Information Session for the Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC)

February 16, 2010

On February 12, the Obama Administration announced a multi-agency initiative to spur regional economic growth while developing innovative technologies to make buildings more energy efficient. Seven federal agencies issued a combined Funding Opportunity Announcement making up to $129.7 million available over five years to support the Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC). The E-RIC will be anchored around DOE's Energy Efficient Building Systems Hub with the goals of developing and commercializing innovative energy efficient building systems technologies, designs, and best practices for national and international distribution, and reducing the carbon footprint of the United States.

DOE and its interagency partners will host an information session on the E-RIC on February 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. For those who cannot attend in person, there will also be a Webcast.

The Energy Efficient Building Systems Hub will be based at a university, DOE national laboratory, nonprofit organization, or private firm, partnering closely with local or state government officials, and leveraging existing expertise of local architects, builders, and manufacturers. With this specialization, the regional economy could support other businesses that address the full production lifecycle for building technologies and thus create more jobs. Training and education activities would help narrow the gap between the supply and demand for workers in these specialized fields.

For more information about this project, including details on the information session, please visit the Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative Web site.