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June 24, 2018
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Smart Energy Design Workshop in Macomb
(wium) - Everyone is looking to save a buck. A workshop in Macomb next week is designed to show local governments and businesses how to do so by using less energy.

Donald Fournier, Chair and Senior Researcher at the University of Illinois School of Architecture's Building Research Council, said he can often find energy savings of 25% - 30% in a typical building.

"The idea (behind the workshop) being to help businsesses get a handle on their high energy costs and to make them more profitable and to keep jobs in Illinois," Fournier said.

Fournier, who is also the Managing Director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC), said the workshop will also provide information on financing programs that offer incentives for energy efficiency.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 12:30pm - 4:00pm, at the Spoon River College Outreach Center in Macomb.

There is no cost to attend. Registration can be done on-line through the University of Illinois Extension Service.

Fournier said many buildings constructed in the 1960s and '70s are not well designed for energy efficiency.

"They tended to be under-insulated and have cheaper systems in them," Fournier said. "Of course, they're now 40-to-50 years old and it's time for the lighting systems to be changed and a lot of equipment upgrades are needed in those."

He said improved energy standards were established in the late 1970s due to the energy crisis. He said building codes continue to be updated for improved efficiency.

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