The U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office announced 45 teams as finalists for the Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP). Buildings UP provides $22+ million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams developing scalable and replicable initiatives for widespread energy efficiency and efficient electrification building upgrades. 

The Phase 1 winners, representing 32 states, were chosen in two prize pathways: Equity-Centered Innovation and Open Innovation. 

Thirty-nine teams in the Equity-Centered Innovation Pathway were selected to move onto Phase 2 of the prize. Each team will receive a $400,000 cash prize, as well as technical assistance.

Six teams in Phase 1 Open Innovation Pathway were selected to move to Phase 2. Each team will receive a $200,000 cash prize, as well as technical assistance.

Please see the list of winning teams below, and learn more about each team's concepts on the Teams tab. You can also read the official winner announcement on

Congratulations to our Phase 1 Winners! 

  • Appalachian Voices, Boone, NC  
  • Blueprint 15, Inc, Syracuse, NY  
  • Centennial Parkside CDC, Philadelphia, PA  
  • City of Everett, Everett, MA  
  • City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces, NM 
  • City of Olympia, Olympia, WA 
  • City of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA  
  • CLEAResult Consulting Inc., Austin, TX 
  • Climate + Energy Project, Hutchinson, KS 
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME  
  • Community Housing Partners Corporation, Christiansburg, VA 
  • Community Power, Minneapolis, MN 
  • County of Ventura, Ventura, CA 
  • Ecolibrium3, Duluth, MN 
  • Energy Smart Colorado, Inc., Frisco, CO  
  • Evanston Development Cooperative, Evanston, IL  
  • Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, Reston, VA  
  • Green The Church, Oakland, CA  
  • Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Inc., Baltimore, MD  
  • Groundswell Inc., Washington, DC 
  • Hijra House Association, Pass Christian, MS  
  • Hope Village Revitalization, Detroit, MI  
  • Imani Works, Inc., Chicago, IL 
  • IMPACT Community Action, Columbus, OH  
  • Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, Louisville, KY 
  • Metropolitan Energy Center, Kansas City, MO  
  • Native Village of Kotzebue, Kotzebue, AK 
  • New North Carolina Project, Concord, NC  
  • New Sun Rising, Millvale, PA  
  • passivhausMAINE, Freeport, ME  
  • Peak Harvest Service, LLC, Venice, FL  
  • Red Feather Development Group, Flagstaff, AZ  
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, SD 
  • Rural People's Voice, Winthrop, WA 
  • San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Francisco, CA
  • Shifted Energy, Inc., Honolulu, HI  
  • Slipstream Group, Inc., Madison, WI  
  • Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments, Moab, UT 
  • The Alaska Center, Fairbanks, AK 
  • The U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC 
  • Together New Orleans Sponsoring Committee/Together New Orleans, New Orleans 
  • TRC, Portland, OR  
  • Urban Green Council, New York, NY  
  • West Anniston Foundation, Anniston, AL  
  • Zero Home Corporation, Golden, CO  

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) is a capacity-building prize focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings through energy efficiency and efficient electrification. It supports innovative initiative models, leveraging billions in federal funding for energy efficiency and efficient electrification to accelerate building upgrades and achieve greenhouse gas reduction, equity, economic development, and health goals.