education:  School Energy Managers Project
An interactive, 75-minute webcast to hear experts from the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) and your peers from Bullitt County Schools and Jessamine County Schools…

Webinar: Energy Cost Cutting Strategies in K-12 Operations and Maintenance
This no-cost, online webinar was presented live on July 16, …

AEDG Web-based Training: Implementing Recommendations from the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings
This no-cost, online webinar – presented live on April 16 …

High Performance School Design Online Training for Architects and Engineers
High Performance School Design Online Training is offered free of charge as a public benefit for design and engineering professionals specializing in sustainable design for K-12 schools. …

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