Using SCADA to Improve and Assess Operations

A Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) system is an assemblage of computer and communications equipment that gathers, monitors, and […]

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Public Schools Carbon Free Assessment Program

On September 15, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2408, forming the Illinois Energy Transition Act. This landmark legislation puts […]

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Efficient Nitrogen and Phosphorous Removal

Wastewater treatment facilities are commonly required to implement treatment processes that reduce effluent nutrient concentrations to levels that regulators deem […]

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Energy Code Benefits for Communities

How do energy codes benefit communities? Energy codes lower utility costs, increase resilience to climate events, reduce pollution, place less […]

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Act Now on Hydrogen Energy

Read the latest Midwestern Hydrogen Partnership publication about how the hydrogen economy can support a healthy environment, economic development, and […]

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Downers Grove Net Zero Wastewater Treatment with Bio-gas

Innovative leadership and collaboration with the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has allowed the Downers Grove Sanitary District WWTP to become a net-zero energy plant. Read how the district has reduced costs and increased resiliency by running their plant with bio-gas produced on site.

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John A. Logan College Pool Cover Case Study

John A. Logan College (JALC) has a history of implementing energy efficiency improvements to reduce energy costs and to demonstrate […]

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Increased Ventilation

Overview: Increasing the amount of outdoor air and cleaned filtered air introduced to educational spaces is one of the key […]

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Improved Filtration

Overview: Increasing filtration of recirculated air improves indoor air quality and reduces airborne pathogens by capturing finer particles in the […]

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Improving IAQ: Low-Concentration Hydrogen Peroxide

Overview: Technologies based on the use of low concentrations of gaseous or ionized hydrogen peroxide have been employed in hospitals […]

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Growing the Energy Efficiency Workforce: Crafting Effective Job Postings

In the current job market where job seekers have a multitude of different options, how do you craft a job […]

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Chemical Filters

Overview: Chemical filters are a means of trapping gaseous air pollutants such as VOCs to improve indoor air quality. The […]

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Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)

Overview: Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) has been used for decades to purify air in hospitals and labs that need to […]

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Ionization Technologies

Overview: Ionization technologies have been in use for air purification since around 2000 when Sharper Image released the Ionic Breeze […]

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Heartland Community College Net Zero Plan

Heartland Community College has an impressive sustainability record. Their accomplishments include the installation of a 1.65 MW wind turbine, geothermal […]

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Energy Code Benefits for Contractors

A common myth is that energy codes are bad for the construction industry. In fact, energy codes have many benefits […]

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Technologies to Improve Indoor Air Quality

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of indoor air quality. While there are many strategies and technologies […]

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Why Hydrogen May be Renewable Energy’s Best Bet

Read Tim Lindsey's latest article, published in Industry Week, about why Hydrogen may be renewable energy's best bet.  

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COVID Safe Space Calculator

Check out Ty Newell's COVID Safe Space Calculator, a helpful tool that calculates how the risk of virus transmission decreases […]

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Manual J Load Sizing

Check out SEDAC's Energy Code Smart Tip on Manual J Load Sizing. Learn about why modern buildings need Manual J […]

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Safe Schools During COVID

Read our latest factsheet on Safe Schools During COVID-19 for the top strategies to reduce the risk of virus transmission […]

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The Emerging Hydrogen Economy and the Quest for Faster Horses

By Dr. Tim Lindsey From Faster Horses to Model Ts: Shortcomings of Today’s Energy System Legend has it that when […]

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Domestic Hot Water Recirculation

Can Domestic Hot Water Recirculation Systems Conserve Energy? The US Department of Energy estimates that more than 400 billion gallons […]

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Governors State University COVID-19 Risk Assessment

What measures can help buildings be as safe as possible during the pandemic? Governors State University (GSU) has taken proactive […]

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Below-grade Insulation

Check out our new Energy Code Smart Tip for below-grade insulation! What insulation is required for below-grade walls? On the […]

SEDAC Year in Review: 2020

2020 has been a crazy year for all of us! Despite the many challenges, the SEDAC team has pressed forward […]

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Beyond 2020: Net Zero Planning

At SEDAC, we're looking forward to putting 2020 behind us and moving towards a more hopeful future! As you set […]

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Safety Tips for Buildings during COVID-19

Click on our flyer for simple recommendations facilities can follow to reduce the risk of airborne pathogen transmission, including COVID-19. […]

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COVID-19 Checklist for Improved Air Quality

With winter approaching and COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly, it's time to reevaluate building safety precautions. Investing in solutions to reduce […]

