Philadelphia — On Oct. 25, Danfoss held its 18th EnVisioneeringSM Symposium, “Building Blueprint for a Clean Energy Future,” co-hosted by the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. 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 convened more than 50 participants, including HVAC OEMs, consulting engineers, architects, industry associations and advocacy groups.
The symposium built upon the discussions of previous events in the EnVisioneering Symposia series, exploring the real-world application of whole building systems and micro-grids by taking a first-hand look at redevelopment efforts of The Navy Yard through work of Penn State University, the EEB Hub, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and leading architects and property management firms.
Keynote speaker Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) launched the discussion by noting that, among the most developed nations in the world, the United States currently ranks 9th in terms of energy efficiency in buildings. “In 2010, energy was a $54 billion industry. By 2015, retrofitting and developing energy efficient buildings will be a $150 billion industry in our country,” Fattah said. The Navy Yard, in particular, is at the vanguard of retrofit and new building innovation and is currently developing solutions and technologies transferrable to other commercial buildings and urban environments.