The Department of Energy seeks industry input on the potential development of connected buildings to boost operational and energy grid efficiency.

DOE announced it may award a maximum of six $7 million grants to demonstrate and assess the performance of the buildings under the Connected Communities effort.

The effort will leverage smart technology, grid integration work and distributed energy to help buildings augment user experience and generate cost savings.

The Connected Communities funding opportunity supports the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings research program that aims to study smart technology applications in support of energy savings across U.S. businesses.

Interested parties may submit requested input to the DOE through May 12.