Philadelphia to Enforce Building Energy Benchmarking Law This Fall

By GreenSTAR | 08/22/2013

Buildings in Philadelphia are starting to receive notices regarding the city's Building Energy Benchmarking Law, which requires owners/operators of buildings with more than 50,000 ft2 (4645 m2) of indoor floor space to disclose annual energy use and water consumption. The city’s benchmarking law was signed in August 2012, and regulations were issued in July 2013. The compliance deadline for reporting building energy and water consumption is Oct. 31, and failure to comply will result in a fine. To facilitate measurement and reporting of building energy use, Philadelphia building owners and operators are required to use the EPA’s free Portfolio Manager tool. Building data, such as age, size, type and use, are combined with utility consumption data to generate energy performance scores based on the building’s performance relative to similar buildings nationwide. The building energy disclosures will be made available online. Eight major U.S. cities now require benchmarking.

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