Sept 2018
Energy Assessments 

Act now! From now until December 31, 2018, SEDAC is offering a limited number of energy assessments for public sector facilities in Ameren Illinois territory at no cost to the customer, through the Ameren Illinois Energy Savings Program. A SEDAC energy assessment includes a site visit, utility bill analysis, and a report with recommendations to save energy and money. We identify savings opportunities that typically reduce energy use by 10-30%. For more information, please see

RCx Services 

SEDAC also offers retro-commissioning (RCx) services for non-residential facilities (private and public sector) in Ameren Illinois territory. RCx seeks to improve how building equipment and systems operate. We identify no-cost or low-cost savings opportunities that typically reduce energy use by 10-20%. For more information, please see

Unsure where to start or which service would best meet your needs? Contact us at  800.214.7954 or, or fill out an application to get started.
Illinois Sustainability Awards 

SEDAC was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Awards! Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center has recognized private and public Illinois organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to sustaining our environmental, social, and economic health. 
We'll be at the Awards Ceremony on October 23rd to celebrate accomplishments and network with other sustainable organizations throughout the state. 

If you'll be at the ceremony, stop by our table and visit with us. We'd love to learn more about what you are doing and discuss ways we can work together to reduce the energy footprint of the State of Illinois. 
Spotlight on Savings

Woodridge Park District ARC
How do you build a new facility in an environmentally sustainable and fiscally responsible way? An energy efficient building design is key. Woodridge Park District reached out to SEDAC for help in making the designs for their Athletic Recreation Center more energy efficient to reduce operating costs. SEDAC recommended energy efficiency measures that are saving the district $40,000 annually, compared to the original design. Read the  case study  to explore the Park District's beautiful new Athletic Recreation Center and learn more about building for efficiency.  

Are you in the design phase of building construction? Let SEDAC help you find ways to make your building designs more energy efficient. Find out more here.  
Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Assessment Program 

SEDAC will be at the  Northern  Illinois Rural Water Association Conference in  Rockford on October 24th. Stop by our booth and say hi! We can answer your questions about the Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Assessment Program and help you get started saving energy and money.  Apply for a free energy assessment at , call us at 800.214.7954 or email us at

Funding for the Illinois Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Assessment Program has been provided in whole or in part by the Illinois EPA Office of Energy.
Energy Code Training 

Mark your calendars! Attend SEDAC's upcoming workshops to learn about Energy Code basics and prepare for upcoming code requirement changes. (The 2018 IECC will go into effect in Illinois in March of 2019.) 
  • "2018 IECC Electrical and Lighting Systems." October 11, 2018 from 11am to 3pm in Bloomington, IL. 
  • "Energy Code Basics & 2018 IECC Updates." November 7, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at the University of Illinois Chicago campus. 
  • "2018 IECC Updates." December 7, 2018 from 9am to 1pm at DuPage County Government Complex, Wheaton, IL.
Learn more about the workshops here. For information about our other training opportunities (online courses, webinars, and resources), please see For technical support and individualized guidance, call SEDAC at 800.214.7954 or email us at

Funding for the Illinois Energy Conservation Code Training Program has been provided in whole or in part by the Illinois EPA Office of Energy.
Energy Code Tip: Lighting Controls 

What the code requires. Lighting controls used to be simple: a light, a switch, maybe a pull-chain. Not anymore. Now the Code requires occupancy controls, time-switch controls, light reduction controls, and daylight controls for commercial buildings.  Section C405 of the IECC addresses lighting control requirements and exemptions (very few spaces are exempt).  Here are a few highlights: 
Occupancy Sensor
Why this is important.  When properly designed, installed, and commissioned, lighting controls can save significant amounts of energy. When  multiple lighting control approaches are used (as required by the Code), average energy savings potential is an impressive 38% (see this meta-analysis from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). An added benefit: following requirements for lighting controls will improve safety by ensuring that lighting is available when and where it is needed.  

Although lighting control requirements can be challenging to navigate, SEDAC provides individualized guidance on complying with the Illinois Energy Conservation Code (800.214.7954 or We also address lighting control requirements in our online training modules:
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