Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

EEB HUBThe Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard is a five-year collaboration of more than 90 organizations that have secured $130 million from four federal agencies to improve energy efficiency in buildings and set a model for the nation. The DVIRC is a founding partner in this initiative, now in its second year and gaining momentum.  Part of DVIRC’s job is to identify and connect small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies in the region to the emerging opportunities in the energy-efficient building sector. We want to help the right firms connect to any number of activities including: research, education and training, technology development, demonstration, deployment and commercialization, and supply chain.

The Hub is a potentially game-changing national program that promises to reinvent the building retrofit market, creating large-scale market opportunities for manufacturers and highly valued jobs for our region.

But we need to know more about you, which will help us figure out if your company can connect to some of the Hub’s emerging business and technology development opportunities. To get started please take ten minutes to complete a brief business survey.

Emerging Business Opportunities for Local Companies to help Solve America’s Energy Challenges

There are nearly 5 million commercial buildings in the United States accounting for 40% of America’s total energy consumption.

The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen The Philadelphia Navy Yard campus to function as a “living laboratory” to serve as a test bed for the development and integration of energy efficient building systems. Building 661 will be the first to undergo this transformation.

Greater Philadelphia manufacturers and technology developers have an opportunity to participate in this initiative designed to help advance energy science and engineering in areas such as advanced lighting, HVAC system components, construction materials and power management.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is a five-year collaboration of more than 90 organizations that have secured nearly $130 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards & Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP) under the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration to create and showcase energy-efficient technologies and products for integrated building design. This initiative represents the first time federal, state, and local public and private assets will be shared to create a formal innovation cluster that includes applied research, commercialization, manufacturing, and workforce education.

The mission of the EEB Hub is to research, develop and demonstrate highly efficient building components, systems, and models which are applicable to both retrofit and new construction. This model is intended to help the nation reduce overall building energy consumption by 50 percent in a scalable, repeatable process that can be affordably applied to a broad spectrum of buildings.

Get Started Here
As a small to mid-sized manufacturer or technology developer in Greater Philadelphia, your first step in tapping into this important national initiative is to complete a short online questionnaire. Completing this questionnaire will help us identify the region’s assets and help keep you aware of opportunities through the EEB Hub as they develop. The results of the questionnaire will be released in summary form, your individual answers will be kept confidential.

Building 661at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia is to be the new home of a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub for Energy-Efficient Buildings (EEB Hub), one three such hubs nationwide.

The core integrated team for Building 661 includes various EEB Hub representatives, Penn State, KieranTimberlake, Balfour Beatty and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, which manages the 1,200-acre Navy Yard.

The integrated project team was formed at the programming phase of the project and will renovate the existing building to serve as a regional demonstration of integrated building design methods that lead to deep, reliable cuts in energy use.

The building’s renovated and new building spaces will feature collaborative work areas, meeting and conference spaces, classrooms and laboratories. The existing building is a former gymnasium built in 1942, unused since the Navy Yard closure in 1996. As part of the project, a classroom building will also be constructed to support Penn State’s education mission in the region.

EEB Hub’s mission is to reduce energy use in the US commercial buildings sector by 20% by 2020 through informed people, validated information, and proven technologies. The Hub will design, demonstrate and deploy market-proven solutions in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The integrated team also includes designers Bruce E. Brooks & Associates (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), CVM Engineers (structural), Hunt Engineering (civil) and Atelier Ten (sustainability).

Construction is scheduled to start in December 2012 and complete in December 2013.

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