DOE-designated Philadelphia energy efficiency HUB shortens its name

May 3, 2012

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings (GPIC), the U.S. Department of Energy-designated innovation HUB that is looking to transform the building-retrofit industry, has recently undergone a name change, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

According to the news source, the GPIC is now the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub. Known by the name EEB Hub, the organization also launched a new website. The new site, "," features a number of articles about energy efficient buildings, recent developments in the industry and summaries about what is going on at the Philadelphia-headquartered project.

"We are very excited about our new name and market-facing website and feel that we will now be able to more efficiently communicate our strategic vision and the ways in which a variety of stakeholders can engage in our work," Christine Knapp, the organization’s spokesperson, said in a news release.

The EEB Hub is looking to inspire a change in the commercial real estate market, as it is promoting the development of technologies in the sector that will help motivate companies to retrofit their structures to become more sustainable and energy efficient.

There are a number of ways that building owners can retrofit their structures, as projects ranging from lighting retrofits to heating and cooling renovations may help to lower operating costs for properties across the U.S.

Improving the energy efficiency of a commercial building is one way that companies can significantly lower their operating costs, according to Area Development Online. Lighting, which regularly accounts for roughly 40 percent of electricity consumption for a structure, is one area that many firms look to adjust first.

Energy management strategies in conjunction with the installation of new lighting technology can help to slash energy costs, as advanced controls for any system are available.

According to the news outlet, daylight harvesting to automatically adjust interior light levels can be utilized by building owners, along with personal software-based controls to give individual occupants control of their workspace light levels, may help to sharply reduce consumption levels.

Another method is to install smart-time scheduling to provide a building with clearly defined times when lights are switched on and off or dimmed. These systems can be set to a detection method or an automated interface that is based on the average work day.