Chicago’s expanded energy use benchmarking ordinance: what you need to know
This year, a much larger group of buildings will be affected by Chicago’s Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance: Residential buildings from 50,000 to 250,000 square feet (sq ft) will now be required to track and report energy use to the city. With the June 1st deadline right around the corner, are you ready to comply?
The Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance requires commercial, residential, and government buildings to track whole-building energy usage, verify data accuracy, and report to the City annually. The ordinance was outlined in the Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda, and implemented by the Office of the Mayor in 2014. Building energy disclosure policies are gaining momentum across the country, and Chicago’s covers over 900 million sq ft of real estate, the second highest of all U.S. cities with comparable laws. The City is looking to not only reduce its carbon footprint, but to capitalize on growth opportunities in building energy efficiency.
- Only commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sq ft, and residential buildings larger than 250,000 sq ft were required to submit their energy data.
- ALL commercial, institutional, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 sq ft need to submit data.
With these changes coming into effect, owners and managers of residential buildings in particular should prepare now.
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