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3440 S DEARBORN ST, Chicago IL, 60616 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 172544

Building Info

Square Footage
144,195 sqft
Higher than 51% of all buildings
1.0x median
139,707 sqft
0.6x median Office
259,000 sqft
Primary Property Type
Community Area
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Emissions & Energy Information for 2022

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
21.7 kg CO2e / sqft
#5 Highest of Offices 🚨
Higher than 98% of all buildings
3.4x median
6.4 kg CO2e / sqft
3.1x median Office
6.9 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
3,133.4 metric tons CO2 eq.
Higher than 87% of all buildings
3.5x median
885.8 metric tons CO2 eq.
1.7x median Office
1,832.2 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
416.5 kBtu / sqft
#5 Highest of Offices 🚨
Higher than 98% of all buildings
3.2x median
132.2 kBtu / sqft
2.9x median Office
142.6 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
282.9 kBtu / sqft
#32 Highest in Chicago* 🚩
#3 Highest of Offices 🚨
3.6x median
78.4 kBtu / sqft
4.3x median Office
66.3 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
0 kBtu
Lower than 97% of all buildings
Median Chicago Building
5,818,399.6 kBtu
Median Office
2,672,800.1 kBtu
This Building Uses District Heating ❗

Although this building didn't burn any natural gas on site, it's connected to a district heating system, a centralized system for heating multiple buildings. District heating systems can be fully electric, but in Chicago most district heating systems are natural gas powered, meaning this building was most likely still heated with natural gas.

Electricity Use
9,479,245.7 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $397,000 for 2022**
Higher than 77% of all buildings
2.5x median
3,796,376.7 kBtu
0.9x median Office
10,340,763.6 kBtu
District Steam Use
17,120,765 kBtu

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

District Chilled Water Use
14,194,595.5 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
2016 144,195 - 3 27.84,013.6493.311,317,262- 17,113,602
2017 144,195 - 2 28.14,055.1498.610,913,002- 18,028,206
2018 144,195 1.0 - 26.43,803.8457.910,283,474- 19,342,799
2020 144,195 1.0 2 24.43,522.4435.910,302,383- 16,855,698
2021 144,195 1.0 2 23.33,363.4432.39,902,3060 16,758,983
2022 144,195 1.0 2 21.73,133.4416.59,479,2450 17,120,765
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: