The EEB and Parking

Have you heard of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Naval Yard?

It’s something you will want to know about. The EEB Hub, as it’s called, has a mission to improve energy efficiency in buildings and essentially create an industry for retrofitting existing buildings. The goal is ambitious: to reduce energy use in the U.S. commercial buildings sector by 20 percent by 2020. The EEB Hub hosts multiple international delegations a week to showcase the best technology and act as a living laboratory to test strategies, products, and operational practices.

This is already happening in the parking industry–parking garages are ripe for retrofits with energy-efficient lighting and solar panels to cut operational costs and optimize existing facilities. For many of these retrofits, we anxiously await the numbers: have they cut their electricity consumption (and utility bills) as predicted? Are the selected technologies and products operating as expected? What is the true payback period?

Energy management has gone mainstream and is becoming a key function of asset management. In IPI’s just-released Emerging Trends in Parking Survey, 60 percent of parking professionals surveyed said energy-efficient lighting had the greatest potential to improve sustainability. (A printed report of the survey will be bound into the July issue of The Parking Professional.) You may also want to read the Lighting Study conducted by IPI with the Department of Energy. We can easily make this jump in the parking industry, and it doesn’t take a new living laboratory to do it.

Do you have success stories (or challenges) from in retrofits or energy management to share? Leave a comment below!

About Rachel Yoka

Rachel Yoka, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, CNU-A, is vice president of program development with IPI.

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  1. Paul Wessel says:

    The Green Parking Council in collaboration with the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) and International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will be launching Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (“LEEP”) campaign this fall to highlight successes in new lighting installs and retrofits. Contact info@greenparkingcouncil.org for details.

  2. EEB Hub is focused on seeing and taking this advanced energy retrofit project, taking precisely what are regarded as being recommendations in the industry. Green parking council offers training for organisations and individuals in the parking industry….

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