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Benchmarking and BOC: Energy Plans in Chicago

Benchmarking and BOC: 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.

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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Bloomington - Level I - September 2017

Level I Training Series

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work 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 graduate from the series, participants must pass a test 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.

All graduates of this series will earn a Training Certificate of Completion. As of January 1, 2017, BOC is aligned with ISO 17024 and requires graduates to pass a third-party administered exam to earn the Certified Building Operator credential. Click Here to learn about the difference between the Training Certificate of Completion and the Certified Building Operator.

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Class Dates:

Thurs-Fri, September 14-15 2017BOC 1001 - Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
Thurs, September 21 2017BOC 1002 - Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
Thurs, September 28 2017BOC 1003 - Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
Thurs, October 5 2017BOC 1004 - HVAC Controls Fundamentals
Thurs, October 12  2017BOC 1005 - Indoor Environmental Quality
Thurs, October 19 2017BOC 1006 - Low-Cost Operational Improvement
Thurs, October 26 2017BOC 1007 - Facility Electrical Systems


Illinois Farm Bureau
1701 Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701

Tuition Information:

Tuition: $1,400. The registration fee of $1,400 covers all class materials, books, continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate upon completion of the training series. Companies looking to send more than one employee to the same training may qualify for a group discount, contact Molly Graham for more information.

$500 tuition reimbursements available for customers of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.

Are you a veteran? Scholarships available for veterans, email Molly Graham at for more information.

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This program is funded by Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in compliance with Illinois law.