The online forms below enable buildings to conveniently update information or request an exemption for the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
New in 2019
Questions? We can help! Call the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.
Use this form to find out if your building is covered and/or to request your property’s 6-digit Chicago Energy Benchmarking ID. Building IDs must be added to your Portfolio Manager building profile prior to reporting to the City.
Note: Chicago Energy Benchmarking IDs are also listed at the top of each building’s Chicago Energy Benchmarking notification letter. You may also find your property's Chicago Energy Benchmarking ID on the Covered Buildings List, which shows all properties that are required to comply with the ordinance this year.
Use the following forms to request an exemption, based on:
a. Building Size: Online Request Form
b. Building Occupancy Use: Online Request Form
c. Qualifying Financial Distress: Online Request Form
d. Low Occupancy: Online Request Form
e. New Construction: Online Request Form
f. New Ownership: Online Request Form
Use this form to request a special space use disclosure waiver for buildings with data centers, television studios, or trading floors that together exceed 10% of a building's total gross floor area.
Note: The City of Chicago will not publish individual data for buildings that meet the special space use waiver requirements. Buildings that receive a special space use waiver must still benchmark, verify, and report like any other covered building
Use this form to request an exemption from the new Chicago Energy Rating System due to rare technical issues.
Use this form to request a waiver from the new water transparency requirements taking effect in 2019.
Call the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center at (855) 858-6878 (M-F, 9am-5pm) or email Info@ChicagoEnergyBenchmarking.org.
“This ordinance will help to capture the information to enable better informed real estate decisions and unlock the market for energy efficiency. We believe that this ordinance addresses key business and policy priorities in our sector, including saving money, creating local jobs, protecting our health, and promot[ing] Chicago’s position as a leading sustainable city to attract new business and succeed in the global market place.”
– Commercial and Residential Real Estate Management Executive
“Energy efficiency is not a passing fad; it has become a core value and operating principle for many of Chicago’s largest corporate tenants, condo owners, and residential tenants.”
– Commercial and Residential Real Estate Manager
“Energy [benchmarking and] disclosure [across our management portfolio of more than 1,000 buildings] has helped [condominium] board members feel comfortable making decisions to improve efficiency because they have more accurate data on which to base their decision. They are also able to better quantify the investment and return they will generate. We have found that the more informed owners are about their building’s environmental impact, the more empowered they are to improve it.”
– Residential Portfolio Director of Operations