Five New Cities Pass Energy Benchmarking Ordinances
New Year’s is a popular time to set resolutions and goals, and this was no exception for a large number of cities who passed an energy benchmarking ordinance this year!
With great resolve to start 2017 off right, these cities have recently passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires commercial building owners to disclose their annual energy usage and, in some cases, water usage as well.
- Denver, Colorado – Energy benchmarking will begin in 2017 for buildings 50,000 square feet and larger; in 2018 the ordinance will apply to buildings 25,000 square feet and larger
- Evanston, Illinois – Energy and water benchmarking will apply to buildings 20,000 square feet and larger starting in 2017
- Los Angeles, California – Energy and water benchmarking will begin in 2017 for buildings 20,000 square feet and larger. Every 5 years these buildings and those that are 15,000 square feet and larger will be required to take action to reduce their consumption
- Orlando, Florida – Energy and water benchmarking will apply to buildings 50,000 square feet and larger starting in 2017
- Portland, Maine – Energy benchmarking will apply to buildings 20,000 square feet and larger or with more than 50 residential units
These five cities join more than a dozen other municipalities, all with a similar energy benchmarking ordinance, including Washington D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Cambridge, Boston, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Boulder, Kansas City, and Atlanta.
At Goby, we are fully prepared to embrace these benchmarking requirements. Goby has been the leader in managing and submitting benchmarking compliances for both commercial and multi-family properties since 2011. To date, we have completed more than 650 benchmarking submissions for 350 buildings in 12 different cities or regions.
Benchmarking is an important step in energy policy, as it requires property teams to annually disclose energy usage in order to hold buildings accountable for their environmental consumption. After all the data is collected, the benchmarking data is released to the public, and many cities such as Philadelphia are developing interactive maps as part of the effort for environmental data transparency.