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A recent event sponsored by AIA Chicago and the Illinois Green Alliance is the latest effort to shed light on the 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code that went into effect November 1, 2022 with additional requirements starting on January 1, 2023.
ESD Practice Leader for Commissioning and Energy+Eco Saagar Patel was part of a panel discussion for the “2022 Chicago Energy Transformation: Know & Go!” program. He says the new code aligns requirements for energy-efficient construction and renovation with the latest guidelines from the IECC.
According to Patel, Chicago’s first energy-efficient building requirements were enacted in 2001 and have been regularly updated to stay current with IECC guidelines. Patel says, “This action will help Chicago move toward cleaner energy sources and healthier and safer building environments.”
The 2022 Code will reportedly result in a roughly 40 percent improvement in energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings compared to the original ordinance. The 2022 Code requires new buildings to be constructed in alignment with stronger energy efficiency and electrification standards to advance decarbonization. The action makes Chicago a major leader in this effort.
Saagar Patel currently serves on the Illinois Energy Code Advisory Council as well as the the Building Decarbonization Working Group for the City of Chicago, demonstrating his commitment to ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
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