October 3, 2012

Energy Use Reporting: It's the Law (in NYC)

New York City now requires owners of all commercial and multifamily residential buildings over 50,000 GSF to report actual building energy use intensity (EUI), carbon emissions, and Energy Star scores.

The list of cities implementing or considering benchmarking laws is growing quickly. In addition to the Big Apple, the cities of Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Boston are currently on board, to varying degrees, with this policy. 

The New York benchmarking report estimates that if the performance of the largest and least energy-efficient buildings were improved to just match the city's median EUI of 64 kBTU/SF/year, the city's entire energy use from large buildings would be reduced by almost 20 percent.


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