More buildings plan green makeovers with Retrofit Chicago

Nine months since its inception, Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative is set to double in size. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that 18 new buildings will participate in the program, bringing the total area to over 28 million square feet.

The program calls for participants to voluntarily pledge to reduce the energy used per building by 20 percent over a 5 year period – the new participants are projected to save an estimated $5 million per year in energy costs, while reducing electricity use by some 65 million kilowatt-hours. Other benefits of the program include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating jobs.

“This expansion of Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative highlights the leadership of commercial building owners, managers, and tenants in making Chicago a center of building efficiency and a place where companies are maximizing their ability to compete,” said Mayor Emanuel of the program.

The 18 new participants include commercial offices, hotels, nonprofits, and residential and cultural institutions.

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