Comprehensive energy solutions for buildings.

Welcome!

This website continues the saga of the Energy Detectives™ that began at the offices of Informed Energy Decisions, LLC from 2003 to 2008. Where one door closes, other doors open and co-founder Cappy Kidd continues with passion to improve the energy performance of buildings both old and new.

This website features a review of past Informed Energy projects and in late 2015 it will be updated with the Energy Detectives' more recent and current projects, from ice rinks to museums, city street lighting to LED lighting retrofits in major church buildings. Along the way, you'll meet some of Cappy's collaborators like architect David Cintron of LEDolas as we continue to make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and environmentally sound.


Our detective stories are ready for your reading (click on the hat).
We're ready for your case.  


Our services include:

  •   Energy audits
  •   Cost analysis
  •   Recommendations on retrofits and best practices
  •   Energy Star™ certification
  •   Advice on energy-based tax incentives
  •   Consulting for green design, rehab and construction


STOP GUESSING, START SAVING!

Before committing to costly and potentially unnecessary improvements, stop guessing and contact us to request a thorough analysis and plan of action.

The Award Winning, 'Super Green' Avery- Donaldson House

Informed Energy Decisions is proud to have served as the green and energy advisor for the Avery-Donaldson house, one of the greenest homes in America and winner of the Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission 2008 Preservation Award for New Construction.


See how we future-proofed Homestead Inn' s energy performance. View the Powerpoint Presentation.


The Energy Detectives featured in the Chicago Reader article "Follow That Draft" (1.2 MG PDF). Read it and learn how we can help you improve your building's energy performance.

Read Crain's "Chicago can be greener; here's how you can help" at this link.

 

News


ENERGY DETECTIVES and LEDolas take LED lighting solutions to State Chief Engineers, October 2015


Introducing state of the art LED lighting to more than 100 chief engineers and facilities managers for the State of Illinois universities, colleges, hospitals, and office buildings.




DIRECTOR OF ENERGY SERVICES for AKT PEERLESS, 2009-12


Cappy Kidd and the Informed Energy Decisions team entered AKT Peerless (based in Farmington Hills, Michigan) to set up the Energy Services Divison from 2009 to 2012. This coincided with the duration of the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant programs. The AKT Energy Detectives worked for more than 50 cities and counties, conducting more than 150 energy audits on municipal buildings.

Informed Energy inducted into the environmental hall of fame

The Environmental Hall of Fame 2008 inducts Informed Energy Decisions along with 35 other honorees into the National, Illinois and Chicago Environmental Hall of Fame in Chicago, November 20-22 at Hotel Allegro, rated the greenest hotel in Chicago. Pierce and Keely Shaye Brosnan were the 2008 national honorees.



Energy Star Benchmarking For Intercontinental Hotel Chicago



In 2008 Informed Energy Decisions conducted the Energy Star™ benchmarking study for the 70-story 750,000 square-foot Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Intercontinental is the first hotel in Chicago to achieve the Energy Star™ designation.




UNIVERSITY PLAZA GETS FIVE-YEAR ROADMAP TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY


University Plaza, located at 900 Crane Drive in DeKalb Illinois, is a full-service student dormitory with living suites, cafeteria, indoor pool, gym and other recreational areas, study halls, a main lobby and convenience store. Occupancy varies widely throughout the year, from 500 to 600 students during the school year to an almost equal number for summer soccer camps and student field trips.



INFORMED ENERGY SURPASSES THOUSANDTH RESIDENTIAL ENERGY AUDIT IN THE CHICAGO AREA

In early fall of 2008, Informed Energy Decisions completed our 1000th energy condition survey of existing single-family homes in the Chicago area.
 
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