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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Here in Chicago where MEEA is based, the winter months get so cold the air hurts my face. During my walk to work a few days ago, I’m pretty sure I was close to becoming an actual Popsicle. The long nights and lack of sunshine only exacerbate the pain. When the weather outside is colder [Continue]

DOE Announces New Asset Score Partnership Program

DOE Announces New Asset Score Partnership Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced partnerships with 21 companies, federal agencies and state and local governments to promote the use of DOE’s Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool (the Asset Score). First released in 2014, the Asset Score is a free, web-based software tool that identifies opportunities to improve the [Continue]

US DOE Spotlights MEEA Research Team

US DOE Spotlights MEEA Research Team

Since 2009, MEEA has participated in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America research program as a member of the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR). Alongside team lead Gas Technology Institute and other members such as Elevate Energy, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Future Energy Enterprises, [Continue]

New Tomorrows for Today’s Buildings: Existing Building Commissioning Webinar

The term commissioning comes from shipbuilding. A commissioned ship is one deemed ready for service. Before being awarded this title, however, a ship must pass several milestones. Equipment is installed and tested, problems are identified and corrected, and the prospective crew is extensively trained. A commissioned ship, like a commissioned [Continue]

Advanced Outdoor Lighting Shines Brighter with the Presidential Challenge Launch

During 2015 alone, outdoor lighting in the U.S. will consume about 100 TWh of electricity, enough energy to power roughly 6 million homes (one terawatt hour equals about one trillion watt hours). This electricity consumption alone, costs cities a cumulative total of about $10 billion annually. As a means to keep budgets intact, many cities [Continue]

Funding for High Efficiency Street Lighting in Illinois

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has released a grant opportunity for Illinois public entities who are interested in upgrading their municipal owned and operated streetlights. As part of their Street and Roadway Lighting Pilot Program, this grant opportunity is an excellent method to start a retrofit pilot project converting existing [Continue]

DOE Seeks Input on Definition of Zero Energy Buildings

Designing and managing the use of a low energy using building or one that intends to use less than half (50%) of the typical building of its size and occupancy is a difficult process. However, design teams and building owners are beginning to create buildings which use as little energy as possible, while producing only [Continue]

Retrofit Chicago Commercial Challenge Program Updates with Impressive Statistics

Retrofit Chicago Commercial Challenge Program Updates with Impressive Statistics

The City of Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative is a voluntary program launched in 2012 as part of the overall Retrofit Chicago program. This Challenge provides support and recognition of existing commercial buildings over 200,000 square feet that commit to a 20% energy reduction within 5 years. On Friday July 18, members of the MEEA staff [Continue]

Learn about Deep Energy Retrofits at the 2014 BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference

A panel discussion in which Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager from MEEA, assisted in organizing and will be a co-presenter was recently accepted to present at the 2014 BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference! The conference will take place at the end of September in Chicago and will bring together building professionals from around [Continue]

EPA Reports – Tenant Engagement Leads to Whole Building Energy Savings

Are you looking for ways to engage your tenants in energy efficiency? Or are unsure of the best way to raise tenants’ awareness of your building’s sustainability initiatives? Are you a tenant who is searching for opportunities for positive collaboration with your tenants or landlord? The EPA recently released a resource to foster commercial [Continue]

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