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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.

Timeline

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 Jennifer Allen, Programs Manager at (312) 784-7243 or jallen@mwalliance.org

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Springfield - Level I - March 2015

Springfield - Level I Training Series

After attending and satisfactorily completing courses for Level I training, individuals certified at BOC Level I will have demonstrated increased knowledge of their facilities' electrical, HVAC, and lighting systems. The Level I course series offers eight one-day classes consisting of classroom training, facility-based project assignments and in-class exams administered at the end of each day of training. Completion of Level I requires a time commitment of 74 hours.

Tuition Information

Please call David Bowman at Lincoln Land Community College to participate in the Building Operator Certification Program and to register: (217) 786-2317 or David.Bowman@llcc.edu(link sends e-mail)

LLCC Career Center

5250 Shepherd Rd.

Springfield, IL 62794

For more information, please visit LLCC's Website. 



Springfield, Level 1, Spring 2015  Course
Wed - Thursday, March 25th & 26th BOC 1001 - Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 BOC 1002 - Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 BOC 1003 - Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 BOC 1004 - HVAC Controls Fundamentals
Thursday, April 23, 2015 BOC 1005 - Indoor Environmental Quality
Thursday, April 30, 2015 BOC 1006 - Low-Cost Operational Improvement
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 BOC 1007 - Facility Electrical Systems

Contact Information

Please contact Jennifer Allen at jallen@mwalliance.org(link sends e-mail) or 312-784-7243 for questions.

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BOC Program Sponsors

BOC in Illinois is brought to you by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with support from the Illinois Energy Office and Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s Gas and North Shore Gas. Operators in the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s and North Shore Gas service territory may be eligible for a tuition rebate upon completion of all coursework and certification requirements.

   
Springfield - Level II - June 2015

Springfield - Level II Training Series

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes 61 hours of classroom and project work (6.1 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each class in the series is completed in one-day, except BOC 203, HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance, which is a two-day class. To become certified, participants must pass an exam at the end each day of training and complete assigned projects. Unless otherwise noted, training begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Early registration is encouraged. 

Tuition Information

Please call David Bowman at Lincoln Land Community College to find out if you qualify for tuition assistance and to register: (217) 786-2317 or David.Bowman@llcc.edu(link sends e-mail)

LLCC Career Center

5250 Shepherd Rd.

Springfield, IL 62794



Level II Springfield, Spring 2015 Course


Wed, June 10, 2015 BOC 201 – Preventive Maintenance & Operations
Wed, June 17, 2015 BOC 202 – Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
Wed-Thurs, June 24, 25, 2015 BOC 203 – HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Wed, July 1, 2015 BOC 204 - HVAC Controls and Optimization
Wed, July 8, 2015 BOC 214 – Introduction to building commissioning 
Wed, July 15, 2015 BOC 216 – Enhanced Automation
 

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BOC Program Sponsors

BOC in Illinois is brought to you by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with support from the Illinois Energy Office and Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s Gas and North Shore Gas. Operators in the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s and North Shore Gas service territory may be eligible for a tuition rebate upon completion of all coursework and certification requirements.