Located at the city’s navy yard, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub is reported to be one of the most highly instrumented buildings in the country when it comes to energy. The building is capable of evaluating 1,500 data points on variables such as temperature, light levels, humidity and occupancy, and streams data every 60 seconds.
EEB co-hosted the event with Danfoss, which tackled the theme “Building blueprint for a clean energy future.”
The EEB Hub was established, with Penn State University as the lead partner institution, by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve energy efficiency in buildings and promote regional economic growth and job creation.
The symposium brought together some 50 participants, including HVAC original equipment manufacturers, consulting engineers, architects and industry associations.
The symposium built upon the discussions of previous events in the EnVisioneering series by exploring the real-world application of whole building systems and micro-grids. This time attendees were able to take a first-hand look at redevelopment efforts of the navy yard through the work of Penn State University, the EEB Hub, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and architects and property management firms.
Keynote speaker Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) started the discussion by noting that among the most developed nations in the world, the United States currently ranks ninth in terms of energy efficiency in buildings.
“In 2010, energy was a $54 billion industry,” he said. “By 2015, retrofitting and developing energy efficient buildings will be a $150 billion industry in our country.”
According to organizers of the energy event, the navy yard has regional and national significance in providing a test bed for energy research. The goal of the hub is to deliver the means and methods to reduce energy use in commercial buildings by 20 percent by 2020 — and to drive the buildings sector of the greater Philadelphia region to reach its full energy-efficiency potential.