2014 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report Released
The City of Chicago released its first-ever energy benchmarking report from data collected under the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. The 2014 City of Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking Report finds millions of dollars in savings are possible in the city’s largest nonresidential buildings. The findings are based on the first set of benchmarking data from 2013, provided by building owners and managers (or their representatives) who have measured, verified, and reported their energy usage with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
The citywide effort included 348 of Chicago’s largest buildings, representing 260 million square feet of space and approximately 11% of citywide energy use in buildings. According to the ordinance, municipal and commercial buildings 250,000 square feet and over were required to comply by June 1, 2014; the overall compliance rate was over 90%. (Infographic)
Overall, the median reported ENERGY STAR score of 76 out of 100 puts Chicago in line with other buildings of a comparable size in markets such as NYC and Washington, DC. The report details energy consumption and energy performance metrics for five sectors: offices, healthcare, K-12 schools, higher education, and other building types (such as malls, museums, and recreational facilities), providing an unprecedented view of energy use in the largest nonresidential buildings across the city.
USGBC-Illinois was a key partner in the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Working Group which worked to provide a Help Center, free online resources, a series of free trainings, and pro-bono data verification services. Many building owners, managers, and their representatives took advantage of these free resources: to-date, there have been over 800 Help Center interactions (by phone and email) and 375 individual participants in 16 free trainings.
Next year, residential buildings over 250,000 square feet and commercial buildings from 50,000 to 250,000 square feet will be phased in and will benchmark, verify, and report their energy use by June 1, 2015.
Ongoing and expanded support opportunities will continue in the new year. If you are interested in getting more involved with energy benchmarking education opportunities as a trainer or attendee, please contact Katie Kaluzny at USGBC-Illinois.
Visit www.CityofChicago.org/EnergyBenchmarking for continued updates on the ordinance, support, materials and training dates.
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