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Chicago Council Expected to Vote on Energy Disclosure This Month
By Zachary Hart, Manager, State & Local Relations
The Chicago City Council is expected to vote this month on a proposed ordinance that would require large building owners to publicly disclose their buildings’ energy consumption data. If passed, the ordinance would require owners of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to enter data about their buildings’ energy use into the Department of Energy’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager software. If the ordinance passes, owners of particularly energy inefficient buildings may find themselves at a disadvantage in attracting tenants or selling their assets. This would present an opportunity for architects to help these owners modernize and reposition their buildings for a real estate market that is increasingly valuing building performance. The AIA and Rocky Mountain Institute co-publication “Deep Energy Retrofits: An Emerging Opportunity” explains how architects can expand their services by improving the performance of the nation’s existing building stock.
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