By: Diane Benjamin’
Illinois ranks third, behind Washington DC and Massachusetts, in the LEED certified number of square feet per capita.
Many of those LEED buildings are in Normal. The new Uptown buildings have it written on the doors, Normal requires LEED construction whenever they can.
The Children’s Discovery Museum is one of those buildings. Building to LEED is supposedly GREEN and efficient. (and more expensive)
Building GREEN didn’t achieve the desired results: https://smartenergy.illinois.edu/normal-childrens-discovery-museum/
A study had to be done to determine why the building wasn’t performing as predicted: https://faasedac.web.illinois.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Childrens-Discovery-Museum-Case-Study-053113.pdf
Click and link and read it yourself. A few takeaways:
Observations made during the site visit partially explained the discrepancy. It was a normal practice, according to
building staff, to prop the door open when groups of visitors arrived. Lights were also left on all night.
Evidently everything from lights to heat and air conditioning is programmed. All the systems were reset, what happened next?
This document is dated May of 2013.
The above link is to last Monday’s meeting. Two energy bills were listed for CDM: PDF page 36
All of the payments for the last year are in the packets, anyone want to add them up?
Of course building LEED is more expensive. CDM is the best case study available. If every month is this expensive LEED is just a sign on the door and means next to nothing.