The EEB Hub is a founding sponsor of The Sustainability Workshop, a project-based learning school for 30 high school seniors selected from high schools throughout the City of Philadelphia and located at the Navy Yard.
The original purpose of this subtask was to identify “…material and a delivery format suitable for a multimedia documentary on the technology, tools and processes under consideration for inclusion in the 661 retrofit.”
This first-year report for the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) Energy Innovation Hub assessment task summarizes the efforts during the second half of the first year of GPIC’s operation.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $455,000 to the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) and several of its members to train building operators in the commercial, industrial and educational sectors so that they can more efficiently and economically operate their facilities. The award helps boost the EEB Hub’s objective to inform, train and educate people about proven energy-saving strategies and technologies towards the goal of reducing energy use in the Greater Philadelphia commercial building sector by 20 percent by 2020.
The broad goal of the GPIC Education and Workforce task is to ensure a skilled workforce at all levels in the energy efficient buildings sector in Greater Philadelphia. One of the first steps under the education task was to conduct a skills gap analysis to articulate the education and training needs of the market. It became clear, however, that the occupational classifications relating to the GPIC Hub — and the commercial EEB retrofit market — had not been clearly defined and, therefore, that the specific skill sets or competencies for jobs within a classification scheme could not be adequately articulated.
On October 20, 2011 more than 60 educators and industry representatives came together in Building 101 at the Navy Yard to forge connections, discuss the state of the energy efficient building industry is today, what role educational institutions can play to help drive the market, and how to bridge the transition. This meeting was intended to begin discussions among regional educators, GPIC, and business leaders around the goals of GPIC.
The purpose of this workshop was to bring together representatives from all of the tasks and from industry to develop a common understanding of Integration for GPIC, particularly as it relates to the lifecycle of a facility. The goal of this workshop was to develop the essential activities and interrelationship of tasks for the GPIC Energy Efficient Building Hub as they relate to the lifecycle of a building from planning through to operations.
The goals of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings are to improve energy efficiency and operability and reduce carbon emissions of new and existing buildings, focusing on full spectrum retrofit of existing average-size commercial and multi-family residential buildings, and to stimulate private investment and quality job creation in the Greater Philadelphia region and the larger Mid Atlantic region, and beyond.