Posted by: phillipsre | September 21, 2012

New Rules for Energy Benchmarking

The city of Seattle changed the rules of a program that requires thousands of commercial property owners to measure the energy efficiency of their buildings and report it to the city every year.

Initially, nonresidential buildings of 10,000 square feet or more and multifamily residential buildings with five or more units were required to participate in the Energy Benchmarking & Reporting Program, designed to encourage better energy efficiency and potentially save building owners and tenants hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in utility costs.

The new rules that the City Council approved require only bigger buildings to be in the program. The updated cutoff is nonresidential and multifamily residential buildings that are 20,000 square feet or larger. Now smaller buildings are off the hook, although I imagine a lot of those small buildings started the process for energy bench marking awhile ago, so they will still enjoy the benefits of their energy savings. To read the full article click here.

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