City of Chicago - Energy Standards for Public Buildings (The Chicago Standard) (Illinois)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Illinois

Name City of Chicago - Energy Standards for Public Buildings (The Chicago Standard)
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Not Specified
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement All city-funded construction and major renovations must meet the Chicago Standard (equivalent to LEED v. 2.1 standards)

Date added to DSIRE 2011-03-29
Last DSIRE Review 2011-03-29

References DSIRE[1]


In June 2004, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance including the Chicago Standard. This standard requires all city-funded new construction projects and city-funded major renovation projects to meet the green building standard set out in the Chicago Standard. This standard is derived from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 2.1 standards. Buildings that meet the Chicago Standard will qualify to be LEED Certified. The program is implemented by the Department of General Services.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Main Office
Department City of Chicago
Division Department of General Services
Address 300 North LaSalle St.
Address 2 Suite 300
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60602
Phone (312) 742-3124


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: The Chicago Standard

Date Enacted 06/2004

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"