In 2012-2013, Penn IUR launched the Research Digest to cover the findings, success stories, and case studies coming out of the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (formerly the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub), one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) three innovation clusters, based at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The DOE established the EEB Hub in February 2011 to stimulate innovative research on the deep retrofits required make the nation’s building stock more energy efficient. Its goal was to lower energy use in the commercial building sector in the Philadelphia region by 20 percent by 2020. Penn IUR worked as an EEB Hub partner from 2012-2016, in a university-wide team that spanned many of Penn’s schools and centers.
The Research Digest, developed and managed by Penn IUR, shared CBEI’s findings with building owners, operators, tenants, designers, financiers, policymakers, suppliers, and educators. It covered such timely topics as the use of “integrated design,” the standardization of energy audits, mandated municipal benchmarking, amended building codes, building instrumentation for model development, green jobs, and energy efficiency retrofit financing. Penn IUR worked closely with CBEI’s researchers to develop the news reports, videos, and infographics that make up the Research Digest, translating researchers’ technical findings for a diverse audience that includes those working in energy efficiency, building science, and real estate finance as well as students and the public.