In 2002, Cook County enacted an ordinance requiring all new county buildings and all retrofitted county buildings to be built to LEED standards. Specifically, all newly constructed buildings and all buildings scheduled for capital improvement must be built to the LEED Green Building Rating System Certification requirements, and all retrofit projects must meet LEED Certification for Existing Buildings. All buildings must set a goal of obtaining 8 or more points in the LEED Energy and Atmosphere category. Lastly, new construction and major renovation projects must incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features. In 2014, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance for the County’s government building portfolio.
The most recent 2022 Benchmark Report lays out the following 5 goals for county properties.
|Incentive Type:||Energy Standards for Public Buildings|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Green Building Requirement:||
Carbon Neutral by 2050
30% water use reduction by 2025
80% waste diversion rate by 2050
|Name:||Cook County Code Title 1 Chapter 16|
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.
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