Chicago Energy Rating System Overview




  • Amy Jewel, City of Chicago/Institute for Market Transformation
  • Gustavo Sandoval, Elevate Energy


Chicago is the first U.S. city to enact an energy rating system for its largest buildings. Effective 2019, Chicago City Council voted to update the existing energy benchmarking ordinance to create the new Chicago Energy Rating System. Key updates that are now going into effect include:

  • Building performance is rated on a zero to four-star scale (in correspondence with ENERGY STAR score levels)
  • Buildings will receive their rating on a Chicago Energy Rating Placard and are required to post their placard in a prominent location on the property after an initial six-month grace period
  • Property owners are required to share their rating or their 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores when listing the property for sale or lease

These updates to the ordinance –among others– aim to raise awareness of energy performance information and transparency, as well as motivate new energy efficiency retrofits.

In this 45 minute webinar: program administrators Amy Jewel and Gustavo Sandoval will review ordinance updates, address commonly asked questions, and provide property owners, managers, or third party benchmarking service providers the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A.

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