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The Value of Early Energy Analysis Is Important For Buildings Large and Small

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Eric Flower, The Weidt Group

Chicago residents and businesses spend more than $3 billion per year on energy, according to the city’s 2015 Building Energy Benchmarking Report, which summarizes the results from Chicago’s energy benchmarking ordinance. Large properties of 50,000 square feet or more are required to track and report whole-building energy use to the city annually. The ordinance, however, covers less than 1% of Chicago’s buildings, meaning there is a huge opportunity to analyze smaller buildings when considering the city’s overall sustainability and planning for future growth.

And growth is happening rapidly. In fact, the total commercial building area for projected construction to start next year in the Chicago metropolitan region is approaching 30 million square feet, the majority of which will be comprised of smaller buildings.
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