§ 18-14-101.3


For purposes of this chapter the following definitions shall apply:

“Benchmark” means to track and input a building’s energy consumption data and other relevant building information for 12 consecutive months, as required by the benchmarking tool, to quantify the building’s energy use.

“Benchmarking tool” means the website-based software, commonly known as “Energy Star Portfolio Manager”, developed and maintained by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to track and assess the relative energy use of buildings nationwide. This term also applies to any successor system thereto, including any change or addition made to such tool by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“Building” means a structure, or part thereof, enclosing any use or occupancy.

“Certificate of occupancy” means the certificate issued by the zoning administrator or the building commissioner allowing building occupancy or use.

Commissioner” means the city’s commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection.

“Covered building” means any Group 1 covered building or Group 2 covered building, as defined by this chapter.  The term “covered building” does not include any building with more than 10 percent occupancy use classified as Class D open air assembly units, Class G industrial units, Class H storage units, Class I hazardous use units, or Class J miscellaneous buildings and structures, as defined by Chapter


“Data center” means a space specifically designed and equipped to meet the needs of high density computing equipment such as server racks, used for data storage and processing, as defined by the benchmarking tool.

“Energy performance score” means the 1 to 100 numerical score produced by the benchmarking tool, also known as Energy Star score, or any successor score thereto.  The energy performance score assesses a building’s energy performance relative to similar buildings, based on source energy use, operating characteristics, and geographical location.

“Energy use intensity” or “EUI” means a numeric value calculated by the benchmarking tool that represents the energy consumed by a building relative to its size.

“Group 1 covered building” means any building or group of buildings that have the same property identification or index number (PIN), containing 250,000 or more gross square feet, as identified by the commissioner.

“Group 2 covered building” means any building or group of buildings that have the same property identification or index number (PIN), containing 50,000 or more gross square feet but less than 250,000 gross square feet, as identified by the commissioner.

“Gross square feet” means the total number of square feet measured between the exterior surfaces of the enclosing fixed walls of a building.  The term “gross square feet” includes vent shafts, elevator shafts, flues, pipe shafts, vertical ducts, stairwells, light wells, basement space, mechanical or electrical rooms, and interior parking.

“Licensed professional” means a professional engineer or a registered architect licensed in the State of Illinois, or another trained individual as prescribed by rule.

Owner” has the meaning ascribed to the term in Section

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“Reported benchmarking information” means descriptive information about a building, its operating characteristics, and information generated by the benchmarking tool related to the building’s energy consumption and efficiency, as prescribed by rule. Reported benchmarking information includes, but is not limited to, the building identification number, address, square footage, energy performance score, energy use intensity, and annual greenhouse gas emissions.

“Residential occupancy” means any building occupancy use classified as any combination of Class A residential units, as defined by Chapter


(Added Coun. J. 9-11-13, p. 60628, § 1)



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