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: May 15, 2014

What to Report:

Energy and water use for the 2013 calendar year.

Who Must Report:

  • 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.

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How To Comply:

Buildings will be reporting 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, tips, 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 »

Additional Resources:

  • Reporting Template:Once all required data have been entered into Portfolio Manager, this Boston-specific reporting template will enable building owners to generate, preview, and submit their reports. You wil be required to log into the Portfolio Manager in order to use this template.

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

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  • 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.

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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 in 2013. 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 »

  • Energy Reporting (75)

    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.

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Training & Events

  • 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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