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Event Scheduled for Dec 9, 2011

Event: Electrical & Computer Eng. Colloquium/Smart Building Smart Grid Seminar Series - Emerging Relationships among Energy Efficient Buildings, Combined Heat & Power and Smart Grid Technologies - presented by Dr. Jim Freihaut, Pennsylvania State University

Location: Information Technologies Engineering Building (ITEB) room 119

Time: 10:00 am

Details of Event:
Electrical & Computer Eng. Colloquium/Smart Building Smart Grid Seminar Series
Friday Dec. 9 at 10 am, ITEB 119

Emerging Relationships Among Energy Efficient Buildings, Combined Heat and Power and Smart Grid Technologies
Jim Freihaut, PhD
Director of Technology and Operations
The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings

Associate Professor
Department of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA. 16802

U.S. building systems operations account for approximately 40% of all annual primary energy use by the national economy and 70% of all electrical power generated. Relative to transportation and industrial manufacturing sectors, the building sector accounts for a disproportionately large fraction of U.S. greenhouse gases and other airborne pollutants. In the last several decades, again relative to manufacturing and transportation systems, there has been little reduction in the specific fuel consumption indices associated with buildings operations. Minimizing fossil fuel utilization while improving building indoor environment performance metrics are the key sustainable characteristics a new or building retrofit design should realize.
Issues are discussed that have contributed to the stagnant performance of building systems: the fragmented nature of the building development industry; the diverse nature of technology utilized in building systems; the serial design-build -handoff process and associated profit structures; the performance inertia created by the large stock of existing buildings; the difficulties in establishing either data-based enforceable energy efficiency regulations or incentive programs for improving the existing building stock; the current grid generation – transmission –distribution system.

The building sector delivery process is significantly more complex than the vertically integrated manufacturing and transportation product sector industries. Innovations in building design and technologies, business models and value propositions, public policy and public awareness must be made for any significant reductions in building energy efficiency can be realized. Technologies which enable 30 -50% reductions in energy use in existing building will also enable the more pervasive use of combined heat and power as well as emerging smart grid technologies.

The goal of the recently awarded DOE GPIC Hub grant is to “transform the building industry” in the ten county Philadelphia Region into a systems provider of efficient buildings ( The program is a 5year project operated in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and consists of a collaborative effort by a combination of 22 industrial and university members and over 90 partners. The project will address each of above noted issues by executing deep retrofit and new building construction projects at the Philadelphia Navy Yard campus. Due to the imperative of minimizing grid electricity dependency to achieve maximum sustainability

Sponsored By: Electrical and Computer Engineering

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