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Chicago Becomes the Midwest Energy Code's Shining Star

  • 1.  Chicago Becomes the Midwest Energy Code's Shining Star

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 10-25-2022 12:44
    by Alison Lindburg

    On September 21, 2022, the Chicago City Council passed Mayor Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making Chicago the first city in the Midwest to adopt and exceed the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This and other decarbonization measures will help the city meet its recently released Climate Action Plan.

    According to the City's press release, "The City of Chicago has long been a leader in adopting requirements for energy efficiency and sustainable design," said Mayor Lightfoot. "Our buildings are major contributors to Chicago's carbon footprint, so it's critical that every construction and renovation project increases the efficiency and sustainability of our building stock as part of Chicago's commitment to combat climate change."

    The Chicago Energy Transformation Code will improve the energy efficiency of newly constructed residential and commercial buildings, additions, and major renovations by meeting the efficiency of the 2021 IECC. This puts Chicago 13.4% ahead of the upcoming Illinois residential energy code requirements, which heavily amend the efficiency of the building envelope of homes.

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