According to chicagoclimateaction.org buildings in Chicago account for approximently 70 percent of all emissions in the city. That is a high number for the cause of emissions here in Chicago especially with the large number of buildings that are in the City of Chicago. This same website gives the reader seven strategies to reduce the emissions caused by buildings; retrofit commercial and industrial buildings, retrofit residential buildings, trade-in appliances, conserve water, update city energy code, establish new guidelines for renovations, and cool with trees and and green roofs. In this blog post let’s focus on retrofitting commercial, industrial, and residential buildings to reduce the emissions from buildings in Chicago.
According to retrofitchicagocbi.org the city of Chicago have already started retrofitting buildings. This initiative wants buildings to reduce energy use of buildings by 20% within the five years. I feel like the best course of action for this to happen is to have incentives for buildings to join this initiative, having some kind of reward for building owners to join the initiative can spark a rise in retrofit buildings. According to wbdg.org buildings consume 40% of the total energy in the United States. If we can retrofit buildings it could have a big effect on this entire city in a good way.