Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance
In May 2013, Mayor Thomas M. Menino signed the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance. 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 ity makes the information publicly available. As a key component of the Boston's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, the energy reporting and disclosure requirement is intended to provide information and encourage building owners and tenants to increase energy efficiency and utlize rebates and incentives such as Renew Boston.
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The ordinance first required the City to disclose the energy performance of municipal buildings, starting in 2013, which can be download in excel online. The ordinance will require reporting by non-residential buildings that are 50,000 square feet or larger, beginning in 2014, and will gradually grow by 2017 to include all buildings that are 35,000 square feet of larger. Each covered building must report its energy and water use through EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. Additionally, every five years, buildings will need to undergo an energy assessment or take an energy action; exemptions are provided for buildings that are already efficient or are making progress on energy efficiency.
The City will make energy and water use per square foot, ENERGY STAR ratings, greenhouse gas emissions, and other identifying and contextual information for individual buildings available online. Failure to comply with reporting requirements can lead to fines for building owners and non-residential tenants.
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