The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center provides resources for people who seek to make their buildings operate more efficiently. SEDAC can help locate incentives to assist in funding such improvements. We accomplish this by giving presentations to Illinois organizations, participating in energy conferences to share energy tips, and conveying training opportunities through SEDAC, ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW, partner, and other organizations.

Training opportunities by SEDAC, ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW, and other organizations are listed on this page. Training opportunities for Public Housing Authorities are listed on the PHA Efficient Living page

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Request a custom presentation

SEDAC staff members make short presentations at no cost to groups throughout Illinois. To request a presentation by a SEDAC energy specialist, contact us at 800.214.7954 or email at

SEDAC Presentations

Past Presentations

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SEDAC Webinar Series

All webinars will be 25 - 30 minutes with opportunities for interaction between presenters and participants. Have your questions ready! More information

SEDAC Energy Efficiency Workshops

Attend the latest workshop series geared toward facility managers, users, designers, and engineers of public K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, park districts, libraries, local governments, water and waste water treatment facilities.

Learn about various energy topics and the latest incentives available from ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW.


December 8, 11 AM- 1:30 PM. Live Stream Moraine Valley Community College Room M 202-204, 9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465. Flyer Register NOW


SEDAC Online Training


    • EB-101: Energy Assessments: A Cost Savings Solution for Schools

    • EB-105: An Introduction to Energy Terms and Measurements

    • EB-106: Introduction to Building Equipment

    • EB-107: Sample Calculations for Energy Cost Reduction Measures

    • NC-201 Designing Beyond Code

    • NC-301 Strategies for Designing Energy Efficient New Construction Projects

Department of Commerce ILLINOIS ENERGY NOWTraining:


Department of Commerce Description Details

Illinois Energy Conservation Code - COMING SOON

MEEA Building Operator Certification  
Illinois Home Performance (offered by MEEA) Building Science Training Series - Designed to help residential contractors and energy auditors prepare for Illinois Home Performance, stay up to date with the latest building science techniques, and earn BPI Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).



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Energy Training Offered by Other Organizations:

Organization Name Training Link Details
Illinois utilities
Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy┬« 

Education and Training

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Nicor Gas


energySMART training series

Training opportunities covering a variety of rebate and technical topics. Please visit for training dates and details.

More training opportunities
Association for Energy Affordability AEA

Contractors, Installers, Energy Professionals, Property Managers: 

  • BPI Certification Courses & Exams
  • Hands-on Short Courses
Association of Energy Engineers AEE  
Association of Professional Energy Consultants APEC  
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. ASHRAE  
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) Webinars  
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Building Operator Certification (BOC)

Building Science Training Series

BOC training series are offered in Illinois in the fall:

Champagin, Chicago, and Springfield

Registration and full course schedules are available at

Building Science Training:

Find upcoming dates and details at

Chicago Center for Green Technology Green Tech U  
Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) Education

On Demand Webinars

Introduction to retro-commissioning
Online 24/7
Presented by Rebecca Ellis
Retro-commissioning is a process that can significantly improve asset value, occupant comfort, indoor environmental quality and equipment performance; increase operation and maintenance staff expertise; and drive deep and lasting energy savings. This on-demand webinar offers a brief introduction to the retro-commissioning process and quickly moves into the identification of facility and system characteristics that makeup particularly good or bad candidates for retro-commissioning. The various factors that impact the cost of retro-commissioning will be discussed, as well as the potential benefits of the process while not overlooking those that are non-energy related. Learn more and register to watch the on-demand webinar now.

Advanced RTU control strategies
Online 24/7
Presented by Ryan Hoger
In the past 10 years, the average gas efficiency of RTUs has moved from 80 percent to just 82 percent and the cooling efficiency of the refrigeration circuits has improved slightly. Learn how to improve the efficiency of existing and new RTUs during this on-demand webinar. Recent DOE research is discussed, products are reviewed, new fan controls are explained and code requirements and standards are summarized. Learn more and register to watch the on-demand webinar now.

Operating an energy efficient restaurant
Online 24/7
Presented by Richard Young
On-Demand Commercial Video Series
Restaurants use more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. Join us to learn what energy efficiency initiatives make sense in the food service industry. Efficient cooking, ventilation, refrigeration, lighting and more are explored during this six-part video series. Register to watch all or part of the series now.

Energy Resources Center, UIC    
Heartland Community College - Green Institute Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Courses  
Illinois Chamber of Commerce: The Energy Council Illinois Energy 101 video  
Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) Greening Your Curriculum Illinois Community College Targeted Energy Management Training Program
Illinois Solar Energy Association Solar 101 and Wind 101 Workshops  
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Sustainability Seminars  
International Code Council

ICC Education in Illinois -- 2015 International Energy Conservation Code


LEED® Training

USGBC Chicago Chapter LEED® Workshops


Midwest Building Technology Application Center WEBINAR Archive
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Webinar: Energy Efficiency Strategies for Schools  
USGBC Illinois Chapter Upcoming Events  
USGBC Chicago Chapter Upcoming Events  
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series  
Geothermal Training
Heat Spring Energy Geothermal Education and Training  
Clean Edison Geothermal Training
  • For Installers
  • For Drillers
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)

In Stillwater, OK and at other sites

  • Certified Geoexchange Designer Course
  • Accredited Installer Training Course
Geothermal Alliance of Illinois 2014 Chicagoland GEOthermal seminar on November 6, 2014 Details