Energy Efficient Buildings Hub adds new manager to continue growth

June 4, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy-designated Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is adding a new manager to help sustain the growth that the effort has seen over the past year.

According to a release, Pennsylvania State University hired Mark B. Stutman as the EEB Hub's Advanced Energy Retrofit Project Demonstration Manager.

He will oversee the demonstration of EEB Hub resources in the Greater Philadelphia region, including design tools and building modeling software that will help to reduce energy use on commercial structures.

Stutman will also be charged with the promotion of integrated building energy efficiency technlogies and systems, public policy approaches, training programd and business models.

"A key objective of the EEB Hub is to demonstrate a positive return on investment that can be achieved through optimally engineered retrofits of commercial buildings. Mark’s experience makes him a perfect fit to oversee EEB Hub demonstration projects at The Navy Yard and in the Greater Philadelphia region," said Laurie Actman, Deputy Director for Management and Administration for the EEB Hub.

The organization brought Stutman on due to his 30 years of experience developing, demonstrating and marketing new products and businesses that contain a significant amount of technology and engineering content, according to the release.

The EEB Hub represents a key part of the government's push for reducing energy use in commercial buildings. While the effort is keen on reducing emissions and creating more sustainable structures, another component is the positive benefit that such a industry change can have on the economy.

According to the Energy.gov blog, the clean energy economy is creating jobs across the country and will continue to do so in the coming years.

The blog cited a recent Environmental Entrepreneurs report, which noted 137 clean energy job announcements could create 46,000 jobs in 42 states. These positions would be created in specific sectors that range from power generation to manufacturing.

"Since our last quarterly report, we have seen examples in every state of how clean energy is becoming an important part of our nation’s energy supply, creating new opportunities for workers in our manufacturing sector, and building a cleaner, healthier, and more secure energy future," said the authors of the report.

This type of innovation and energy efficiency push is something that individual states could latch onto as part of a way to stimulate economic growth.