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SAIC Wins Retrofit Challenge

The City of Chicago recently announced the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) as the winner of its 2016 Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge for achieving a 44% reduction in energy at the Columbus Drive building this year.

Recognizing the importance of doing its part in maintaining a culture of sustainability, SAIC initiated the Columbus Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Retrofit Project. This involved number of energy efficiency upgrades, including new air handling units and an improved water heating system. Replacing of the old primary burnout kiln with a more energy efficient Blaauw Kiln reduced 131 metric tons of CO2 in 2016 alone, saving the school $21,488 in natural gas costs.

As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, these renovations have led to improved air quality, increased space, and greater overall comfort at SAIC.