Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

In 2013, the City of Boston enacted the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO). This Ordinance requires Boston's large- and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy and water use to the City of Boston, after which the City makes the information publicly available. Additionally, every five years, buildings need to complete an energy assessment or energy action; exemptions are provided for buildings that are already efficient or are making significant progress on energy efficiency.

As a key component of Boston's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, energy reporting and disclosure is intended to provide information and encourage building owners and tenants to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and utilize incentives such as Renew Boston.

Compliance Information:

Reporting Deadline: September 15, 2014

Contact with any questions. The annual deadline in subsequent years is May 15.

Reporting Requirements:

This year, the following buildings are required to submit a report on their calendar year 2013 energy and water use:

  • Non-residential buildings over 50,000 square feet, as listed in the Boston Assessing Department record

  • Any set of non-residential buildings on one tax lot totaling over 100,000 square feet

A building is non-residential if over fifty percent of the floor area, apart from parking, is used for non-residential purposes. A draft list of buildings required to report this year and a list of compliance is available below.

2014 Building List - Draft 

2014 Compliance List

How To Get Started:

Buildings need to report their energy and water use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a free Web-based tool developed by EPA that allows building owners to track their energy and water efficiency and electronically submit a report directly to the City.

A detailed how-to guide, with screenshots and frequently asked questions is available here:

How To Comply - User Guide

Additional resources, including information on whole-building energy data and supplementary forms, are available here:

Compliance Resources »

Useful Links:

  • Reporting Template:  Once all required data have been entered into Portfolio Manager, this link will enable building owners to generate, preview, and submit their reports.

  • Portfolio Manager Help: Includes training and a helpdesk for questions regarding the Energy Star Portfolio Manager. 

  • A Climate of Progress Cover Page (75)


    The City of Boston passed the ordinance in May 2013. The Air Pollution Control Commission promulgated supporting regulations in December 2013 to specify how building owners can comply with the ordinance, using input from a stakeholder advisory committee and from public comment. Click on the link below for background documents on the ordinance, regulations, and advisory committee.

    More Information »

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    Municipal Buildings

    The ordinance required the City to lead on energy reporting, by disclosing the energy performance of its buildings starting with data for 2012. The Excel file below contains information on the energy use, the energy per square foot, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions of City buildings.

    2012 Municipal Disclosure Data »

    2013 Municipal Disclosure Data »

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    What is Energy Reporting?

    Tracking a building’s energy use helps in understanding its energy efficiency and, in turn, reducing its energy consumption and costs. In Boston, energy reporting and disclosure is a key strategy for cutting costs for tenants and owners alike, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the City’s 2020 targets.

    More Information »

Training & Events

  • Energy Reporting Office Hours

    Through September, the Environment Department is hosting weekly office hours for anyone who has questions about completing their energy and water report. Office hours are every Thursday; see the calendar for details. Please let us know at 617.635.3850 if you are attending, so the appropriate space can be arranged.

    Schedule of Office Hours

  • Energy Star Online Trainings

    ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization.

    Portfolio Manager Training (General)

  • Energy Efficiency Incentives and Programs

    Renew Boston is an innovative public-private partnership that provides Boston businesses and large condo and co-op associations with technical assistance and financial incentives through energy efficiency upgrades.

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