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.
New Reporting Deadline: September 15, 2014
On May 14, Mayor Walsh signed an amendment to extend the 2014 reporting deadline to September 15th, providing additional flexibility for implementation in the first year.
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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.
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 »
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.