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The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched three new challenges for building energy efficiency, through its online competition.

The DoE’s JUMP into STEM initiative is entering its third year with three new concurrent challenges open to university student submissions.

Developed by building science researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the challenges focus on advanced building construction methods, grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB), and building energy audits for residential or commercial buildings.

A team of more than 30 university professors will include the JUMP into STEM competition as a graded item they assign in their classrooms, although students not enrolled in one of these classes are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

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