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Salem Baptist Church of ChicagoΒ 

10909 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago IL, 60628 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 163223

Building Info

Square Footage
91,800 sqft
Lower than 69% of all buildings
0.7x median
139,707 sqft
1.0x median Worship Facility
91,800 sqft
Primary Property Type
Worship Facility
Community Area
Not Tagged

Emissions & Energy Information for 2022

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
78 kg CO2e / sqft
#4 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Worship Facilities 🚨
12x median
6.4 kg CO2e / sqft
13x median Worship Facility
5.9 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
7,160.1 metric tons CO2 eq.
#1 Highest of Worship Facilities 🚨
Higher than 96% of all buildings
8x median
885.8 metric tons CO2 eq.
9x median Worship Facility
785.5 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
1,545.5 kBtu / sqft
#4 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Worship Facilities 🚨
12x median
132.2 kBtu / sqft
13x median Worship Facility
122.3 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
1,440.9 kBtu / sqft
#1 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Worship Facilities 🚨
18x median
78.4 kBtu / sqft
22x median Worship Facility
66.4 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
130,570,524.6 kBtu
Est. Gas Bill: $1,557,000 for 2022**
#10 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#1 Highest of Worship Facilities 🚨
22x median
5,818,399.6 kBtu
21x median Worship Facility
6,137,653 kBtu
Electricity Use
1,707,035.8 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $72,000 for 2022**
Lower than 76% of all buildings
1/2 median
3,796,376.7 kBtu
0.7x median Worship Facility
2,380,547.6 kBtu

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
2016 91,800 - 1 304.627,960.96001.53,598,008513,938,577
2017 91,800 - 1 26.32,415.1503.03,048,68334,857,170
2018 91,800 1.0 1 49.74,563.6973.31,772,30880,368,447
2020 91,800 1.0 1 42.93,940.5844.51,302,35070,361,038
2021 91,800 1.0 1 52.64,829.81039.71,528,16186,821,581
2022 91,800 1.0 1 78.07,160.11545.51,707,035130,570,524

* 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: