The City of Chicago requires building owners to benchmark their whole-building energy use, and report to the City on an annual basis. The Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance applies to all existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings 50,000 square feet and larger. Last year’s compliance deadline was June 1, 2019.
Chicago adopted its Energy Benchmarking ordinance in 2013 to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for both businesses and residents.
Community Specialists, a property management firm in Chicago, is no stranger to the city’s benchmarking policy. Since their focus concentrates exclusively on the management of high quality condominium associations, they are a professional management team experienced with large multi-family facilities. Given they manage large buildings in Chicago, they needed a partner who could help them collect and submit the utility bill and ENERGY STAR information needed to report on time.