In a 32-7 vote, the Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance was turned into law in 2013. The ordinance subjects all commercial, residential, and government buildings occupying more than 50,000 sq. ft. to an annual energy performance evaluation supported by the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The law covers more than 900 million sq. ft. of Chicago real estate, whose energy consumption and performance scores will be posted annually to a municipal website.
Meanwhile, the State of Illinois is busy working on a statewide benchmarking pilot of its own, leveraging assistance from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).
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