|ASHRAE Recognizes Sieben Energy Associates with Excellence in Engineering Award|
Saturday, December 01, 2012 (566 reads)
CHICAGO, IL - Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) received an Excellence in Engineering Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for successfully completing the retro-commissioning of the One East Wacker Drive building in downtown Chicago, recently renamed The Kemper Building.
SEA is honored to be among the nine winners of the 42nd Annual ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering awards. The retro-commissioning project resulted in verified annual electric and natural gas reductions of 10% and 12% respectively. The retro-commissioning project, launched in January 2011, was led by Phil Keuhn, SEA Director of Energy Efficiency, and supported by Chris Bibby, SEA Energy Efficiency Engineer, and was completed in April 2012.
Retro-commissioning, sometimes called “existing building commissioning” is a process that analyzes a building’s energy-consuming systems, equipment, and operations in search of low-cost operational improvements. After energy reduction measures are implemented, the retro-commissioning team measures and verifies the actual success of its solutions.
|John Albrecht Awarded LEED Fellow Designation|
Thursday, November 08, 2012 (339 reads)
Chicago, Illinois (November 8, 2012) – Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) is proud to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named John Albrecht, SEA’s Director of LEED Services, to the 2012 class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow designation recognizes exceptional and long term contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals. Albrecht was among forty-three of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals to be selected as LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process.
With 35 years of experience as an architect, John D. Albrecht has been a driving force for sustainability in Chicago for over 20 years. Albrecht is a founding member and a 2013 Board member of the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and was the City of Chicago’s first LEED AP. He helped facilitate numerous green building initiatives for the City including Mayor Daley’s Green Building Management Team, the Green Building Task Force, the Green Urban Design Committee, and the City’s LEED Pilot Program. Albrecht is an AIA member and holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Board Certification. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (LEED AP ID+C) and Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance for (LEED AP O+M) and has been the Project Team Administrator for over 40 LEED certified projects and a team member on another 60+ projects.
|Sieben Energy Associates Announces Director of LEED Services|
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (1023 reads)
January 25, 2012
CHICAGO, IL - Sieben Energy Associates is proud to announce John D. Albrecht has joined the firm as Director of LEED Services. Sieben Energy Associates is a consulting firm offering energy efficiency, LEED, and energy management solutions.
John D. Albrecht has been a driving force for sustainability in Chicago for over fifteen years. In addition to being a founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, John is the City of Chicago’s first LEED AP. He has coordinated numerous Green Building initiatives for the City including Mayor Daley’s Green Building Management Team, the Green Building Task Force, the Green Urban Design Committee, the City’s LEED Pilot Program, and he was instrumental in developing the City’s Environmental Action Agenda.
|Ogden International School Certified LEED Gold.|
Monday, December 26, 2011 (992 reads)
December 26, 2011
CHICAGO, IL - Sieben Energy Associates is proud to share that a LEED for Schools project has been certified Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Ogden International School of Chicago, developed by the Public Building Commission of Chicago, designed by Nagle Hartray Architecture, and with Sieben Energy Associates as LEED consultant was certified as a LEED Gold building on December 23, 2011.
The K-8 school introduced innovations like a multi-level green roof, low mercury lamps, and used building materials that were regionally sourced or containing recycled content to attain the high rating. Ogden also received special recognition for using certified wood. Beyond being awarded a Gold LEED Certification, the Ogden School project was acknowledged with a 2011 Patron of the Year nomination from the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the 2011 Engineering News Record Award of Merit in the K-12 Educational Facilities Category.
|Sieben Energy Associates Awarded Two "Excellence in Engineering" Awards from ASHRAE|
Thursday, December 22, 2011 (777 reads)
December 22, 2011
CHICAGO, IL - The Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) recognized the superior performance of Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) at its December 6, 2011 awards luncheon. SEA was presented with two “Excellence in Engineering” awards for energy efficiency projects completed at Chicago skyscrapers during 2011.
|SEA Scores High Marks in Retro-Commissioning Program|
Friday, September 16, 2011 (579 reads)
September 16, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) recently completed its latest set of projects for the ComEd Retro-Commissioning Program. SEA’s engineering team concluded retro-commissioning projects at ten buildings in the Chicago area, reducing each building’s annual energy consumption by nearly 5% on average.
In its final report card for the 2010–11 program year from Nexant, ComEd’s program administrator, SEA received excellent scores for the identification of significant energy savings opportunities and customer satisfaction.
|Elevating Energy Efficiency in Chicago: SEA Partners with Argonne National Laboratory, Others to Transform Downtown|
Friday, September 02, 2011 (1017 reads)
September 2, 2011
ARGONNE, IL – Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill on an important assignment that could bring sweeping change to the Chicago Loop. Many existing buildings are prime candidates for energy efficiency retrofits, but a wide variety of barriers—structural, financial, behavioral—prevent projects from moving beyond the proposal stage.
Argonne, SEA, and project partners are seeking to upend that paradigm by developing decision-making tools to overcome those barriers. If successful, the end result will be a greener city center, and Chicago’s approach will serve as an example to other major cities. In supporting the project, SEA is contributing energy engineering expertise and leveraging its extensive knowledge of the Chicago building landscape.