Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
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The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) is an applied research program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The SEDAC mission is to reduce the energy footprint of the State of Illinois by helping Illinois businesses and communities achieve greater energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.
To accomplish this mission, SEDAC uses external funds to apply University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign expertise in the public interest, leading to substantial environmental, economic, and educational benefits. SEDAC is a public-private partnership and operates in collaboration with 360 Energy Group, private sector energy consulting firms, Illinois utilities, and other Illinois energy efficiency programs.
SEDAC works with students through internships and student employment, providing experiential training and preparing them for careers in the clean energy industry.
SEDAC Public Engagement Activities and Services
- Technical assistance with energy efficiency recommendations for over 2,200 buildings
- Quick advice on energy efficiency to over 4,500 callers through public call center
- Energy efficiency education delivered in over 500 workshops, webinars, and other events, reaching over 25,000 individuals
- Energy efficiency resources such as monthly newsletters (distributed to over 12,000 individuals), fact sheets, case studies, and videos, are available on the SEDAC Outreach page.
- Reduce the cost of doing business for Illinois entities through energy efficiency assistance projects. By expanding consumer awareness of energy efficient design alternatives and retrofit options, we transform markets to make these choices more viable.
- Demonstrate the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency strategies as a response to higher energy prices.
- Support job creation and retention in Illinois by reducing operating costs and providing opportunities (for students, architects, engineers and other building professionals) to learn and practice innovative, efficient building design and construction techniques.
- Support electric and natural gas reliability in the state by promoting energy efficient building practices that release system capacity.
- Reduce pollution by minimizing wasted energy and demonstrate that reducing environmental impact yields improved economic viability.
Energy efficiency measures recommended by SEDAC have led to energy savings of nearly 2.4 billion kWh and 117 million therms. These energy savings are equivalent to:
- Greenhouse gas emissions from 511,000 cars driven for one year
- CO2 emissions from all of the households in Boston for one year
Implemented energy efficiency measures have led to total cost savings of nearly $300 million for Illinois businesses and public sector entities, and have helped create or sustain 2,700 jobs. In addition, implemented energy efficiency measures have improved the safety of facilities and the health of users, through improved air quality, increased comfort, and greater code compliance.
- Department of Landscape Architecture
- Illinois PHA Energy Program
- UIC Energy Resources Center
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Technical Assistance for Buildings and Communities
Buildings and communities in Illinois can save energy and money by participating in SEDAC's energy efficiency programs. These programs provide the following technical assistance to make buildings more energy efficient:
- Energy assessments
- New construction design assistance
- Quick advice
- Economic analysis
- Utility incentive guidance
- Implementation assistance
- Information about financing options
To find out more and determine eligibility visit the Request SEDAC Services page to find contact information or apply online.
Students participate in SEDAC through internships and student employment. SEDAC’s internship program provides interns with a thorough foundation in understanding energy usage in buildings. Intern experiences include mentorship from experienced engineers and architects as they participate in instruction, hands-on workshops, field experience, and individual projects related to building energy usages. Find out more on Short Courses and Internship Program.