Boston Energy Disclosure – Are You Ready?

On May 8, 2013, the City of Boston passed the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance, which over the next five years will be phased in to require all large and medium sized buildings to report energy and water usage to the city.  The ordinance is part of the city’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020.

The intent of the ordinance is to ensure that property owners, managers, and operators are aware of their energy and water usage, and how it compares with similar buildings in the city.  Buildings will be required to have an energy audit performed once every five years if they are unable to show significant improvement in energy consumption, or achieve an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher that would make them eligible for ENERGY STAR Certification.

Buildings will report usage by uploading utility data and pertinent building information to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  A score from 1-100 will be generated, with higher scores indicating greater energy efficiency.

Building owners that do not report usage will be subject to fines, but will not be held responsible for tenants that fail to provide energy and water usage.

The previous 12 months of usage will need to be reported for the following building types before the listed dates below:

May 15, 2013 - City of Boston buildings.

May 15, 2014 - Non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 sf.

May 15, 2015 - Residential buildings with greater than 50 units.

May 15, 2016 - Non-residential buildings greater than 35,000 sf.

May 15, 2017 - Residential buildings with greater than 35 units.

If you own, manage, or operate a building in Boston and would like assistance complying with this ordinance, contact Spencer Lawrence at from EBI’s Energy & Sustainability group today!