The Chicago City Council recently passed the 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code that is intended to align with the city’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 62% from 2017 levels by 2040.
The city’s buildings are responsible for an estimated 69% of total emissions. Portions of the new code are based on the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, and others are specific to the city.
- Upgraded energy-efficient lighting requirements
- Designing commercial building roofs to support solar panels
- Residential buildings infrastructure that enables a future switch to electric-powered appliances
- Incentives for smart HVAC and water appliances that integrate with the power grid to reduce demand during times of peak use
The city recently committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy for all its facilities by 2025.