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The Proposed Chicago Energy Transformation Code, Explained

Illinois Green congratulates Mayor Lightfoot & the Chicago Department of Buildings on the introduction of the 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code. The proposed code goes beyond the 2021 IECC baseline by adding key advancements that would make meaningful steps towards advancing building electrification.

The Chicago Department of Buildings sought feedback from Illinois Green's Building Professionals Advocacy Group on this proposed code.

Learn more about the four key advancements that would contribute to building decarbonization & electrification:

The proposed code was introduced to the Chicago City Council on June 22 and now heads to committee to finalize the language.

Why the code matters:

The Chicago Energy Code has been regularly updated since 2001 — these latest advancements will future-proof new construction and catalyze building electrification across the city. This advancement and the new baseline would help create meaningful opportunities and incentives for energy efficiency and reduce the carbon impact of the City's building stock.

How you can help:

Sign up for our Building Advocacy Action List to get notified on how you can support the proposed code to your alderman. 

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See the 1-pager from the Chicago Department of Buildings on the proposed code below:

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