Chicago wants large-building owners to disclose energy consumption

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Owners of large buildings would be required to publicly disclose how much energy their buildings use and how they measure up against their peers under a proposed city ordinance.

The goal is to cut energy use in half of Chicago buildings by 30 percent by 2020.

But some building owners are concerned that the information could be used to shame owners of older buildings who already are struggling to find tenants. Owners of historic buildings also say they aren’t allowed to make certain modifications like replacing old windows without running afoul of rules governing landmark structures.

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago is opposed to publicly disclosing the information, suggesting that it should only be released to “interested parties,” such as buyers, renters and financers who have expressed interest in a property.

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