Buildings and Efficiency

Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard (managed by Penn State)

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) on February 1, 2011 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  More than 90 percent of the Federal funding for the EEB Hub during the first five years ($130 million) comes from DOE.  The EDA, NIST, and SBA are collectively providing $7.8 million.  As a multi-agency sponsored E-RIC, the EEB Hub has had a dual mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings and promoting regional economic growth and job creation.  The EEB Hub was the third of five Energy Innovation Hubs established by the Obama Administration as “integrated research centers that combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery in critical energy issue areas”.

The 1,200 acre Philadelphia Navy Yard is the headquarters for the EEB Hub and includes 270 existing and new buildings that can be used per the owners’ discretion as a test bed for research and demonstration on building energy efficiency.  The EEB Hub is operated by a consortium of 11 academic institutions, two DOE laboratories, six global industry partners and regional economic development agencies, and is led by the Pennsylvania State University.  The EEB Hub is administered by the DOE Building Technologies Office and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and is a key programmatic element of the DOE’s efforts to significantly reduce energy use in commercial buildings.  The EEB Hub supports the efforts of BTO by bringing together experts from it consortium to work together with critical market stakeholders to identify, implement and commercialize innovative and integrated solutions for building energy efficiency.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory provides project management support for the EEB Hub on behalf of the DOE Building Technologies Office.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and managed by Penn State: