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Herman Hall 

3241 S Federal Street, Chicago IL, 60616 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 256427

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Building Info

Square Footage
111,135 sqft
Lower than 57% of all buildings
0.9x median
130,550 sqft
0.9x median College/University
119,629 sqft
Primary Property Type
Community Area
Illinois Institute of Technology
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Emissions & Energy Information for 2021

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
88.9 kg CO2e / sqft
#5 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#3 Highest of College/Universities 🚨
14x median
6.5 kg CO2e / sqft
11x median College/University
8.3 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
9,883.9 metric tons CO2 eq.
#4 Highest of College/Universities 🚨
Higher than 97% of all buildings
11x median
873.9 metric tons CO2 eq.
10x median College/University
1,014 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
1,546.9 kBtu / sqft
#5 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#3 Highest of College/Universities 🚨
12x median
126.8 kBtu / sqft
10x median College/University
162.2 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
1,632.9 kBtu / sqft
#2 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#2 Highest of College/Universities 🚨
22x median
73.6 kBtu / sqft
18x median College/University
91.2 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
76,955.1 kBtu
Est. Gas Bill: $900 for 2021**
Lower than 91% of all buildings
1/67 median
5,147,647.2 kBtu
1/50 median College/University
3,841,413 kBtu
Electricity Use
2,373,953.6 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $99,000 for 2021**
Lower than 65% of all buildings
0.6x median
3,656,138.8 kBtu
0.5x median College/University
4,515,638.7 kBtu
District Steam Use
7,770,781 kBtu

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

District Chilled Water Use
171,247,228.9 kBtu

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

* Note on Rankings: Rankings and medians are among included buildings, which are those who reported under the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance for the year 2021, 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: