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City Council Adopts Mayor Lightfoot's 2022 Energy Transformation Code, Putting Chicago at Forefront of Global Efforts to Address Climate Change

Chicago’s new Energy Code will also exceed the 2021 IECC baseline and advance the city’s decarbonization commitments in several important ways:

-Requires placement of windows in new buildings to minimize energy demands due to solar heat gain in summer

-Requires new low-rise commercial buildings, such as warehouses, to be designed so roofs can support the future installation of solar panels

-Requires new residences with gas-fired appliances to be built with the electrical capacity and wiring necessary to switch to electric appliances in the future without opening walls or upgrading the electrical service

-Requires improved insulation to reduce heat loss through the exterior walls of buildings with projecting balconies or parapets Incentivizes the use of smart heating, cooling, and hot water equipment that is integrated with the electric grid to reduce demand during peak usage

-Requires indoor plant-growing facilities to use energy-efficient lighting

-Prohibits new decorative gas lighting

CHICAGO — on September 21st, City Council passed Mayor Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making Chicago one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in Illinois to adopt and exceed the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a widely used model code.

Most requirements will apply to building permits applied for on or after November 1, 2022, with additional requirements taking effect on January 1, 2023.

"The Department of Buildings looks forward to working with our partners in the design and construction industry to successfully implement these critical changes," said Department of Buildings Commissioner Matthew Beaudet.  Later this year, a user-friendly version of the Energy Transformation Code will be published in print and electronic formats by the International Code Council, publishers of the IECC.

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Pictured above is Don Finn,

Local Union #134 IBEW Business Manager


ECA Regular Membership Meeting

October 12, 2022

Don Finn, Local Union #134 IBEW Business Manager - Guest Speaker

Please join us for our October Membership Meeting!


This luncheon event is scheduled as follows:

ECA Membership Meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The Erie Cafe

536 W. Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Complimentary Valet Parking Available.

Registration / Networking: 12:00 pm

Lunch: 12:30 pm

Business Session: 1:15 pm

Event Concludes: 2:00 pm

The ECA is proud to announce that the guest speaker is Don Finn, Business Manager / Financial Secretary, Local Union #134 IBEW. Mr. Finn will be able to provide an industry update. We invite all signatory contractors to this session. We do hope that you'll join us for this opportunity to meet Business Manager Don Finn and network with your peers in the industry! You can register on the ECA website / link below. (If not a NECA member, please use Non Member and Comp Code "NON-MEMBER" or give the office a call at: (708) 531-0022. We look forward to seeing you, there!

Pictured above is John Newquist,

Construction Safety Council

"Mandatory Updates for OSHA Recordkeeping" is a FREE session open only to all ECA members. Topics of discussion, include:

·   Definition of a Recordable Injury or Illness;

·     Maintaining and Posting 301 and 300 and 300A Records;

.   Mandatory Electronic Submissions; 

·   Difference Between First Aid and Medical Treatment;

·   Severe Injury Reporting;

.   Accounting for Days Away from Work and Work Restrictions.

"Mandatory Updates for OSHA Recordkeeping" - ECA/NECA Safety Forum - October 11, 2022

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee along with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA is proud to sponsor a special program, "Mandatory Updates for OSHA Recordkeeping," as follows:


Tuesday, October 11, 2022


8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



DuPage / Local 701 JATC

28600 Bella Vista Parkway

Warrenville, IL 

(630) 393-1701

INSTRUCTOR: John Newquist, Construction Safety Council

For this COMPLIMENTARY event, you need to use the COMP CODE: ECA MEMBER when registering (ECA MEMBER is all uppercase).

Please contact the ECA at: (708) 531-0022 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you, there!



The Young Professionals of ECA Chicago will host it's final event of the year at the ORACLE Construction Innovation Lab on November 15th. Come see the jobsite of the future!

Registration coming soon to www.ecachicago.com

Earlier this year, Oracle opened the doors to its new 30,000-square-foot Oracle Industry Lab just outside of Chicago, in Deerfield Illinois. The working lab provides customers a hands-on environment to develop new ideas and create solutions leveraging technology from Oracle and more than 30 industry partners. Supported by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, the lab will first focus on the energy and water, construction and engineering, communications, and manufacturing industries.

