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Benchmarking and BOC: Energy Plans in Chicago

Benchmarking and Boc: Upcoming Energy Plans in Chicago

In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted a building energy benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents.

Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance calls on existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data accuracy every three years.  The law covers less than 1% of Chicago’s buildings, which account for ~20% of total energy used by all buildings.

Last year, more than 340 buildings spanning 260 million square feet benchmarked, verified, and reported under the Ordinance. In 2015, the Ordinance expands to include commercial and municipal buildings larger than 50,000 square feet and residential buildings larger than 250,000 square feet.

Benchmarking Data Verification

To ensure that data is being tracked and reported correctly, covered buildings must complete data verification and have their energy and building data reviewed and verified by a licensed professional, starting with the first year a building reports, and every third year thereafter. The City of Chicago recognizes MEEA’s Building Operator Certification as one of six credentials whose holders can conduct data verification under the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance.


First-time benchmarking, verification, and reporting deadlines will phase-in over three years, based on building size and sector, according to the following timeline:

  • June 1, 2014:  Municipal and commercial buildings ≥250,000 square feet
  • June 1, 2015:  Municipal and commercial buildings 50,000 – 250,000 square feet, and Residential buildings ≥250,000 square feet
  • June 1, 2016:  Residential buildings 50,000 – 250,000 square feet

MEEA will be collecting contact information for BOC graduates interested in providing these services in the City of Chicago. For more information on the Chicago Benchmarking Ordinance and how Building Operator Certification graduates can be more involved, contact Molly Graham, Program Associate at (312) 784-7277 or

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Chicago - Level I - September 2016

Chicago - Level I - September 2016

Level I Training Series

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one day training session, except BOC 1001 Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day course. To become certified, participants must pass an exam at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Unless otherwise noted, training begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 4:00 p.m. Early registration is encouraged.

Tuition Information

Tuition for the series is $1,400

Participants may be eligible for a $500 rebate upon completion of the BOC Series from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity pending approval of a statewide budget. 

**If you are a veteran of the military, please contact us for a special discounted tuition**

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Civic Opera Building
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 1301
Chicago, IL 60606

Chicago, Level 1, Fall 2016 Course

Thurs-Fri, Sept 1-2, 2016

BOC 1001 - Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems

Thurs, Sept 22nd, 2016

BOC 1002 - Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance

Thurs, Oct 6th, 2016

BOC 1003 - Efficient Lighting Fundamentals

Thurs, Oct 20th, 2016

BOC 1004 - HVAC Controls Fundamentals

Thurs, Nov 3rd, 2016

BOC 1005 - Indoor Environmental Quality

Thurs, Nov 17th, 2016

BOC 1006 - Low-Cost Operational Improvement

Thurs, Dec 1st, 2016

BOC 1007 - Facility Electrical Systems

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Cancellation Policy and Refund Information

No refunds will be provided for registrations canceled less than three business days before the start of the first course in a training series. However, employers may substitute another employee if the original registrant is unable to participate in the training series.


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