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CHICAGO + EVANSTON
CHICAGO + EVANSTON ENERGY AND WATER BENCHMARKING

Phoenix Energy can help you comply with the Energy and Water Benchmarking

Chicago
In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents. The ordinance calls on existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings 50,000 square feet and larger to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data accuracy every three years. The law covers less than 1% of Chicago’s buildings, which together account for roughly 20% of total energy used by all buildings, and focuses on creating information that will enable better decision-making around building energy use.
The Evanston Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance (33-O16) requires all buildings in Evanston 20,000 square feet and greater to track and report their annual energy and water data to the City. The City then tracks this data and publishes it annually to show how energy and performance have changed over time. This dataset includes 2019 calendar year data for each City, Type I, Type II and Type III building that complied with the ordinance. The ordinance authorizes the City to share property-specific information with the public, beginning with the second year in which a building is required to comply. This view shows data for a single year.
If you own a residential, commercial, or municipal building with 50,000 square feet or more, you must begin tracking and reporting your energy consumption according to the City’s compliance deadlines. Verification of data by a licensed professional is required every three years.

June 1 of each year for Chicago owners.

The Evanston ordinance requires that covered buildings report their data to the City on an annual basis, by June 30 of each year. The next deadline is June 30, 2021.

Violators of the ordinance may be subject to a fine of up to $100 for the first violation, and an additional fine of up to $25 for each day that the violation continues.

Building owners must report their energy usage data to EPA’s Portfolio Manager, a reporting tool that allows building owners to compare their building’s energy efficiency with similar buildings.

We can help you

Phoenix Energy provides building owners with hands-free ECAD compliance by interfacing with Portfolio Manager and completing all aspects of the reporting process.