Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Lake Shore Campus
LEED Gold designation incorporating all possible Energy and Atmosphere points.
ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering Award; First-Place: Chapter
Commonwealth Edison Smart Ideas Program incentive for $250,000
Illinois Clean Energy Program incentive for $90,000
Project Highlights and Results
- Elara Green Project: Geothermal, Cascading Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Harvesting, Biodiesel Boiler.
- Project incorporates an existing high-rise dormitory building with new, state-of-the art laboratory, classroom and dormitory spaces which interact as part of an energy efficient building complex.
- Vertical closed-loop geothermal system installed underneath the building with supplemental heat from a biodiesel fuel burning boiler.
- 56% energy cost reduction achieved, exceeding predicted value of 47%.
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