Energy and Cost Saving Assessments for
Small and Medium-sized US Manufacturers

The USDOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) are teams of university-based faculty and student engineers that provide no-cost energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized US manufacturers nationwide.

After the site visit, a comprehensive report is developed the provides specific details on all cost-saving opportunities identified during the assessment, including applicable rebates and incentives.
The IAC program has already conducted over 17,178 assessments with more than 130,144 associated recommendations.
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IAC Program History

Industrial Assessment Centers (formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center (EADC) program) were created by the Department of Commerce in 1976 in response to the oil embargo and rising energy costs. It was specifically focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities cut back on unnecessary costs from inefficient energy use.

The IAC was moved to the Department of Energy just after the DOE was formed in 1978 and later expanded the scope of the assessments to include evaluations of ineffective production procedures, excess waste production, and other production-related problems.

Currently the IAC program is administered through the Advanced Manufacturing Office under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.
IAC Centers Map
Center Code University Years of Operation
AR Univ. of Arkansas 1993 - 2000
AS Arizona State University 1990 - 2006
AT North Carolina A&T 1985 - 1989
DS South Dakota State 1994 - 2000
GT Georgia Institute of Technology 1982 - 2012
HO Hofstra Univ. 1991 - 2000
IC University of Illinois, Chicago 2001 - 2012
KG Texas A&M, Kingsville 1994 - 1997
KU Univ. of Kansas 1981 - 2000
LL University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2001 - 2012
LM Loyola Marymount University 2001 - 2007
LT Louisiana Tech 1984 - 1989
ME Univ. of Maine 1993 - 2000
MO Univ. of Missouri, Rolla 1990 - 2000
MS Mississippi State 1994 - 2012
Center Code University Years of Operation
ND Notre Dame Univ. 1991 - 2000
NV Univ. of Nevada 1994 - 2000
OD Old Dominion Univ. 1994 - 2000
PV Prairie View, A&M 1985 - 1985
ST Stevens Institute of Technology 1984 - 1986
TA University of Texas, Arlington 2001 - 2006
TN Univ. of Tennessee 1982 - 2000
TP Prairie View, A&M 1999 - 2000
TS Tri-Cities Univ. 1984 - 1986
UF University of Florida 1991 - 2012
UL Univ. of Louisville 1994 - 2000
UU University of Utah 2001 - 2006
UW University of Washington 2007 - 2012
WI University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1987 - 2006

IAC Program Highlights

President Obama visit Miami IAC President Obama toured the Miami Industrial Assessment Center, where engineering graduate student Jason Grant explained the government-supported initiative's mission and projects.

President Obama visits an IAC Center

In February 2012, President Obama highlighted the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) as a smart and important piece of the administration's "all-of-the-above" approach to domestic energy sources.

President Obama said, "We're taking a step that will make it easier for companies to save money by investing in energy solutions that have been proven here at the University of Miami -- new lighting systems; advanced heating and cooling systems that can lower a company's energy bills and make them more competitive."

- White House Blog Entry

IAC Center of Excellence Awards

Awarded Center
2015 University of Dayton
2014 Lehigh University
2013 University of Miami
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Student Research Awards

Awarded Center
2013 Syracuse University IAC: Efficiently Reducing Thermal Stratification at Small and Medium-Scale Industrial Facilities
2013 University of Michigan IAC: Radiation Enhancement to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Pollutants
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IAC Resources

IAC Case Study IAC Case Studies
These case studies highlight specific assessments with notable recommendations and implementation.
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IAC Related Published Papers IAC Related Published Papers
The IAC centers published multiple papers each years based on and inspired by IAC related activities.
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IAC Technical Documents IAC Technical Documents
Includes IAC program manuals, guidelines, and other related technical documents.
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IAC Database

A collection of all the publicly available assessment and recommendation data is available online in the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Database. This includes information on the type of facility assessed (size, industry, energy usage, etc.) and details of resulting recommendations (type, energy & dollars savings etc.).

As of 12-01-2015, the IAC database contains: The Database can be searched by: A Recommendation Index is available for all assessment recommendation codes (ARC) and Recommendation Implementation Rates can be charted by center, years, or state.

Nationwide locations of assessments and recommendations can be mapped using the IAC Activity Map.

Top Ten lists of assessments and recommendations can be generated for specific criteria.

The IAC database is also available for download.

Apply for an IAC Assessment

per year
Specific Eligibility
  • Must be a US Manufacturer
  • Yearly Energy Bills:
    • Greater than $100,000
    • Less than $2,500,000
  • Within 150 miles of an IAC
*For special cases, certain requirements may be waived.

Final client selection is left to the discretion of the individual IAC center.
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