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What You Need to Know Right Now About Chicago Energy Benchmarking

Chicago energy benchmarking begins! We’ve got the basics to help building owners get started.

The Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance raises awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents. Here’s more on why energy benchmarking matters.

This year, non-residential buildings over 250,000 square feet are required to benchmark by June 1, 2014. To comply, building owners and managers will gather building and energy data, enter it into the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, have the data verified by a qualified professional, and share the data with the city.

Here’s how building owners and managers can get started now:

  • First, confirm that your building is indeed 250,000 square feet or larger.
  • Identify a benchmarking lead – such as building staff or a third party partner – to coordinate benchmarking, data verification, and reporting.
  • Get help. Professional and public interest groups from around Chicago, including Elevate Energy, have come together to support building owners and managers in energy benchmarking and efficiency improvement opportunities. You have access to:
  • Be aware of other deadlines. First-time compliance deadlines will phase in over three years based on building size and sector. This year, only nonresidential buildings over 250,000 are required to comply. Next year, nonresidential buildings over 50,000 and residential buildings over 250,000 square feet must comply by June 1, 2015. 

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