Energy Efficiency Workforce: Lessons Learned from Past Crises

Growing the Energy Efficiency Workforce Research Series In Illinois, nearly 10,000 energy efficiency jobs have been lost since the beginning […]

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Slab Insulation

Slabs can be big culprits for energy loss from heat that is conducted outward and through the perimeter of the […]

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Caseyville Wastewater Treatment Plant Case Study

Recently, the Caseyville Township Water Reclamation Facility received a free facility assessment from Illinois EPA's Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Assessment […]

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Building a Resilient Energy Efficiency Workforce

The economic effects of the pandemic have devastated many job sectors, including the energy efficiency sector. In Illinois, there are […]

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Q&A: Healthy Buildings During COVID-19

This Q and A contains responses to questions that were raised at a webinar SEDAC delivered on August 18, 2020: […]

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Energy Burden and COVID-19

Low-income households, minority households, and rental households have a higher energy burden on average. That is, they spend a larger […]

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Energy Efficiency Workforce Diversity

There are many benefits to a diverse workforce. Diversity can drive competition, improve culture, foster innovation and economic growth, and […]

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Best Practices for Building Operations During COVID-19

Our understanding of how the coronavirus spreads is evolving at a rapid rate. What does this mean for HVAC systems […]

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Our Commitment to Racial Justice

SEDAC stands in solidarity with people around the world in mourning the death of George Floyd and countless other victims […]

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Protect Net Metering for Solar Development

SEDAC’s mission is to help our clients reduce their carbon footprint—through energy efficiency, good building design, renewable energy systems and […]

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Collecting Green Business Metrics

In October 2019, SEDAC received a grant from the U.S. EPA National Environmental Information Exchange Network with the California Green […]

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Energy Rating Index

Newly constructed residential buildings in Illinois have three paths for compliance. This energy code smart tip explores the basics of […]

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Why the Cannabis Industry Needs Energy Efficiency

Recreational and medical cannabis programs are spreading rapidly throughout the U.S. There are 33 states that allow medical cannabis and […]

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COVID-19 and HVAC: Your Questions Answered

As shut-down restrictions are being lifted and unoccupied buildings are being opened up, there are many questions about the spread […]

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Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Partnership

SEDAC, in collaboration with the Illinois Grainger College of Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, and the College of Liberal Arts and […]

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Code Officials

How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the work that code officials do? Will the pandemic impact compliance with the Energy […]

COVID-19 and HVAC

Are you wondering if COVID-19 can be transmitted through HVAC systems?  Afraid to go back to work thinking that you […]

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Village of Annawan Wastewater Treatment Plant

Most energy assessments identify energy efficiency measures to save facilities between 10% and 30% on annual energy costs. Sometimes the […]

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Opinion: Energy Efficiency is More Important Than Ever

By Patrick Sullivan, SEDAC Program Manager Working to become more energy efficient always makes sense – now more than ever. […]

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Virtual Energy Assessments

SEDAC is committed to continuing to help our customers save energy and money, even when social distancing requirements make it […]

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Impact of COVID19 on Energy Efficiency Workforce

By Devin Day, SEDAC Engagement and Program Specialist The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented level of uncertainty for industries […]

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Saving energy during the shutdown

During this pandemic, many facilities are vacant or almost vacant.  By turning down or shutting off systems, building operators can […]

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Duct Leakage Testing

Duct leakage testing helps to make sure that ducts are properly sealed to create an energy efficient, comfortable, and healthy […]

Cleaning Condensing Units

What is a condensing unit? In a split air conditioning system, refrigerant passes through two separate units: a compressor and […]

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Energy efficiency workforce: Raising awareness

The energy efficiency sector has a high demand for workers--especially in the HVAC technician and construction industries--yet few young people […]

SEDAC Best of 2019

In 2019, SEDAC celebrated 15 years in business and expanded our offerings in exciting ways. Scroll down to see what […]

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PHAs: Energy Efficiency Barriers

SEDAC recently conducted research to identify ways to help Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) engage in energy efficiency. In part 1 […]

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Procuring solar through a Power Purchase Agreement

Many agencies and public facilities are becoming interested in developing solar on their lands or facilities. One of the biggest […]

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SEDAC develops a solar suitability assessment tool

SEDAC recently conducted a feasibility study to determine where the Illinois Department of Natural Resources could develop solar on their […]

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Energy efficiency workforce: What’s in a name?

At SEDAC, we are committed to reducing the energy footprint of the State of Illinois by helping to grow the […]

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Natural algae control for lagoon wastewater treatment plants

As spring approaches, many lagoon wastewater treatment facility operators are considering strategies for summer algae control. In one recent site […]