“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
The City of Chicago and its partners are working together to provide free training and additional support to help all covered buildings comply with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.
FREE TRAINING & BUILDING SUPPORT (click or scroll down):
Questions? We can help! Call the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.
NOTE: To be updated soon for 2017. Please click on the links below to access recorded, online webinars with background information and detailed instructions on Chicago Energy Benchmarking.
The U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter (USGBC-Illinois), ASHRAE - Illinois Chapter, and the American Institute of Architects - Chicago (AIA) offer free, in-person and web-based training and hands-on office hours to help buildings comply with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.
2017 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Training: 60-minute benchmarking training with local energy experts, covering ordinance background, how to comply with the ordinance, and how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. If you have specific questions, trainers can stay afterwards to provide hands-on assistance.
Office Hours provides hands-on, small group support to help buildings use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and comply with the ordinance (please bring 2016 energy bills; laptops welcome!).
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Support Materials: The U.S. EPA offers free online resources to help buildings get started using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Software:
How-To Videos: The following YouTube video links provide step-by-step instructions on specific tasks using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software:
Call the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F, 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.