The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) is an applied research program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, housed in the Department of Landscape Architecture. SEDAC is a public-private partnership that operates in collaboration with the 360 Energy Group.

Our mission

SEDAC's mission is to reduce the energy footprint of the State of Illinois and beyond. We support the University of Illinois mission to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois through learning, discovery, engagement, and economic development. 

SEDAC mission

Our impact

Since 2004, SEDAC has provided technical assistance and education to help Illinois businesses and communities save energy and reduce operating costs. 

SEDAC impact

What we do

SEDAC provides effective energy efficiency strategies for buildings and communities through a variety of services. 



  1. Reduce the cost of doing business for Illinois entities through energy efficiency design assistance projects.  By expanding consumer awareness of energy efficient design alternatives and retrofit options, we transform markets to make these choices more viable.
  2. Demonstrate the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency strategies as a response to higher energy prices.
  3. Support job creation and retention in Illinois by reducing operating costs and providing a variety of opportunities (for architects, engineers and other building professionals) to learn and practice innovative, efficient building design and construction techniques. 
  4. Train a new generation of design professionals (architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers) to become leaders in energy efficiency and clean energy industries worldwide.
  5. Support electric and natural gas reliability in the state by promoting energy efficient building practices that release system capacity.
  6. Reduce pollution by minimizing wasted energy and demonstrate that reducing environmental impact yields improved economic viability.