Retrofitting Buildings

According to 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 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 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.



2 thoughts on “Retrofitting Buildings

  1. I believe that this is a huge issue overlooked in the city. it is prominently the older buildings, which Chicago has a lot of, that cause the problem of emissions. In my blog, I found that these buildings contain harmful toxins such as lead and this could lead to lead poisoning. So removing the lead from these older buildings could be an addition to the retrofitting of buildings.


  2. I’m curious how Chicago’s building emissions compare to other cities in the US because of the city’s push to establish green roofs and an increasing number of new development projects seeking LEED certifications. And what exactly is the definition of building emissions? Does this refer to heating and cooling costs, and thus wasted energy because of poorly insulated walls and windows?
    Also what exactly does it mean to have a LEED building? I think it would be interesting to examine the tax credit system and some issues there may be with manipulating loopholes in this system.
    The city of Chicago also has a lot of systems for rebates and a streamlined solar panel installation that might be of interest to you:


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