GPIC Initiative work highlighted at Philadelphia site

September 12, 2011

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy-Efficient Buildings is a hub that is part of the Energy Regional Innovation Cluster initiative from the Department of Energy (DOE). Funding for the cluster was provided by the federal government to spur economic growth through the use of sustainable and green technologies, according to the Department of Energy.

More than $129 million was awarded to the GPIC from a federal multi-agency opportunity, as the specific site won the grant over dozens of national sites for the program.

The money was given as part of the DOE's attempt to get companies to use more energy efficient buildings as a means of lowering the total amount of electricity that was needed along with reducing the carbon footprint, as 40 percent of the energy consumption in the country is due to the 5 million inefficient buildings that exist today.

One of the reasons that the DOE awarded the funding to the GPIC was the use of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which is a self-contained city within a city that is on its own grid and contains many smaller buildings that can be used as part of the work including retrofit technology. The program will develop and design buildings that are energy efficient, will cut pollution and improve the nation's position within the sector, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.