The International Code Council is set to consider a proposal that would strip public sector members of their voting rights on updates to influential model building energy code.
A change approved last month would let builders bypass minimum efficiency standards in favor of a voluntary suite green building standards.
The initiative is among the most aggressive of existing or proposed strategies to reduce energy consumption in buildings, which are responsible for 70% of the city’s carbon output.
Supporters are optimistic that the City Council will adopt a 2021 code expected to increase efficiency by 10%.
How a suburban Chicago mayor helped inspire the biggest jump in building energy code improvements in a decade
Greater participation by cities tipped the balance toward more ambitious efficiency measures in the latest model code.