City Energy Benchmarking Law Provides Real Benefit
(May 2013) The article below, by Judith Mondre, was posted on the web site of the Philadelphia Business Journal on May 9, 2013.
Last year, Philadelphia joined a growing number of cities—including New York, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—that have adopted laws requiring commercial building owners to gather and report data on energy use in their buildings. Though the City is still developing final regulations for what is known as the Energy Benchmarking Law, the law applies to any building with 50,000 square feet of interior, commercial-use space. Building owners will need to collect data (including from tenants) on electric, oil, natural gas, steam, and water usage, and upload that data into the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager system. Annual statements of energy performance must be made available to potential renters or buyers.
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