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2021 - 2022 IMPEL+ season dates and locations (cities or virtual) to be announced soon

What do all IMPEL+ Innovators Share?

A passion to change the world with their buildings innovation;

A drive to impel their buildings hardware, software, and programs to impact;

An awareness that their vision may be impossible to achieve by themselves, and IMPEL+ may be the help they need


IMPEL+ will conduct three workshops, based on the topics below.

Exact dates and locations (U.S. cities or virtual) to be announced.

Decarbonize workshop

For projects and ideas that radically reduce emissions for a zero-carbon built environment

Reduce embodied carbon

  • Carbon capture and storage in buildings

  • Alternative biogenic

  • Locally sourced and re-utilized/up-cycled materials

  • Biogenic resources

  • Demand-side savings opportunities:

Reduce operational carbon

    • Reduce energy demand for space cooling, lighting, and appliances

    • Improve energy equipment and controls

    • Provide energy from decarbonizing sources and implement flexible building-to-grid management.

Embrace radical circularity

    • Closed loop energy and water systems

    • Construction/agricultural/industrial waste as material banks

    • Life Cycle Carbon Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)

Democratize workshop

For projects and ideas that provide equitable wellness in a resilient, living environment

Healthier environments

  • Ventilation/filtration+energy efficient equipment

  • Health and environment safe materials (e.g. Low VOC, non-EDC)

Thermal comfort and wellness

  • Inside the building (energy/wellness technologies)

  • Whole building (passive and active systems)

  • Community level (mitigate urban heat/pollution)

Advance sustainable behaviors and capacity building

  • Awareness, market-based instruments, regulations

  • Up-skilling, re-skilling

Digitalize workshop

For projects and ideas that smartly connect buildings, distributed energy resources, people, and organizations

Digitalize the building lifecycle

    • Digital design, construction, supply chain

    • Smart sensors and controls

    • Advanced data analytics

Building-to-grid load flexibility

    • Building/RE/battery/EV/grid integration

Harness unique national contexts

    • Machine learning on urban image data

    • Digitization and scientific scrutiny of traditional climate-suitable methods and materials

Sample Workshop Agenda

Here is what you can expect during a typical IMPEL+ workshop:

8:30 - 9:00am: Introductions

9:00 - 9:45am: First pitches

9:45 - 10:00am: Business plan and storytelling

10:00 - 10:40am: Business Topic area 1

10:40 - 11:20am: Breakout groups

11:20 - 11:55am: Middle pitches with live feedback

11:55 - 12:30pm: Lunch and pulse check

12:30 - 1:00pm: Business Topic area 2

1:00 - 1:40pm: Breakout groups

1:40 - 2:20pm: Middle pitches with live feedback

2:20 - 2:50pm: Business Topic area 3

2:50 - 3:20pm: Breakout groups

3:20 - 3:30pm: Prep for final pitches

3:30 - 5:10pm: Final pitches and Scoring

5:10 - 5:30pm: IMPEL+ and Partner next steps

5:30 - 6:30pm: Networking happy hour

Rules for Participation:

  1. Participation in the Workshops are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Candidates will be selected as "IMPEL+ Innovators" to participate at one IMPEL+ workshop, and informed at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

  2. All IMPEL+ Innovators are required to review the IMPEL+ Resource Toolkit in advance to prepare themselves for the IMPEL+ Workshop.

  3. Top IMPEL+ Innovators are selected after the workshops for access to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal/state tech-to-market programs, and opportunities with partners Austin Technology Incubator and Greentown Labs' Pitch/Prize events and/or Accelerator.

The IMPEL+ 2021 Launch Webinar

While millions of dollars are spent for R&D and small businesses for building and energy technologies, only a portion of these reach users and create value.

Learn how IMPEL+ can help you impel your buildings and energy innovation to market impact at the recorded webinar above. Hear straight from the organizations and people behind IMPEL+, plus an exciting announcement about our new partnerships this year.

Webinar slides are also available for download here.