Annual Energy Usage for Benchmarking Visualization / Chicago, IL

Project Name: Annual Energy Usage for Benchmarking Visualization / Chicago, IL


Project Description:

This visualization depicts a Google Earth  3D representation of the annual energy usage by building in Chicago, Illinois in 2016. Chicago Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance calls for existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data accuracy every three years. Property specific information can be shared with the public, which can promote building owners to make more efficient energy choices and increase the use of onsite renewable sources. This visualization gives an at-a-glance view to determine buildings with the highest usage.


To create this visualization, the annual energy values were processed from the data feed. This data was then inputted into Google My Maps, where markers with colors based on the electricity usage were placed on the building locations using the given latitude and longitude. The height of these markers was also scaled to the usage values. The KMZ file was downloaded from this and imported into Google Earth Studio, where the fly-by animation was created.


Additional Items: N/A

Developer(s): Jenal Sanchez, Western Governors University


Data Feeds Employed:


Open Source Tools:

Google Earth Studio

Google My Maps


GitHub: N/A


Original Posting Date: 10 September 2020