Energy Engineering Congress to showcase benefits of efficient buildings

October 4, 2011

The 34th Annual World Energy Engineering Congress is set to take place at Chicago’s Navy Pier from October 12 to 14. Companies will come to present their models for how to use energy innovation to save money and the environment, according to a release from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Part of the Congress is set aside as a chance for companies and universities to showcase the products and innovative techniques that are being used in the sector to help reduce their carbon footprints.

One of the specific areas that was highlighted was energy efficient buildings, and the potential for these structures to help companies save money.

“The bottom line of every business is greatly impacted by energy costs. Money spent on energy efficiency is a sound investment with an excellent return,” said Albert Thumann, founder of the AEE.

Products that are showcased at the congress could help America reduce its total energy use. Currently, 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S. account for 40 percent of the total energy consumption.

The U.S. Deparment of Energy is also working to help companies reduce their carbon footprint. The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC) has been appointed as the living laboratory for the design and development of green buildings and the associated technology.