Elara provides building owners, associations, management companies, and developers with energy efficient designs that enhance occupant comfort, decrease energy costs, and ease ongoing operability and maintenance along with the procurement of utility incentives.
25 E. Superior (The Fordham)
- Heating Conversion/Mechanical Upgrade and New Chilled Water Plant Projects projected to save approximately $400K annually in avoided utility costs
- $98,500 utility incentive successfully achieved for both projects
130 N. Garland Court
- $25,000 procured for previously unaccounted metering credit.
- $440,265 in energy cost saved from actual utility bills over a 12-month period.
- $1,086,352 in energy cost savings recorded over a 33-month period.
125 S. Jefferson (Park Alexandria)
- $34,024 incentive from ComEd Smart Ideas Program
- $137,029 annual savings identified in energy conservation measures
- Electricity use reduced by 20%, natural gas use reduced by 36%
180 East Pearson
- ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering Award; First-Place: Chapter
- 50% reduction in energy costs
- Project improved system performance, reduced energy consumption, and improved occupant comfort.
180 East Pearson – Generator Replacement
- Replaced 575kW generator
- Secured Chicago Special Permission Code Variance for a 74th floor installation
- Eliminated expensive, disruptive helicopter lift of new generator
320 W. Oakdale
- Replaced aging boilers designed to handle heating and domestic hot water load for entire building
- Smaller, more energy efficient boilers selected to address the challenge of working within a small space
525 W. Hawthorne Place
- ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering Award; First-Place: Chapter, Regional, International
- $243,906 Annual Utility Savings (50% decrease in annual utility costs after mechanical upgrade)
1122 North Clark Street (The Elm at Clark)
- Chiller & boiler plant replacement, MUA replacement, FACP upgrade
- $82,539 in utility incentive funding
- Reduced changeover time between heating and cooling modes from days to hours
1130 S. Michigan Avenue
- Engineering design upgraded building electrical service and infrastructure while fully occupied, with minimal disturbance to residents
- Additional modifications brought system into compliance with local code
1660 North LaSalle Condominiums – System Replacements/ Upgrades
- Boiler plant replacement & chiller redundancy implementation
- Expected $46,500 in annual utility savings
- Secured $57,500 in utility incentive funding
3900 N LSD Plumbing Riser Replacement
- Replaced all DW, sanitary and kitchen waste, vent and stormwater main distribution, risers and branch piping throughout 25-story building.
- Converted existing single-zone system to a two pressure zone system.
Lake Park Plaza Condominiums
- Energy analysis identified opportunity to replace the building’s original absorption cooling unit with new high-efficiency electric chillers
- Saved over $175,000 (26% decrease) in utility costs in first year of operation of new cooling system
Rethke Terrace Certified Passive House
- Certified Passive House (PHIUS+) and LEED Platinum designation
- Key design elements include: energy efficient lighting, energy recovery ventilators, maximized day-lighting, VRF heating/cooling systems
- MEPFP design supported adaptive reuse of Chicago Landmark Building
- Designed to exceed the City of Chicago sustainability ordinance