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6045 Kenwood Building 

6045 S Kenwood Ave, Chicago IL, 60637 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 172151

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Building Info

Square Footage
99,163 sqft
Lower than 65% of all buildings
0.7x median
139,707 sqft
1/3 median Office
259,000 sqft
Primary Property Type
Community Area
University of Chicago
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Emissions & Energy Information for 2022

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
79.7 kg CO2e / sqft
#3 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Offices 🚨
12x median
6.4 kg CO2e / sqft
12x median Office
6.9 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
7,899.6 metric tons CO2 eq.
Higher than 96% of all buildings
9x median
885.8 metric tons CO2 eq.
4.3x median Office
1,832.2 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
1,593.6 kBtu / sqft
#3 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Offices 🚨
12x median
132.2 kBtu / sqft
11x median Office
142.6 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
884.1 kBtu / sqft
#2 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Offices 🚨
11x median
78.4 kBtu / sqft
13x median Office
66.3 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
91,728 kBtu
Est. Gas Bill: $1,000 for 2022**
Lower than 92% of all buildings
1/63 median
5,818,399.6 kBtu
1/29 median Office
2,672,800.1 kBtu
Electricity Use
40,478,338.3 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $1,696,000 for 2022**
Higher than 96% of all buildings
11x median
3,796,376.7 kBtu
3.9x median Office
10,340,763.6 kBtu
District Steam Use
5,892,593 kBtu

Most buildings don't use district steam, so we don't currently have comparison data.

District Chilled Water Use
41,211,957.9 kBtu

Most buildings don't use district chilling, so we don't currently have comparison data.

Historical Data

Year Floor Area sqft Chicago Energy
Energy Star
GHG Intensity kg CO2e / sqft GHG Emissions metric tons CO2e Source EUI kBTU / sqft Electricity Use kBTU Natural Gas Use kBTU District Steam Use kBTU
2015 99,164 - - 14.21,405262.2338,613112,240 7,752,201
2016 99,164 - - 41.94,156.8742.813,280,23098,010 8,251,769
2017 99,164 - - 48.64,819.9856.316,569,109- 7,710,064
2018 95,342 4.0 - 67.86,466.21153.728,083,834- 6,767,066
2019 99,163 4.0 95 62.86,223.41117.128,653,798- 5,295,235
2020 99,163 1.0 - 51.15,069907.720,757,693103,570 5,022,596
2021 99,163 1.0 - 69.46,886.41312.632,537,674112,836 6,679,391
2022 99,163 1.0 - 79.77,899.61593.640,478,33891,728 5,892,593
Total GHG Emissions (metric tons CO2e)

* Note on Rankings: Rankings and medians are among included buildings, which are those who reported under the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance for the year 2022, which only applies to buildings over 50,000 square feet.

** Note on Bill Estimates: Estimates for gas and electric bills are based on average electric and gas retail prices for Chicago in 2021 and are rounded. We expect large buildings would negotiate lower rates with utilities, but these estimates serve as an upper bound of cost and help understand the volume of energy a building is used by comparing it to your own energy bills! See our Chicago Gas & Electric Costs Source (opens in a new tab) for the original statistics.

Data Source: Chicago Energy Benchmarking Data (opens in a new tab)

What Should We Do About This?

Practically every building has room to improve with energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, switching to ENERGY STAR rated appliances, and more, but for any buildings with large natural gas use, we recommend one thing: electrify!

In other words, buildings should look to move all on-site uses of fossil fuels (including space heating, water heating, and cooking) to electrically powered systems like industrial grade heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction stoves. With Illinois' current electric supply, just using the same amount of energy from electricity, rather than natural gas (aka methane) will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is because Illinois' grid in 2020 was already 67% carbon-free (see Illinois - Power | DecarbMyState (opens in a new tab)). This has already been done across the country with a variety of buildings, large and small, like the Hotel Marcel (opens in a new tab).

You can help make this a reality by talking to building owners and letting them know that a building's emissions are important to you, and that you want to see their building become fully electric and stop emitting greenhouse gases. Particularly for buildings you have a financial stake in (like your university, work, condo building, or apartment building) your voice in concert with your fellow building users can have a huge impact.

Additional Resources

See some additional resources on improving energy efficiency and understanding this data: