South Carolina military complex receives energy efficient makeover

October 13, 2011

A Beaufort, South Carolina military housing complex was designated as one of the nation's first neighborhoods to be included in the Better Buildings Challenge, a federal effort to increase energy efficiency and create jobs, according to The Island Packet.

Private developers and federal officials gathered at the South Carolina site in order to organize and enact the changes to the housing structure. While work was done in Beaufort, it is part of a larger move to reduce energy consumption, the news source reported.

The Better Buildings Challenge is a Department of Energy-sponsored partnership of companies, universities and municipalities that are working together to create strategies and solutions for businesses looking to reduce energy consumption, the organization's website reported.

Federal initiatives from the DOE are one way that America can help to reduce the 40 percent total energy consumption that is used by commercial buildings in the U.S.

Another DOE program is the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC), which is a living laboratory for the design and development of energy efficient buildings and technology.