Washington D.C.'s Clean and Affordable Energy Benchmarking Act
Starting this October, all owners of commercial and multifamily buildings in Washington D.C. over 200,000 square feet will be required to annually report the energy performance of their properties to the District Department of the Environment. By 2014, any building greater than 50,000 square feet must comply. (See below for the full schedule.)
Are you ready to comply by October 1st?
In accordance with the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, buildings must be benchmarked using the EPA's Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool. After the first year, the District Department of the Environment will make these annual reports available to the public.
However, when you must comply depends on building size, here's the schedule:
New construction and gut renovation projects of 50,000 square feet or more that file for construction permits after January 1st, 2012 will need to use Energy Star's Target Finder tool to project the building's energy performance, and report the findings to the District Department of the Environment.
Learn more here, and be sure to read the update!
- Commercial Tenants - If you have commercial tenants in your building, they are required to report their own energy usage to you for benchmarking purposes. If they do not, you must submit a Partial Nonresidential Data Explanation Form along with your report to the District Department of the Environment.
- Penalties - Building owners and commercial tenants who fail to comply will be fined $100 per day for every day of non-compliance.