As Chicago moves towards requiring energy benchmarking, Cost Containment International is offering the service at no-cost to its energy clients.
Chicago, Illinois – July 23, 2013 – Cost Containment International, a licensed energy and sustainability consulting firm, has announced that it will be offering energy benchmarking services at no-cost to all of its commercial energy clients. The free benchmarking services will be particularly significant in the Chicago market in light of a City proposal for improving energy efficiency.
Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would require the City's large municipal, commercial, and residential buildings to benchmark their energy use and authorize the City to publically disclose the energy efficiency of these buildings. According to the details of the ordinance, buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. will be required to receive an EPA Energy Star score, track and verify their energy consumption. The ordinance would apply to approximately 3,500 buildings in Chicago.
Benchmarking provides a baseline of information to be able to assess current energy use and establish future goals for improved energy efficiencies. By identifying problem areas, opportunities are revealed for cost savings. Recommendations are then made that could include demand response, lighting retrofits, automated energy management systems, and more.
"Taking advantage of our no-cost benchmarking service will ensure your building's report is completed accurately, on time and not subject to any penalties which would otherwise result from an inaccurate performance report," said Hans Herrmann, President of Cost Containment.
"Furthermore," said Herrmann, "by working with someone who has energy experience and energy knowledge, you'll get a more in-depth level of interpretation of the data, which in-turn, will help uncover more opportunities to save. As an energy and sustainability consulting firm, Cost Containment (C2) helps residents with these options, making recommendations and obtaining competitive pricing and contract terms for these and a range of energy services."
According to the EPA, buildings that are benchmarked consistently, over time save an average of 7% in energy. Buildings that start out as poor energy performers save even more. Chicago hopes to turn the accumulated energy savings of its 3,500 largest buildings into more jobs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposed compliance dates are as follows:
June 2014 – Commercial & Municipal Buildings larger than 250,000 square feet.
June 2015 – Commercial & Municipal Buildings between 50,000 and 250,000 square feet and Residential Buildings larger 250,000 square feet.
June 2016 – Residential Buildings between 50,000 and 250,000 sq. ft.
Chicago is poised to join a list of cities that already have energy benchmarking disclosure laws including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., and Austin.
Cost Containment International, LLC is an energy and sustainability consulting firm. Their services extend to electric, natural gas, telecom, credit card processing, water, waste and recycling. For more information about benchmarking, visit: http://c2intl.com/energy-solutions/energy-benchmarking/