Energy Benchmarking
Supporting Information Facts

NEW! 2015 Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking Report

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2015 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report


NEW! 2015 Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking At-A-Glance 

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2015 Chicago Energy Benchmarking At-A-Glance

 


NEW! 2015 Building Energy Data - Chicago Data Portal

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2015 Building Energy Data (Chicago Data Portal)


NEW! 2015 Building Energy Performance Map - City Energy Project

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2015 Building Energy Performance Map (City Energy Project) 


Chicago Energy Benchmarking Support

“This ordinance will help to capture the information to enable better informed real estate decisions and unlock the market for energy efficiency.  We believe that this ordinance addresses key business and policy priorities in our sector, including saving money, creating local jobs, protecting our health, and promot[ing] Chicago’s position as a leading sustainable city to attract new business and succeed in the global market place.”

– Commercial and Residential Real Estate Management Executive

 

“Energy efficiency is not a passing fad; it has become a core value and operating principle for many of Chicago’s largest corporate tenants, condo owners, and residential tenants.”

– Commercial and Residential Real Estate Manager

 

“Energy [benchmarking and] disclosure [across our management portfolio of more than 1,000 buildings] has helped [condominium] board members feel comfortable making decisions to improve efficiency because they have more accurate data on which to base their decision. They are also able to better quantify the investment and return they will generate. We have found that the more informed owners are about their building’s environmental impact, the more empowered they are to improve it.”

– Residential Portfolio Director of Operations

 

Chicago Energy Benchmarking Homepage

Thank you to all of the building representatives who submitted Chicago Energy Benchmarking reports by the annual deadline of June 1st this year. We also appreciate the many partners, service providers, and volunteers who have participated in Chicago Energy Benchmarking to support reporting properties over the past 3 years.

Owners, property managers, and other representatives of covered buildings that have not yet submitted a report in 2016 are strongly urged to complete your submission as soon as possible. 

To get started with compliance, we suggest starting with the free Chicago Energy Benchmarking Training Videos and the Compliance Guide. If you have any questions, please contact the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.

Please scroll down for Chicago Energy Benchmarking background, requirements, list of 2016 covered buildings, compliance deadlines, and a site map.

Quick Links:

Click on the four buttons below for detailed Chicago Energy Benchmarking instructions, support, request forms, and analysis:

 Benchmarking Instructions & Guidance Materials  Free Training & Building Support Building Request Forms (IDs, updates, & exemptions Previous Results, Analysis, & Building Data 

Questions? We can help!  Call the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.

 


Chicago Energy Benchmarking Background:

In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted a building energy benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents.

Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance (ordinance textimplementation rules & regulations) calls on existing commercial, institutional, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data accuracy every three years.  The law covers less than 1% of Chicago’s buildings, which account for ~20% of total energy used by all buildings.

Improving energy efficiency is a key element of Sustainable Chicago 2015, Mayor Emanuel’s action agenda to make Chicago more livable, competitive, and sustainable.

More than 85 partner organizations have publicly supported Chicago Energy Benchmarking, including leaders across Chicago’s real estate, energy, and public interest communities.  Please click here for a list of benchmarking benefits and public supporters.

 


Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Requirements:

The Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance focuses on creating information that will enable better decision-making.  It does not require buildings to make any mandatory investments.  The ordinance has three parts:

  1. Benchmark energy use (annually): Covered buildings will track basic building information and whole-building energy use (electricity, natural gas, and any other fuels, including common spaces and tenant-occupied spaces) using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool offered by the US EPA.
  2. Verify energy data (every 3 years): In the first year in which buildings benchmark, and every third year thereafter, buildings will have energy and building data reviewed by an in-house or 3rd-party professional with a license or training credential recognized by the City.
  3. Report to the City (annually): Click the 2016 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Reporting Link (through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager) and follow and follow the prompts to send benchmarking data to the City of Chicago no later than June 1st.

Please visit the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Instructions & Guidance Materials webpage for detailed descriptions of ordinance requirements and how to comply.

The City will report each year on aggregate energy efficiency trends, and the ordinance authorizes the City to share building-specific data with the public beginning with buildings' second year of reported information.

