Large buildings in Evanston, IL, will be required to benchmark energy performance, according to the Daily Northwestern.
The newspaper of Northwestern University, which is in Evanston, reported that aldermen voted 7-2 this week to compel buildings of more than 200,00 square feet to benchmark. More than 550 buildings in the city will be impacted, the story says.
The story says that property owners fought the proposal as it made its way through the approval process. At a meeting Monday, some aldermen expressed concerns about the ability of some building owners to collect the data. Once in place, owners will be fined $100 for each violation, the story says.
It may be controversial, but it is effective. Last year, Bright Power released results of its two-year EnergyScoreCards Minnesota study. The study of more than 550 multifamily homes across Minnesota found that benchmarking is feasible and the act of doing so can cut energy and water use significantly, according to Bright Power.