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This policy brief discusses a system of public disclosure of a building\\\'s ENERGY STAR performance score, which rates a buildings energy efficiency based on utility bills, in order to motivate building owners to invest in energy efficient technologies. The brief asserts that public disclosure of these scores would lead to investment in clean energy technologies, create jobs, and increase energy efficiency.
The ordinance requires the City to annually disclose energy and water use in all its facilities for the previous calendar year. All large and medium buildings or groups of buildings are required to report annual energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions through Energy Star Portfolio Manager or an equivalent mechanism. The requirement would first apply to non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up in 2014 for the 2013 calendar year, and then to residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up, in 2015, non-residential buildings 35,000 square feet and up in 2016, and residential buildings 35,000 square feet and up in 2017. The City would make energy and water use per square foot, Energy Star ratings, greenhouse gas emissions, and other identifying and contextual information for individual buildings available on the Internet. Buildings not demonstrating high energy performance, continual improvements or other appropriate exemption criteria would be required to conduct energy assessments or actions every 5 years to identify opportunities for energy efficiency investment. Building owners would not be required to act on their energy assessments. Failure to comply with reporting requirements will result in fines for building owners. The development of regulations and implementation of the ordinance are overseen by the Air Pollution Control Commission.
The ordinance mandates that, depending on square size and building type, new residential buildings must be 30%-75% more efficient than 2006 International Energy Conservation and Insulation Code levels. Depending on size, major renovations must be 15%-50% more efficient than IECC levels (Home Energy Rating System score of 70-100). To obtain a residential building permit applicants must meet Green Points requirements and obtain energy audit. For commercial buildings, mandates energy modeling for large buildings and a 30% increase in commercial construction requirements.
The ordinance requires all new single family residential units, as defined by the 2006 International Residential Code, to be certified according adopted energy standards.
This ordinance adopts the 2012 Edition of the International Green Construction Code of the International Council. The ordinance regulates the construction, enlargement, alteration, repair, demolition, use, and maintenance of construction with in the city. The ordinance provides for a penalty not to exceed $2,000
This act establishes high-performance building standards that require the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of building projects; a green building incentives program that includes an expedited construction documents review program; a Green Building Fund; the Green Building Advisory Council. The act also amends the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986 to provide for the revision of the Construction Codes and to include green building practices and amends the Office of Property Management Establishment Act of 1998 to require priority leasing of buildings that meet certain green building standards.
This ordinance sets energy benchmarking requirements on buildings over 20,000 square feet. It also changes the enforcement process for individuals that do not submit an energy benchmark report by moving from accruing fines daily to quarterly fines. The ordinance formally creates an exemption for buildings used in industrial manufacturing, authorizes the delegation of enforcement authority, and authorizes the establishment of grace periods.
This bill requires owners of non-residential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger and of residential buildings of five units or more to submit reports of their building\\\'s energy performance using the US Environmental Protection Agency\'s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The reporting requirement is phased in over a two year period, with larger buildings subject to these requirements by January 1, 2011 and remaining buildings by January 1, 2012. Upon authorization by the building owner, utilities providing energy service in Seattle will be responsible for providing customer billing data in a format compatible with the Portfolio Manager database maintained nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Upon request, building owners will be required to disclose the energy performance of their building to current or prospective tenants, lenders, and buyers. The Department of Planning and Development will be responsible for developing and maintaining a database of all reporting buildings in the city, and for enforcement of the legislation.
This model ordinance adopts the International Green Construction Code; establishes that where there is a conflict between an existing law or regulation and a specific requirement of this code, the specific law or regulation shall be applicable; and establishes the range of application for compliance. The International Green Construction Code creates minimum green requirements for an entire construction project including the design, construction, and certificate of occupancy.
This ordinance establishes green building requirements for newly constructed residential and commercial buildings. The ordinance requires building departments in the city and county to enforce new regulations on lighting, insulation, climate control systems, and other building design and construction standards that increase energy efficiency. The ordinance allows for the adoption of local energy standards if the standards are cost effective and will save more energy than the statewide standards. In order to improve compliance with this ordinance, the city and county will seek out additional education and training opportunities for staff in green building technologies.