UIC Research Building


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Molecular Biology Research Building is located just a few blocks southwest of the downtown loop. The 242,000 square foot facility was constructed in 1995 and is used as office, classroom, and laboratory space by several college departments.

While laboratory facilities inherently use more energy, the Molecular Biology Research Building (MBRB) was consuming 43% more energy than a comparable campus research center. To better understand where and how the facility was using energy, the University opted to participate in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Energy Now Energy Assessment program.  This program is managed by the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). 

Grumman Butkus Associates, an approved service provider, performed the SEDAC energy assessment. As part of the investigation, they identified thirteen energy saving opportunities. After successful implementation of these recommendations, UIC will reduce its annual energy costs by approximately $844,000. These measures include scheduling and implementing new models of energy efficient technology such as air handing units, variable speed drives, and occupancy sensors.