Save the Date: November 17th, 2022

ECA Chicago kicks off Interactive DEI Workshop Series


Registration coming soon to www.ecachicago.com

Pictured above is Mark Federle,

Ph.D., P.E., CPC; Marquette University

"Preplanning Beyond the Basics" 

October 26, 2022 -- NEW DATE!!

As a REMINDER, the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Preplanning - Beyond the Basics" is being conducted by Mark Federle, Ph.D., P.E., CPC; Marquette University. 

The program will be held on a NEW DATE! - Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. at Gibsons Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 954-0000.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided. Breakfast is to be made available at 7:45 am.


Pictured above is Dr. Awad Hanna,

University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Managing Construction Delay Claims" Seminar --

November 3, 2022


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to present a seminar called, "Managing Construction Delay Claims." The program is to be presented by Dr. Awad Hanna; University of Wisconsin-Madison. The session will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.


Pictured above is Stephane McShane

Maxim Consulting Group

"Transform Your Organization for the Future" Seminar --

November 16, 2022


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to present a seminar called, "Transform Your Organization for the Future." The program is to be presented by Stephane McShane (Maxim Consulting) and will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, IL.


A SPECIAL EDUCATION SESSION - As a follow up to the very successful August ELECTRI Council Room on EV Charging Station Work, ELECTRI is hosting a Special Education Session on Electrical Vehicle Training on October 3 led by the team at Sonepar. The program will include an introduction to EV Charging Solutions and will expand on the following topics:

  • Sustainability-Green Energy and Power
  • Infrastructure Solutions
  • Level 2 and Level 3 EV Charging Stations
  • Software
  • Battery Storage
  • Rebates and Incentives

This special education event is open to all members of the ELECTRI Council.

The Zoom Invitation is listed below:

Topic: ELECTRI - Sonepar EV Charging Education

Time: Oct 3, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Special Request from ELECTRI  -- Fall RFP

ELECTRI International has just released its newest RFP for research. If you know a researcher that may be interested, please forward the following announcement.


ELECTRI International is pleased to announce the Request for Proposal for the 2023 research cycle. Attached please find the RFP. Please review the topics of interest to ELECTRI under each type of research. Once again, the proposed research methods are:


Traditional ELECTRI Research

Focus Group with Moderator Research

Subject Matter Expert Research


Please return your summary proposal to Laura Holmes, ELECTRI Director of Operations at:  laura.holmes@electri.org  by November 6, 2022, with the subject line: 2022 Fall Summary Proposal. Finalists will be notified by November 28th and those selected to advance through the process should have their final proposal and video explanation to me by January 6th, 2023.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Holmes or Josh Bone, Executive Director of ELECTRI, at josh.bone@electri.org .


2022 Safety Leadership Summit is Open For Registration!

November 14 - 16, 2022 in Louisville, KY


The NECA Safety Leadership Summit is a unique conference for expanding leadership skills to persons responsible for safety throughout the electrical industry, in addition to providing an avenue to create new safety leaders within an organization. Networking opportunities to interact with peers, other professionals, and executives are integral and key tenets to this Safety Leadership Summit.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
EAP solutions are available via on demand telephonic support and through video counseling, mobile app, work/life web portal and chat functionality.

ECA Members may log-in to the interactive work/life web portal for information on a variety of topics. Webinars are available at any time of day and our mobile app allows employees to access services such as counseling and work life resources right from the palm of their hand.



October 12, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Erie Cafe -- Chicago, IL



October 15 - 18, 2022

NECA Convention & Trade Show

Austin, TX


October 20, 2022

Electric Association's Annual Awards Dinner

Carlisle Banquets, Lombard IL 

October 26, 2022

Pre-Planning Beyond the Basics

Gibsons Steakhouse

Oak Brook, IL


November 3, 2022

Managing Construction Delay Claims

Maggiano's Banquets -- Oak Brook, IL



November 9, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

Chicago, IL

November 15, 2022

Young Professionals of ECA Chicago Tour

ORACLE Innovation Lab, Deerfield

November 16, 2022

Transform Your Organization for the Future

Drake Oak Brook Hotel - Oak Brook, I


November 17, 2022


Location TBD



Saturday, December 17, 2022

Electrical Contractors' Association of Chicago Annual President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago plus Overnight accommodations