3 Chicago Buildings That Use No Energy Whatsoever
The New Buildings Institute recently came out with its latest list of Verified Zero Energy Buildings, and Chicago had a favorable showing, contributing three to the ranks.
1. Walgreens Evanston Store
Location: Evanston, IL
Building Type: Retail
Size: 14k SF
Cool Energy Features: Two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 feet into the ground, power this store.
2. Harmony House for Cats Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Building Type: Other
Size: 7,095 SF
Cool Energy Features: 14 geothermal wells, 20 solar thermal panels, plus a solar photovoltaic system of 96 panels heat and cool the building.
3. Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign
Location: Urbana/Champaign, IL
Building Type: Higher education
Size: 250k SF
Cool Energy Features: An array of photovoltaic cells adds to a chilled beam system to cool and heat the classroom tower.