Mayor Rahm Emanuel Launches Retrofit Chicago’s Residential Partnership

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently revealed the 50th building to join Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative, and announced the launch of the program’s third phase, the Residential Partnership, alongside United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently revealed the 50th building to join Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative, and announced the launch of the program’s third phase, the Residential Partnership, alongside United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative is a voluntary leadership effort to reduce energy usage in the city by 20 percent within five years. According to a news release, the program now reaches 50 buildings and nearly 39 million square feet. The latest properties to join the initiative are Madison Plaza at 200 W. Madison and 440 N. Wells.

The Mayor took the opportunity to announce the launch of the third phase of the Retrofit program, a residential initiative meant to reduce total net electricity usage by 4.503 gigawatts over a period of 36 months.

Retrofit Chicago’s Residential Partnership with Elevate Energy aims to implement energy efficiency upgrades in 2,500 electric heated apartments and distribute efficiency products to 7,500 households over the next three years, as part of the Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda. Eligible buildings can receive free energy assessments and installation of energy efficient light bulbs in common areas. In order to participate, owners need to submit an application on the Retrofit website, retrofit.cityofchicago.org.

“Retrofit Chicago participants are leading a rising private sector energy movement that demonstrates how efficiency leads to saving money, reducing carbon emissions, creating 21st century jobs, and lowering the cost of doing business in Chicago,” Emanuel says.

The Residential Partnership is a joint effort between the City of Chicago and ComEd, Peoples Gas, Elevate Energy, the Community Investment Corp., the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. 6731 S. Jeffrey Blvd. recently received one of the country’s first Energy Star certifications for multifamily buildings, with a score of 99 out of 100, after completing upgrades through the Residential Partnership program.

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