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Digital Lakeside 

350 E Cermak, Chicago IL, 60616 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 101185

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⚠️ This building did not report data in 2022, this data is from 2020, the latest year reported

Building Info

Square Footage
1,262,150 sqft
9x median
139,707 sqft
7x median Data Center
170,000 sqft
Primary Property Type
Data Center
Community Area
Near South Side
Not Tagged

Emissions & Energy Information for 2020

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
142.1 kg CO2e / sqft
22x median
6.4 kg CO2e / sqft
1.8x median Data Center
77.8 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
173,705.5 metric tons CO2 eq.
196x median
885.8 metric tons CO2 eq.
15x median Data Center
11,895.4 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
2,538.5 kBtu / sqft
19x median
132.2 kBtu / sqft
1.5x median Data Center
1,655 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
1,110.3 kBtu / sqft
14x median
78.4 kBtu / sqft
1.9x median Data Center
593.2 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
Not Reported

This data was not reported for this building, which likely means a value of zero for this field.

Electricity Use
987,573,211 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $41,390,000 for 2020**
260x median
3,796,376.7 kBtu
11x median Data Center
90,051,317 kBtu
District Steam Use
2,620,722.7 kBtu

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

District Chilled Water Use
363,190,557.9 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
2019 1,222,150 2.0 1 151.5185,162.12556.6992,328,337- 834,713
2020 1,262,150 1.0 1 142.1173,705.52538.5987,573,211- 2,620,722
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: