DOE Building Integrated Solar Technologies Roadmap

Wednesday morning, April 17th, SOLAR 2013 kicked off with a multitude of sessions ranging across many different topics. The first passive architecture forum was entitled “DOE Building Integrated Solar Technologies Roadmap.” William Goetzler and Matt Guernsey were the featured speakers representing Navigant Consulting, which was hired by the Department of Energy to develop a Roadmap. Navigant and DOE coined the term BIST to represent building-integrated solar technologies, which would be the focus of their roadmap. Goetzler introduced the talk by explaining Navigant’s process to develop such a plan for DOE. Developing roadmaps is a lengthy process due to all the steps involved in honing in on the best initiatives to focus on for a success roadmap.

The first step of the process is to develop a main goal. The goal that DOE is focused on is to reduce energy use by 50% by the year 2030, as well as reduce energy costs. The DOE isn’t focused on necessarily “going solar,” but their main statement is to have energy cost reductions. Navigant used this goal, as well as the idea that DOE wants to act as a facilitator in order to reduce barriers that architects encounter. The main point of having a roadmap is to have a set of guidelines, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee funding from the DOE for building initiatives. After the goal of the roadmap is nullified, then Navigant’s next steps are research, stakeholder outreach, defining key initiatives, presenting findings, and then developing the actual roadmap. When Navigant started the initiatives portion of development, they began with 128 initiatives, which then was narrowed down to a list of 52 key initiatives within 6 categories for a successful BIST roadmap. The DOE BIST roadmap is still in the process of being completed. Now that the initiatives are more defined, Navigant feels confident to reach out for feedback from industry players, and then they will finalize the roadmap and have it released in the near future!