Is SEDAC still offering energy efficiency services during the pandemic?
Yes! Most of our energy efficiency services are available virtually, including benchmarking, construction design document review, facility walkthroughs, utility bill analysis, and long-term energy planning. Workshops, meetings, and training events have been moved online, and staff and interns are working remotely. We have extra safety precautions in place for in-person site visits.

How is SEDAC helping building professionals reduce the risk of virus transmission in their buildings?
We are offering COVID-19 Readiness Building Assessments (see below) to help our customers modify and upgrade building systems to reduce virus transmission, while mitigating the energy impact.

What research is SEDAC doing in response to the pandemic?
We have been reviewing the latest research and best practices on safe and healthy buildings, and are sharing our findings in regular blog posts (see resources below). We have also been researching ways the energy efficiency workforce can become more resilient in times of crisis. We are learning about how energy efficiency workers are responding to the crisis, and how we can move forward in creative ways.

Stay safe and be well! We're here for you! Don't hesitate to reach out at 800.214.7954 or info@sedac.org.

COVID-19 Readiness Building Assessments

Is your building preparing to re-open? Are you concerned about keeping building occupants safe during the pandemic? While there is no shortage of recommendations, it's hard to know where to start. You may be wondering,

  • How do HVAC systems influence the spread of the virus?
  • What are the best measures for my unique facility to keep people safe?
  • How should I implement these measures and how much will they cost?
  • How will the measures impact energy use in my building, and is there anything I can do to reduce that energy impact?

SEDAC's all-new COVID-19 Readiness Building Assessments can help. We'll assess your current HVAC system and identify measures to improve indoor air quality, enhance ventilation and introduce air filtering and cleaning to help your facility become more safe, healthy, and resilient long after the pandemic is ended. Because some of these measures are likely to increase energy use, we'll also consider the energy implications and identify ways to make your building more efficient.

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COVID-19 Research and Resources

Importance of Fresh Air

As organizations scramble to make buildings safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be encouraging to know that many of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]