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NECA and IBEW Provide Energy Conservation Technologies for Consortium for Building Energy Innovation

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Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) brings together 14 organizations, including major research universities, global industrial firms and national laboratories, with the goal of helping reduce energy consumption in small- and medium-size buildings throughout the U.S. by 2030.

Headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard (also home to the GridSTAR Center green energy project discussed in a previous episode of "Electric TV"), the CBEI estimates that 95% of commercial buildings in the U.S. are small- or medium-size, and its Center for Building Energy Science provides a means to demonstrate how various retrofits and design and construction methods can substantially reduce energy consumption in this important sector, and the NECA-IBEW team is helping to take these new technologies and innovations from the drawing board to the real world.

Kat Hinkel, Marketing & Communications Specialist for CBEI, points out the value of integrating various building systems to achieve maximum efficiency: "Rather than just changing the HVAC, or just changing the windows, or just changing the lighting, it's actually taking all these systems and making sure that they're all working together to create the greatest energy efficiency for the building."

In this edition of "Industry Today," learn more about how IBEW Local 98 and the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA helped perform a complete energy retrofit at the Center for Building Energy Science, a 38,000-square-foot building built in 1942, allowing CBEI to showcase the latest in cutting-edge, energy-efficiency technologies, and providing future direction for energy conservation across the U.S.

ABOUT NECA: The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, has provided more than a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA's national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

ABOUT THE IBEW: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, represents approximately 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.

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