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

March 01, 2012


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.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building


Name: The Chicago Standard
Date Enacted: 06/2004


Name: Main Office
Organization: City of Chicago
Address: 300 North LaSalle St.
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: (312) 742-3124

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.