Lift Station Optimization in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Lift stations move wastewater from lower to higher elevation, particularly where the elevation of wastewater sources is not sufficient for […]

Illinois Home Energy Code Checklist & Energy Certificate

For Homeowners and Realtors. Are you interested in buying an energy efficient home? Do you want to learn how to make your home more energy efficient? This checklist can help you quickly assess a home's energy performance and construction.

Making it Easier for Businesses to Go Green & Track Impact

SEDAC and the the California Green Business Network, one of the largest and longest running green business programs in the country, […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

To address the challenges of rising gas prices, climate change, and dwindling fossil fuel resources, policymakers point to electrification as […]

Energy Code Benefits for Architects & Engineers

Energy codes provide an opportunity for architects and engineers to serve the public good by creating buildings with low environmental […]

Energy Code Benefits for Homeowners and Realtors

For over 25 years, building energy codes have played a significant role in saving American homeowners money on utilities while […]

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 […]