On January 23, 2014, three members of MEEA’s staff had the opportunity to present on their work subject matter to members of the public at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. CCGT held several events during the week devoted to energy efficiency that were held at their education center, “Green Tech U.” Attendees of the MEEA session included homeowners, engineers, designers, and environmental advocates.
Kelsey Horton spoke about the work she does on Illinois Home Performance, a residential efficiency program sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Kelsey gave an overview of the program and provided information on how Illinois homeowners can participate. Scott Yee spoke about some of the innovative research that MEEA has done as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. Scott also gave an overview of MEEA’s HVAC quality installation and maintenance program called HVAC SAVE, which helps to verify and improve the installed efficiency of residential HVAC equipment. Matthew Giudice gave an overview of building energy codes in the Midwest and how codes translate to energy savings in our region.
The audience was eager to participate in the discussion, and there were many questions and answers during each presentation. MEEA looks forward to collaborating with CCGT in the future and thanks them for hosting a great and informative event.