Energy-efficient building initiative launched
The Obama administration an-nounced a multi-agency
initiative to spur economic growth while making buildings more
Seven federal agencies issued a combined funding opportunity
of up to $129.7 million over five years to create a regional
research center. The center will develop new building efficiency
technologies and work with local partners to implement the technologies
in area buildings.
Building conditions account for nearly 40 percent of United States
energy consumption and carbon emissions. Improvements in building
efficiency will provide significant benefits – reducing energy
use, lowering utility bills and decreasing carbon emissions.
The agencies are working together through Energy Regional Innovation
Cluster (E-RIC) that is centered on an Energy Innovation Hub.
This Energy Innovation Hub, one of three proposed by the administration
and funded by Congress in the FY10 budget, will bring together
a team of researchers to conduct research and to solve priority
The E-RIC will work to disseminate new technologies into the
local marketplace and share best practices with the public and
private sectors. It will be supported through agency investments
in technology and business development, and will include support
for workforce education and training. By linking researchers
at the Hub with local businesses and supporting specialized workforce
education in the area, the initiative will create an economically
dynamic region focused on building efficiency technologies.