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.

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    Explore Building Energy Metrics and Findings

    The first year of energy metrics for large buidings in Boston is now available, including an interactive map to see building energy and water usage. Findings from the data on different sectors and building types are also available.

    Explore the Metrics and Findings »

    Read the Press Release »

How to Comply

Reporting Deadline: May 15, 2016

Reporting Requirements

The following properties are required to report on their energy and water use this May:

  • All non-residential buildings over 35,000 gross square feet

  • All residential buildings over 50,000 gross square feet or with 50 or more residential units

  • Any tax parcel with multiple buildings that sum to at least 100,000 gross square feet or 100 residential units must report on all of its buildings. 

Properties Required to Report in 2016 - Draft List

Getting Started

  • We recommend getting started by using this step-by-step guide (with answers to Frequently Asked Questions):

How To Comply - User Guide

Online Tutorial - How to Comply

 Reporting Instructions for Second and Third Year

  • 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 efficiency and electronically submit a report to the City.

   Portfolio Manager Helpdesk and Tutorials    

  • Since reporting requires data for the building, the utilities Eversource, National Grid, and Veolia are making whole-building energy use data available to building owners.

 Utility Data Services 

Submitting Your Data 

Once all data have been entered into Portfolio Manager, the following link allows you to generate and send a report from your Portfolio Manager account to the City.

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

Compliance Resources »


Email with questions.

For technical assistance on Portfolio Manager, you can also email
buildings [at]

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    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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    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 »

Newsletter & Updates

  • Energy Reporting Office Hours

    The Environment Department is hosting office hours for anyone who wants in-person help in completing their energy and water report. Please email to schedule a time to come in.

  • Sign up to receive Energy Reporting emails:


Training & Events

  • Questions

    Questions can be sent to

  • 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.