AIA & Illinois Green Alliance Advocate for Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA)

Valeria Macias

Posted by Valeria Macias

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has partnered with Illinois Green Alliance to advocate and establish sustainability through the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). They're taking decisive action on the climate crisis by putting Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy. If passed, the act will allow efficiency programs to fix health and safety problems. At the moment, Massachusetts is the only state to have passed a progressive climate change bill and Illinois works to catch up. 

Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) advocacy and goals 

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Dramatic expansion of gas efficiency programs 
  • Approximately gain $700 million per year in net benefits 
  • Focused on building shell measures 
  • Electric Energy Efficiency 
    • Extends utility savings targets indefinitely
  • Solar
    • Essentially restarts Illinois’ solar industry 
      • Triple the size of Illinois Solar for All
      • Rooftop solar will significantly pencil out under CEJA 
  • Equity 
    • Will ensure that all workers, communities and businesses benefit equitably from every program and policy in the bill 
  • Stretch Energy Code; Building Performance Standards
    • Model Codes used to establish energy efficiency requirements: 
      • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE
    • Stretch codes provide road maps for future codes and provide learning opportunities for what works/what doesn’t. 
    • If CEJA passes, a Task Force will be established that will provide recommendations for Stretch Code. 
      • Includes: environmental justice, local government, energy efficiency expert, home-builders association, enforcement: code official or energy rater, environmental advocate, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), architect/engineers, commercial building industry, organized labor and other experts as Capital Development Board (CDB) deems necessary.

Status of CEJA 

At the moment, the Bill has passed out of the IL House Energy and Environment Committee and will need to pass both House and Senate by midnight, May 31, 2021.

How can you help?

An efficiency review with our Building Code Team, and even a walk around your building with an infrared meter to see where your energy loss occurs is a first step we can all easily take on reform! If you have any questions please reach out to our team. 

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