Diagram decorative image

ESD Recognized for Envisioning Innovation

ESD is the winner of the Chicago Chapter of CoreNet Global 2021 Real Award for Sustainability and Wellness.

The award recognizes the research and results of a study that all began with a simple question: What if every downtown Chicago building over 300,000 square feet built between 1980-1995 replaced its existing end-of-useful-life chillers with upgraded equipment and refrigerants? How much carbon reduction could be achieved?

The results of the research were astounding. With this targeted subset of all existing downtown Chicago buildings, the impact proved to be significant, reducing total global warming potential (GWP) by 315,800 tons of CO2. That is the equivalent of removing 68,650 vehicles from the road for a year.

The results were shared with industry sustainability leaders, building owners, and building managers to help illustrate how investment decisions with relatively minimal cost and schedule effect can have a significant impact toward reducing carbon output from their buildings. Clearly quantified results can make these facilities more attractive to current and potential tenants, more competitive in the commercial real estate market, as well as help building owners and managers stay ahead of anticipated changes to codes and legislation.

Congratulations to Practice Leader Andrew Lehrer and the High Performance Buildings team for leading the study in pursuit of ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.

Reach out to ESD’s High Performance Buildings experts to learn more about upgrading aging cooling systems, adaptive reuse, and building repositioning for high rise facilities.

Related News

Interested in learning more? Check out these related news items.

Lehrer Sheds Light on Building Electrification

The Smart City Podcast is featuring ESD Practice Leader for High Performance Buildings Andrew Lehrer as it explores the catalysts sparking sustainability in the real estate industry and how electricity plays a key role in the process. (Listen to the Building Electrification podcast.)

Patel Joins Chicago Energy Transformation Code Panel

A recent event sponsored by AIA Chicago and the Illinois Green Alliance is the latest effort to shed light on the 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code that went into effect November 1, 2022 with additional requirements starting on January 1, 2023. (Learn more about the 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code.)

A Practical Guide to Retro-Commissioning in the Age of Climate Change

Sustainability in the built environment is an expansive industry and currently enjoying its time in the spotlight due to increased pressures from communities and governmental bodies to combat climate change. From building design initiatives such as net zero and electrification to renewables and green building certifications, it can be a complicated and overwhelming field to navigate. (Learn more about the sustainable retro-commissioning.)