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Chicago Passes Energy Benchmarking Rules

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It’s not the first Midwest city to require benchmarking, but it is the largest.

Katherine Tweed, September 14, 2013

Chicago has become the latest city to require energy benchmarking of large buildings. The city has a goal of cutting the energy use in half of Chicago’s buildings by 30 percent by 2020.

To help move toward that goal, the Chicago City Council voted 32-17 on Wednesday to adopt the Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance, which will require buildings over 50,000 square feet to track their energy consumption.

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