Lunch & Learn Seminar: ENERGY STAR Update & New City of Chicago Energy Rating System

March 20, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

115 S. LaSalle St., 8th Floor Conference Center, Room 806/807


This seminar is SOLD OUT! Please email Jaclynne Madden, Director of Education, with any questions at

Presented by Premier Partner, Environmental Systems Design (ESD)

Since 2014, buildings over 50,000 sf have been reporting their energy consumption to the City of Chicago via ENERGY STAR to comply with the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. But have you heard of the City of Chicago Energy Rating System? Starting this year, Chicago is enforcing the first citywide publicly posted energy rating for each building. Both the benchmarking ordinance and rating system use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as their main tool. What may be worrisome is the update to Portfolio Manager that occurred in August 2018, leading to dropped scores and affecting future certification for multiple commercial buildings. Fear not. 

Looking for a way to improve your score? Buildings can pursue energy efficient strategies such as Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx), Retro-Commissioning and energy audits which may be partially or fully subsidized by the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. Taking advantage of these strategies could lead to an increased ENERGY STAR score and an increased City of Chicago Energy Rating…a win all around!

By attending this seminar, attendees will learn about:

  • Benchmarking using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and the recent updates
  • The details of the new City of Chicago Energy Rating System
  • How to improve the ENERGY STAR and City of Chicago Energy Rating


Samantha Davidson LEED AP BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador
Energy & Sustainability Engineer | Energy+Eco

Samantha has worked at ESD as an Energy & Sustainability Engineer in the Energy & Eco group for over 3 years. She leads the Energy & Eco team in ENERGY STAR certifications, benchmarking compliance, commissioning, LEED and Fitwel certifications.

Marie Curatolo CEM
Project Manager | Energy+Eco

Marie is a Certified Energy Manager on ESD’s Energy+Eco team. She leads projects in a suite of energy efficiency services including building optimization through Monitoring-Based Commissioning, Retro-Commissioning and energy auditing to uncover energy conservation measures as part of a comprehensive energy and carbon management strategy.