 


2016 Covered Buildings List & Key Definitions:

The ordinance applies to existing commercial, institutional, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.

2016 Covered Buildings List:

Please click the following link for the preliminary 2016 Covered Buildings List (City of Chicago Data Portal) of facilities that are required to comply with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance this year.  

Note: This list will be updated periodically, based on new building information and 2016 exemption requests - refer to the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Building Request Forms webpage for more information, to update building information, or to submit an exemption request.

This covered buildings list also contains the 6-digit Chicago Energy Benchmarking Buiding ID assigned to each building, which must be included with each building's annual benchmarking data.  Refer to the 2016 Compliance Checklist or Benchmarking Guide for additional instructions.

Key Definitions:

  • Building: A "building" is a structure, or part thereof, enclosing any use or occupancy including residential, institutional, assembly, business, mercantile, and miscellaneous uses (Municipal Code of Chicago, Chapter 13-4-010).
  • Building Owners, Managers, and Agents: The ordinance applies to all owners, managers, and/or agents of each covered building.  Only ONE benchmarking data submission is required per building per year.  If a covered building does not comply with the ordinance, ALL owners / managers / agents can be held responsible. This is consistent with the definition of "owner" contained in the Municipal Code of Chicago, Chapter 13-4-010.
  • Building Size:  Building size is defined as gross square footage - the total number of square feet measured between the exterior fixed walls of a building.  This includes common space, tenant-occupied space, mechanical or electrical rooms, and interior parking. (Leasable square footage is a subset of total building size.)
  • Building Type / Occupancy Use: Building type (or 'occupancy use') is determined by how space is used within a building.  The benchmarking ordinance applies to commercial, residential, institutional, assembly, schools, businesses, and mercantile units, as well as spaces with mixed occupancy or auxiliary uses.
  • Non-Covered Space Uses: The benchmarking ordinance does not apply to buildings with more than 10% or more of gross square footage classified as Class D open air assembly units, Class G industrial units, Class H storage units, Class I hazardous use units, or Class J miscellaneous buildings and structures (as defined by the Municipal Code of Chicago, Chapter 13-56).

Using the best available information, the City will notify covered buildings in the years in which they are required to comply. Additional information on building occupancy classifications is available in the Municipal Code of Chicago Chapter 13-56.

 


Compliance Deadlines:

The Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance phased-in from 2014-2016, with an annual deadline of June 1st.  After a covered building's first annual compliance deadline, it must benchmark and report every year thereafter, with data verification every third year.  

The schedule for first-time compliance is based on building size and occupancy use, according to the following schedule:

  • 2014: Commercial & institutional buildings ≥ 250,000 square feet
  • 2015: Commercial & institutional buildings 50,000 – 250,000 square feet; residential buildings ≥ 250,000 square feet 
  • 2016: Residential buildings ≥ 50,000 – 250,000 square feet

 


Site Map:

Please find the following list of Chicago Energy Benchmarking webpages and content:

Instructions & Guidance Materials:

  • 2016 Compliance Overview
  • 2016 Benchmarking Guidance Documents (sample notification letter, compliance guide, checklist, and more)
  • 2016 Covered Buildings List
  • How to Obtain Whole-Building Electricity & Natural Gas Data
  • How to Use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • How to Fulfill the Benchmarking Data Verification Requirement
  • How to Find a Benchmarking Service Provider (not required by ordinance)
  • How to Submit Benchmarking Data to the City
  • Additional Instructions for Buildings With Missing Info or Possible Errors (after submitting data to the City)
  • Utility Incentives, Funding, & Technical Support to Improve Energy Performance

Free Training & Building Support:

  • On-Demand Recordings of Benchmarking Training
  • 2016 Training Dates, Locations, & Registration
  • U.S. EPA Portfolio Manager Support & ENERGY STAR Resources 

Building Request Forms:

Results, Analysis, & Building Data:

  • 2015 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report, Infographic, and Building Data
  • 2014 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report and Infographic

Questions? We Can Help!

Call the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F, 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.