Technical Assistance

Site VisitThe foundation for strong client relationships

SEDAC's experience suggests that technical assistance is crucial in helping participants implement energy efficiency. Our technical expertise serves as the foundation for strong client relationships and is a highly valued resource in helping clients overcome the barriers to energy efficiency.

SEDAC has a wealth of technical assistance experience, including:

  • 2,700 energy assessments and retro-commissioning projects since 2004
  • Quick technical advice and implementation assistance for over 4,500 callers

Implemented energy savings measures have led to energy savings of 2.4 billion kWh and 117 million therms--equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 511,111 cars driven for one year. These energy savings have led to cost savings of nearly $300 million. Clients have included large metropolitan museums, airports, grocery chains, and hundreds of businesses and public sector entities. 

What we do

SEDAC's technical assistance is tailored to the needs of our clients and our partners' energy efficiency program goals. Through phone calls, emails, face-to-face consultations, and written reports, we provide energy efficiency recommendations that are adoptable, effective and affordable. We offer economic analysis and financing guidance to help our clients implement our recommendations and verify savings to ensure that program goals are being met.

SEDAC has provided the following technical assistance for clients and programs:

  • Quick or specialized advice
  • Whole building analysis
  • ASHRAE style audits
  • Energy efficiency recommenations
  • Benchmarking
  • Energy usage analysis
  • Comprehensive economic analysis
  • Energy efficiency financing guidance
  • Implementation assistance
  • Verification visits

Meet our staff

Robert NemethRobert Nemeth, SEDAC's Technical Director, consults with facilities and identifies cost-effective improvements to increase energy efficiency. He supervises our building energy specialists and engineers, making sure that the reports and advice we give our clients meet our high standards.

A licensed architect, Robert has a broad range of experience, from working at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory as an energy systems researcher to investigating mold and moisture problems in Native American housing for the University of Illinois' Building Research Council. He's been involved in designing and constructing buildings since 1975 and has taught technology courses at the University of Illinois and Parkland College.

Donghwa KimDonghwa Kim, one of our building energy specialists, reviews construction documents and conducts energy assessments to identify energy savings for clients. She follows up with clients to see how energy savings measures are being implemented, providing additional technical assistance when needed. Kim also works with our graduate student interns and employees, training them to become building energy specialists and preparing them for careers in the clean energy industry. What does she like best about her job?  "Every day I am learning something new and solving a new challenge." 

Kim has degrees in Architectural Studies and Civil Engineering and previously worked in an architectural firm where she assisted with projects from the pre-design phase through construction.  

Meet more of our staff here

Success Stories

Joliet Junior CollegeJoliet Junior College

Patrick Van Duyne, director of facilities at Joliet Junior College, first met SEDAC at an energy seminar in 2008. After listening to SEDAC's presentation, Mr. Van Duyne asked SEDAC to review designs for a building that would soon be under construction. SEDAC reviewed the designs, complimented Joliet Junior College on its commitment to energy efficiency, and recommended that they continue to work together. Since then, Mr. Van Duyne has worked with SEDAC on multiple energy assessments, RCx projects, and new construction projects. This year, he asked SEDAC to perform another energy assessment for the buildings on the main campus. He plans to use the assessment report to create a long-term energy master plan to identify potential savings and decide where to direct his efforts. 

When working with Mr. Van Duyne on these projects, SEDAC follows up with emails and phone calls to see what has been implemented, provide additional advice, and find out if there are other facilities or projects that need attention. This long-term partnership has led to substantial savings. By implementing many of SEDAC's recommendations, Joliet Junior College's annual energy cost intensity dropped from $1.85 per square foot to $1.42 per square foot. "Without SEDAC's help, we wouldn't be where we are today," Mr. Van Duyne says. Read the entire case study here

Huntley High SchoolHuntley High School

Doug Renkosik, operations and maintenance director for Huntley Community School District 158, likes working with SEDAC because they give him independent, expert advice on how to make his buildings more efficient and energy cost savings data that he can present to the school board. With help from SEDAC and other organizations, Mr. Renkosik has been able to get school board approval for lighting retrofits, chiller upgrades, and HVAC control retrofits. "SEDAC's support has been helping me sell continued investment in energy efficiency for our board, leading to significant energy savings," Mr. Renkosik writes. 

Mr. Renkosik worked with SEDAC when Huntley High School was being renovated and expanded. Could the size of the building increase by 25% with no net increase in energy cost? SEDAC provided design assistance and an energy assessment of the existing building, identifying measures that could make the building more energy efficient and save the school $53,000 annually. The school district implemented the recommendations, and the renovated school has lower utility costs than it did before the expansion. "SEDAC has been very easy to work with," Mr. Renkosik says. "I can't say that in enough different ways." Read the entire case study here.