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2016 Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking Report

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2016 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report

2016 Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking At-A-Glance  (first 11 pages of the report)

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2016 Chicago Energy Benchmarking At-A-Glance


2016 Building Energy Data - Chicago Data Portal

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2015 Building Energy Data (Chicago Data Portal)

2016 Building Energy Performance Map - City Energy Project

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2016 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


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NEW! 2017 Compliance

The compliance deadline for 2017 is June 1, 2017. All training and guidance materials have been updated for 2017, and the City will send out compliance notifications (letters and emails) in early March. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F 9am-5pm) or by email to:

2016 Results

City-wide and building-specific results from 2016 are now available, including the 2016 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report. An Executive Summary of the 2016 Report (11 pages) is also available.  Publicly-available data for specific buildings that have reported under the Ordinance is also now posted on the City's Data Portal.

Taking Action on Energy Efficiency

Have you benchmarked one or more buildings, and are looking to take the next steps on energy efficiency? Click here to learn about suggestions and resources for starting to improve the energy performance of your property(ies).

Quick Links:

The menu below provides a full list of the resources available on this website. Click one of the buttons below for an Overview, or find detailed Instructions, Training, Request Forms, or Results & Analysis:

Chicago Energy Benchmarking Overview   Instructions and Guidance Materials Free Training & Building Support Building Request Forms (IDs, updates, & exemptions Benchmarking Results
  • Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Background
  • Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Requirements
  • Key Definitions
  • Compliance Overview
  • 2017 Guidance Documents
  • 2017 Covered Buildings List
  • Obtain Whole-Building Data
  • Use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Fulfill the Data Verification Requirement
  • Find a Service Provider
  • Submit Data to the City
  • Addtional Instructions for Buidings with Errors or Missing Data
  • Online Chicago Energy Benchmarking Training Videos
  • 2017 Trainings: Dates & Info
  • 2017 Office Hours: Dates & Info
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Support & Resources
  • Request a Chicago Energy Benchmarking ID
  • Request an Exemption
  • Request a Special Space Use Waiver
  • Apply for Pro-Bono Data Verification
  • Building-Specific Data
  • Building Energy Performance Map
  • 2016 Report and Infographic
  • 2015 Report and Infographic
  • 2014 Report and Infographic



Questions? We Can Help!

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