311 South Wacker: Smartest Building in Chicago

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Posted by: Bob Best

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Zeller Realty had a vision when it bought 311 South Wacker, a 1.4-million-square-foot iconic office tower in downtown Chicago, in 2014 – to make it the city’s model of energy efficiency.

With the help of ComEd, JLL and Cypress Envirosystems, they have done it.

First, the site team replaced the old thermostats with wireless pneumatic thermostats through Cypress Envirosystems.

This opened the way… Read More

Time Is Running Out on Federal Solar Incentives!

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Now is the time to move ahead with solar installations.

The federal investment tax credit (ITC) runs out at the end of 2016, and they can cover as much as 30% of the cost of a solar installation.

The rush is on now, because the ITC applies to projects that are producing power by the end of 2016, meaning that projects must essentially… Read More

GRESB Performance Indicators: the industry perspective on ‘why?’

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Who thinks that energy will be abundant and get cheaper and cheaper over the medium and long term? That there will be security of supply that does not have significant political ramifications? And who thinks that there is an unlimited capacity for humans, as we enter the Anthropocene, to transfer carbon from the ground into the atmosphere – and for the climate to remain stable?

Those are… Read More

Solar Electricity Just Keeps Getting Cheaper and Cheaper

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In 1977, the average cost of solar panels was about $77/watt .

Today, the cost is a little over $.60/watt.

Utilities, commercial buildings and even home-owners are responding as you might expect … solar installations are booming.

In fact, for the first time ever, more new renewable electric generating capacity is being added to the world’s power grid (dominantly solar) than capacity… Read More

Chicago Roars Ahead In Energy Efficiency!

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The Windy City is moving in the right direction when it comes to energy efficiency.

The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) just released its second City Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings.

Chicago sailed from #51 to #6 and is the top city in the Midwest.  It is also one of the most improved cities in the country, with a… Read More