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Chicago Energy Benchmarking - Covered Buildings

The full list of buildings required to comply with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As of 2016, this list includes all commercial, institutional, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. The information in this dataset should be used by building owners / managers or other building representatives to determine if your property needs to comply by the annual deadline of June 1st. This data can also be used to look up your property's unique 6-digit Chicago Energy Benchmarking ID, which is required for compliance. (The ID is also included the notification letters sent by the City.)

The Energy 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, which phases in from 2014-2017, covers less than 1% of Chicago’s buildings, which account for approximately 20% of total energy used by all buildings. For more details, including ordinance text, rules and regulations, and timing, please visit

Note that the ordinance authorizes the City to make individual building data readily-available to the public, beginning with the second year in which a building is covered. The Covered Buildings List is distinct from the publicly-shared energy use data, and does not include energy use or any other information reported in the benchmarking process. For the building-specific energy use dataset, see

If your property is on this list, and you do not believe you are covered by the ordinance, please submit the appropriate online exemption form at: If your property is not on the list, and it meets the compliance criteria, please check for any alternative building addresses. If the building is still not found, please submit the Building ID Request Form ( The Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center can assist with any other questions, and can be reached at (855)858-6878, or by email:

This dataset will be refreshed periodically as additional information becomes available. It is advisable to use the then-current version of any dataset, if possible.

Querying over HTTP

Splitgraph serves as an HTTP API that lets you run SQL queries directly on this data to power Web applications. For example:

curl \
    -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
{"sql": "
    SELECT *
    FROM \"cityofchicago/chicago-energy-benchmarking-covered-buildings-g5i5-yz37\".\"chicago_energy_benchmarking_covered_buildings\"
    LIMIT 100 

See the Splitgraph documentation for more information.

  • chicago_energy_benchmarking_covered_buildings
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