Washington D.C.'s Clean and Affordable Energy Benchmarking Act

by ‐ Tags: current events, alternative energy

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:

DC Energy Benchmarking Table Wegowsie resized 600

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!

Important Notes:

See our posts about similar energy benchmarking laws in New York City, Seattle and San Francisco!