Prototype energy-efficient home designed by Michelle Kaufmann, on display at the
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Credit: Kaufmann and Wikipedia Commons.

The DOE has announced the details on the third of three U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Centers, a multi-year joint a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies. The agency says that the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will lead the effort and will receive $12.5 million over the next five years. As with the first two CERCs that were announced early in September, this project will end up with a total of $50 million in funding over five years (including $12.5 from nongovernmental U.S. sources and $25 million from China to support that nation’s researchers.

Consortium members include Oak Ridge National Lab, MIT, University of California-Davis, National Resources Defense Council, Energy Foundation, ICF International, National Association of State Energy Officials, Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, General Electric, Saint-Gobain, Bentley, ClimateMaster and Pegasus Capital Advisors.

Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy & International Affairs David Sandalow predicts the CERCs will “create new export opportunities for American companies, ensure the United States remains at the forefront of technology innovation, and help to reduce global carbon pollution.”