The U.S. Department of Energy launched a crowdsourcing website designed to aid technology innovators in collecting, sharing, and evaluating input from their customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies.
The website, known as the Buildings Crowdsourcing Community, is administrated by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and can be used by start-ups, designers, buildings scientists, and students to share ideas that can be turned into energy-efficient technolgoeis for buildings and homes.
The website will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31. Until then, the Buildings Crowdsourcing Community will accept new idea submissions, comments, and votes on submissions.
Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology.
Those who are interested in participating on the site can register through the ORNL Buildings Crowdsoucing Community. The best ideas will be recognized during the DOE's Building Technologies Office Industry Day in September.