Chicago to Require Benchmarking in Larger Commercial Buildings
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed an ordinance that would require the cityâ€™s largest buildings to benchmark their energy use, and authorize the city to disclose the energy efficiency for these buildings publicly.
Under the proposed ordinance, about 3,500 commercial, residential, and municipal buildings measuring more than 50,000 square feet would be required to track and verify energy consumption using the EPAâ€™s Portfolio Manager, a free web-based tool. The buildings would report energy-use data to the city each year through an automated process, the mayorâ€™s office said.
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